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Assistant Professor



Dr. Alysa Lucas is an Assistant Professor interested in interpersonal and relational communication. Her research interests focus on problematic communication in friendships. More recently, her program of research has explored the impact of friendship support on the sexual choices of young people. In 2014, she was awarded an Early Career Grant from CMU for a project entitled, “Emerging Adults in College: The Role of Friends in Sexual Decision-Making.” In the classroom, Alysa teaches a wide range of core and topical classes. Last year, she taught the new special topics class, Lying & Deception, and has proposed a new study abroad program for summer 2017 called “Exploring Gender Communication in Sweden.” In 2016, Alysa was a recipient of CMU’s Teaching Excellence Award. When not in the classroom or office, you may find Alysa at one of the many CMU Athletics events or catching up on the latest TV show.


Recent Scholarships

Lucas, A.A. (2016). "Got a secret. Can You Keep it?" Pretty Little Liar, friendship, and privacy. In K.G. Roberts (Ed.), Communication Theory and Millennial Popular Culture: Essays and Applications. New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Lucas A.A. (2014). Emerging adults in college: Communication, friendship, and risky sexual behaviors. In J.F. Nussbaum's (Ed.), The handbook of lifespan communication. New York, NY: Peter Lang.​

Ph.D (Communication): 2009, The Pennsylvania State University
MA (Communication): 2004, Michigan State University
BA (Communication): 2002, Michigan State University
• Interpersonal & "Dark Side" Communication
• Friendship and Peer Communication
• Sexual Communication

Courses Taught

• Foundations of Comm Theory
• Lying & Deception
• Inte​rpersonal Communication
• Dark Side ​of Communication
• Intercultural Communication