Texas Tech University

Maggie Bennett-Brown

Assistant Professor
Communication Studies

Email: margaret.bennett@ttu.edu

Research Areas:  Health, Interpersonal

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Website: @drbennettbrown

PhD, University of Connecticut, 2019
MA, University of Missouri- St. Louis, 2015
BA, Truman State University, 2013

Maggie Bennet-Brown


Dr. Maggie Bennett-Brown is an assistant professor in Communication Studies in the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University. In addition to her position with TTU, she is an affiliated research fellow at the Kinsey Institute. She is also an active member of the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and the International Association for Relationship Research.


Dr. Bennett-Brown's primary areas of specialization are interpersonal and health communication, focusing on affection and its effects on mental and physical health within the context of intimate romantic relationships. In particular, she is interested in the effects of various forms of affectionate communication on sexual satisfaction, desire, and arousal, as well as the biological correlates underlying such communication processes and their link to health and well-being. my research finds that affectionate communication during intimate moments has a significant impact on the relational health of a couple. This work has helped her develop a unique expertise in studying moments of intimacy and heightened vulnerability in close relationships, with an aim to understand the effects of both positive and negative communication processes in these moments on individual and relational outcomes.


Dr. Bennett-Brown is primarily a quantitative survey researcher. She has conducted experimental research and qualitative content coding in previous research projects.

Research Areas

  • Health
  • Interpersonal

Selected Publications

  • Bennett-Brown, M. & Denes, A. (in press). Testing the communication during sexual activity model: An examination of personality characteristics and their relationship with sexual communication outcomes. Communication Research.



Teaching Focus

  • Quantitative Research Methods (Graduate)
  • Professional Communication in Health, Technology, and Science (Graduate)
  • Communication Theory
  • Communication in Nursing
  • Communication in Healthcare
  • Speaking for Business


  • Top 4 Paper Panel (2021)- Interpersonal Communication Division of the International Communication Association
  • Top 2 Paper Panel (2017)- Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association