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Denise Polk, Ph.D.

Denise Polk, Ph.D.

Main Hall 507

Office hours:
Fall 2014 Office Hours: T: 9-11, W: 9-11, R: 1:45-2:45 No advising appointments necessary during office hours. Advisees must bring their updated COM advising sheet for advising. Appointments can be scheduled if students have class conflicts during scheduled office hours.

Denise M. Polk, Ph.D. holds the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Dr. Polk's teaching and research areas focus mainly in the areas of interpersonal communication, work-family integration, conflict resolution, and health communication. She has focused mostly on marital, dating, and family relationships and has been able to integrate the area of health into her research with studies surrounding Alzheimer's disease.

Recent research and service interests involve sustainability and environmental communication. She also serves on the Joint Sustainability Task Force, BLUER (Borough Leaders United for Emissions Reduction), and she participates on the Sustainability Advisory Council.

In addition to presentations at national and regional conferences, her publications include:
Weight-related stigma as a predictor of self-disclosure patterns in women in The Open Communication Journal(co-authored with Gwen Hullman), Intersecting work and family: The influence of relational beliefs and behaviors on work-family integration in Journal of Management and Organization, Teaching nonverbal communication using children’s reading material in Teaching Ideas for the Basic Communication Course, Speaking the language of relational maintenance: A validity test of Chapman’s (1992) five love languages in Communication Research Reports (co-authored with Nichole Egbert), When dysfunction complicates caring: Critiquing a family caregiving model for Alzheimer’s dementia in Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, and Communication and family caregiving for Alzheimer’s dementia: Linking attributions and problematic integration in Health Communication.

Dr. Polk is a member of the National Communication Association. Before coming to West Chester University, Dr. Polk taught at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA. She holds a B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace College, an M.A. from Miami University, and a Ph.D. from Kent State University. Dr. Polk joined the faculty of West Chester University in 2005.