Lucette B. Comer (Ph.D.) is Professor Emerita of Consumer Sciences at Purdue University and a member of this church. She received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College, a master’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College, and both master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Maryland. Her research interests involve interpersonal relationships, focusing on such factors as empathy, listening, and ethnic diversity, among others.
Her research involving empathy dealt with the manner in which different aspects of empathy impacted upon relationships between people. She was particularly interested in the relationship between empathy and listening. She and her research team developed a measure of active empathetic listening that is still used in the academic literature. She also conducted some preliminary explorations into the area of cross-cultural empathy. Her work has been published in numerous academic journals.
Now retired from active teaching, she returned to Florida where she is involved in a local Book Club and in Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Miami.