Erin Ruppel, Ph.D.

Affiliated Scientist

Associate Professor
College of Letters and Science

Interests & Expertise:
Dr. Ruppel joined UWM in 2013 and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication. Her research centers around the intersections of health, interpersonal communication, and communication technologies. Specific interests include relationship maintenance via communication technologies; health information seeking; communication technologies and communicative difficulties in older adults; and the use of communication technologies for social compensation and enhancement.

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Current Projects:
Dr. Ruppel is currently investigating the process of how older adults integrate communication technologies into their day-to-day communication, and is working on a variety of projects involving primary and secondary data collection. This work involves a variety of topics spanning from use of telephones, email, Facebook, and other technologies to presentation of self in these modes of communication.

Most Recent Publications:

Ruppel, E.K., Burke, T.J., Cherney, M.R., & Dinsore. D. (2017). Social Compensation and Enhancement Processes via Mediated Communication in the Transition to College. Human Communications Research, 44(1), 58-79. doi:

Ruppel, E.K. (2017). Preference for and Perceived Competence of Communication Technology Affordances in Face-Threatening Scenarios. Communication Reports, 31(1), 53-64.

Ruppel, E. K., Gross, C., Stoll, A., Peck, B. S., Allen, M. R., & Kim, S. (2017). Reflecting on Connecting: Meta-Analysis of Differences Between Computer-Mediated and Face-to-Face Self-Disclosure. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication22(1), 18–34.

Farrell, M. H., Sprenger, C., Sullivan, S. L., Trisler, B. A., Kram, J. J., & Ruppel, E. K. (2017). Benefit of report card feedback after point-of-care assessment of communication quality indicators. Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews4, 7-17.

Ruppel, E. K., Burke, T. J., & Cherney, M. R. (2017). Channel complementarity and multiplexity in friendship: Associations with closeness and sex composition. New Media & Society.