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Maeve McGuire

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Contact Information

Department of Communication
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
3001 Lincoln Hall | MC-456
702 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Hours

Spring 2024: Mondays from 12-1pm and Tuesdays/Thursdays from 11am-12pm.


Maeve is a second-year MA student in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her current research focuses on how our health influences communication practices and preferences. Specifically, she is interested in how marginalized health identities (e.g., neurodivergent, invisible illness, medically complex conditions) shape our understanding of self and communication behaviors (e.g., uncertainty management, social support, resiliency). 

Before coming to UIUC, Maeve was at Iowa State University where she gained experience in teaching technical communication skills to engineering and business students. Now, at UIUC she continues this work with the Grainger College of Engineering leading the EngineerSPEAK program (Skills for Presenting Engineering and Applied Knowledge). Her work involves collaborating with upper-class/capstone engineering courses to bring public speaking and technical communication instruction to soon-to-be engineers through in-class lectures, practice activities, and workshops. 


Research Interests

Interpersonal Communication, Health Communication, Patient-Provider Communication, Qualitative Methods, Uncertainty, Social Support, Technical Communication 


B.A. in Communication Studies from Iowa State University, 2021

B.S. in Technical Communication from Iowa State University, 2021

Courses Taught

CMN 111: Oral and Written Communication I

CMN 112: Oral and Written Communication II

Additional Campus Affiliations

Lead Program Administrator for Engineer SPEAK (Skills for Presenting Engineering and Applied Knowledge) 

Recent Publications

Thompson, C. M., Babu, S., Gerlikovski, E., McGuire, M., Makos, S., Ranallo, A., & Robieson, I. (2023). Living with long covid: A longitudinal interview study of individuals’ communicative resilience through the “long haul.” Health Communication, 1–17.

McGuire, M., & Rafferty, K. A. (2023). Finding beauty in the struggle: Using relational dialectics theory to analyze discourses that influence what it means to be both mom and caregiver to a child with medical complexities [Manuscript under review]. Department of Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  

Rafferty, K. A., Beck, G. A., & McGuire, M. (In progress). When facing hopeful and hopeless experiences: Using Snyder’s hope theory to understand parents’ caregiving experiences for their medically complex child. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 34(6), 542-549.