Deborah Cai

Deb Cai

Deborah Cai

  • Lew Klein College of Media and Communication

    • Office of the Dean

      • Senior Associate Dean

    • Communication and Social Influence

      • Professor

    • Media and Communication


Deborah A. Cai is an internationally recognized researcher specializing in intercultural communication, negotiation and conflict management, and social influence. She is a fellow of the International Association for Intercultural Research. Her research examines the effects of culture on social networks and cognitive processes related to perceptions of conflict, decision making and planning in negotiation. She has studied variations in social networks and relational obligations across cultures, particularly comparing China with Western cultures. Her scholarship addresses theoretical questions utilizing the full range of statistical techniques, from simple tests of mean differences to analyses of elaborate causal structures.

She is the editor of the four-volume set that is a part of the Sage Benchmarks in Communication, Intercultural Communication, and she has published in the premier outlets of the communication discipline, including Communication Yearbook, Human Communication Research, Communication Monographs, the Journal of Applied Communication Research and Communication Research. She has served as editor-in-chief of Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, the official journal of the International Association for Conflict Management.

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Courses Taught




CSI 3701

Intercultural Communication


Selected Publications


  • Fink, E.L., Smith, R.A., Cai, D.A., Jung, H.J., & Woelfel, J. (2022). How Americans Make Sense of Two Novel Pandemics. Health Commun, 37(5), 548-560. England. 10.1080/10410236.2020.1857506

  • Huang, L., Fink, E.L., & Cai, D.A. (2022). Psychological discrepancy in message-induced belief change: Empirical evidence regarding four competing models. COMMUNICATION MONOGRAPHS, 89(2), 235-259. 10.1080/03637751.2021.1973051

  • Cai, D.A., Fink, E.L., & Walker, C.B. (2021). Robert R. Blake, With Recognition of Jane S. Mouton. NEGOTIATION and CONFLICT MANAGEMENT RESEARCH, 14(1), 51-59. 10.1111/ncmr.12151

  • Cai, D.A. & Tolan, C. (2020). Public Shaming and Attacks on Social Media: The Case of White Evangelical Christians. NEGOTIATION and CONFLICT MANAGEMENT RESEARCH, 13(3), 231-243. 10.1111/ncmr.12188

  • Cao, W., Qi, X., Cai, D.A., & Han, X. (2018). Modeling posttraumatic growth among cancer patients: The roles of social support, appraisals, and adaptive coping. Psycho-Oncology, 27(1), 208-215. Wiley. doi: 10.1002/pon.4395.