Dr. Jocelyn DeGroot earned her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Ohio University in 2009. Josie’s research focuses on interpersonal communication, computer-mediated communication, and communicative issues of death and dying.
Her scholarship includes investigations of online voyeurism (Emotional Rubbernecking), Transcorporeal Communication, grief-related blogs, parasocial relationships, and relational continuity with the deceased. She has published in Family Relations, Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, Death Studies, Personal Relationships, Western Journal of Communication, Illness, Crisis, & Loss, Communication Research, and she has book chapters in Blogging in the Global Society and Contexts of the Dark Side of Communication.
Most recently, Josie has been studying challenges in motherhood with co-author Tennley A. Vik (University of Nevada, Reno). This includes the flawless performance of motherhood and the invisible labor involved in motherhood. She is also working with co-author Heather Carmack (University of Alabama) to explore the memorable messages that people hear as they grieve the death of a loved one.
Josie teaches a variety of communication courses, including interpersonal communication, computer-mediated communication, and communication theory at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Josie is a Professor and serves as the Assistant Chair for the Department of Applied Communication Studies.
...and "DeGroot" rhymes with boat, not boot.