International Communication Association

Interpersonal Communication Division


Welcome to the official site of the ICA Interpersonal Communication Division!


The Interpersonal Communication Division is interested in communication processes that occur between people. Such processes include (but are not limited to) mutual influence, individuals’ adaptations to others, people’s interpretations and reactions to others’ messages, and so forth. Interpersonal communication occurs in many contexts, such as close relationships, organizations, health, intercultural, intergroup, and many others.  Interpersonal communication also occurs through a variety of channels, including face-to-face interaction, telephone conversations, and interactions via computers.

The division's goal is to encourage theoretical and practical advances in the study of interpersonal communication.


Interested in joining the Interpersonal Communication Division?

To become a member of the Division, you must first be a member of the International Communication Association.

  • If you are not yet an ICA member, you can join by clicking here.
  • If you are already an ICA member and want to join the Interpersonal Communication Division, you an log into your ICA profile and add our division by clicking here.
  • Submit an application for the Dissertation and Thesis Awards!


    The Interpersonal Division of the International Communication Association seeks nominations for the Division's annual Outstanding Dissertation and Thesis Awards. 


    Applicants should submit:

    (a) a 25-35 abstract or paper-length version of the thesis or dissertation, and

    (b) a letter of nomination from the dissertation/thesis director explaining why the project should be recognized.


    Deadline for submission of materials is March 1st., 2015.

    Applicants must have defended the project between Jan. 1 and Dec 31 of 2014.

    Application materials are submitted electronically to Ascan Koerner at