Jennifer Guthrie

Assistant Professor in Communication Studies
Expertise: Communication in Relationships, Gender-Based Violence , Conflict Resolution, Communication in Groups and Teams


Jennifer Guthrie is an assistant professor in the department of communication studies. She teaches courses and conducts research in the areas of interpersonal and small group communication. Her research focuses on the dark side of interpersonal relationships, how we cope during times of struggle, and how we use our strengths to obtain relational health and positive social change. Her research examines gender-based violence (domestic violence & sexual assault) prevention and intervention, conflict resolution, social support, and deception.

Guthrie’s research has been published in Communication Quarterly, Communication Studies, Women & Language, and Western Journal of Communication.  She has served as a volunteer advocate for survivors of domestic violence, and she has also facilitated a domestic violence-based support group in an addiction treatment center. She also worked to help a domestic violence center, a rape crisis center, and an addiction treatment center bridge their services to foster a more holistic approach to achieving safety, health, and wellness in the community.

Guthrie also provides conflict resolution workshops for student groups and organizations.


  • Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Kansas

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Jennifer Guthrie In The News

Las Vegas Sun
May 30, 2017
Every 9 seconds a woman in America is beaten or assaulted. Nevada consistently ranks high in deaths related to domestic violence. In 2016, there were at least 24, according to the Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. The year before, 43 victims lost their lives.
May 1, 2017
In the United States, 10 million men and women experience domestic violence each year, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. That includes physical and sexual abuse.
Las Vegas Review Journal
February 13, 2017
The words “true love” often conjure up images of romantic scenes in Hollywood movies, but a California-based neurologist argues long-lasting love is a multilayered process and that falling out of love is a normal part of it.
Las Vegas Sun
February 13, 2017
Romance is in the air, where the wireless signal travels on the 2.4-gigahertz UHF radio band, where OKCupid algorithmically hunts, where virtual sex sort of happens, where love is both as clunky and apparitional in the post-reality era as truth. The cynics among us once rolled our eyes at the commercialization of love in the Valentine’s Day aisle of Walgreens. Today, the expression reaches beyond scheduled chocolates and roses and bounces through satisfying/not satisfying interweb encounters that leave us wondering what is real. Alexa, what is romance? Tinder, is this love? Facebook, should I change my relationship status?

Articles Featuring Jennifer Guthrie

hands holding cardboard cutout of house
Business and CommunityNovember 9, 2017
College of Urban Affairs partners with community groups to stop Southern Nevada crisis.
Jennifer Guthrie with two sets of hands on her shoulders
ResearchApril 27, 2017
Study highlights the importance of effective communication between survivors of domestic violence and the shelter staff who help them.