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Jessica Frampton

Assistant Professor
293 Communications Building Knoxville, TN 37996-0324

Jessica R. Frampton (Ph.D., The Ohio State University) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Broadly, her research program examines communication’s role in the experience and management of close relationship stressors. Much of her work falls within the context of communication technology, as she considers how perceived affordances of technology influence the evaluation of relational information, use of information management strategies, and choice of communication channel. She also considers how people’s relational expectations or meaning frameworks impact their experiences. Her main line of research is focused on jealousy, but other work explores issues related to break-ups, abusive relationships, and uncertainty stemming from life transitions. In her studies examining these stressors, she uses several methods such as surveys, experiments, content analyses, and in-depth interviews.


  • Ph.D., Communication, The Ohio State University
  • M.A., Communication Technology & Society, Clemson University
  • B.A., Public and Professional Writing, Indiana University


Interest areas:

  • Communication in close relationships
  • Communication technology
  • Social cognition
  • Stress and well-being