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Dr. Justin Boren
Assistant Professor of Communication
Academic/professional background: Dr. Boren joined the Santa Clara faculty in 2010 after earning his Ph.D in Communication from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. Prior to that, he earned his B.A. (2002) and M.A. (2005) from California State University, Long Beach. His doctoral dissertation focused on the way that social support in a workplace influences psychological and physiological stress among workers, especially as that stress related to worklife balance issues. He has consulted in a variety of private organizations, especially in the financial services sector, where he worked for a number of years prior to earning his doctorate.
Teaching areas/responsibilities: Dr. Boren teaches Introduction to Interpersonal Communication, Quantitative Research Methods, Organizational Communication, and the Biology of Communication. Dr. Boren is also a co-adviser to Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Honor Society (Theta Rho Chapter).
Research interests: Dr. Boren's primary research interests focus on the way that social support improves working conditions in a variety of organizations. He has conducted experimental and survey research on division of household labor, physiological stress, psychological stress, as well as worklife balance concerns. Additional research interests include psychoneuroendocrinology, advanced quantitative methods and design, employee relationships, training and development, organizational communication, family communication, health and wellness in the workplace, mediation, negotiation, and conflict.
Sample Scholarly Publications:
Boren, J. P. & Veksler, A. E. (2011). A decade of research exploring biology and communication: the brain, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, and immune systems. Communication Research Trends, 30(4), 1-34.
Boren, J. P. & McPherson, M. B. (2009). The influence of being "out" in the workplace on perceptions of managerial credibility and affect. Rocky Mountain Communication Review, 6(2), 6-17.
Floyd, K., Boren, J. P., Hannawa, A. F., Hesse, C., McEwan, B., & Veksler, A. E. (2009). Kissing in marital and cohabitating relationships: Effects on blood lipids, stress, and relationship satisfaction. Western Journal of Communication, 73(2), 113-133.
Bippus, A. M., Boren, J. P., Worsham, S. (2008). Social exchange orientation and conflict communication in romantic relationships. Communication Research Reports, 25(3), 227-234.
Sample Scholarly Presentations:
Floyd, K., Hesse, C., Boren, J. P., & Veksler, A. E. (2012, February). Affectionate communication can suppress immunity: Trait affection predicts antibody titers to latent Epstein-Barr virus. Paper accepted at the annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association, Albuquerque, N.M. [Top Four Paper in Health Communication]
Boren, J. P. (2011, November). The impact of an enacted social support training intervention on work-life interaction and stress in a sample of working adults. Paper accepted at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA.
Veksler, A. E. & Boren, J. P. (2011, November). Some things are better left not unsaid: An exploratory study of the communicatively-restricted organizational stressor. Paper accepted at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA.
Riforgiate, S. & Boren, J. P. (2011, February). Resistance and equity: Individuals' strategies to reallocate domestic tasks. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association annual Meeting, Monterey, CA.
Boren, J. P. (2011, February). Communicating socially-supportive work policies. In S. Riforgiate & H. Canary (Chairs), Practicing policy: Understanding how communication informs, supports, and reinforces organizational community. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association, Monterey, CA.
Boren, J. P. (2009, November). Too much of a good thing? Co-rumination and the relationship between social support, stress, and burnout among graduate students. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.
Boren, J. P. (2008, November). Without us the world would be lost: Institutional themes related to women's work life balance discourse. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, San Diego, CA.
Boren, J. P. & Johnson, S. (2008, November). Factors Predicting Work/Life Balance Policy Use: Peer Resentment, Perceived State Guilt, and Job Burnout. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, San Diego, CA.
Boren, J. P. (2008, February). Investigating fairness and communication about the division of domestic labor in same sex romantic partners. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association, Denver, CO.
Dunbar, N., Bippus, A., Mejia, R., Boren, J. P., Castro, P., Hairkul, V., Kahf, U., Mylott, K., Pfister, R. (2006, November). Synchrony and reciprocity of nonverbal behaviors between romantic partners during conflicts. Paper selected as the Top Paper for the Interpersonal Communication Division at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, San Antonio, TX.
Office Location: Arts & Sciences Building, Room 217.