Michelle Givertz

Michelle GivertzAssociate Professor

PhD (2002) - Communication, University of Arizona
MA (1996) - Communication Studies, University of Michigan
BA (1994) - Communication Studies, University of Kansas

Tehama 433
Phone: 530-898-6052
Fax: 530-898-4096

"Relationships are our life's work, and communication is the primary mechanism through which relationships are created and sustained." 

Professional Affiliations

  1. National Communication Association (NCA)
  2. International Communication Association (ICA)
  3. International Association for Relationship Research (IARR)
  4. Western States Communication Association (WSCA)

Courses Taught

  • CMST 233 - Foundations of Interpersonal Communication
  • CMST 234 - Gender and Communication
  • CMST 235 - Intercultural Communication
  • CMST 332 - Research Methods
  • CMST 489 - Internship
  • CMST 602 - Seminar in Communication Research Methods
  • CMST 606 - Seminar in Interpersonal Communication Theories
  • CMST 611 - Seminar in Intercultural Communication

Current Interests

As a personal relationships scholar, I am fundamentally interested in the communication that takes place in close relationships. My focus to date has been on romantic relationships and on relationships between parents and their young adult children. In both cases, I’m interested in how communication processes are associated with relationship outcomes at the level of both the individual and the dyad.

Recent Publications

Givertz, M. (in press). Parenting styles/discipline. In C. R. Berger & M. E. Roloff (Eds), International encyclopedia of interpersonal communication. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell.

Segrin, C., Givertz, M., Swiatkowski, P., Montgomery, N. (2014). Overparenting is associated with child problems and a critical family environment. Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Givertz, M., Woszidlo, A., Segrin, & Grill, K. (2013). Direct and indirect effects of attachment orientation on relationship quality and loneliness in married couples. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 30, 1096-1120. doi:10.1177/0265407513482445

Segrin, C., Woszidlo, A., Givertz, M., & Montgomery, N. (2013). Parent and child traits associated with overparenting. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 32, 569-595. doi.org/10.1521/jscp.2013.32.6.569

Givertz, M., & Segrin, C. (2012). The association between overinvolved parenting and young adults' self-efficacy, psychological entitlement, and family communication. Communication Research. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0093650212456392

Segrin, C., Woszidlo, A., Givertz, M., Bauer, A., & Taylor, M. (2012). The Association Between Overparenting, Parent-Child Communication, and Entitlement and Adaptive Traits in Young Adult Children. Family Relations, 61, 237-252, doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-3729.2011.00689.x

Givertz, M. & Safford, S. (2011). Longitudinal impact of communication patterns on romantic attachment and symptoms of depression. Current Psychology, 30(2), 148-172. doi.org/10.1007/s12144-011-9106-1

Givertz, M., Segrin, C., & Hanzal, A. (2009). The association between satisfaction and commitment differs across marital couple types. Communication Research, 36(4), 561-584. doi.org/10.1177/0093650209333035