Amanda Denes


Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012


Amanda Denes is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on communication in various types of interpersonal relationships such as romantic relationships, parent-child relationships, and friendships. Much of her work looks at the association between communication in interpersonal relationships and people’s physiological, psychological, and relational health. In particular, she is interested in why individuals disclose information about themselves to others, how they disclose that information, and the effects of such disclosures on individuals and their relationships. Her research has been published in such outlets as Human Communication Research, Communication Research, and Personal Relationships, and her study on pillow talk published in Communication Monographs is listed as one of the journals top 10 most read articles. Dr. Denes’ research looking at the relationship between communication, hormones, and sexuality has been funded by such organizations as the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. Her research on pillow talk has been featured in over 100 news and media outlets, such as Women’s Health Magazine, Men’s Health Magazine, ABC News Radio, CNN Health, Jezebel, Refinery29, and Discovery News.

Courses Taught

  • COMM 3200: Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 3450: Gender and Communication
  • COMM 5200: Interpersonal Communication (graduate level)

Research Interests

  • Interpersonal, Relational, and Family Communication
  • Biosocial Approaches to Communication (Hormones and Genes)
  • Sex and Sexuality
  • Gender and Communication
  • LGBTQ Communication
  • Jealousy and Infidelity

Research Affiliations

UConn Interpersonal Interaction Laboratory

UConn InCHIP (Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy)

Select Publications

Denes, A., Lannutti, P.J., & Bevan, J. (in press). Same-sex infidelity in heterosexual relationships: Communicative responses, jealousy-related emotions, and relational outcomes. Personal Relationships. doi: 10.1080/03637751.2015.1068432

Denes, A. (2015). Genetic and individual influences on predictors of disclosure: Exploring variation in the oxytocin receptor gene and attachment security. Communication Monographs, 82(1), 113-133. doi: 10.1080/03637751.2014.993544

Denes, A., & Afifi, T.D. (2014). Pillow talk and cognitive decision making processes: Exploring the role of orgasm and alcohol on communication after sexual activity. Communication Monographs, 81(3), 333-358. doi: 10.1080/03637751.2014.926377

Denes, A., & Afifi, T.D. (2014). Coming out again: Exploring GLBQ individuals’ communication with their parents after the first coming out. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 10, 298-325. doi: 10.1080/1550428X.2013.838150

Denes, A. (2013). Engaging pillow talk: The challenges of studying communication after sexual activity. International Journal of Communication, 7, 2495-2506.

Denes, A. (2012). Pillow talk: Exploring disclosures after sexual activity. Western Journal of Communication, 76(2), 91-108. doi: 10.1080/10570314.2011.651253

Denes, A. (2011). Biology as consent: Problematizing the scientific approach to seducing women’s bodies. Women’s Studies International Forum, 34, 411-419. doi:10.1016/j.wsif.2011.05.002

Curriculum Vitae