Chris Segrin, PhD

Department Head, Communication


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Phone Number: 
(520) 621-7079
Short Bio: 

Chris Segrin (PhD 1990, University of Wisconsin) is a behavioral scientist whose specialty is interpersonal relationships and mental health. His research focuses on social skills, relationship development and satisfaction, and such problems as depression, anxiety, loneliness and marital distress. This research can be found in journals such as Human Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, Communication Research and Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

He is author of the books Interpersonal Processes in Psychological Problems (2001, Guilford Press) and Family Communication (2005, Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers). Professor Segrin was also the editor of the journal Communication Theory from 2003-2005.

In addition to his appointment in the Department of Communication, Professor Segrin is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Family Studies. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Arizona, Professor Segrin was on the faculty of the University of Kansas and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He now teaches classes in interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, persuasion, marriage and family, and research methods. Professor Segrin has been the recipient of six teaching awards from the University of Wisconsin, University of Kansas, and University of Arizona.

Recently he has been conducting research studies on the intergenerational transmission of divorce, how social skills deficits make people vulnerable to depression, and why lonely people have more health problems. In addition, Professor Segrin has recently conducted a number of studies with colleagues at the U of A College of Nursing to develop methods for improving quality of life (e.g., depression, anxiety, relationship satisfaction, social support) for women undergoing treatment for breast cancer and their partners, as well as for men with prostate cancer and their partners. This research has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, Lance Armstrong Foundation, Oncology Nursing Foundation and the American Cancer Society.

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Prevention and Control
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Affiliate Member
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Selected Publications: 

Segrin, C. (2001). Interpersonal processes in psychological problems. New York: Guilford Press. Segrin, C., & Flora, J. (2005). Family communication. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. Segrin, C., Badger, T., Meek, P., Lopez, A.M., Bonham, E., & Sieger, A. (2005). Dyadic interdependence on affect and quality of life trajectories among women with breast cancer and their partners. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 22, 673-689. Segrin, C, Badger, T., Meek, P., & Bonham, E. (2006). Interpersonal well being and mental health in male partners of women with breast cancer. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 27, 371-389. Segrin, C., Badger, T.A., & Dorros, S.M., Meek, P., & Lopez, A.M. (2007). Interdependent anxiety and psychological distress in women with breast cancer and their partners. Psycho-Oncology, 16, 634-643.

Professional Information


1991 Top Student Paper Award, Interpersonal Division, International Communication Association 1992 Top Three Paper, Interpersonal Communication and Social Cognition Division, Speech Communication Association 1993 Top Paper, Communication Theory Division, Central States Communication Association 1996 Ned N. Fleming Trust Award for Excellence in Teaching 1997 John E. Hunter Award for Meta-Analysis Research in Communication, presented by the Information Systems Division of the International Communication Association 1997 W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence 1998 KU Center for Teaching Excellence Award for Excellence in Teaching 1999 Top Three paper, Interpersonal and Small Group Interaction Division, National Communication Association 2000 Top Paper, Communication and Instruction Interest Group, Western States Communication Association 2003 Top Three paper, Interpersonal Communication Division, National Communication Association 2004 Top paper, Interpersonal Communication Division, International Communication Association 2007 Top Three paper, Interpersonal Communication Division, International Communication Association 2009 UA Graduate College Graduate and Professional Education Teaching and Mentoring Award