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Communication & Journalism Department

Dr. Leah E. LeFebvre (PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 2014) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication & Journalism at the University of Wyoming, where she teaches courses in interpersonal and relational communication, communication technology, communication theory, and research methodology. Download Dr. LeFebvre's CV here.

Her research focuses on romantic relationships and emerging technologies, or the interplay of communication, technology, and healthy behavior. Currently, she has been exploring ghosting, relationship initiation on Tinder, dissolution strategies and behavior on Facebook, and archival processes on mobile phones. She also studies meaning-making through narration and storytelling processes that inform, reinforce, and reshape relationships during initiation, conflict, and dissolution. She has multiple projects that have explored individualistic and relationship sense-making in origin and breakup stories. Lastly, she intertwines research and pedagogical practices through her investigation of the basic communication course and communication centers examining their conventional practices and assumptions surrounding public speaking practices, video recording implementation, and assessment strategies.

Her research appears in such major journals as: Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Communication Monographs, Social Media+Society, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Health Communication, Communication Education, Basic Communication Course Annual, Journal of Language and Social Psychology, and Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

*The Word Gram to the right represents Dr. LeFebvre’s contributions to the communication and relationship field by taking her published abstracts and highlighting the frequency of their content.

Leah LeFebvre's Word Gram of Research

Peer-Reviewed Publications

LeFebvre, L. E. (revise/resubmit). Swipe me off my feet: Explicating Relationship Initiation on Tinder. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

LeFebvre, L. E., Yilmaz, G., & LeFebvre, L. (revise/resubmit). Argumentative communication in cooperative learning groups: Member’s use of evidence and non-evidence. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

LeFebvre, L., & LeFebvre, L. E. (revise/resubmit). “The eye in the sky doesn’t lie”: Video replay and self-evaluations as part of the basic communication course.” Communication Teacher.

LeFebvre, L. E., & *Rasner, R. D. (in press – forthcoming May 2017). Adaptations to traditional familial roles: Examining the challenges of grandmothers’ counter-life transitions. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 15(2). *=Graduate student

Dr. Leah LeFebvre

Brody, N., LeFebvre, L., & Blackburn, K. (in press). Online relationship behaviors: Measurement and association with relational development and dissolution. Social Media & Society. doi:10.1177/2056305116680004

Yilmaz, G., & LeFebvre, L. (2016). The effects of self-awareness and self-reflective writing on online task performance. International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning6(2). doi:10.4018/IJCBPL.2016040103

LeFebvre, L., LeFebvre, L., & Allen, M. (2016). The unaware, accurate, and overly critical: The use of video self-evaluation for improving public speaking competency. Basic Communication Course Annual, 28, 116-165.

Donovan, E. E., Thompson, C., LeFebvre, L., & Tollison, A. C. (2016). Emerging adult confidants’ judgments of parental openness: Developing a model of disclosure quality and post-disclosure relational closeness. Communication Monographs. doi:10.1080/03637751.2015.1119867

Dailey, R. M., LeFebvre, L., Crook, B., & Brody, N. (2016). Relational uncertainty and communication in on-again/off-again romantic relationships: Assessing changes and patterns across recalled turning points. Western Journal of Communication, 3, 239-263. doi:10.1080/10570314.2015.1094123

LeFebvre, L., LeFebvre, L., Blackburn, K., & Boyd. R. (2016). Student estimates of public speaking competency: The Meaning Extraction Method and video self-evaluation. Communication Education. doi:10.1080/03634523.2015.1014384

Donovan, E. E., Brown, L. E., LeFebvre, L., Tardif, S., & Love, B. (2015). "The uncertainty is what is driving me crazy": The tripartite model of uncertainty in the adolescent and young adult cancer context. Health Communication, 30, 702-713. doi:10.1080/10410236.2014.898193

Donovan, E. E., LeFebvre, L., Brown, L. E., Tardif, S., & Love, B. (2015). Patterns of social support communicated in response to expressions of uncertainty in an online community of young adults with cancer. Journal Applied Communication Research, 42, 432-455. doi:10.1080/00909882.2014.929725

LeFebvre, L., Blackburn, K., & Brody, N. (2015). Navigating romantic relationships on Facebook: Extending the relational dissolution model to account for social networking environments. Journal of Social and Personal Relationship, 32, 78-98. 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 Inquiry22(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. E. (accepted). “Phantom lovers: Ghosting as a relationship dissolution strategy in the technological age. In N. Punyanunt-Carter & J. S. Wrench (Eds.). Social Media & Romantic Relationships.

