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William Richard Cupach

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About Dr. Cupach:

Dr. William R. Cupach is Professor Emeritus in the School of Communication at Illinois State University. He earned his B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago in 1978, double-majoring in Economics and Communication Arts. In 1981 he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication Arts and Sciences from the University of Southern California and joined the faculty of Illinois State University that same year. His areas of expertise include interpersonal communication, research methods, conflict and negotiation, and persuasion. Dr. Cupach is a past President of the International Association for Relationship Research.


Research Interests:

Dr. Cupach’s interdisciplinary research program illuminates the “dark side” of social and personal relationships by exploring how individuals experience and manage awkward, difficult, and challenging interactions and relationships. He has investigated such contexts as embarrassing social predicaments, interpersonal conflict and criticism, relational transgressions, relationship termination, communication between former spouses, communication about sex, social and relational aggression, bullying, obsessive relationship pursuit, and stalking.

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William R. Cupach, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

School of Communication
Illinois State University
Campus Box 4480

Normal, IL 61790-4480

Office: Fell Hall 452

Office Phone: (309) 438-7815
Fax: (309) 438-3048

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