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Dr. Leah LeFebvre (Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin) specializes in young adult dating and marital relationships, particularly turbulence, dissolution, and narratives in interpersonal and health contexts. She examines the communicative and psychological relational processes exhibited through mating strategies, linguistic choices, and social networks utilizing a wide breadth of methodological approaches to answer quantitative, qualitative, experimental based research questions and hypotheses.

Her dissertation investigated how individuals and couples narrate relational stories about stressful experiences. This research examines the qualitatively extracted thematic similarities and differences that emerge between individual and joint relational storytelling and simultaneously quantitatively investigates narrative completeness assessing relationship outcomes.

Her scholarship, in collaboration with colleagues, has earned numerous Top Paper Panel Awards at National Communication Association Conference in multiple distinction divisions as well as at the Western Communication Association Conference. She has had research published in: Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Narrative Inquiry, Health Communication, Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, Basic Communication Course Annual, and Academic Exchange,


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles__________________________________________________

Donovan, E., Brown, L., LeFebvre, L., Zaitchik, S. T., & Love, B. (forthcoming). “The uncertainty is what is driving me crazy”: The tripartite model of uncertainty in the adolescent and young cancer context. Health Communication.


LeFebvre, L., Blackburn, K., & Brody, N. (in press). Navigating romantic relationships on Facebook: Extending the relational dissolution model to account for social networking environments. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. doi:10.1177/0265407514524848


Blackburn, K., Brody, N., & LeFebvre, L. (2014). The I’s, We’s and She/He’s of breakups: Public and private pronoun usage in relationship dissolution accounts. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 33(2), 202-213. doi:10.1177/0261927X13516865


LeFebvre, L., & LeFebvre, L. (2014). The communication center at U.S. Colleges and Universities: A descriptive overview. Basic Communication Course Annual, 26, 143-173.


Blackburn, K., LeFebvre, L., & Richardson, E. (2013). To enhance or hinder, that is the question: Technological task interruptions in the classroom. Florida Journal of Communication, 41(2), 107-116.


Dailey, R. M., Brody, N., LeFebvre, L., & Crook, B. (2013). Charting changes in commitment: Trajectories of on-again/off-again relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 30(8), 1020-1044. doi:10.1177/0265407513480284


LeFebvre, L., & Blackburn, K. (2013). Choosing Emma’s ending: Exploring the intersection of small and big stories, antenarrative, and narrative. Narrative Inquiry, 22(2), 211-225. doi:10.1075/ni.22.2.01lef


LeFebvre, L., & LeFebvre, L. (2012). Student self-generated feedback and video. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 16(2). Retrieved from


Love, B., Crook, B., Mooney Thompson, C., Zaitchik, S., Knapp, J., LeFebvre, L., Jones, B., Donovan E., Eargle, E., & Rechis, R. (2012). A content analysis of messages posted to an adolescent/young adult cancer support group. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 15(10), 555-559. doi:10.1089/cyber.2012.0138


Book Chapters________________________________________________________________

LeFebvre, L. (2014). First came love, then came chocolate: Pioneering a new Værøy tradition. In J. O. Sørnes, L. Browning, & J. T. Henriksen (Eds.). Culture, development, and Petroleum: An ethnography of the high north.


Professional Honors and Awards_________________________________________________


2013    WSCA Top Three Language and Social Interaction Interest Group Paper

2012    NCA Interpersonal Communication Division Top Four Paper Award

2011    NCA Family Communication Division Top Paper Panel

2010    NCA Basic Course Division Top Paper Panel

2010    NCA Scholar-to-Scholar Poster Presentation Scholarly Breakthrough Award

2010    University of Texas Office of Graduate Studies Professional Development Award



2007    International Communication Association Teaching Award

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Communication Department 



2007    Melvin Miller Award for Service

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Communication Department


Fellowships ___________________________________________________________

2013 - 2014     University of Texas at Austin College of Communication Continuing Fellowship  

Spring 2012     University of Texas at Austin Undergraduate Mentor Fellowship

Summer 2011  Universitetet i Nordland Bodø Graduate School of Business Norwegian Research Fellowship


Professional Affiliations________________________________________________________

International Association for Relationship Research

International Association of Communication

National Communication Association

Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Western Communication Association

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Dr. Leah LeFebvre, Ph.D.

Dr. Leah LeFebvre
Dr. Leah LeFebvre is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism.

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