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Leah E. LeFebvre

Associate Professor of Communication Studies, University of Alabama

Leah LeFebvre (Ph.D, University of Texas at Austin) specializes in dating and marital relationships turbulence, dissolution, and narratives in interpersonal and health contexts. Specifically, she examines the psychological and communicative relational processes exhibited through mating strategies, linguistic choices, and social networks utilizing a wide breadth of methodological approaches. Her primary research focuses on exploring the adaptations and modifications in romantic relationship initiation and dissolution practices through emerging technologies and technological adaptations. She also studies meaning-making through narration and storytelling processes that inform, reinforce, and reshape relationships during initiation, conflict, and dissolution. She has explored individualistic and relationship sense-making in origin and breakup stories.

Currently, she is examining pre-initiation behaviors and rejection processes on Tinder, ghosting as a modernized mediated disengagement, and memorialization in dissolution on social media and digital platforms. Her collaborations include many undergraduate and graduate students as well as colleagues from around the United States and world. She cultivates research perspectives utilizing a variety of methodologies and interdisciplinary approaches to answer scientific inquiries.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Communication, University of Alabama