Texas Tech University

Jenna Shimkowski

Assistant Professor
Communication Studies

Email: jenna.shimkowski@ttu.edu

Phone: +1.806.834.2808

Research: Health, Interpersonal communication


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Ph.D. University of Denver, 2015
M.A. Texas Christian University, 2010

Jenna Shimkowski


Originally from Dallas, Texas, I attended the University of North Texas, Texas Christian University, and the University of Denver for my degrees in Communication Studies. 


My research is in interpersonal and family communication, and this is extended into different contexts. I research family conflict and health outcomes, both mental and emotional health outcomes specifically. I also conduct interpersonal research within health communication contexts, such as communication among nurses. 


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Research Areas

  • Health communication
  • Interpersonal communication

Selected Publications


  • Shimkowski, J. R., & Ledbetter, A. M. (2018). Parental divorce disclosures, young adults' emotion regulation strategies, and feeling caught. Journal of Family Communication. 
  • Shimkowski, J. R., Schrodt, P., & Willer, E. K. (2017). Difficulties in regulating emotions as moderators of interparental conflict and young adult children's mental well-being. Communication Reports, 30, 116-128. 
  • Schrodt, P., & Shimkowski, J. R., (2017). Family communication patterns and perceptions of coparental communication. Communication Reports, 30, 39-50. 
  • Schrodt, P., Witt, P. L., & Shimkowski, J. R. (2014). A meta-analytical review of demand/withdraw patterns and their associations with relational and personal well-being, Communication Monographs.
  • Schrodt, P., & Shimkowski, J. R. (2013). Feeling caught as a mediator of coparental communication and young adult children's mental health and relational satisfaction with parents. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 30, 977-999.
  • Shimkowski, J. R., & Schrodt, P. (2012). Coparental communication as a mediator of interparental conflict and young adult children's mental well-being. Communication Monographs, 79, 48-71.
  • Finn, A. N., Shimkowski, J., O'Shaughnessy, C., & Heine, M. (2011). Verbally aggressive email messages: Examining the impact on student motivation and affect for the instructor and course. Texas Speech Communication Journal, 36, 43-57.

Research Featured

Teaching Focus

I teach a course called Communication in Relationships where we discuss relationships from beginning, to maintenance, to termination. I teach Communication in Nursing where we talk about the interpersonal workings of nursing relationships with patients, other nurses, and physicians, as well as messaging, and the organizational setting of healthcare. I also teach a Quantitative Research Methods course regarding the research design process, selecting participants, and statistical analyses. Another course is Communication Theory where students learn about the fundamental theories that provide the foundation of our field and research within in our field.

  • Communication in Relationships (COMS 3333)
  • Communication Theory (COMS 3301)
  • Small Group Communication (COMS 3353)
  • Business and Professional Communication (COMS 2358)
  • Graduate Quantitative Research Methods (COMS 5305)

Leadership & Awards

  • TTU faculty advisor for Lambda Pi Eta, the national honor society for Communication Studies

Top Paper Awards

  • Top Three Paper, Family Communication Division, Central States Communication Association,2016
  • Top Paper, Interpersonal Communication Division, National Communication Association, 2013
  • Top Four Paper, Family Communication Division, National Communication Association, 2012

Awards and Honors

  • Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award (2018)
  • Texas Tech Inclusive Excellence Fellowship member (2016-2017)
  • University of Denver AHSS Divisional Dissertation Fellow (2014-2015)
  • Selectively chosen to attend Rutgers University's Invitational Masters Student Institute (2010)
  • UNT Communication Studies Department Outstanding Senior Award (2008)
  • Assistant to the Director of Undergraduates, Department of Communication Studies, University of Denver (August 2013 – June 2014)
  • Vice President, Communication Studies Graduate Student Organization, University of Denver (June 2012 – June 2013)
  • First-Year Representative, Communication Studies Graduate Student Organization, University of Denver (January 2012 – June 2012)
  • Assistant to the Basic Course Director, Department of Communication Studies, Texas Christian University (July 2010 – December 2010)