Melissa Rizzo Weller

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  • A. A. Ohio University 1994
  • B.S., Ohio University 2012
  • M.A., Ohio University 2013, 2015
  • Ph.D., Ohio University 2019

Courses Taught

  • COMM 20011: Family Communication
  • COMM 22100

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • National Communication Association
  • Eastern Communication Association


Rizzo Weller, M. (2018). Relay for life as a storytelling occasion: Building community in
the midst of suffering. Health Communication, 33, 510-12. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2016.1278505
Rizzo Weller, M. (2018). Breaking up the BAND: Group communication and social media.
In J. Mazer (Ed.),Communication and social media: Case studies across personal and professional relationships (pp. 64-71). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Rizzo Weller, M. (under review). “I guess they’re all real moms then”: Constructing motherhood through language in the adoption community. Submitted to Adoption Quarterly.

Rizzo Weller, M. & Hosek, A. (under review). “My privacy was never promised nor ever desired”: Birth others’ privacy expectations about adoption information. Submitted to the Journal of Family Communication.

Research Interests

Interpersonal, family, and group communication; identity and membership in groups and families; supportive communication and social support; mediated communication