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Mei-Chen Lin

Associate Professor & Graduate Coordinator

B.A., Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
M.A. The University of Kansas
Ph.D. The University of Kansas

Interests: Communication and aging, Elder abuse, Intergenerational communication across cultures, Communication across life-span, Group dynamics and identity, Interpersonal communication.

Mei-Chen teaches classes such as communication and aging, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication. Her research interests are older adults' identity representation online, cross category intergroup communication, and quality of intergenerational relationships. Her new research projects focus on difficult conversations between aging parents and adult children, and uncertainty management in interpersonal contexts.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Recent Publications

Soliz, J., & M.-C. Lin (2013). Communication in grandparent-grandchild relationship. In Floyd, K. & Morman, M. (Eds) (2nd ed.), Family circle: New research on family communication (pp. 35-50), Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Lin, M.-C. & Giles, H. (2013). The dark side of family communication: A communication model of elder abuse and neglect. International Psychogeriatrics, 25(8), 1275-1290.

Haridakis, P., Hanson, G., Lin, M.-C., & McCullough, L. J. (2013). Fitting social media into the media landscape during a 2012 Republican Primary. In J. A. Hendricks & D. Schill (Eds.), Presidential campaigning and social media. CO: Paradigm Publisher.

Lin, M.-C. (2012). Communicating with older adults: An evidence-based review of what really works. Washington, DC: Gerontological Society of America. [The recommendations I wrote are merged with the work from the other 4 contributors. All recommendations are ordered based on themes, not by authors. Therefore, no continuous page numbers can be provided here or order of authorship].

Harwood, J., Rittenour, C. E., & Lin, M.-C. (2012). Family Communication in later Life. In A. Vangelisti (Ed.) (2nd ed.), Handbook of Family Communication (pp. 112-126). London: Routledge.

Recent Conference Presentations

Lin, M.-C., & Giles, H. (2013). Problematic family interaction: A communication of elder abuse and neglect [Top 4 paper – Division of Instructional and Communication Development] International Communication Association. London, England.

Lin, M.-C., & Giles, H. (2011) (Invited Presentation). Communication parameters of elder abuse. Paper presented at Leyden Academy on vitality and ageing. Leyden, the Netherlands.

Egbert, N., Lin, M.-C., Child, J., & Savory, C. (2010). Difficult conversations related to aging: A dialectic approach. Presented at the National Communication Association 2010 Convention. San Francisco, USA.

Lin, M.-C., Cline, B., Child, J., Goodall, C., Sabo, J., Hall, R., Hernandez, T., Golsan, K. B., Berry-Bobovski, L., Schwartz, A. G., & Ruckdeschel, J. C. (2010). Too many questions, too few answers: Understanding the role of uncertainty in a slow-motion technological disaster. Presented at the American Public Health Association 2010 Convention for review. Public Health Education Division, Springfield, CO.

Lin, M.-C., Schroath, K., & Dennis, B. (2009). Seniors-to-be: A problematic perspective. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, USA.

Mei-Chen Lin
School of Communication Studies
135 Taylor
Phone: 330-672-2659
Fax: 330-672-3518