Master's Degree: Auburn University, Speech Communication
PhD: Florida State University, Communication Theory and Research
Office: 124 Coates Hall
Areas of Interest
- Message Interpretation and Misunderstanding in Interpersonal Communication: Factors that influence the ways that individuals interpret messages, including message variables (e.g., equivocation, powerlessness) and individual-level variables (e.g., sex and gender, sense of humor); consequences of misunderstanding.
- Risk Communication: Risk and decision-making concerning extreme weather and climate events.
- Past President of the Southern States Communication Association
- Past Book Review Editor for the Southern Communication Journal
- Past member of the LSU Program Review Council.
Grants and Contracts
- 2018 Communicating Climate Tools to Coastal Stakeholders. Funded by the Louisiana Sea Grant and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Coastal Storms Program (CSP). Principal Investigator (with Keim, B., Miller, A. L., & Haberlie, A.). (February 1, 2018 – January 31, 2020) $200,000.
- 2018 Building Resilience to Extreme Events and Water Hazard Planning in Remote, Rural Communities. Funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Co-Principal Investigator (with Trainor, S. F., Keim, B. D., Berry, K., & Penn, H.). (September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2019) $175,000.
- 2018 Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) Phase III: Helping Communities Build Resilience to Weather and Climate Extremes. Funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Co-Principal Investigator (with Keim, B. D., Shafer, M., et al.). (September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2021) $823,986.
- 2018 Building a More Resilient Coast: Understanding and Adapting to Extreme Events. Funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, COCA program. Co-Principal Investigator (with Keim, B., & Daigle, M.). (September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2020) $400,000.
2008-2013 Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program. Funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Climate Program Office, Climate Risk Mitigation Program. Co-Principal Investigator (with Shafer, M., Keim, B., et al.). Added as a Co-PI in 2010 ($39,292 additional funds for LSU). August 2008-July 2013. Total funding is $3,849,883.
2009 Hurricanes, Institutional Procedures, and Information Processing (HIPIP): Engagement with decision-makers and coastal residents. Funded by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Coastal Storms Program (CSP). Principal Investigator (with Grey, S. H., Brown, D. P., & Miller, A. L.). June 1, 2009 – May 31, 2010. $97,790 with a $39,984 match from LSU.
Frost, J. K., & Edwards, R. (2018). It'll be OK, because we belong together: The influence of person-organization fit on interpretation of bad-news messages and source credibility. Communication Studies, 69, 499-521.
Edwards, R., Bybee, B. T., Frost, J. K., Harvey, A. J., & Navarro, M. (2017). That's not what I meant: How misunderstanding is related to channel and perspective-taking. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 36(2), 188-210. doi:10.1177/0261927X16662968.
Edwards, R. (2011). Listening and message interpretation. International Journal of Listening, 25, 47-65.
Pecchioni, L. L., Edwards, R., & Grey, S. (2011). The effects of religiosity and religious affiliation on trauma and interpretations following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Journal of Communication & Religion, 34, 37-58.
Allen, M. W., Edwards, R., Hayhoe, C., & Leach, L. J. (2010). College students’ imagined interactions with parents about spending and credit: The influence of attitudes toward money and family communication patterns. In J. Honeycutt (Ed.), Imagine that: Studies in imagined interaction (pp. 127-146). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton.