Dr. Leslie Ramos Salazar
California State University, Fresno
Department of Communication
5201 North Maple Ave, Mail Stop SA 46
Fresno, CA 93740-8027
Position: Assistant Professor
Education: Ph.D., Arizona State University
Interests: Interpersonal Communication, Compassionate Communication, Cyberbullying, Parent-Child Communication and Health Communication, Conflict in Close Relationships, Communication Theory, Quantitative Methods.
Dr. Leslie Ramos Salazar (or “Dr. Leslie”) is Assistant Professor of Interpersonal Communication at Fresno State. At Fresno State, she teaches undergraduate level courses in Interpersonal Communication, Public Communication, Communication Research Methods, and Persuasion. She also teaches graduate level courses such as the Seminar of Interpersonal Communication. Her previous teaching experience includes Relational Communication, Conflict Management (online), and Business and Professional Communication at Arizona State University. She has also taught Introduction to Human Communication at Paradise Valley Community College. She is also experienced in teaching Small Group Discussion at Cal State University, Long Beach.
Dr. Ramos Salazar’s work appears in publications such as Communication Quarterly, Health Communication, and Women and Language. She conducts research on interpersonal communication, compassionate communication, conflict negotiation, cyberbullying, and health communication. More specifically, her research interests are centered on the ways human beings can improve their own communication skills to improve fruitless communication patterns in relationships that deal with relational problems (e.g., cyberbullying, destructive conflict; health issues). Her main research interest involves exploring whether expressing compassion in friendships, families, and romantic relationships can empower individuals to lead healthier relationships, which can enhance their quality of life.
In addition, her research has been competitively selected for presentation at the Western States Communication Association (WSCA), National Communication Association (NCA), and International Communication Association (ICA) since 2009. She has been awarded a solo Top-Four paper for the Interpersonal Communication Interest Group of the WSCA in 2014, a co-authored Top-Four paper for the Interpersonal Communication Interest Group of the WSCA in 2012, and a co-authored Top-Four paper for the Applied Communication Division of the NCA in 2010. She also currently serves as the 2014-2015 Chair and Program Planner of the Health Communication Interest Group of the Western States Communication Association.