Amanda Denes

Associate Professor

Department of Communication


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


Amanda Denes is an Associate Professor 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. (2018). Toward a post sex disclosures model (PSDM): Exploring the associations among orgasm, self-disclosure, and relationship satisfaction. Communication Research, 45, 297-318. doi: 10.1177/0093650215619216

Denes, A. , and Speer, A.C. (2018). Infidelity goes online: Communicating about sexual health in personal ads when seeking extramarital relationships on Craigslist. International Journal of Sexual Health. doi: 10.1080/19317611.2018.1477898

Denes, A. , Bennett, M., and Winkler, K.L. (2017). Exploring the benefits of affectionate communication: Implications for interpersonal acceptance-rejection theory. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 9,491-506. doi: 10.1111/jftr.12218

Denes, A. , Afifi, T.A., and Granger, D. (2017). Physiology and pillow talk: Relations between testosterone and communication post sex. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 34, 281-308. doi: 10.1177/0265407516634470

Denes, A. , Speer, A.C., Dhillon, A., and Winkler, K.L. (2016). Future directions in post sex communication research: Exploring long-term relationships, aging, and physiology. In J.F. Nussbaum (Ed.) Communication across the lifespan: ICA theme book(pp. 63-78). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Denes, A., Afifi, T.D., and Hesse, C. (2016). Physiological outcomes of communication behavior. In C.A. Van Lear and D. Canary (Eds.), Researching interactive communication interaction: A sourcebook of methods and measures (pp. 45-60) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Denes, A., Lannutti, P.J., and Bevan, J. (2015). Same-sex infidelity in heterosexual relationships: Communicative responses, jealousy-related emotions, and relational outcomes. Personal Relationships, 22(3), 414-430. doi: 10.1111/pere.12087

Denes, A. (2015). Genetic and individual influences on predictors of disclosure: Exploring variation in the oxytocin receptor gene and attachment security. Communication Monographs82(1), 113-133. doi: 10.1080/03637751.2014.993544

Curriculum Vitae

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Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-6139
Mailing Address337 Mansfield Rd, Unit 1259 Storrs, CT 06269-1259
Office Location216 ARJ