Kory Floyd, PhD

Professor of Communication and Author of The Loneliness Cure
Headshot of SXSW Speaker Kory Floyd


When Touch Is Out of Reach

Friday, March 11, 4 p.m.
Rooftop Stage


Social interaction and interpersonal affection are important human needs that have gone unfulfilled for many during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, more than ever, we need to be intentional about how we meet our needs for connection and touch.


Kory Floyd is a professor of communication and professor of psychology at the University of Arizona. His research focuses on the communication of affection in close relationships and its effects on stress and physiological functioning. He has written 16 books and over 100 scientific papers and book chapters on the topics of affection, emotion, family communication, nonverbal behavior, and health. He is a Fellow of the International Communication Association and a former editor of Communication Monographs and Journal of Family Communication. His work has been recognized with the Mark Knapp award for distinguished scholarship in interpersonal communication, the Bernard J. Brommel award for distinguished scholarship in family communication, and the Charles H. Woolbert award for lasting scholarly contribution from the National Communication Association. He has also received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Western States Communication Association and the Early Career Achievement award from the International Association for Relationship Research.

One of his recent books, The Loneliness Cure, examines the problem of affection deprivation and identifies strategies for increasing affection and intimacy in close relationships. As an educator, he teaches courses on health communication, emotional communication, close relationships, communication theory, and quantitative research methods. A native of Seattle, Professor Floyd received his undergraduate degree from Western Washington University, his master’s degree from the University of Washington, and his PhD from the University of Arizona.