Brody, N., LeFebvre, L. E., & Blackburn, K. G. (accepted). Post-dissolution surveillance on social networking sites. In N. Punyanunt-Carter & J. S. Wrench (Eds.). Social Media & Romantic Relationships.

Haggadone, B., & LeFebvre, L. (accepted). I-Block from Tetris. In J. Banks, R. Mejia, & A. Adams (Eds.). 100 greatest video game characters’ volume.

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.


Invited Encyclopedia/Book Chapters       

LeFebvre, L. (2017, Spring). Data. In M. Allen (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Design (pp. ##). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

LeFebvre, L. (2017, Spring). Variables – Conceptualized. In M. Allen (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Design (pp. ##). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

LeFebvre, L. (2017, Spring). Variables – Defined. In M. Allen (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Design (pp. ##). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.


Professional Honors and Academic Awards       

2017 | Communication & Instruction Top Four Panel | Western States Communication Association

2016 | College of Arts & Sciences Top Ten Teacher | University of Wyoming College of Arts & Sciences

2015 | Basic Course Communication Division Top Paper Panel | National Communication Association Conference

2015 | Top Poster Award (2nd Place) | International Association of Relationship Research Conference              

2015 | Instructional and Development Division Top Poster Award | International Communication Association Conference

2015 |  Interpersonal Communication Interest Group Top Paper Award | Western Communication Association Conference

2013 | Language and Social Interaction Interest Group Top Three Paper Award | Western Communication Association Conference

2012 | Interpersonal Communication Division Top Four Paper Award | National Communication Association Conference

2011 |  Interpersonal Communication Division Top Four Paper Award | National Communication Association Conference

2010 | Basic Course Division Top Paper Panel | National Communication Association Conference

2010 | Scholar-to-Scholar Poster Presentation Scholarly Breakthrough Award | National Communication Association Conference

2010 | Professional Development Award | University of Texas at Austin Office of Graduate Studies

2007 | International Communication Association Teaching Award | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Communication

2007 |  Melvin H. Miller Award for Outstanding Service | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Communication

2007 | Outstanding GPA Award | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Communication

2005 | Kent Grimslid Memorial Award (Vanguard Excellence Award) | University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

2005 | College of Liberal Studies Student Recognition of Excellence Award | University of Wisconsin – La Crosse Department of Communication Studies

2005 | College of Liberal Studies Student Recognition of Excellence Award | University of Wisconsin – La Crosse Department of Political Science

2004 | Lambda Pi Eta | National Communication Honorary Society 

2004 | Pi Sigma Alpha | National Political Science Honor Society



2016 | Caitlin Long Excellence Award Fund | $1000 | Collaboration with Tracey Owens Patton

2015 | Central States Communication Association Federation Prize | $3000 | Collaboration with Tina Coffelt



Central States Communication Association (CSCA)

International Association for Relationship Research (IARR)

National Communication Association (NCA)

Rocky Mountain Communication Association (RMCA)

Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)

Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (SSEA)

Western States Communication Association (WSCA)


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Courses Taught

COJO 3040: Advanced Communication Theory

COJO 3070: Communication Research

COJO 3520: Communication, Technology, & Society

COJO 4030/5030: Advanced Interpersonal Communication

COJO 4210/5210: Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication & Relationships

COJO 4210/5210: Communication & Technology

COJO 5080: Research Methods II (Qualitative Research Methods)

COJO 5540: Communication Theory 

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