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tricia burke


Associate Professor

B.A., M.A., & Ph.D. University of Arizona
Interpersonal Communication, Relational Communication, Family Communication, Health Communication, Quantitative Research Methods

Office: Centennial Hall 330
Phone: 512.245.4064

Tricia Burke CV (PDF, 512 KB)

About Dr. Burke

Dr. Burke teaches a variety of communication courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including research methods, family communication, interpersonal communication, relational communication, health communication, and other related special topics courses. She also collaborates with students on research examining these topics.

Dr. Burke's research program focuses on interpersonal and health communication processes (e.g., social support, social influence, conflict) within romantic and family relationships. She also studies potential health implications of communication deficits, manifested as poor communication skills, loneliness, and social anxiety. Dr. Burke has presented her research at national and international conferences, and her research appears in peer-reviewed journals including, Health Communication, Journal of Family Communication, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and Communication Monographs, to name a few. Her research has also been featured on relationship blogs, in the Wall Street Journal, and on The Today Show.

Department/University and/or Leadership Roles

Advisor, Communication Studies Graduate Association

Courses Taught

COMM 3326: Family Communication
COMM 4326: Health Communication
COMM 4531: Relational Communication
COMM 5301: Empirical Research Methods
COMM 5318: Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
COMM 5313: Seminar in Relational Communication

Representative Publications

Burke, T. J., & Segrin, C. (2017). Weight-related social control in couples: Associations with motives, constraints, and health behaviors . Communication Research, 44, 348-366. doi:10.1177/0093650215590606

Burke, T. J., Dailey, S. L., & Zhu, Y. (2017). Let’s work out: Communication in workplace wellness programs. International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 10, 101-115. doi:10.1108/IHWHM-07-2016-0055

Burke, T. J., Ruppel, E., & Dinsmore, D. (2016). Moving away and reaching out: Young adults’ relational maintenance and psychosocial well-being during the transition to college. Journal of Family Communication, 16, 180-187. doi:10.1080/15267431.2016.1146724

Burke, T. J., & Segrin, C. (2016). Weight-related social control and relationship quality: Accuracy and bias effects. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 33, 999-1017. doi:10.1177/0265407515615692

Burke, T. J., & Ruppel, E. K. (2015). Facebook self-presentational motives: Daily effects on social anxiety and interaction success . Communication Studies, 66, 204-217. doi:10.1080/10510974.2014.884014

Recent Awards, Funding, and/or Recognition

PI, Multidisciplinary Internal Research Grant (MIRG) funded by Texas State University (Awarded: $25,000)

PI, Research Enhancement Grant funded by Texas State University (Awarded: $16,000)

Presidential Distinction Award in Scholarship/Creative Activity, Texas State University

Lead author, Article of the Year for Journal of Family Communication

Media Mentions, Public Scholarship, and More

Put a stop to ‘do I look fat?’ Wall Street Journal.

Woman fat, man thin? Could be a rocky road claims new study. Yahoo Shine!

His and her weight.

 “You’re going to eat that?” Relationship processes and conflict among mixed weight couples. Podcast recorded for the Relationship Matters podcast series at

Talking about Weight. Podcast recorded for the Relationship Matters podcast series at Podcast_52.mp3?c_id=10463080&expiration=1452042397&hwt=85ea2b98a2b3c962fba6da6c9c2f6723