Sherilyn Marrow is a family enthusiast specializing in the study of families in transition and how communication and emotional expressiveness transform lives. She earned her undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Science) in Family Life Education from the University of Nebraska; a Master’s Degree in Speech Communication from the University of Nebraska; and a Ph.D. in Human Communication from the University of Denver. Additionally, she is a trained marriage and family psychotherapist, receiving her certification from the Marriage and Family Therapist Training Institute in Denver, CO.
She is a professor in the UNC School of Communication where she has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate classes including Family Communication, Research Methods, Health Communication, Small Group Communication, and directed the basics of public speaking program. Her lines of research are primarily in the areas of family communication, emotional expressiveness, and family resilience following natural disasters; her research has resulted in numerous publications, including a pending textbook, national and international conference presentations, and several funded research projects. She also enjoys sharing her work in the media, discussing relevant family issues on radio broadcasts throughout Colorado and northern California.
During her tenure, she has earned over 30 teaching awards including “Outstanding Woman of the Year”; Qwest-Dex Teaching Award; Panhellenic Council Teaching Award; UNC Mortar Board Outstanding Professor; and 2nd place in the Monfort Entrepreneurial Challenge for her upcoming children’s communication wellness program entitled “TalkShareCare.”
Her daily passions include her family, grandsons Luke and James, golden retriever Cowboy, spirituality, decorating, thinking, having great conversations with interesting people, and, always, watching university students accomplish their many goals.
- Ph.D. in Human Communication from the University of Denver.
- Master’s Degree in Speech Communication from the University of Nebraska
- Bachelor of Science in Family Life Education from the University of Nebraska