Dr Elizabeth A. Craig

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Associate Professor

  • Email: eacraig@ncsu.edu
  • Address:
    Winston Hall 201D, Box 8104
    NCSU Campus
    Raleigh, NC 27695


Dr. Craig's teaching and research are in the areas of interpersonal and family communication, highlighting a number of communication processes and skills that contribute to enhancing personal relationships. Her research has been featured in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Personal Relationships, and Communication Quarterly. Her current research examines trauma focused equine assisted psychotherapy (TF-EAP). She investigates horse-human interaction as it influences emotional and behavioural changes among adolescent girls who have experienced trauma (e.g., sexual violence, physical and/or verbal abuse). She is a faculty partner with the Center for Family and Community Engagement, conducting research on foster families and coping with ambiguous loss. Her research intersects issues of mental health, developmental assets in youth, human-animal communication, and relationship building through communication.


Refereed Journal Articles

Bulla, B. R., Craig, E. A., & Steelman, T. A. (2017). Climate change and adaptive decision-making: Responses from North Carolina coastal officials. Ocean & Coastal Management, 135, 25-33.

Craig, E. A., Taylor, N., & Evans, S. (2017). Couples Who Slay Together, Stay Together: Examining the Relational Processes of Romantic Couples That Game. In Social Interaction in Virtual Worlds.

Craig, E. A., Luurs, G., & Compton, J. (in progress). Cyberbullying: Challenges and opportinities for interpersonal communication research. In L. Webb & K. Wright (Eds.), Computer-mediated communication and personal relationships. Peter Lang Publishing.

Craig, E.A., Harvey-Knowles, J., & Johnson, A.J. (2012). Childless Stepmothers: Communicating With Other Stepmothers About Spouses and Stepchildren. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 13, 71-79.

Craig, E.A., & Wright, K.B. (2012). Computer-Mediated Relational Development and Maintenance on Facebook. Communication Research Reports, 29, 119-129.

Kosenko, K., Craig, E., & Harvey-Knowles, J. (2012). Helpful and challenging support encounters in the aftermath of HPV infection and diagnosis. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 33, 355-362.

Craig, E. A., & Johnson, A. J. (2011). Role strain and online social support for childless stepmothers. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 28, 868-887.

Moore, J.L., & Craig, E.A. (2010). Relationship development and maintenance in a mediated world. In J. Park (Ed.), Interpersonal relations and social patterns in communication technologies: Discourse norms, language structures, and cultural variables. IGI Global Publishing.

Pfau, M.W., Banas, J., Semmler, S., Deatrick, L.M., Lane, L.T., Mason, A., Craig, E.A., Nisbett, G., Underhill, J., (2010). Role and impact of involvement and enhanced threat in resistance. Communication Quarterly, 58, 1-18.

Wright, K. B., & Craig, E. A. (2010). Aggressive communication: A life span perspective. In T. A. Avtgis & A. S. Rancer (Eds.), Arguments, aggression, and conflict: New directions in theory and research. Routledge.

Becker, J.A.H., Johnson, A.J., Craig, E.A., Gilchrist, E.S., Haigh, M.M., & Lane, L. T. (2009). Friendships are flexible, not fragile: Turning points in geographically-close and long-distance friendships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 26, 347-369.

Johnson, A.J., Becker, J.A.H., Craig, E.A., Gilchrist, E.S., & Haigh, M.M. (2009). Changes in friendship commitment: Comparing geographically close and long-distance young-adult friendships. Communication Quarterly, 57, 395-415.

Johnson, A. J., Craig, E. A., Haigh, M. M., Gilchrist, E. S., Lane, L. T., & Welch, N. S. (2009). Stepfamilies interfacing outside the home: Barriers to stepparent/stepchild communication with educational, medical, and legal personnel. In T. J. Socha & G. H. Stamp (Eds.), Parents, Children, and Communication II: Interfacing Outside of the Home. Routledge/Lawrence Erlbaum.

Johnson, A.J., Haigh, M.M., Craig, E.A., & Becker, J.A.H. (2009). Relational closeness: Comparing undergraduate college students’ geographically close and long-distance friendships. Personal Relationships, 16, 631-646.

Pfau, M.W., Semmler, S., Deatrick, L.T., Mason, A., Nisbett, G., L.M., Lane, Craig, E.A., Underhill, J., & Banas, J. (2009). Nuances about the role and impact of affect in inoculation. Communication Monographs, 76, 73-98.

Haigh, M. M., Bruce, M., & Craig, E.A. (2008). Mad cow coverage more positive in midwest papers. Newspaper Research Journal 29 (1), 50-62.

Johnson, A.J., Haigh, M., Becker, J., Craig, E., & Wigley, S. (2008). College students’ use of relational management strategies in email in long-distance and geographically close relationships. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13, 381-404.

Johnson, A. J., Wright, K. B., Craig, E. A., Gilchrist, E. S., Lane, L. T., & Haigh, M. M. (2008). A model for predicting stress levels and marital satisfaction for stepmothers utilizing a stress and coping approach. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 25, 119-142.

Johnson, A. J., Becker, J. A. H., Wigley, S., Haigh, M. M., & Craig, E. A. (2007). Reported Argumentativeness and verbal aggressiveness levels: The influence of type of argument. Communication Studies, 58, 189-205.

Johnson, A.J., Wittenberg, E., Haigh, M., Wigley, S., Becker, J., Brown, K., & Craig, E. (2004). The process of relationship development and deterioration: Turning points in friendships that have terminated. Communication Quarterly, 52, 54-67.



Courses at North Carolina State University

COM 332: Relational Communication

COM 457: Media and the Family

COM 541: Quantitative Research Methods in Applied Communication

COM 530: Interpersonal Communication in Science and Technology Organizations


  • BA in Interpersonal Communication from University of Central Oklahoma, 2001
  • MA in Interpersonal Communication from University of Oklahoma, 2004
  • PhD in Communication from University of Oklahoma, 2008