Hello, I am John Leustek
Doctoral Candidate at Rutgers University

My research focuses on the interpersonal communication dynamics that exist within close relationships and families. Specifically, my research examines experiences of chronic uncertainty and how the perceived resolvability of such uncertainty shapes the communication strategies that individuals select to cope with distress arising from these conditions. General areas of study include interpersonal communication, family communication, health communication, uncertainty, social support, and topic avoidance.

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, New Brunswick, NJ
    2013 - Present

    Ph.D. in Communication

    Dissertation: Experiences of Chronic Uncertainty and Uncertainty Resolvability for Families of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Committee: Dr. Jennifer Theiss, Dr. Kathryn Greene, Dr. Meara Faw, Dr. Leanne Knobloch

  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
    2013

    M.A. in Communication

    Thesis: Adult Children’s Perceptions of Family Communication Behaviors During Late-life Divorce

    Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Theiss

  • Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY
    2011

    B.A. in Communication, Honors

Publications

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  • All
  • Publications
  • Chapters
  • Under Review
  • In Progress
  • Conferences
  • Haverfield, M. C., Theiss, J. A., & Leustek, J. (2016). Characteristics of communication in families of alcoholics. Journal of Family Communication, 16, 111-127. doi: 10.1080/15267431.2016.1146284

  • Faw, M., & Leustek, J. (2015). Sharing the load: An exploratory analysis of the challenges experienced by parent caregivers of children with disabilities. Southern Communication Journal, 80, 404-415. doi: 10.1080/1041794X.2015.1081978

  • Theiss, J. A., Carpenter, A., & Leustek, J. (2016). Partner facilitation and partner interference in individuals’ weight loss goals. Qualitative Health Research, 26, 1318-1130. doi: 10.1177/1049732315583980

  • Leustek, J. & Theiss, J. A. (in press). Avoiding topics in chronic illness: Sources of topic avoidance for type 2 diabetics in romantic relationships. Contemporary Studies on Relationships, Health, and Wellness.

  • Leustek, J. (in press) Contrast analysis. In M. Allen (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

  • Leustek, J. (in press) Demand characteristics. In M. Allen (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

  • Leustek, J. (in press) Matched individuals. In M. Allen (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

  • Theiss, J. A., & Leustek, J. (2016). Marital conflict. In C. Shehan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Family Studies. (pp. 1-4). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley- Blackwell.

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

  • Leustek, J. & Theiss, J. A. (revise and resubmit). Factors that shape cognitive and behavioral coping among individuals with type 2 diabetes: Features of illness versus features of romantic relationships. Health Communication.

  • Theiss, J. A., Leustek, J., Estlein, R., & Weber, K. M. (under review). Postpartum depression and relational turbulence during the transition to parenthood: Implications for perceived partner responsiveness, social support, and relationship satisfaction. Communication Monographs.

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

  • Leustek, J. & Theiss, J. A. (manuscript drafted). Relational turbulence and chronic illness: Relationship characteristics that predict enacted talk and received support for individuals with type 2 diabetes.

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

  • Leustek, J., & Theiss, J. A. (analyses completed). 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. (2016, November). Relational turbulence and chronic illness: Relationship characteristics that predict enacted talk and received support for individuals with type 2 diabetes. Paper accepted to the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Faw M., Leustek, J., & Sonne, J. (2016, November). Communicating tough love to young adult children: The role of parents’ uncertainty, efficacy, and communication competence. Paper accepted to the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Faw M., Leustek, J., & Sonne, J. (2016, November). When helping hurts: Exploring tough love as a form of social support in parents’ relationships with their young adult children. Paper accepted to the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Leustek, J., & Theiss, J. A. (2016, July). Themes of topic avoidance facing individuals with type 2 diabetes in their romantic relationships. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Association of Relationship Research, Toronto, Canada.

  • Faw M., Leustek, J., & Sonne, J. (2016, July). Themes of tough love support in parent-child dyads. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Association of Relationship Research, Toronto, Canada.

  • Leustek, J., & Theiss, J. A. (2016, June). Factors that shape cognitive and behavioral coping among individuals with type 2 diabetes: Features of illness versus features of romantic relationships. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Fukuoka, Japan.

