Welcome to the School of Communication.

Lindsey Thomas

Assistant Professor
  • BIOGRAPHY
  • Dr. Thomas teaches and conducts research in the areas of interpersonal communication and communication research methods.
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • COM 297.Sec 007 Communication Research MethodsDownload Syllabus
  • COM 297.Sec 008 Communication Research MethodsDownload Syllabus
  • COM 325.Sec 001 Theory And Research In Interpersonal CommunicationDownload Syllabus
  • Ph D Interpersonal Communication - 2015
  • University of Iowa
  • Iowa City, IA
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: Fostering Resilience: Exploring Former Foster Children's Narratives
  • MA Interpersonal Communication - 2011
  • University of Iowa
  • Iowa City, IA
  • BA Communication: Public Relations - 2008
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • Cedar Falls, IA
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Scharp, K. M., & Thomas, L. J. (2017). “What would a loving mom do today?”: Exploring the meaning of motherhood in stories of prenatal and postpartum depression. Journal of Family Communication, 17, 401-414. doi:10.1080/15267431.2017.1355803
  • Thomas, L. J., Jackl, J. A., & Crowley, J. L. (2017). “Family? . . . Not just blood”: Discursive constructions of “family” in adult former foster children’s narratives. Journal of Family Communication, 17, 238-253. doi:10.1080/15267431.2017.1310728
  • Thomas, L. J., & Scharp, K. M. (2017). “A family for every child”: Discursive constructions of “ideal” adoptive families in online foster-adoption photolistings that promote adoption of children from foster care. Adoption Quarterly, 20, 44-64. doi:10.1080/10926755.2016.1263261
  • Scharp, K. M., Paxman, C. G., & Thomas, L. J. (2016). “I want to go home”: Homesickness experiences and support-seeking practices. Environment and Behavior, 48, 1175-1197. doi:10.1177/0013916515590475
  • Scharp, K. M., & Thomas, L. J. (2016). Family “bonds”: Making meaning of parent-child relationships in estrangement narratives. Journal of Family Communication, 16, 32-50. doi:10.1080/15267431.2015.1111215.
  • Thomas, L. J. & Scharp, K. M. (2015). Exploring the meaning of cohabitation: A relational dialectics perspective. Iowa Journal of Communication, 47, 73-95.
  • Askelson, N., Losch, M., Thomas, L. J., & Reynolds, J. C. (2015). “Baby? Baby not?”: Exploring women’s narratives about ambivalence towards an unintended pregnancy. Women and Health, 55, 842-858. doi:10.1080/03630242.2015.1050543
  • Scharp, K. M., Thomas, L. J., & Paxman, C. G. (2015). “It was the straw that broke the camel’s back”: Exploring the distancing processes communicatively constructed in parent-child estrangement backstories. Journal of Family Communication, 15, 330-346. doi:10.1080/15267431.2015.1076422.
  • Baxter, L. A., Suter, E. A., Thomas, L. J., & Seurer, L. (2015). The dialogic construction of “adoption” in online foster adoption narratives. Journal of Family Communication, 15, 193-213. doi:10.1080/15267431.2015.1043431
  • Thomas, L. J., Scharp, K. M., & Paxman, C. G. (2014). Stories of postpartum depression: Exploring health constructs related to mothers’ help-seeking behaviors. Women and Health, 54, 373-387. doi:10.1080/03630242.2014.896442
  • Thomas, L. J. (2014). “Once a foster child…”: Identity construction in former foster children’s narratives. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 15, 84-91. doi:10.1080/17459435.2014.955596
  • Suter, E. A., Baxter, L. A., Seurer, L., & Thomas, L. J. (2014). Discursive constructions of the meaning of “family” in online narratives of foster adoptive parents. Communication Monographs, 81, 59-78. doi:10.1080/03637751.2014.880791
  • Steuber, K. R., Priem, J., Scharp, K. M., & Thomas, L. (2014). The content of relational uncertainty in non-engaged cohabiting relationships. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 42, 107-123. doi:10.1080/00909882.2013.874569
  • PRESENTATIONS
  • Scharp, K. M., & Thomas, L. J. (November, 2017). A child for every family: Characterizations of “adoptable” children in online permanency advocacy publications. Paper accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Dallas, TX. Top four paper in the Family Division.
  • Crowley, J. L., High, A. C., & Thomas, L. J. (November, 2017). Desired, expected, and received support: How support gaps impact affect improvement and perceived stigma in the context of unintended pregnancy. Paper accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Dallas, TX.
  • Scharp, K. M., Thomas, L. J., & Beaty, L. (November, 2017). Exploring parents’ stories of family estrangement using relational dialectics theory. Paper accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Dallas, TX.
  • Scharp, K. M., & Thomas, L. J. (May, 2017). “What behaviors would a loving mom do today?”: Exploring the meaning of motherhood in stories of prenatal and postpartum depression. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Thomas, L. J., & Scharp, K. M. (November, 2016). “A family for every child”: Discursive constructions of “ideal” families in photolistings that promote adopting children from foster care. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Thomas, L. J., Jackl, J. M., & Crowley, J. L. (November, 2016). “Family? . . . Not just blood”: Discursive constructions of “family” in adult former foster children’s narratives. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Seurer, L., Thomas, L. J., Abdi, S., Keller, A., & Webb, S. (February, 2016). (Critical) family matters: Considering innovative intersections in family communication studies. Panel presented at the annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Top Four Paper Panel
  • Family Division of National Communication Association
  • 2017