Felicia Roberts at Purdue University
Brian Lamb School of Communication



at Purdue

Research Interests

Primary interest in understanding the coordinated verbal, vocal, and non-vocal practices that construct everyday and institutional life. Investigations span medical, family, and intercultural contexts. Ongoing commitment to promoting language equality and, therefore, to understanding language attitudes, perception of non-standard speakers, language development, variation and change, language & gender. 

Books, Journal Articles, and Invited Publications (in reverse chronological order)

Roberts, F. (2017). Qualitative approaches to clinician-patient communication. In Kissane, DW, Bultz, BD, Butow, PN, Bylund, CL, Noble, S., Wilkinson, S. (Eds) Oxford Textbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care (2nd edition). Oxford University Press, pp. 405 – 409.

Foti, D. & Roberts, F. (2016). The neural dynamics of speech perception: Dissociable networks for processing linguistic content and monitoring speaker turn-taking. Brain & Language 157-158 (2016) 63–71. 

Roberts, F. & Norris, A.M. (2016). Gendered expectations for “agreeableness” in response to requests and opinions. Communication Research Reports, 33:1, 16-23, DOI: 10.1080/08824096.2015.1117437

Bauer, A. & Roberts, F. (2015). Veterinary-Client Interaction. In Karen Tracy (Ed.) International Encyclopedia of Language & Social Interaction. Wiley-Blackwell. DOI: 10.1002/9781118611463.wbielsi024. For abstract, go to http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9781118611463.wbielsi024/abstract

Roberts, F. (2015). Transcription. In Karen Tracy (Ed.) International Encyclopedia of Language & Social Interaction. Wiley-Blackwell. DOI: 10.1002/9781118611463.wbielsi021. For abstract, go to http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9781118611463.wbielsi021/abstract

Roberts, F., Gettings, P., Torbeck, L., Helft, P. (2015). Reflection on Adverse Event Disclosure in the Postsurgical Hospital Context. Journal of Surgical Education, 72(4), 767-770. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsurg.2014.12.016

Owlett, J. S., Richards, K. A., Defreese, J. D., Wilson, S. R., & Roberts, F. D. (2015). Privacy Management in the Military Family during Deployment: Adolescents’ Perspectives. Journal of Family Communication, 15(2), 141-158.

Roberts, F. & Kramer, J.D. (2014). Medication and Morality: Analysis of medical visits to address chronic pain. In H. Hamilton & W. S. Chou (Eds.) Handbook of Language and Health Communication, pp. 477-489. New York, NY: Routledge.

Roberts, F. & Francis, A.L. (2013). Identifying a temporal threshold of tolerance for silent gaps after requests. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 133 (6), EL 471-477.

Gill, V. T. & Roberts, F. (2012). Conversation Analysis in the Medical Context. In T. Stivers & J. Sidnell (Eds.) Handbook of Conversation Analysis, pp. 575-592, Wiley-Blackwell.

Roberts, F. Margutti, P., Takano, S. (2011). Judgments concerning the valence of inter-turn silence across speakers of American English, Italian, and Japanese. Discourse Processes, 48, 331-354.


Polite, E.J., Leonard, L.B., Roberts, F. (2011). The Use of definite and indefinite articles by children with specific language impairment. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 13: 291–300.

Roberts, F. (2010). Qualitative approaches to clinician-patient communication. In D.W. Kissane B.D. Bultz, Butow, P. & Finlay, I. (Eds.) Handbook of Oncology and Palliative Care, pp. 695-705. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Wilson, S.R., Roberts, F.R., & Munz, E.A. (2010). Mother-child play: Collaboration or power struggle? In K. Galvin (Ed.) Making connections: Readings in relational communication (5th ed.), pp. 364-354. Cary, NC: Roxbury/Oxford University Press.

Roberts, F., Wilson, S. R., Delaney, J. & Rack, J. (2009). Distinguishing communication behaviors of mothers high and low in trait verbal aggression. In D. Cahn (Ed.) Family Violence: Communication Processes, pp. 155-178.  Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Balog, H., Roberts, F., & Snow, D. (2009). Discourse and intonation development in the first-word period. Enfance, 3, 293-304.

Wilson, S., Roberts, F., Rack, J., & Delaney, J. (2008). Mothers’ trait verbal aggressiveness as a predictor of maternal and child behavior during play-time interactions. Human Communication Research, 34, 392–422.

Roberts, F. & Cimasko, T.  (2008). Evaluating ESL: Making Sense of University Professors' Responses to Second Language Writing. Journal of Second Language Writing, 17, 125-143.

Roberts, F. (2008). Transcribing and Transcription. In W. Donsbach (Ed.) International Encyclopedia of Communication, Vol. XI., pp. 5161-5165. Oxford, UK & Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Roberts, F., Francis, A.L., Morgan, M. (2006). The interaction of inter-turn silence with prosodic cues in listener perceptions of "trouble" in conversation. Speech Communication, 48, 1079-1093.

Balog, H. L. & Roberts, F. (2004). Perception of utterance relatedness during the first-word period. Journal of Child Language, 31, 837-854.

Roberts, F. (2004). Speaking to and for animals in a veterinary clinic: A practice for managing interpersonal interaction. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 37, 421-446.

Roberts, F. & Robinson, J.D. (2004). Inter-observer agreement on '"first-stage" conversation analytic transcriptions. Human Communication Research, 30, 376-410Link to Codebook for this paper.

Roberts, F. (2002). Qualitative differences among cancer clinical trial explanations. Social Science & Medicine, 55, 1947-1955.

Mattson, M. & Roberts, F. (2001). Overcoming truth-telling as an obstacle to initiating safer sex: Clients and health practitioners discussing deception during HIV test counseling. Health Communication, 13, 343-362.

Roberts, F. (2001). Teaching research methods using a problem based learning approach. Communication Teacher, 16, 6-8.

Costello, B.A. & Roberts, F. (2001). Medical recommendations as joint social practice. Health Communication, 13, 241-260.

Gill, V.T, Halkowski, T., Roberts, F. (2001). The patient's request as a progressively realized project: A case study. TEXT, 21, 55-81.

Roberts, F.D. (2000). The Interactional construction of asymmetry: The medical agenda as a resource for delaying response to patient questions. The Sociological Quarterly 41(1), 151-170.

Roberts, F.D. (1999) Talking About Treatment. Oxford University Press.

Roberts, F.D., Newcomb, P.A., Trentham, A. (1996). Self-reported stress and risk of breast cancer. Cancer, 77:1089-1093.

Rifkin, B.G. and Roberts, F.D. (1995). Error gravity research: A critical review. Language Learning, 45(3):511-537.

Newcomb, P.A., Olsen, S.J., Roberts, F.D., Storer, B.E., Love, R.R. (1995). Assessing Breast Self-Examination. Preventive Medicine, 24:255-258.

Roberts, F.D., Newcomb, P.A., and Fost, N. (1992). Perceived risks of participation in an epidemiologic study. IRB: A Review of Human Subjects Research, 15(1):8-10.

Book Reviews
Roberts, F.D. (2001) Sociolinguistics: A Reader and Coursebook edited by Nikolas Coupland and Adam Jaworski. Discourse Studies, 12, 258.

Roberts, F.D. (2000) Language and Gender by Mary M. Talbot. Discourse Studies, 2, 124-125.