Hello, I am John Leustek
Doctoral Student at Rutgers University

My research focuses on the interpersonal communication dynamics that exist within close relationships. Specifically, I study how individuals in relationships experience uncertainty and how this influences their ability to communicate with their partner. General areas of study include interpersonal communication, health communication, social support, bereavement, and family dynamics.

NCA 2015 Conference

The upcoming NCA conference will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada this year, and should prove to be the best one yet! I am a co-author on a post-partum depression paper in the interpersonal division, and the author of a family and divorce paper in the student division. Look forward to seeing you all in Las Vegas!

IARR 2015 Mini-conference

I am very excited that Rutgers University will be hosting the 2015 IARR mini-conference here in New Brunswick, NJ from June 19 - 21. For relationship researchers, this mini-conference will be a great source of interdisciplinary work on relationships.

ICA 2015 Conference

Looking forward to this year's ICA conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I will be presenting a paper I co-authored titled "Family Communication Patterns that Predict Perceptions of Upheaval and Psychological Well-Being for Adult Children of Late-Life Divorce" at the conference. See you all in sunny San Juan!

Personal Info

  • nameJohn Leustek
  • schoolRutgers University
  • departmentCommunication
  • majorInterpersonal
  • minorHealth
  • address4 Huntington St., New Brunswick, NJ
  • officeAnnex A, Room 104
  • phone732-932-7744
  • emailj.leustek@rutgers.edu

Education

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Schools

  • Rutgers University
    2013 - Present

    Ph.D. in Communication

    Rutgers University School of Communication & Information, New Brunswick, NJ

  • Rutgers University
    2013

    M.A. in Communication

    Rutgers University School of Communication & Information, New Brunswick, NJ

  • Marymount Manhattan College
    2011

    B.A. in Communication, Honors

    Communication Department, New York, NY

Publications

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  • All
  • Publications
  • Chapters
  • Under Review
  • In Progress
  • Conferences
  • Theiss, J. A., & Leustek, J. (in press). Marital conflict. In C. Shehan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Family Studies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley- Blackwell.

  • Theiss, J. A., Carpenter, A., & Leustek, J. (in press). Partner facilitation and partner interference in individuals’ weight loss goals. Qualitative Health Research.

  • Faw, M., & Leustek, J. (Revise & Resubmit). Sharing the load: An exploratory analysis of the challenges experienced by parent caregivers of children with disabilities. Southern Communication Journal.

  • Haverfield, M. C., Theiss, J. A., & Leustek, J. (Revised & Resubmitted). Characteristics of communication in families of alcoholics. Journal of Family Communication.

  • Leustek, J., & Theiss, J.A. (in preparation). Adult children’s experiences of their parents’ late-life divorce: Perceptions of family changes and family uncertainty.

  • Haverfield, M. C., & Leustek, J. (in preparation). Social support strategies among adult children of alcoholics in online forums.

  • Leustek, J., & Theiss, J.A. (in progress). A relational turbulence model of individuals’ perceived threat and avoidance of conversations about type II diabetes with a romantic partner.

  • Leustek, J., Theiss, J.A. (in progress) Family communication patterns that predict perceptions of upheaval and psychological well-being for adult children following their parents’ late-life divorce.

  • Leustek, J., Theiss, J.A. (in progress) Parental openness and aggressiveness as predictors of parent-child satisfaction and intimacy in young adult children.

  • Theiss, J. A., Leustek, J., Estlein, R., & Weber, K. M. (2015, November). Postpartum Depression and Relational Turbulence During the Transition to Parenthood: Implications for Perceived Partner Responsiveness, Social Support, and Relationship Satisfaction. Paper accepted to the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Las Vegas, NV.

  • Leustek, J. (2015, November). Examining Family Communication Patterns and Relational Frames in Families of Late-Life Divorce. Paper accepted to the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Las Vegas, NV.

  • Faw, M., & Leustek, J. (2015, June). Sharing the load: An exploratory analysis of the challenges experienced by parent caregivers of children with disabilities. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Association of Relationship Research, New Brunswick, NJ.

  • Leustek, J., & Theiss, J. A. (2015, June). Parents’ communication of dominance and affiliation as predictors of relational satisfaction and intimacy for adult children of late-life divorce. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Association of Relationship Research, New Brunswick, NJ.

  • Leustek, J., & Theiss, J. A. (2015, May). Family communication patterns that predict perceptions of upheaval and psychological well-being for adult children of late-life divorce. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, San Juan, PR.

  • Carpenter, A., Theiss, J. A., & Leustek, J. (2014, November). Partner facilitation and partner interference in individuals’ weight loss goals: A qualitative analysis of longitudinal data. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

  • Leustek, J. Theiss, J. A., & Stein, J. (2014, November). Adult children's experiences of their parents' late-life divorce: Perceptions of family changes and family uncertainty. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

  • Haverfield, M. C., Theiss, J. A., & Leustek, J. (November, 2014). Characteristics of communication in families of alcoholics. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

  • Haverfield, M. C. & Leustek, J. (2013 November). Social support strategies among adult children of alcoholics in online forums. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

  • Leustek, J. (2013 October). Sources of uncertainty within family relationships during late-life divorce. Paper presented at the annual new scholars pre-conference of the International Association of Relationship Research, Louisville, KY.

