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Alan K. Goodboy, Ph.D.

Professor and Peggy Rardin McConnell Research Chair of Communication Studies

Welcome to my academic web page! I'm a professor of communication studies at West Virginia University with a research focus in interpersonal  and instructional communication, along with quantitative methods. I study the communication processes behind teaching and learning along with why and how students complain about their courses. I also study how married couples experience relational turbulence and relational load.


I've developed an interest in learning contemporary quantitative methods and statistics and completed over 730 hours of postdoctoral statistics courses. Quantitative methods and statistics is always evolving and improving, so I take yearly coursework to stay up to date. I've learned from world-renowned statisticians. The best part of this continuing statistics education is bringing back new methods/statistics knowledge to our PhD students in the graduate courses I teach.

For more information about my research, check out my vita, current projects, and downloadable full-text publications.


Postdoctoral Education in Statistics

Over 730 hours of intermediate and advanced statistics coursework in structural equation modeling and measurement.

Ph.D. in Communication Studies

Emphases in Instructional Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Quantitative Research Methods


Effective Teaching and Student Learning

How can educators communicate in ways to foster student learning in the classroom?

Medical Communication in Healthcare Simulations

How can medical educators optimize medical students' efficacy and psychomotor learning during medical simulations?

Communication Throughout Daily Life

How do daily and longitudinal interpersonal processes (resilience, interdependence, affect) unfold in close relationships?

Applications of Structural Equation Modeling for Communication Science

How might ongoing statistical advances in SEM offer communication scholars better ways to model and test communication theory?

Relational Turbulence in Close Relationships

How do married couples communicate during times of transition and uncertainty?

Dynamic Structural Equation Modeling (DSEM)

How might cutting-edge advances in the modeling of intensive longitudinal data innovate communication scholarship?

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