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Dr. Lynsey K. Romo

Assistant Professor

Biography

Dr. Lynsey K. Romo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at North Carolina State University. Her research examines how people communicate about uncomfortable issues, specifically pertaining to health and finances. Romo has explored what motivates people to disclose taboo topics (e.g., salary) or discreditable traits (e.g., abstaining from alcohol) and how individuals manage uncertainty surrounding their physical, social, and economic well-being. She has also examined how couples can effectively motivate one another to engage in healthier eating and exercise behaviors. At NC State, Dr. Romo teaches undergraduate and graduate health, theory, and interpersonal communication courses. Prior to joining NC State, Romo taught at the university level for three years and served as the communications director of a nonprofit committed to improving health and economic conditions for low-income individuals. She has published her research in such journals as Human Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Journal of Applied Communication Research, and Health Communication. Her research has been covered by such media outlets as Time, NPR, Inside Higher Ed, U.S. News & World Report, CBS News, The Guardian, Glamour, Men's Health, Women's Health, WebMD, and Yahoo News.

Publications

Romo, L. K. (in press). An examination of how people in romantic relationships use communication to manage financial uncertainty. Journal of Applied Communication Research.

Romo, L. K. (in press). "These aren’t very good times”: Financial uncertainty experienced by romantic partners in the wake of an economic downturn. Journal of Family and Economic Issues.

Romo, L. K. (invited entry, in press). “Family secrets.” In (Eds.) Berger, C., & Roloff, M. International Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Communication. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Romo, L. K., Davis, C. N., & Fea, A. L. (in press). “You never know what’s gonna happen”: An examination of communication strategies used by college student athletes to manage uncertainty. Communication and Sport.*

Romo, L. K., Dinsmore, D. R., & Connolly, T. L. (in press). “Coming out” as an  alcoholic: How former problem drinkers negotiate disclosure of their non-drinking identity. Health Communication.*

Romo, L. K., Dinsmore, D. R., Connolly, T. L, & Davis, C. N. (in press). An examination of how professionals who abstain from alcohol communicatively negotiate their non-drinking identity. Journal of Applied Communication Research.*

Romo, L. K. (2014). Much ado about money: Parent-child perceptions of financial disclosure. Communication Reports, 27, 91-101.

Romo, L. K., & Dailey, R. M. (2014). Weighty dynamics: Exploring couples’ perceptions of post-weight loss interaction. Health Communication, 29, 193-204.

Romo, L. K.,  & Vangelisti, A. L. (2014). Money matters: Children’s perceptions of parent-child   financial communication. Communication Research Reports, 31, 197-209.

Dailey, R. M., Thompson, C. M., & Romo, L. K. (2014). Mother-teen communication about weight management. Health Communication, 29, 384-397.

Thompson, C. M., Romo, L. K., & Dailey, R. M. (2013). The effectiveness of weight management influence messages in romantic relationships. Communication Research Reports, 30, 34-45.

Donovan-Kicken, E., Guinn, T. D., Romo, L. K., & Ciceraro, L. D. L. (2013). Thanks for asking, but let’s talk about something else: Reactions to topic avoidance messages that feature different interaction goals. Communication Research, 40, 308-336.

Romo, L. K. (2012). Living “above the influence:” How college students communicate about the healthy deviance of alcohol abstinence. Health Communication, 27, 672-681.

Romo, L. K., & Donovan-Kicken, E. (2012). “Actually, I don’t eat meat”: A multiple-goals perspective of communication about vegetarianism. Communication Studies, 63, 405-420.

Romo, L. K. (2011). Money talks: Revealing and concealing financial information in families. Journal of Family Communication, 11, 264-281.

Dailey, R.M., Romo, L. K., & Thompson, C. M. (2011). Confirmation in couples’ communication about weight management: An analysis of how both partners contribute to individuals’ health behaviors and conversational outcomes. Human Communication Research, 37, 553-582.

Dailey, R. M., McCracken, A., & Romo, L. K. (2011). Confirmation and weight management: Predicting effective levels of acceptance and challenge in weight management messages. Communication Monographs, 78, 185-211.

Dailey, R. M., Richards, A., & Romo, L. K. (2010). Communication with significant others about weight management: The role of confirmation in weight management attitudes and behaviors. Communication Research, 37, 644-673.