Research

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Experience

  • Research Assistant
    Dr. Jennifer Theiss
    Spring 2015

    Worked on continuing research and helped manage and organize the 2015 IARR New Scholars Pre Conference at Rutgers University. Acted as a primary point of communication for conference attendees and helped compile and design the conference program schedule along with supplemental information.

  • Research Assistant
    Dr. Meara Faw
    Fall 2014

    Conducted literature review on physiological measurements in communication research and assisted with thematic analysis of interviews with parents of children with disabilities.

  • Research Assistant
    Dr. Jennifer Theiss
    Summer 2014

    Conducted a comprehensive literature review on uncertainty communication research and used the literature review to create a categorized citation list.

  • Research Team Member
    Dr. Jennifer Theiss, Marie Haverfield
    Fall 2013

    Coded open end responses from participants who had alcoholic parents. Used thematic analysis to develop a codebook, and then participated in coding the responses for each developed category.

  • Research Team Member
    Dr. Jennifer Theiss, Amanda Carpenter, James Stein
    Spring 2013

    Coded open ended responses from participants in relationships for helpful and hindering types of communication about weight loss and fitness goals.

  • Research Team Member
    Dr. Jennifer Theiss, Marie Haverfield
    2012 - 2013

    Conducted content analysis on online support groups for Adult Children of Alcoholics. Coded data for support type and person centeredness. Transcribed alcoholic focus group interviews that took place in Germany.

  • Research Team Member
    Dr. Mary Nagy, Dr. Jennifer Theiss
    Fall 2013

    Coded video data of empty nest couples communicating about specific life events. Video data was coded for positivity and anger in each partner’s communication.

Teaching

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Skills

  • Interpersonal
  • Family
  • Health
  • Methods
  • Quantitative
  • Theory

Experience

  • Instructor
    Advanced Interpersonal Communication
    Summer 2015

    Rutgers University School of Communication & Information

  • Instructor
    Communication Research
    Summer 2015

    Rutgers University School of Communication & Information

  • Teaching Assistant
    Communication Research
    Spring 2015

    Rutgers University School of Communication & Information

  • Teaching Assistant
    Advanced Interpersonal Communication
    Fall 2014

    Rutgers University School of Communication & Information

  • Teaching Internship
    Communicating About Relationship Challenges
    Spring 2012

    Rutgers University School of Communication & Information

  • Teaching Assistant
    Advanced Interpersonal Communication
    Fall 2012

    Rutgers University School of Communication & Information

Honors/Awards

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Awards

  • Fellowship for the School of Communication and Information
    2013 - 2014

    Awarded fellowship for the first year of the doctoral program at Rutgers University

  • MCIS NCA Representative
    2012
    $1200

    Awarded to attend the 2012 NCA Conference in Orlando, FL

Professional Affiliations

Presentations

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Invited Presentations

  • Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
    Spring 2015

    Introduction to Communication and Information Processes Class, Rutgers University

  • Ending Relationships
    Fall 2014

    Advanced Interpersonal Communication Class, Rutgers University

  • Introduction to Family Communication
    Fall 2014

    Introduction to Communication and Information Processes Class, Rutgers University

  • Uncertainty and Uncertainty Management
    Fall 2014

    Advanced Interpersonal Communication Class, Rutgers University

  • Communicating Comfort and Support
    Spring 2014

    Communication and Relationships Class, Rutgers University

  • Theories of Relationship Maintenance: Coping with Conflict
    Spring 2014

    Advanced Interpersonal Communication Class, Rutgers University

  • Communicative Dimensions of Relationships and Maintenance
    Fall 2012

    Advanced Interpersonal Communication Class, Rutgers University

Service

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Service Positions

  • Third Year Representative, Doctoral Student Association
    2015-2016

    Rutgers University, School of Communication & Information

  • Student Representative, SC&I Research Development Committee
    2014

    Rutgers University, School of Communication & Information

  • President, Doctoral Student Association
    2014

    Rutgers University, School of Communication & Information

  • New Graduate Student Peer Mentor
    Fall 2014

    Rutgers University, School of Communication & Information

  • First Year Representative, Doctoral Student Association
    2012-2013

    Rutgers University, School of Communication & Information

Coursework

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Interpersonal Communication


Interpersonal Communication - Dr. Jennifer Theiss


Interpersonal Communication II - Dr. Kathryn Greene


Relational and Family Communication - Dr. Jennifer Theiss


Uncertainty and Communication - Dr. Jennifer Theiss

Health Communication


Interpersonal Health Communication - Dr. Kathryn Greene


Health Communication - Dr. Itzhak Yanovitzky


Sexual Health and Relationships - Dr. Jennifer Theiss

Research Methods


Quantitative Research Methods - Dr. Daniel O’Conner


Measurement and Psychometrics - Dr. Kathryn Greene


Qualitative Research Methods - Dr. Jenny Mandelbaum


Dyadic Data Analysis Workshop - Dr. Jennifer Theiss & Amanda Carpenter

Theory and Research


Communication Theory - Dr. Itzhak Yanovitzky


Research Foundations - Dr. Ross Todd


Comm, Info, and Media Theory - Dr. Jennifer Theiss, Dr. Marija Dalbello & Dr. Susan Keith

Contact

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  • 4 Huntington St, New Brunswick, NJ
  • 908-468-9456
  • j.leustek@rutgers.edu

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