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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 instructional and interpersonal communication. 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 turbulence their relationships.


I've developed an interest in learning contemporary quantitative methods and statistics and completed over 600 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, and published with, 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, lab, current projects, and downloadable full-text publications.


Postdoctoral Education in Statistics

Over 600 hours of intermediate and advanced statistics coursework in structural equation modeling and psychometrics.

Ph.D. in Communication Studies

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


Effective Teaching and Student Learning

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

Medical Communication and Cognitive Load in Healthcare Simulations

How can medical educators reduce medical students' cognitive load during medical simulations?

Communication in Daily Life

How do daily 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 quantitative scholars better ways to model communication?

Relational Turbulence in Close Relationships

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


How does the fulfillment of basic psychological needs influence students' communication in the classroom?