Colleen Malachowski head shot

Associate Professor

College Hall 324
Department Communications

Mailing Address

Regis College box 1051

235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493


Dr. Malachowski completed her undergraduate education at Boston College, where she majored in communication studies. She then earned her MA and PhD from West Virginia University in communication theory and research. She has taught several undergraduate and graduate courses at Florida International University, West Virginia University, and Regis College including introduction to communication, public speaking, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, small group communication, nonverbal communication, research methods, and gender and communication.

Dr. Malachowski is also the Carole Remick Endowed Program Director in Communication. In this role, Dr. Malachowski assists with the New England High School Journalism Collaborative, which provides high school students with an annual summer workshop on journalism. The workshop was co-founded and directed by the late Carole Remick, who once declared, “Regardless of color, creed, or nationality, this program will continue to serve as a platform for students from many communities so that all different cultures will be represented in the media.” More information on this program can be found at Carole Remick's New England High School Journalism Collaborative.

Dr. Malachowski’s research explores the role of communication in romantic relationships and examines various techniques (i.e., visualization and implementation intentions) that may alleviate anxiety associated with discussing taboo topics in interpersonal relationships. She has published in several communication journals including the Western Journal of Communication, Communication Quarterly, Communication Education, Communication Teacher, and Communication Research Reports.


PhD, MA, West Virginia University, Communication Studies

BA, Boston College, Communication Studies

Awards Honors

2015, Committee of Scholars, Eastern Communication Association

2014, Top Paper Award, Nonverbal Communication Division, Eastern Communication Association

2014, Top Five Paper Award, Nonverbal Communication Division, Eastern Communication Association

2012, Top Four Paper Award, Communication Apprehension and Competence Division, National Communication Association

2012, West Virginia University Judy Burgoon Doctoral Student Research Award

2011, Top Paper Award, Communication Apprehension and Competence Division, National Communication Association

2011, Top Three Paper Award, Instructional Communication Division, Eastern Communication Association

2010, Top Paper Award, Interpersonal Communication Division, Eastern Communication Association

Malachowski, C. C. (2017). Communication Competence. M. Allen (Editor), The Sage Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods.

Vallade, J. I., and Malachowski, C. C. (2015). Instructor misbehavior and forgiveness: An examination of student communicative outcomes in the aftermath of instructor misbehavior. Communication Education. doi: 10.1080/03634523.2015.1038728

Malachowski, C. C., Frisby, B. N. (2015). The aftermath of hurtful events: Cognitive, communicative, and relational outcomes. Communication Quarterly, 63, 1-18. doi: 10.1080/01463373.2015.1012218

Malachowski, C. C., Martin, M. M., and Vallade, J. I. (2013). An examination of students’ adaptation, aggression, and apprehension traits with their instructional feedback orientations. Communication Education, 62, 127-147. doi: 10.1080/03634523.2012.748208

Malachowski, C. C., and Myers, S. A. (2013). Reconstructing the ideal body image by designing realistic magazine contents. Communication Teacher, 27, 33-37. doi: 10.1080/17404622.2012.737926

Malachowski, C. C., Chory, R. M., and Claus, C. J. (2012). Mixing pleasure with work: Employee perceptions of and responses to workplace romance. Western Journal of Communication, 76, 358-379. doi: 10.1080/10570314.2012.656215

Claus, C. J., Chory, R. M., and Malachowski, C. C. (2012). Student antisocial compliance-gaining as a function of instructor aggressive communication and classroom justice. Communication Education, 61, 17-43. doi: 10.1080/03634523.2011.619270

Malachowski, C. C., and Martin, M. M. (2011). Instructors’ perceptions of teaching behaviors, communication apprehension, and student nonverbal responsiveness in the classroom.

Malachowski, C. C., and Dillow, M. R. (2011). An examination of relational uncertainty, romantic intent, and attraction on communicative and relational outcomes in cross-sex friendships. Communication Research Reports, 28, 356-368. doi: 10.1080/08824096.2011.616245

Dillow, M. R., Malachowski, C. C., Brann, M., and Weber, K. (2011). An experimental examination of the effects of communicative infidelity motives on communication and relational outcomes in romantic relationships. Western Journal of Communication, 75, 473-499. doi: 10.1080/10570314.2011.588986