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Sally Planalp


Professor Planalp's specialties are interpersonal communication, close relationships, emotion, and health communication. She has done research on characteristics of face-to-face interaction, including the influence of relational definitions and the role of emotion, using both qualitative and quantitative methods. She has also studied interpersonal communication in health care settings through projects focusing on communication skills for poison control specialists, communication issues at the end of life, and relationships between hospice volunteers and patients. She teaches courses in interpersonal communication, relational communication, and interpersonal health communication.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Planalp, S., & Rosenberg, J.  (in press). Emotion in interpersonal communication. In P. J.   Schultz and P. Cobley (Series Eds.) & C. R. Berger (Vol. Ed.), Handbooks of communication science: Vol. 6. Interpersonal communication (pp. xxx-yyy).  Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

Planalp, S. (in press). Hospice. T. L. Thompson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of health communication. Sage.

Crouch, B. I., Thomas, K. C., Rothwell, E., Ellington, L., Planalp, S., Teemant, K. (in press). The importance of interpersonal communication in poison centers. Clinical Toxicology.

Rothwell, E., Ellington, L, Planalp, S., & Crouch, B.I. (2012). Exploring challenges to telehealth communication by specialists in poison information. Qualitative Health Research, 22, 67-75.

Rothwell, E.W., Ellington, L., Planalp, S. & Crouch, B.I. (2011). Tele-health: Lessons and strategies from specialists in poison information. Patient Education and Counseling, 85, 440-445.

Planalp, S. & Fitness, J. (2011). Interpersonal communication ethics. In G. Cheney, S. May, & D. Munshi (Eds.), Handbook of communication ethics (pp. 135-147). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Metts, S., & Planalp, S. (2011). Emotion experience and expression. In M. L. Knapp & J. A. Daly (Eds). Handbook of interpersonal communication (4th Ed., pp. 283-315). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Planalp, S., Trost, M. R., & Berry, P. (2011). Spiritual feasts: Meaningful conversations between hospice volunteers and patients. American Journal of Hospice and  Palliative Medicine, 28, 483-486.

Planalp, S., Metts, S., & Tracy, S. (2010). The social matrix of emotion expression and regulation. In C. R. Berger, M. E. Roloff, & D. Roskos-Ewoldsen (Eds.). Handbook of communication science (2nd ed., pp. 363-379). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Planalp, S., Crouch, B. I., Rothwell, E., & Ellington, L. (2009). Assessing the need for communication training for specialists in poison information. Clinical Toxicology, 47, 584-589.

Planalp, S., & Trost, M. R. (2009). Reasons for starting and continuing to volunteer for hospice. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 26, 288-294.

Planalp, S., & Trost, M. R. (2009). Motivations of hospice volunteers. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 26, 188-192.

Berry, P., & Planalp, S. (2009). Ethical issues for hospice volunteers. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 25, 458-462. 

Planalp, S. (2009). Emotional communication. In H. Reis & S. Sprecher (Eds.), Encyclopedia of human relationships (pp. 488-491). Mahwah, NJ: Sage.

Cheney, G. E., Zorn, T. E., Planalp, S., & Lair, D. J. (2008). Meaningful work and personal/social well being: Organizational communication engages the meanings of work. In C. S. Beck (Ed.), Communication yearbook 32 (pp.137-185). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Planalp, S., & Trost, M. (2008). Communication issues at the end of life: Reports from hospice volunteers. Health Communication, 23, 222-233.

Planalp, S., Fitness, J., & Fehr, B. (2006). Emotion and close relationships. In A.  Vangelisti & D. Perlman (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of personal relationships (pp. 369-384). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Fitness, J. & Planalp, S. (2005). Introduction to the Special Issue. Personal Relationships,12, 147-148.

Planalp, S. (2003). The unacknowledged role of emotion in theories of close relationships: How do theories feel? Communication Theory, 13, 78-99.

Metts, S. & Planalp, S. (2002). Emotional communication. In M. Knapp & J. A. Daly (Eds.), Handbook of interpersonal communication (3rd Ed.) (pp. 339-373). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Planalp, S., & Knie, K. (2002). Integrating verbal and nonverbal emotion(al) messages. In S. Fussell (Ed.). The verbal communication of emotions: Interdisciplinary perspectives (pp. 55-77). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Burleson, B. R.., & Planalp, S. (2000). Producing emotion(al) messages. Communication   Theory, 10, 221-250.

Planalp, S., Hafen, S., & Adkins, A. D. (2000). Messages of shame and guilt. In M. Roloff (Ed.), Communication Yearbook 23 (pp. 1-65). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Planalp, S. (1999). Communicating emotion: Social, moral and cultural processes. New     York/Paris: Cambridge University Press; also translated and published in Taiwan by Hung Yeh Publishing Company.

 Planalp, S., & Fitness, J. (1999). Thinking/Feeling about social and personal relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 16, 731-751.

