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Welcome to Dr. Goodboy's Communication Modeling and Measurement Lab page. The quantitative research conducted in our lab is centered around substantive-methodology synergies. Our lab members apply contemporary quantitative methods to best model and test communication theory in applied contexts. 

To accomplish our goals, we favor a general structural equation modeling approach to evaluate our data to model correspondence. We use techniques such as finite mixture modeling, causal mediation analysis, conditional process analysis, exploratory structural equation modeling, item response theory, multilevel modeling, and latent growth curve modeling, among other statistics, to best quantify causal learning effects. Most recently, our lab has been focused on longitudinal applications of SEM including latent transition analysis (i.e., using random intercepts) and intensive longitudinal modeling (i.e., dynamic structural equation modeling).

Former members include:

Zachary W. Goldman, Ph.D. (University of Louisville)
James P. Baker, Ph.D. (Mission College)
Stephen M. Kromka, Ph.D. (University of Tampa)
Kevin C. Knoster, Ph.D. (OGC Global)

Below are lab members and some of our current and ongoing collaborations:

Matt Shin

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Katherine Armstrong

Matt is a third year PhD student whose current research interests center around communication experiences in close relationships and include substantive areas such as romantic jealousy and relational turbulence processes. To study these topics he uses various latent variable modeling techniques such as factor analysis, latent growth curve modeling, and mixture modeling. He recently published an article on doctoral students’ motivation to persist in their studies and their susceptibility to engage in instructional dissent. He is currently conducting a study on romantic partners’ patterns of jealousy expression using latent profile analysis. To learn more about his research, you can visit his website: www.matt-shin.com.
Katie is a third year Ph.D. student whose research interests focus on student and instructor communication behaviors in classrooms. More specifically, Katie is interested in the role that student emotions play in students’ learning and classroom communication behaviors. She recently published a study using a within-subjects mediation model to reveal declines in student learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessary switch to emergency remote instruction. She is currently working on a project about medical mistrust of doctors in rural areas.
Rebekah is a second year PhD student whose current research interests include relational turbulence, psychological reactance, and support. Rebekah is interested in studying social support and how it helps partners in close relationships and college students in classrooms persevere through difficult situations. She is currently modeling serial processes of students' psychological reactance to instructors' late work policies as well as their reactions to parental messages regarding alcohol. To learn more about her research, you can visit her website: www.rebekahchiasson.com

Rebekah Chiasson

Some of the recent publications from the Communication Modeling and Measurement Lab include:

Goodboy, A. K., Bolkan, S., & Shin, M. (2022). Relational turbulence processes among avoidant and anxious spouses. Communication Quarterly, 70(3), 317-343. https://doi.org/10.1080/01463373.2022.2054720


Goodboy, A. K., Bolkan, S., Shin, M., & Chiasson, R. M. (2022). Affective and interest consequences of lecture misbehaviors for students with mastery goals. Communication Education, 71(3), 223-243. https://doi.org/10.1080/03634523.2022.2070770


Bolkan, S., Goodboy, A. K., Shin, M., & Chiasson, R. M. (2022). Teacher antagonism: Reducing students’ sustained attention through decreased affect toward instructors and diminished motivation to learn. Communication Education, 71(3), 188-203. https://doi.org/10.1080/03634523.2022.2070771


Goodboy, A. K., Myers, S. A., Goldman, Z. W., & Borzea, D. (2022). Self-determination in marriage: Actor and partner effects of spousal autonomy on relational maintenance behaviors. Communication Reports. https://doi.org/10.1080/08934215.2022.2058039


Shin, M., Goodboy, A. K., & Dillow, M. R. (2022). A longitudinal investigation of relational turbulence during the transition to college. Communication Research Reports, 39(3), 126-135. https://doi.org/10.1080/08824096.2022.2054791


Armstrong, K. E., Goodboy, A. K., & Shin, M. (2022). Pandemic pedagogy and emergency remote instruction: Transitioning scheduled in-person courses to online diminishes effective teaching and student learning outcomes. Southern Communication Journal, 87(1), 56-69. https://doi.org/10.1080/1041794X.2021.2011954


Shin, M., Goodboy, A. K., & Bolkan, S. (2022). Profiles of doctoral students’ self-determination: Susceptibilities to burnout and dissent. Communication Education, 71(2), 83-107. https://doi.org/10.1080/03634523.2021.2001836


Goodboy, A. K., Bolkan, S., & Shin, M. (2022). A mixture modeling perspective of relational turbulence theory in marriage. Communication Monographs, 89(1), 96-117. https://doi.org/10.1080/03637751.2021.1951785