Lisa Guntzviller

 Lisa Guntzviller

Contact Information

Lincoln Hall 4112
Associate Professor
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Lisa Guntzviller is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Guntzviller has broad interests in interpersonal, family, and health communication, mainly with underserved populations (e.g., low-income, minority). Her research focuses on language brokering: when bilingual (English- and Spanish-speaking) children/adolescents linguistically and culturally mediate for their primarily Spanish-speaking mothers. She also studies social support processes, particularly in the context of giving advice, such as parent-to-child advice on health issues. Additionally, she has also published on patient-provider communication when the patient has communication difficulties (e.g., low English proficiency, low health literacy). Her research has often utilizes dyadic data and employs a multiple goals framework.

Research Interests

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Social Support


  • B.A., 2007, Communication & Mathematics, Aquinas College
  • M.A., 2009, Communication, Purdue University
  • Ph.D., 2013, Communication, Purdue University

Distinctions / Awards

  • 2014 Interpersonal Communication Division's Outstanding Dissertation Award (ICA)
  • 2019 Distinguished Promotion Award, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost
  • 2013 College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Dissertation Award (College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University)