carol bishop mills

carol bishop mills


Dr. Carol Bishop Mills 
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PhD, Communication Theory, Purdue University
MA, Health Communication, Emerson College
BS, Operational Communication & English, University of Miami

Phone: 561-297-3850
Areas of Expertise: Relational and Interpersonal Communication, Health Communication

Have you ever wondered why we tease one another to show affection, affiliation and care—even love—yet can also use teasing to hurt, demean, and criticize?

Have you ever looked at organizations and noticed rampant aggressive interactions, even bullying, and wondered, "What can be done to stop it?" and "Why is it even happening?"

And, have you ever looked at relationships and wondered, "Why do they pretend to be friends when they so clearly dislike each other?"

Well, if you have, you understand the types of questions that motivate me to answer -- what drives my research and my practice. I am a relational communication scholar interested in communication that lies at the nexus of dark side and light side of communication, and I am always motivated to do research that ultimately helps us communicate better with others.

Currently, I am using my research interests by putting my own skills to the test as the Director of the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University. I work with an incredible faculty from Communication Studies, Journalism, and Film, Video and New Media. I'm always looking for new ways to study (in)effective communication, so if you are interested in collaboration, let me know!


Peer -Reviewed Journal Articles

Mills, C. B., Keller, M., Chilcutt, A., & Nelson, M. D. (2018). No laughing matter: workplace bullying, humor orientation, and leadership styles. Workplace Health & Safety.

 Mills, C.B. (2016). Child’s Play or Risky Business? The development of teasing functions and relational implications in school-aged children. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. 35, 287–306. doi: 10.1177/0265407516683557.

 Erzikova, E., Mills, C. B., & Sparks Jr, J. V. (2014). Identity management in HIV-positive prisoners in Russia: a case study. Russian Journal of Communication, 1-12. 

Mills, C.B. (2012). Prenatal testing, disability and termination: An examination of newspaper framing. Disability Studies Quarterly.

Kim, S. & Mills, C. B. (2010). The Effects of Advice Seeker’s Expectations on Responses to Advice. Speech & Communication, 14, 7-32. 

Mills, C.B.  & Carwile, A.M. (2009). The good, the bad, and the borderline: Separating teasing from bullying. Communication Education, 58, 276-301.

Mills, C.B. & Poston, M. (2009). Disability as form of diversity: Lessons from Murderball. Communication Teacher, 23, 87-92.

Scudder, J. & Mills, C.B. (2008). The credibility of shock advocacy: Animal rights attack messages. Public Relations Review, 35, 162-164. doi: 10.1016/j.pubrev.2008.09.007

Blanquicett, C., Amsbary, J. H., Mills, C., & Powell, L. (2008). Examining the perceptions on doctor-patient communication. Human Communication, 10, 421-436.

Mills, C.B. and Babrow (2003).  Teasing as a means of social influence.  Southern Communication Journal, 68, 274-291. 

Ratzan, S.R., Payne, J.G., & Bishop, C. (1995). Health communication: An overview of the field. Journal of Health Communication, 1, 6-14.


COM 2053 Intro to Communication and Civic Life

SPC 2300 Interpersonal Communication

SPC 3425 Small Group Processes



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