Texas Tech University

Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter

Professor & Assistant Dean of International Affairs
Communication Studies

Email: n.punyanunt@ttu.edu

Phone: +1.806.834.3273

Research: Interpersonal communication, Family communication, Mass Media, Social Media

Office:
 1011

Web: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Narissra_Punyanunt-Carter

Ph.D., Kent State University
M.A., Texas Tech University

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Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter

Biography

Narissra Maria Punyanunt-Carter (Ph.D., Kent State University) is a full professor in the department of communication studies at Texas Tech University. She is also an assistant dean of international affairs for the college of media and communication. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research  & Relationship Research News. She is co-author of  Interpersonal Communication: A Mindful Approach to Relationships and co-editor of Communication Begins with Children: A Lifespan Communication Sourcebook as well as co-editor of  The Impact of Social Media in Modern Romantic Relationships. Narissra teaches interpersonal communication, gender, nonverbal, and romantic relationships.  She serves on the Leadership Development Committee the vice chair-elect of the human technology and communication division, the vice-chair of the secondary and primary education section,  served as the past chair of the Mass Communication Division, and past chair of the Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association. She is the proud award Recipient of YWCA's Women of Excellence in Education Award; National Communication Association's Thomas L. Veenendall Lambda Pi Eta Advisor of the Year Award; Texas Tech University President's Mid-Career Award, Texas Tech University's Honors College Faculty of the Year Award; Professing Excellence Award; Mortar Board's Outstanding Faculty Award, the James Mignery Collegiality Award, and most recently the National Communication Association Presidential Citation for Service Award.

Research

Dr. Punyanunt-Carter's research interests include romantic relationships, computer-mediated communication, father-daughter communication, and mass media portrayals of romance. She is a consultant for several book publishers, such as Bedford St. Martin's, Rowan & Littlefield, Oxford, McGraw-Hill, and Wadsworth. She has published many articles, which have been featured in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, & Social Networking, Southern Communication Journal, Howard Journal of Communication, Communication Research Reports, and Communication Quarterly. She has devoted an extraordinary amount of work towards her discipline, department, the university, and the community of Lubbock. She has served as a permanent or ad-hoc reviewer for ten different peer-reviewed journals. She has published 16 book chapters, 70 journal articles, 2 book reviews, 2 books, and 2 edited books. She has been listed as a lead article many times. During the 2018 Eastern Communication Association conference, she has received two top paper awards. 

Methodologies

  • Thematic Analysis
  • Survey
  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative
  • Mixed methods

 

Research Areas

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Family Communication
  • Mass Media
  • Social Media

Selected Publications

  • Punyanunt-Carter, N. M., Norman, M.S., & LaFreniere, J. R. (2021). Analyzing College Students' Perceptions about How Parents Should Interpersonally Communicate Divorce to Their Children. The Family Journal. https://doi.org/10.1177/10664807211052489  

 

  • Punyanunt-Carter, N.M., Wrench, J.S., & Garcia, A. J. (2021). Understanding College Students' Perceptions Regarding Mindfulness and Social Media. Journal of Social Media in Society, 10 (2), 27-45. https://thejsms.org/index.php/JSMS/article/view/783

 

  • Levine, T. R., Punyanunt-Carter, N. M., & Moore, A. D. (2021). The Truth-Default and Video Clips: Testing the Limits of Credulity.  Communication Studies, 72(2), 133-145. https://doi.org/10.1080/10510974.2020.1833357  

  

  • Punyanunt-Carter, N.M., & Rodriguez, N. B.  (2020). An Examination of equity and interdependence theory as predictors of maintenance behaviors: interracial vs. intraracial dating relationships. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 49 (6), 617-631. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17475759.2020.1815822

 

  • Ouytsel, J. V., Punyanunt-Carter, N., Walrave, M., & Ponnet, K. (2020). Sexting within young adults' dating and romantic relationships. Current Opinion in Psychology, 36, 55-59.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2020.04.007 

 

  • Rasmussen, E. E., Punyanunt-Carter, N., La Freniere, J. R., Norman, M. S., & Kimball, T. G. (2020). The serially mediated relationship between emerging adults' social media use and mental well-being. Computers in Human Behavior, 102, 206-213.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2019.08.019 

 

  • Niehuis, S., Reifman, A., Weiser, D., Punyanunt-Carter, N., Flora, J., Arias, V. S., & Oldham, C. R. (2020). Guilty pleasure? Communicating sexually explicit content on dating-apps and disillusionment with app usage. Human Communication Research, 46(1), 55-85. https://doi.org/10.1093/hcr/hqz013 

 

  • Punyanunt-Carter, N.M., & Rodriguez, N. B.  (2020). An Examination of equity and interdependence theory as predictors of maintenance behaviors: interracial vs. intraracial dating relationships. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 49 (6), 617-631. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17475759.2020.1815822

 

  • Ouytsel, J. V., Punyanunt-Carter, N., Walrave, M., & Ponnet, K. (2020). Sexting within young adults' dating and romantic relationships. Current Opinion in Psychology, 36, 55-59.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2020.04.007 

 

  • Rasmussen, E. E., Punyanunt-Carter, N., La Freniere, J. R., Norman, M. S., & Kimball, T. G. (2020). The serially mediated relationship between emerging adults' social media use and mental well-being. Computers in Human Behavior, 102, 206-213.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2019.08.019 

 

  • Niehuis, S., Reifman, A., Weiser, D., Punyanunt-Carter, N., Flora, J., Arias, V. S., & Oldham, C. R. (2020). Guilty pleasure? Communicating sexually explicit content on dating apps and disillusionment with app usage. Human Communication Research, 46(1), 55-85. https://doi.org/10.1093/hcr/hqz013 

Teaching Focus

  • Interpersonal Communication (COMS 1301)
  • Gender Communication (COMS 3334)
  • Nonverbal Communication (COMS 3335)
  • Communication Theory (COMS 5300)
  • Introduction to Graduate Studies (COMS 5310)

Leadership & Awards

She has been an advisor for over 5 different Texas Tech University student organizations and one national honor society.  She was awarded Advisor of the Year 2013 by the (NSCS) National Society of Collegiate Scholars (honor society).  She is the TTU advisor for the Delta Phi Omega sorority and the Delta Epsilon Psi fraternity (which is the first sorority and fraternity for Asian Americans respectively). She is the co-founder and advisor for the Communication Studies Society, which is the departmental student group. In 2015, The National Communication Association awarded her "Advisor of the Year" for her work with Lambda Pi Eta (the national honor society).  In 2012, She received the YWCA Women of Excellence in Education Award. She has served as a mentor for Mentor Tech (for 17 years). She was inducted to the Teaching Academy for teaching excellence over 12 years ago and serves as an active member of the Teaching, Learning, Professional, and Developmental Center (TLPDC). In 2014, she was awarded by the Honors College as the “Faculty of the Year”!  She is also a Texas Tech University Mid-Career Award Recipient. She recently won the National Communication Association 2021 Presidential Citation for Service Award.

  • Full Professor
  • Assistant Dean for International Affairs for the College of Media & Communication
  • Past Chair, Family Communication Division for the National Communication Association
  • Past Chair, Mass Communication Division for the National Communication Association
  • Advisor, Communication Studies Society
  • Vice Chair-Elect, Human Technology and Communication Division for the National Communication Association
  • Vice-Chair, Elementary and Secondary Education Section for the National Communication Association