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Liz Craig

Assoc Professor

Department of Communication

Winston Hall 201C


Dr. Craig’s teaching and research are in the areas of interpersonal and family communication, highlighting a number of communication processes and skills that contribute to enhancing personal relationships. Her research has been featured in the Western Journal of Communication, Health Communication, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. Her current research examines horse-human interaction as it influences emotional and behavioural changes among adolescent girls with adverse childhood experineces (ACEs). She is a member of the National Communication Association, a faculty partner with the Center for Family and Community Engagement, and has won the CHASS Oustanding Teacher Award and the CHASS Extension/Engagement Research Award. Her research intersects issues of mental health, developmental assets in youth, human-animal interaction, and relationship building through communication.


Courses at North Carolina State University

COM 332: Relational Communication

COM 457: Media and the Family

COM 541: Quantitative Research Methods in Applied Communication

COM 530: Interpersonal Communication in Science and Technology Organizations

Research Publications

Craig, E. A. (in press). Equine-asssited psychotherapy among adolescents with ACEs: Cultivating altercentism, communication competence, communication coordination, and expressiveness. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.

Nieforth, L., & Craig, E. A., (in press). Patient-centered communication (PCC) in equine assisted mental health. Health Communication.

Craig, E. A., Nieforth, L., & Rosenfeld, C. (2020). Communicating resilience in equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) for adolescents with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Western Journal of Communication. dio: 10.1080/10570314.2020.1754451 (available online)

Craig, E. A., & Moore, J. (2020). Mental health, ambiguous loss, and communicative resilience in families. R. Hall, A. Miller-Ott, and D. Davis (Eds.) Communicating mental health: History, contexts, and perspectives. Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield.

Compton, J.A., & Craig, E. A. (in press). Family communication patterns, inoculation theory, and adolescent substance abuse prevention: Harnessing post-inoculation talk and family communication environments to spread positive influence. Journal of Family Theory & Review.

Bulla, B. R., Craig, E. A., & Steelman, T. A. (2017). Climate change and adaptive decision-making: Responses from North Carolina coastal officials. Ocean & Coastal Management, 135, 25-33.

Craig, E. A., Taylor, N., & Evans, S. (2017). Couples Who Slay Together, Stay Together: Examining the Relational Processes of Romantic Couples That Game. In Social Interaction in Virtual Worlds.

Craig, E.A., Harvey-Knowles, J., & Johnson, A.J. (2012). Childless Stepmothers: Communicating With Other Stepmothers About Spouses and Stepchildren. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 13, 71-79.

Craig, E.A., & Wright, K.B. (2012). Computer-Mediated Relational Development and Maintenance on Facebook. Communication Research Reports, 29, 119-129.

Kosenko, K., Craig, E., & Harvey-Knowles, J. (2012). Helpful and challenging support encounters in the aftermath of HPV infection and diagnosis. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 33, 355-362.

Craig, E. A., & Johnson, A. J. (2011). Role strain and online social support for childless stepmothers. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 28, 868-887.

Moore, J.L., & Craig, E.A. (2010). Relationship development and maintenance in a mediated world. In J. Park (Ed.), Interpersonal relations and social patterns in communication technologies: Discourse norms, language structures, and cultural variables. IGI Global Publishing.


B.A. Interpersonal Communication The University of Central Oklahoma 2001

M.A. Interpersonal Communication The University of Oklahoma 2004

Ph.D. Communication The University of Oklahoma 2008