Dailey, R. M., Romo, L. K., & McCracken, A. (2010). Messages about weight management: An examination of how acceptance and challenge are related to message effectiveness. Western Journal of Communication, 74, 457-483.

* indicates student co-authors

Presentations

Romo, L. K., Dinsmore, D. R., Connolly, T. L., & Davis, C. N. (2014, May). Neither shaken nor stirred: How professionals who abstain from alcohol communicatively negotiate their non-drinking identity. Panelist at the 2014 convention of the International Communication Association, Seattle, WA.

Romo, L. K. (2013, November). “In this day and age, you just don’t know”: An examination of how  people in romantic relationships use communication to manage financial uncertainty. Panelist at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Romo, L. K. (2013, November). Types of financial uncertainty experienced by romantic partners: Implications for communication. Panelist at the  annual convention of the National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Romo, L. K. (2012, November). From famine to foodies. Preconference seminar panelist  at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, Orlando, FL.

Romo, L. K. (2012, November). Family communication and finance. Panelist at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, Orlando, FL.

Romo, L. K. (2012, November). Much ado about money: How parents and children co-construct financial (non) disclosure. Presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, Orlando, FL.

Romo, L. K. (2012, July). Much ado about money: Parent and child reports of parent financial (non) disclosure. Poster presented at the biennial convention of the International Association for Relationship Research, Chicago, IL.

Romo, L. K., & Vangelisti, A. L. (2012, July). Children's fears about finances: What scares them and why. Poster presented at the biennial convention of the International Association for Relationship Research, Chicago, IL.

Dailey, R. M.,Thompson, C. M.,& Romo, L. K. (2012, July). Mother-teen communication about weight management: The role of confirmation in promoting healthy behaviors. Paper presented at the biennial convention of the International Association for Relationship Research, Chicago, IL.

Romo, L. K.  (2012, April). Family communication about finances: A future direction in interpersonal communication research. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Southern States Communication Association, San Antonio, TX.

Thompson, C. M., Romo, L. K., & Dailey, R. M. (2012, April). The effectiveness of weight management  influence messages in romantic relationships. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Southern States Communication Association, San Antonio, TX.

Romo, L. K. (2011, November). Above the influence: How college students communicate about the healthy deviance of alcohol abstinence. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA.

Romo, L. K. & Dailey, R. M. (2011, November). I’m hot, you’re not: Exploring the “dark side” of weight loss in couples’ relationships. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA.  

Romo, L. K. & Vangelisti, A. L. (2011, November). Children’s perceptions of parent-child communication about money. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA.

Dailey, R. M., Romo, L. K., & Mooney, C. (2011, May). Weighty conversations: The role of confirmation in couples’ weight management. Paper presented at the annual convention of the International Communication Association, Boston, MA.

Dailey, R. M., Richards, A., & Romo, L. K. (2010, November). Confirming messages and weight management: Predicting effective levels of acceptance and challenge. Paper presented atthe annual convention of the National Communication Association, San Francisco, CA.

Donovan-Kicken, E., Guinn, T. D., Romo, L. K., & Ciceraro, L. D. L. (2010, November). Thanks for asking, but let’s talk about something else: Reactions to topic avoidance messages that feature different interaction goals. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, San Francisco, CA. Top four paper, Interpersonal Communication Division.

Romo, L. K. (2010, November). Money talks: How parents reveal or conceal financial information to their children. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, San Francisco, CA.

Romo, L. K. & Donovan-Kicken, E. (2010, November). Communication about vegetarianism: Disclosing a healthy deviance. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, San Francisco, CA.

Romo, L. K. (2010, July). Living above the influence: How college students communicate about the healthy deviance of alcohol abstinence. Paper presented at the National Communication Association’s Doctoral Honors Seminar, Salt Lake City, UT.

Dailey, R. M., Richards, A. A., & Romo, L. K. (2009, May). Communication with significant others about weight management: The role of confirmation in weight management attitudes and behaviors. Paper presented at the annual convention of the International Communication  Association, Chicago, IL.

Romo, L. K. (2009, November). The pros and cons of using new media in communication research. Chair and panelist at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Romo, L. K. (2009, November). How to parlay your master’s degree into a successful career in or out of academia. Chair and panelist at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Romo, L. K. (2009, April). How parents reveal or conceal their financial information. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Northwest Speech Association, Coeur d'Alene, ID.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Communication Studies from The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A. in Public Communication from American University
  • B.A. in History, Spanish from Albion College