Schlag, Karen

Seeking Ph.D. in Interpersonal Communication

Email address: kes11@utexas.edu
Hometown: Houston, TX
B.A. Degree: Journalism with minors in business and psychology, University of Houston
M.A. Degree: Media Studies, The Pennsylvania State University

Current Research Interests: Supportive communication, relationship maintenance, family communication, family caregiving, stigma and stress and coping.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Anita Vangelisti

Expected Graduation Date: May 2022

 

Schlag, K.E., & Kwak J. (2020 June) Dementia family caregiver coping patterns for managing decisional conflict and stress during end-of-life care planning. Poster presented at the ACH Healthcare Communication Virtual Research Forum. 

Schlag, K.E., McGlone, M.S., Jian, M., Yuhoso, R., Yongwood, J. (2020, May). Perspective taking, self-disclosure and stereotype recall of persons who stutter. Top paper panel presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association held virtually.

Schlag, K.E. (2020, Feb.) Family stigma, support gaps and caregiver burden: Examining how stigma and discrepancies between support desired, sought and received relate to burden for family caregivers of relatives diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Paper presented at the conference for the Western States Communication Association in Denver, Colorado.

Schlag, K.E., Kmetz, L., Burrows, D.R., & Kwak, J. (2019, Dec.) Value considerations and information needs for dementia family caregivers during end-of-life decision making. Paper presented at the Aging and Health Informatics Conference at The University of Texas at Austin, TX. 

Schlag, K.E. (2019, Oct.) Redefining the student role as a writer: Flipping the student writing frame. Talk presented during a panel on structuring writing-intensive courses at the Center for the Skills and Experience Flags, Flag Symposium at The University of Texas at Austin. Schlag, K.E., (2019, Nov.) Considering the impact of race and ethnicity on support seeking and receiving for family caregivers of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Paper presented at a preconference for the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Baltimore, MD.

Schlag, K.E., & Table, A. (2019, Nov.) Deciding to be voluntarily childfree: Accounts and appraisals of VCF decision-making enacted between romantic partners. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Baltimore, MD.

Burdick, S., Schlag, K.E., & Vangelisti, A.L. (2018, Nov.) Hurtful messages about the body and social distancing: How gender influences responses perceived to be intentional. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT.

Kearns, K.D., Zhong, L., Schlag, K.E., & Aguirre, A., (2018, Nov.) Agency and actor/activity nouns in messages about depression. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT.

Schlag, K.E. (2018, Nov.) Negotiating being childfree: Privacy management, ambivalence and decision-making control during family planning talks by committed romantic partners weighing choices to be voluntarily childfree. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT.

Schlag, K.E. (2017, Nov.) Negative emotions and interpersonal conflict: An examination of how anger and sadness influence individuals’ views on blame, cooperation and trustworthiness when reflecting on conflict with a romantic partner. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Dallas, TX.

- Moody College of Communication Graduate Fellowship in Communication

- Health Communication Scholars Program Grant, Center of Health Communication: Grant to study impacts of perceived stigma and support gaps on dementia family caregiver health.