Tammy Afifi’s applied communication research recognized with the 2021 National Communication Association Gerald M. Phillips Award for Distinguished Applied Communication Scholarship. Dr. Tamara D. Afifi has published extensively in the areas of interpersonal and family communication. Dr. Afifi’s work demonstrates a sustained commitment to at-risk and underserved populations, and highlights communities that have been largely overlooked, including mothers and adolescents in Palestinian refugee camps and families coping with natural disasters. Dr. Afifi’s applied scholarship contributed to a methodological shift in the areas of interpersonal and family communication, from the primary reliance on laboratory environments, student samples, and online surveys to the examination of participants’ processes of communication in their natural environment.
For press release, see https://www.news.ucsb.edu/2021/020408/communication-leader