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Marianne Dainton

Contact Information
Office: Com Center 215
Phone: 215-951-1158

Marianne Dainton (Ph.D. The Ohio State University) is a Professor of Communication at La Salle University in Philadelphia. She teaches interpersonal communication, group communication, and communication theory. Marianne’s research focuses on relationship maintenance. Of particular interest are routine versus strategic maintenance efforts, and the maintenance of long-distance relationships. She is the author of two books: Maintaining Relationships through Communication (co-edited with Dan Canary, published by LEA) and Applying Communication Theory for Professional Life (co-authored with Elaine Zelley, published by Sage). She has published in Communication Monographs, the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Family Relations, Western Journal of Communication, Communication Quarterly, Communication Reports, and Communication Research Reports, as well as numerous book chapters.

Areas of Expertise

  • Communication Theory
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Communication Research


  • M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio State University
  • B.A. Villanova University


  • Applied Communication Theory
  • Applied Communication Research
  • Organizational Communication


Recent Publications

Dainton, M. (2010). Linking theoretical explanations for the use of relationship maintenance: Equity, uncertainty, attachment, and reciprocity. Psychological Research Records, 1, 352-374.

Canary, D. J., & Dainton, M. (2009). Maintaining relationships. In H. Reiss (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Human Relationships. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Dainton, M. (2008). The use of relationship maintenance behaviors as a mechanism to explain the decline in marital satisfaction among parents. Communication Reports, 21, 33-45.


Dainton, M., & Texter, L. A. (under contract). Conducting research for problem-solving. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Dainton, M., & Zelley, E. D. (2010/2005). Applying communication theory for professional life: A practical introduction, 2 nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Canary, D.J., & Dainton, M. (Eds.). (2003). Maintaining relationships through communication: Relational, contextual, and cultural variations. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates.

Recent Presentations

Dainton, M., Dunleavy, K.N., Aylor, B., & Pampaloni, A. (2010, Nov.). Message Design Logics and student grade complaints: An analysis of student goals in emotional confrontations. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Communication Association, San Francisco.

Dainton, M., & Lendzinski, J. (2008, Nov.). The frequency, valence, and importance of relationship maintenance behaviors. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Communication Association, San Diego.

Pamela Lannutti, Ph.D.

Pamela Lannutti, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director

Professional and Business Communication
Department of Communication
1900 West Olney Avenue - South Campus
Philadelphia, PA 19141 USA
Phone: 215.951.1935
Fax: 215.951.5043

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