Wayne State College

Joe Whitt

Joe Whitt specializes in human communication, particularly in interpersonal, intercultural, family, small group, environmental, and organizational contexts. His broader mission is to empower students to participate in their communities, cultivate inclusion, sustain meaningful change, and build strong, lasting relationships. Beyond teaching, Joe conducts research on communicating forgiveness, interpersonal mindfulness, and the intersection between communication and health. Examining the connection between communication and well-being is an ongoing concern for Joe and, ultimately, he aims to contribute to the evolving landscape of how individuals connect, communicate, and thrive.


Ph.D. Candidate, University of Washington, Seattle

M.A., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.

B.S., Wayne State College, Wayne, Neb.


Crowley, J. P., Denes, A., Bleakley, A., Webber, K., Geary, D., DelGreco, M., Whitt, J., Guest, C., & Hamlin, E. (2023). The longitudinal influence of supportive messages on stress reactivity and general well-being for LGBTQ+ recipients of hate speech: Comparing the relative effects of verbal person-centered and autonomy support. Communication Monographs, 90, 225-245. https://doi.org/10.1080/03637751.2023.2171081

Crowley, J. P., Denes, A., Ponivas, A., Makos, S., & Whitt, J. (2021). Forgiveness through writing: Exploring the associations between narrative completeness, emotional expression, and physiology of forgiveness. Narrative Inquiry. https://doi.org/10.1075/ni.20017.cro

Crowley, J. P., Denes, A., Makos, S., & Whitt, J. (2019). The longitudinal effects of expressive writing on victims of relational transgressions. Health communication, 34, 618-630. http://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2018.1431017

Crowley, J. P., Denes, A., Makos, S., & Whitt, J. (2018). Threats to Courtships and the physiological response: Testosterone mediates the association between relational uncertainty and disclosure for dating partner recipients of relational transgressions. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 4, 264-282. http://doi.org/10.1007/s40750-018-0092-5

Denes, A., Crowley, J. P., Makos, S., Whitt, J., & Graham, K. (2017). Navigating difficult times with pillow talk: Post sex communication as a strategy for mitigating uncertainty during relational transgression. Communication Reports, 31, 65-77. https://doi.org/10.1080/08934215.2017.1386792