Jennifer A. Samp (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) has been at UGA since 2001. Using survey, real-time, and laboratory-based observational methods, Dr. Samp’s work illuminates how and why individuals do not always respond the same way when managing relational problems and conflicts with close friends, romantic partners and family members. Dr. Samp is a Fellow of the UGA Owens Institute for Behavioral Research, a Faculty Affiliate of the UGA Center for Risk Communication, and a Faculty Affiliate of the Emory University Center for Injury Control. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, UGA Research Foundation, UGA Owens Institute for Behavioral Research, and the Arthur W. Page Center. Her lastest grant work, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanties, is a collaboration with Dr. Andrew I. Cohen (Philosophy, Georgia State University) and multiple members of the armed services. Entitled “Reparative Justice and Moral Injury among Post-Deployment Soldiers,” the project unites the analytic tools of the humanities with those of the social sciences to deepen understandings of the meaning and significance of post-deployment life.
Dr. Samp has been active in service at UGA, including working with the Executive Committee of University Council, Executive Committee of the UGA Athletic Association, and the Program Review and Assessment Committee. For her profession, she has held leadership positions in every available elected role the Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association (NCA). She has also served on several NCA on association-level committees, including the Committee on Committees the Nominating Committee, and the Research Board. She is currently Chair of the Interpersonal Communication Division of the International Communication Association (ICA) and Editor-Elect of the Southern Communication Journal.