Andy Merolla

Associate Professor
Interpersonal Communication

Office Location

SSMS 4415


Interpersonal Communication, Relational Maintenance, and Conflict Management


Andy Merolla studies the link between interpersonal communication and well-being. Andy’s research examines topics such as conflict management, interpersonal forgiveness, and relational maintenance. Using approaches such as experience sampling, his current research analyzes the interrelationships between communication, emotion, and cognition in everyday interaction within social networks, or "social biomes."

Some of his recent research also explores the role of communication in constructing hope and the important role that hope plays in managing difficult life situations.

Andy’s research can be found in journals such as Communication Monographs, Communication ResearchCommunication Theory, Human Communication Research, and the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

At UCSB, Andy teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in communication theory, conflict management, interpersonal communication, and nonverbal communication. In 2021, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the UCSB Academic Senate. 


Recent Journal Articles:

Hall, J. A., Pennington, N., & Merolla, A. J. (2023). Which mediated social interactions satisfy the need to belong? Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 28, zmac026.

Merolla, A. J., Hansia, A., Hall, J., & Zhang, S. (2022). Moments of connection for the disconnected: People with negative relations with others experience less, but benefit more from, positive everyday interaction. Communication Research, 49, 838-862.

Hansia, A., & Merolla, A. J. (2021). Intimate partner violence disclosure among Muslim-Americans: A survey study of disclosure likelihood to varying networks and the roles of relational context, religiosity, and marginalization. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 49, 609-631.

Hall, J. A., Mihailova, T., & Merolla, A. J. (2021). Typicality and volition as fundamental features of everyday relational communication. Personal Relationships, 28, 607-626.

Merolla, A. J., Otmar, C., & Ruvalcaba Hernandez, C. (2021). Day-to-day relational life during the COVID-19 pandemic: Linking mental health, daily relational experiences, and end-of-day outlook. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 38, 2350-2375.

Merolla, A. J., Bernhold, Q., & Peterson, C. (2021). Pathways to connection: An intensive longitudinal examination of state and dispositional hope, day quality, and everyday interpersonal interaction. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 38, 1961-1986.

Dominguez, J., Bowman, S., Hall, J., & Merolla, A. (2020). Working hard to make a good impression: The relational consequences of effortful self-presentation. Communication Research Reports, 37, 276-285.

Hall, J. A., & Merolla, A. J. (2020). Connecting everyday talk and time alone to global well-being. Human Communication Research, 46, 86-111.

Kam, J., Merolla, A. J., & High, A. C. (2020). Latinx immigrant youth’s indirect and direct family-undocumented status disclosures in relation to received supportive communication and depressive symptoms. Communication Research, 47, 599-622.

Merolla, A. J., Hall, J. A., & Bernhold, Q. (2019). Perseverative cognition, distracted communication, and well-being in everyday social interaction. Personal Relationships, 26, 507-528.

Merolla, A. J., & Harman, J. L. (2018). Relationship-specific hope and constructive conflict management in adult romantic relationships: Testing an accommodation framework. Communication Research, 45, 339-364.

Bernhold, Q., Dunbar, N. E., Merolla, A. J., & Giles, H. (2018). Relational change following hurtful conflict: An extension of identity implications theory. Human Communication Research44, 127-154.

Merolla, A. J., & Kam, J. A. (2018). Parental hope communication and parent-adolescent constructive conflict management: A multilevel longitudinal analysis. Journal of Family Communication, 18, 32-50.

Sun, S., Merolla, A. J., & Seo, M. (2018). Public and personal responses to environmental pollution in China: Differential susceptibility, direct experience, and media use. International Journal of Communication, 12, 1501-1522.

Kam, J. A., & Merolla, A. J. (2018). Hope communication as a predictor of documented and undocumented Latino/a students’ college intentions across an academic year. Communication Monographs85, 399-422.