Kristina Scharp
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies


Contact Information:
Utah State University
0720 Old Main Hill
Logan, Ut  84332-0720


kristina.scharp@usu.edu
(435) 797-5781
Office: Main 069B

Family Communication Lab

Educational Background 
Ph.D., 2014     University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. 
M.A., 2011      University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
B.A., 2006      University of Richmond, Richmond, VA.

Courses Regularly Taught
Interpersonal Communication
Family Communication
Health Communication

Current Research Interests
Exploring major family disruptions and related processes such as:
Family Estrangement
The Adoption Triad, Reconnection, and Adoption Openness
Seeking Supportive Communication

Select Publications and Recent Presentations
Scharp, K. M., Thomas, L. J, & Paxman, C. G. (in press). “It was the straw that broke the camel’s back”: Exploring the distancing processes communicatively constructed in parent-child estrangement backstories. Journal of Family Communication, online first, 
doi:10.1080/15267431.2015.1076422

Scharp, K. M., Paxman, C. G., & Thomas, L. J. (in press). “I want to go home”: Homesickness experiences and social support-seeking practices. Environment and Behavior, online first,  doi:10.1177/0013916515590475

Scharp, K. M., & Thomas, L. J. (in press). Family “bonds”: Making meaning of parent-child relationships in estrangement narratives. Journal of Family Communication (Special issue on Critical Approaches to Family Communication Research: Representation, Critique, and Praxis)

Scharp, K. M., & Steuber, K. R. (2014). Perceived information ownership and control: Negotiating communication preferences in potential adoption reunions. Personal Relationships, 21, 515-529. doi:10.1111/pere.12046

Scharp, K. M. (May, 2015). Complications and confused co-owners: Disclosure conundrums for adult children who are estranged from their parents. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Top Applied Paper Award in Interpersonal Communication Division)

Curriculum Vitae