 Planalp, S. (1998). Communicating emotion in everyday life: Cues, channels and   processes. In P. A. Andersen & L. K. Guerrero (Eds.), The handbook of  communication and emotion: Research, theory, applications and contexts (pp. 29- 48). New York, NY: Academic Press.

Planalp, S. (1998). Current issues arising at the confluence of communication and  emotion. Australian Journal of Communication, 25, 65-70.

 Planalp, S., DeFrancisco, V., & Rutherford, D. (1996). Varieties of cues to emotion in naturally-occurring situations. Cognition and Emotion, 10, 137-153.

Planalp, S., & Rivers, M. (1996). Changes in knowledge of close relationships. In G. Fletcher and J. Fitness (Eds.), Knowledge structures in close relationships: A social psychological approach (pp. 299-324). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.         

Planalp, S., & Garvin-Doxas, K. (1994). Using mutual knowledge in conversation: Friends as experts on each other. In S. Duck (Ed.), Dynamics of relationships (pp.1-26). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Planalp, S. (1993). Friends' and acquaintances' conversations II: Coded differences. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 10, 339-54.

Planalp, S. (1993). Communication, cognition, and emotion. Communication Monographs, 60, 3-9.

Planalp, S., & Surra, C. A. (1992). The role of account-making in the growth and   deterioration of close relationships. In J. H. Harvey, T. L. Orbuch, & A. L. Weber (Eds.), Attributions, accounts, and close relationships (pp. 71-92). New York: Springer-Verlag.

Planalp, S., & Benson, A. (1992). Friends' and acquaintances' conversations I: Perceived differences. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 9, 483-506.

Hewes, D. E., Roloff, M. E., Planalp, S., & Seibold, D. R. (1990). Interpersonal communication research: What should we know? In G. M. Phillips & J. T. Wood (Eds.), Speech communication: Essays to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Speech Communication Association (pp. 130-180). Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press (sponsored by SCA).

Planalp, S. (1989). Relational cognition and communica­tion. In B. Dervin, L. Grossberg,   B. O'Keefe, and E. Wartella (Eds.), Rethinking communication: Paradigm exemplars (Vol. 2, pp. 269-279). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Planalp, S., Rutherford, D. K., & Honeycutt, J. M. (1988). Events that increase uncertainty in relationships II: Replication and extension. Human Communication Research, 14, 516‑547.

Planalp, S., Graham, M., & Paulson, L. (1987). Cohesive devices in conversations. Communication Monographs, 54, 325‑343.

Planalp, S. (1987). Interplay between relational knowledge and events. In R. Burnett, P. McGhee and D. Clarke (Eds.), Accounting for relationships: Explanation, representation and knowledge (pp. 175-191). London: Methuen.

Hewes, D. E., & Planalp, S. (1987). The individual's place in communication science. In C. Berger & S. Chaffee (Eds.), Handbook of communication science (pp. 146-183). Beverly Hills, CA: Sage.

Planalp, S. (1986). Scripts, story grammars and causal schemas. In D. Ellis and W. Donohue (Eds.), Contemporary issues in language and discourse processes (pp. 111-125). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Planalp, S. (1985). Relational schemata: A test of alterna­tive forms of relational knowledge as guides to communica­tion. Human Communica­tion Research, 12, 3‑29.

Planalp, S., & Honeycutt, J. M. (1985). Events that increase uncertainty in personal relationships. Human Communication Research, 11, 593‑604. 

Planalp, S., & Hewes, D. E. (1982). A cognitive approach to communication theory: Cogito ergo dico? In M. Burgoon (Ed.), Communication yearbook V (pp. 49‑77). New Brunswick, N. J.: Transaction-ICA.

Hewes, D. E., & Planalp, S. (1982). There is nothing as useful as a good theory...: The influence of social knowledge in interpersonal communication. In M. Roloff and C. Berger (Eds.), Social cognition and communication (pp. 107-150). Beverly Hills, CA: Sage.

Cappella, J. N., & Planalp, S. (1981). Talk and silence sequences in informal        conversations: III. Interspeaker influence. Human Communication Research, 7, 117‑132. 

Planalp, S., & Tracy, K. (1980). Not to change the topic but: A cognitive approach to the management of conversa­tion. In D. Nimmo (Ed.), Communication yearbook IV (pp. 237‑258). New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction-ICA Association.

Hewes, D. E., Planalp, S., & Streibel, M. (1980). Analyzing social interaction: Some excruciating models and exhilarating results. In D. Nimmo (Ed.), Communication yearbook IV (pp. 123‑141). New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction‑ICA.  

Research Areas
  • interpersonal communication
  • health communication
  • close relationships
  • communication and emotion

National Communication Association

International Communicaion Association

International Association for Relationship Research

International Society for Research on Emotion


Sally Planalp
School of Communication Studies
Phone: 330-672-2659
Fax: 330-672-3510