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Maggie Bennett-Brown, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Maggie Bennett-Brown received her PhD in Communication from the University of Connecticut in 2019. Her primary areas of specialization are interpersonal and health communication, focusing on affection and its effects on mental and physical health within the context of intimate romantic relationships.

Her most recent research projects have focused on examining communication during sexual activity as it relates to sexual desire, arousal, and satisfaction. Her research has been presented at national and international conferences and published in top communication and interdisciplinary journals. 

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Lindley Hall
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405

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  • Ph.D., Communication, University of Connecticut
  • M.A., Communication, University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • B.A., Communication, Truman State University

Research interests

  • Interpersonal communication
  • Health communication
  • Effects of affection on mental & physical health
  • Communication during sexual activity


Bennett-Brown, M. & Denes, A. (under review) Testing the communication during sexual activity model: An examination of personality characteristics and their relationship with sexual communication outcomes. Communication Research.

Denes, A., Crowley, J.P., & Bennett, M. (2020). Between the sheets: Investigating young adults’ communication during sexual activity. Personal Relationships. https://doi.org/10.1111/pere.12324.

Bennett, M., LoPresti, B.J., & Denes, A. (2019). Exploring trait affectionate communication and post sex communication as mediators of the association between attachment and sexual satisfaction. Personality & Individual Differences. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2019.109505.

Bennett, M., LoPresti, B.J., McGloin, R., & Denes, A. (2019). The desire for porn and partner?: Investigating the role of scripts in affectionate communication, sexual desire, and pornography consumption and guilt in young adults’ romantic relationships. Western Journal of Communication. doi: 10.1080/10570314.2018.1564934.

Bennett, M. & Denes, A. (2019). Lying in bed: An analysis of deceptive affectionate messages in casual romantic relationships. Communication Quarterly. doi: 10.1080/01463373.2018.1557722.

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