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Lauren Amaro Faculty Profile

Lauren Amaro

Associate Professor of Communication
Communication Division, Seaver College
CCB 247


  • PhD Communication, Arizona State University, 2014
  • MA Communication, San Diego State University, 2010
  • BA Communication, Spanish, Westmont College, 2006


Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Amaro, L. M. (2020). Emotional experiences and communal coping among mothers of children with eczema. Journal of Family Communication, 20, 221-235. doi: 10.1080/15267431.2020.1753745
  • de los Santos, T. M., Amaro, L. M., & Joseph, N. T. (2019). Emotion, social support, and social comparison in online mommy platforms. Communication Reports, 32, 82-97, doi: 10.1080/08934215.2019.1610470
  • Amaro, L. M., Joseph, N. T., & de los Santos, T. M. (2019). Relationships of online social comparison and parenting satisfaction among new mothers: The mediating roles of belonging and emotion. Journal of Family Communication, 19, 144-156. doi: 10.1080/15267431.2019.1586711

  • Amaro, L. M. (2017). Dyadic effects of gratitude on burden, conflict, and contribution in the family caregiver and sibling relationship. Journal of Applied Communication, 45, 61-78. doi: 10.1080/00909882.2016.1248464

  • 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

Invited Articles

  • 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
  • Miller, K., & Amaro, L. M. (2015). Caregiving and siblings: Three stories. Electronic Journal of Communication, 25.
  • 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

Areas of Expertise

  • Health Communication
  • Family Communication
  • Caregiver Communication


  • Social media communication among new mothers
  • How families use communication to practice resilience during significant health traumas
  • Transforming communication in the family caregiving context


  • Communication and Conflict
  • Communication Research Methods
  • Communication Theory
  • Family Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Introductory Statistics
  • Relational Communication