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Carole Barbato


B.S., Kent State University
M.A., Kent State University
Ph.D., Kent State University

Interests: Small Group Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Communication Motivation

Carole A. Barbato is a regional campus faculty member who teaches primarily undergraduate students in the areas of public speaking, health communication, communication education, interpersonal communication, and teambuilding. As a graduate faculty member on the Kent Campus, Carole teaches the foundations course and the graduate seminar in small group communication. She has also served on numerous thesis committees. Her current research interests are in the areas of interpersonal communication motivation, small group decision-making, and communication and aging. she has co-authored a book on teambuilding, which was endorsed by the American Society for Training and Development, and has published several book chapters and journal articles.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Barbato, C. A., & Davis, L. (forthcoming). Ordinary lives. In T, Koster & K. Smith, (Eds.), Time it was: American Stories from the Sixties and Beyond. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall.


Barbato, C. A., Graham, E. E., & Perse, E. M. (2003). Communicating in the family: An examination of the relationship of family communication climate and interpersonal communication motives. Journal of Family Communication,3, (123-148).


Barbato, C. A. (2003). ‘Embracing their memories’: Accounts of loss and May 4, 1970. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 8, 73-98.


Barbato, C. A. (2000). Scholarship of integration: Pushing, blurring, and connecting theoretical perspectives. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 29, 236-243.


Barbato, C. A., & Perse, E. M. (1999). “I don’t care if you are 65. You are still my baby!”: Examining parents' otives throughout the lifespan. Communication  Research  Reports, 16, 147-156. 

Carole Barbato
School of Communication Studies