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Lauren Amaro Faculty Profile

Lauren Amaro

Assistant Professor of Communication
Communication Division, Seaver College
CCB 250


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


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