  • 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 presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Las Vegas, NV.
 *Top paper for the NCA Interpersonal Communication Division

  • Leustek, J. (2015, November). Examining family communication patterns and relational frames in families of late-life divorce. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Las Vegas, NV.
 * Top paper for the NCA Student Division

  • 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. Bernadette Galliard
    Summer 2016

    Assisted in running statistical analyses on career decision data and religious organizational data, including regression, ANOVA, structural equation modeling, and conditional process analysis. Helped design statistical models and aided in interpreting the findings from the analyses.

  • Research Assistant
    Dr. Meara Faw
    2015 - 2016

    Helped design survey measures for a study on tough love. Conducted interviews with parents and children regarding their experiences of tough love in their own relationships. Helped train undergraduate research assistants in running the interview procedures and processing the collected data. Ran analyses of quantitative data and did inductive coding of qualitative data.

  • Research Assistant
    Dr. Jennifer Theiss
    Fall 2015

    Procured and organized revisions for example sections in Interpersonal Communication: Putting Theory into Practice. Collected relevant research, and updated example sections of the book with new information based on the latest research surrounding each chapter of the book.

  • Research Assistant
    Dr. Meara Faw
    Fall 2014

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

  • Research Team Member
    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, 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.

Expertise

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Skills

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

Instructor

  • Persuasive Communication 359
    Summer 2016
  • Group Communication 356
    Summer 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Summer 2015
  • Communication Research
    Summer 2015
  • Advanced Interpersonal Communication 355
    Summer 2015

Teaching Assistant

  • Communication Research 300
    Spring 2015
  • Advanced Interpersonal Communication 355
    Fall 2012, Fall 2014
  • Communicating About Relationship Challenges 473
    Spring 2012

Honors/Awards

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Awards

  • SC&I Doctoral Student Research Training Award
    2016
    $2000

    Awarded funds to attend a statistical methods workshop in Chicago, IL.

  • Graduate School of New Brunswick Conference Travel Award
    2016
    $300

    Awarded additional funds from Rutgers to present at ICA in Fukuoka, Japan

  • SC&I Distinguished Achievement as a Teaching Assistant Award
    2016

    Awarded by the Department of Communication for teaching excellence

  • Top Paper Award for the NCA Interpersonal Communication Division
    2015

    Awarded for conference paper submission to NCA in Las Vegas, NV

  • Top Paper Award for the NCA Student Division
    2015

    Awarded for conference paper submission to NCA in Las Vegas, NV

  • Graduate School of New Brunswick Conference Travel Award
    2013 - 2014
    $250

    Awarded additional funds from Rutgers to present at NCA in Las Vegas, NV

  • 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 Family Communication
    Spring 2016

    Introduction to Communication and Information Processes Class, Rutgers University

  • Uncertainty in Communication
    Spring 2016

    Advanced Interpersonal Communication Class, Rutgers University

  • Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
    Fall 2015

    Introduction to Communication and Information Processes Class, Rutgers University

  • 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

  • Faculty Award Committee Member, Doctoral Student Association
    2015 - 2016

    Rutgers University, School of Communication & Information

  • Conference Paper Reviewer, Interpersonal Communication Division
    2015 - 2016

    National Communication Association

  • Third Year Representative, Doctoral Student Association
    2015 - 2016

    Rutgers University, School of Communication & Information

  • Student Representative, SC&I Research Development Committee
    2014 - 2016

    Rutgers University, School of Communication & Information

  • Organizer for the 2015 IARR New Scholars Pre-Conference
    2014 - 2015

    Rutgers University, School of Communication & Information

  • New Graduate Student Peer Mentor
    2014, 2016

    Rutgers University, School of Communication & Information

  • President, Doctoral Student Association
    2014 - 2015

    Rutgers University, School of Communication & Information

  • First Year Representative, Doctoral Student Association
    2012 - 2013

    Rutgers University, School of Communication & Information

Coursework/Training

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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

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

Methods

  • Measurement and Psychometrics
    Dr. Kathryn Greene
  • Quantitative Research Methods
    Dr. Daniel O’Conner
  • Qualitative Research Methods
    Dr. Jenny Mandelbaum

Statistical Training

  • Mediation, Moderation, and Conditional Process Analysis
    Dr. Andrew Hayes
  • Dyadic Data Analysis
    Dr. Jennifer Theiss & Amanda Carpenter

Contact

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

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