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Ray, C. D. (2022). Mixed Messages: III. Negative statements within emotional support messages are more memorable than positive statements and predict longitudinal outcomes. Western Journal of Communication. Advance online publication.

Ray, C. D., & Shebib, S. J. (2022). Determinants of loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States: A one-year follow-up study. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Advance online publication. https://doi.10.1177/1041794X.2022.2086612

Ray, C. D. (2022). Extraversion negatively predicts compliance with social distancing and mask usage guidelines for men but not women. Research in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, 10(1), 1-5.

Floyd, K., Ray, C. D., James, R., & Anderson, A. J. (2022). Correlates of compassion for suffering social groups. Southern Communication Journal. Advance online publication


Ray, C. D. (2021). The trajectory and determinants of loneliness during the first two months of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 38(6), 1920-1938.

Ray, C. D., Harvey, J., Floyd, K., Bonito, J. A., & Reblin, M. (2021). Mixed messages: II. Outcomes associated with the proportion and placement of negative statements in support messages. Health Communication, 36(7), 856-865.

Shin, Y., Pettigrew, J., Ray, C. D., & Lu, Y. (2021). Frequency and importance of interpersonal communication about a school-based intervention with parents, peers, and teachers: Application of social interface model. Journal of Applied Communication Research. Advance online publication.

Pettigrew, J., Razzante, R., Allsup, J., Lu, Y., & Ray, C. D. (2021). Challenging sustainability in school-based intervention in Nicaragua. Health Education. Advance online publication.


Floyd, K., York, C., & Ray, C. D. (2020). Heritability of affectionate communication: A twins study. Communication Monographs, 87(4), 405-424.

Ray, C. D., Floyd, K., Tietsort, C., Veluscek, A. M., Otmar, C. D., Hashi, E. C., & Fisher, R. (2020). Mixed messages: I. The consequences of communicating negative statements within emotional support messages to cancer patients. Journal of Patient Experience, 7(4), 593-599.

Ray, C. D., Floyd, K., Mongeau, P. A., & Randall, A. K. (2020). Success bias and inflation bias after planning and communicating emotional support messages. Journal of Cancer Education, 35(5), 972-976.

Mikkelson, A. C., & Ray, C. D. (2020). Development of the Revised Relational Maximization Scale and explorations of how relational maximization relates to personal and relational outcomes. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 34(8-9), 2482-2509.


Ray, C. D., Burke, T. J., Young, V., & Curran, M. A. (2019). Enacting social control to encourage healthier partner diet and exercise behavior: Considering the roles of constraints and topic avoidance. Southern Communication Journal, 84(5), 301-313.

Ray, C. D., Floyd, K., Mongeau, P. A., Mark, L., Shufford, K. N., & Niess, L. C. (2019). Planning improves vocal fluency and appearance of concern when communicating emotional support. Communication Research Reports, 36(1), 57-66.

Ray, C. D., Manusov, V. L., & McLaren, R. M. (2019). “Emotional support won’t cure cancer”: Reasons people give for not providing emotional support. Western Journal of Communication, 83(1), 20-38.

Stein, J. B., Ray, C. D., van Raalte, L. J., & Mongeau, P. A. (2019). Testing the relational turbulence theory in friends with benefits relationships. Ohio Communication Journal, 57(1), 6-18.


Kim, S., Ray, C. D., Larkey, L., Ramos, E., & Northfelt, D. (2018). Factors predicting unmet supportive care needs among adult cancer patients. Health Behavior and Policy Review, 5(6), 38-49.

Floyd, K., Ray, C. D., van Raalte, L. J., Stein, J. B., & Generous, M. A. (2018). Interpersonal touch buffers pain sensitivity in romantic relationships but heightens sensitivity between strangers and friends. Research in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, 6(1), 27-34.

Ray, C. D., & Veluscek, A. M. (2018). Nonsupport versus varying levels of person-centered emotional support: A study of women with breast cancer. Journal of Cancer Education, 33(3), 649-652.

Pettigrew, J., Segrott, J., Ray, C. D., & Littlecott, H. (2018). Social interface model: Theorizing ecological post-delivery processes for intervention effects. Prevention Science, 19(8), 987-996.


Kim, H., Ray, C. D., Veluscek, A. M. (2017). Complementary roles of facilitators and peers in promoting mHealth engagement and weight loss: An analysis of survey and in-app activity data. Journal of Health Communication, 22(11), 902-915.

Ray, C. D., & Veluscek, A. M. (2017). Face threats and additional reasons for perceiving support as unwanted: A study of recently diagnosed cancer patients. Health Communication, 32(11), 1396-1402.

Floyd, K., & Ray, C. D. (2017). Thanks, but no thanks: Negotiating face threats when rejecting offers of unwanted social support. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 34(8), 1260-1276.


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