PhD, Communications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012
MS, Communications, Illinois State University, 2007
Sylvia Mikucki-Enyart's work examines family communication during periods of change—both expected (e.g., transition to in-law bonds) and unexpected (e.g., late-life parental divorce and stepfamily formation). More specifically, her research explores how uncertainty shapes family member’s communication (e.g., goals, message production, message processing) and relational well-being. Mikucki-Enyart's work has been published in Communication Research, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Personal Relationships, and Journal of Divorce and Remarriage. Her expertise on in-law relationships has been shared in national and international outlets, including Real Simple magazine, the Washington Post, BW Magazine in the Daily Telegraph (Syndey), and La Tercera (Chile). Her current projects include: (a) the development and testing of the familial uncertainty management model, (b) identifying and testing uncertainty management strategies that can mitigate intimate partner violence among college-aged emerging adults, and (c) examining how in-law’s uncertainty and communication corresponds with marital satisfaction and stability.
Uncertainty management within families
Uncertainty's influence on communication processes