Emiko Taniguchi

Emiko Taniguchi

Emiko Taniguchi

Emiko Taniguchi (Assistant Professor) specializes in interpersonal and family communication as well as cross-cultural communication. Her research centers on the interface between communication process and health issues with a focus on body image and weight management. The primary foci of her work involve identifying mechanisms through which parent-child communication is related to young adult children’s psychosocial adjustment (e.g., self-esteem) and body image. This work is grounded in confirmation theory and scholarship on parenting and child development. In addition to family related contexts, her research involves appearance-related “posts” (e.g., fat talk) on social media and their effects on users’ body image. She is currently interested in the processes of information management and social support, primarily in health contexts (e.g., weight issues, mental health).

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Ph.D. in Communication Studies (University of Texas at Austin, 2016)
M.A. in Communicology (University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 2012)
B.A. in Sociology (University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 2009)


Representative Publications

Taniguchi, E. (2017). Family communication and body dissatisfaction among young adult men: Mediating effects of social competence. Health Communication. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/10410236.2017.1350905

Taniguchi, E. & Thompson, C. (2015). Family communication and body dissatisfaction among young adult females: Mediating effects of social competence. Journal of Family Communication, 15, 410-427.doi:10.1080/15267431.2015.1076823

Taniguchi, E. & Lee, H. E. (2015). Individuals’ perception of others’ self-esteem and psychological well-being: Role of body size and peers’ comments. The Social Science Journal, 52, 217-228. doi:10.1016/j.soscij.2014.10.006


Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

    • COMG 251: Principles of Effective Public Speaking
    • COMG 301: Introduction to Communicological Theories
    • COMG 381: Interpersonal Relations
    • COMG 386: Culture and Communication – Comparisons of Japanese and Americans



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