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Meet the Faculty

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Lauren Amaro

Assistant Professor of Communication

Division: Communication Division
Office: Center for Communication and Business (CCB) 250
Phone: 310-506-6811
Fax: 310-456-3083
E-mail: lauren.amaro@pepperdine.edu

  • Ph.D. Communication, Arizona State University, 2014
  • M.A. Communication, San Diego State University, 2010
  • B.A. Communication, Spanish, Westmont College, 2006


  • Communication Research Methods
  • Communication Theory
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Relational Communication
  • Family Communication
  • Health Communication

Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • Honoree, Top Dissertation Award, Communication and Aging Division of the National Communication Association
  • Recipient, Pepperdine Cross-Disciplinary/Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Grant
  • Member, International Association for Relational Research
  • Member & Chapter Advisor, Lambda Pi Eta
  • Member, National Communication Association
  • Member, Western States Communication Association

Academic Interests:

  • social media communication among new mothers
  • how families use communication to practice resilience during significant health traumas
  • transforming communication in the family caregiving context

Selected Works:

  • Amaro, L. M. (2015). Convincing family caregivers to participate in research: "Does that count as caregiving?". Journal of Applied Communication, 43, 1-4. doi: 10.1080/00909882.2015.1019547
  • Amaro, L. M. (in press). Dyadic effects of gratitude on burden, conflict, and contribution in the family caregiver and sibling relationship. Journal of Applied Communication..
  • Amaro, L. M., & Miller, K. I. (2016). Discussion, contribution, and perceived (in)gratitude in the family caregiver and sibling relationship. Personal Relationships, 23, 98-110. doi: 10.1111/pere.12113
  • Miller, K., & Amaro, L. M. (2015). Caregiving and siblings: Three stories. Electronic Journal of Communication, 25.
  • Amaro, L. M. (2012). Diagnosing Dr. House: Codependency, agency, and Third Wave contradiction. Western Journal of Communication, 76, 520-535.
  • Amaro, L. M. (2012). Human communication in society (3rd ed.): Instructor's manual. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.