April Trees, Ph.D.
Chair; Associate Professor
Family Communication; Conflict, Mediation, & Negotiation; Leadership and Teams; Interpersonal Communication (undergraduate and graduate); Graduate Studies in Communication; Communication Research Methods (undergraduate and graduate); Public Speaking
Ph.D., University of Washington, 1999
M.A., University of Washington, 1995
- Social support
- Family storytelling
- Nonverbal communication
Publications and Media Placements
Trees, A. R., Ohs, J. E., & Murray, M. E. (2017). Family communication about end-of-life
decisions and the enactment of the decision-maker role. Behavioral Sciences, 7(2), 36.
Trees, A. R., & Ohs, J. E. (2016). Making sense of family communication about and at the end of life: Family communication around end-of-life planning and decision making. Journal of Health Law and Policy, 10.
Ohs, J. E., Trees, A. R., & Gibson, C. (2015). Holding on and letting go: Making sense of end-of-life care decisions in families. Southern Journal of Communication, 80, 353-364.
Koenig Kellas, J., Willer, E.K., & Trees, A. R. (2013). Communicated perspective-taking during stories of marital stress: Spouses’ perceptions of one another’s perspective-taking behaviors. Southern Communication Journal, 78, 326-351.
Thorson, A. R., Rittenour, C. E., Koenig Kellas, J., & Trees, A. (2013). Quality interactions and family storytelling. Communication Reports, 26, 88-100.
Honors and Awards
Recipient of the 2016 Milton Dickens Award for Exemplary Empirical Research
Recipient of the 2010 Journal of Family Communication Article of the Year award