Donna Henson

Associate Prof

  • Bond University, Faculty of Society & Design

    4229 Gold Coast


Accepting PhD Students


Research activity per year

Personal profile

Research interests

My research interests centre on communication with a focus on auto ethnography, narrative, and close relationships. Additional interests include meaning-making, rumination, gender communication and emotion. My current work tends to employ auto ethnographic methods, and reflects a general interest in narrative writing and storytelling as methods of inquiry.

Trained in quantitative and qualitative methods, my work is both interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse. My generalist communication background has also enabled collaboration with colleagues across a range of disciplinary areas.

Notably, I've collaborated on projects examining the communicative dimensions of such varied topics as post-traumatic growth, place-making, and national broadcasting funding systems.

Irrespective of topic, I maintain an interest in and enthusiasm for understanding lived communicative experience.

Statement for HDR students

I would welcome supervisory interest from Higher Degree Research students in my current areas of focus, specifically auto ethnography, narrative, and relational communication.

I would also consider research proposals from students with more general interests in areas of communication such as gender communication, emotion, or aspects of interpersonal or relational communication.

Over the past ten years, I've supervised and examined both Masters and Doctoral students in Australia and New Zealand.

Education/Academic qualification

Communication, PhD, Verbal Rumination in Close Relationships: Explication and Test of a Construct, Arizona State University


Award Date: 15 Dec 2003

Communication, Bachelor of International Communication (Honours), UNITEC Institute of Technology


Award Date: 24 Mar 1999

External positions

Senior Lecturer, UNITEC Institute of Technology

Nov 20072010

Programme Director, Postgraduate Programmes, Department of Communication Studies, UNITEC Institute of Technology

Feb 20072010

Lecturer, UNITEC Institute of Technology

Nov 2003Nov 2007

Graduate Teaching Associate, Arizona State University

Dec 20002003


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