Jody Koenig Kellas

Jody Koenig Kellas
Professor, Interpersonal, Family, & Health Communication Communication Studies

Ph.D., University of Washington, 2002
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DR. JODY KELLAS, PROFESSOR, conducts research and teaches classes on interpersonal, family, and health communication. The overarching purpose of her research program is to study the ways in which narratives, storytelling, and related forms of communicated sense-making can help individuals and families understand, negotiate, and improve communication and coping within the context of difficulty and illness. Her research lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln - NARRATIVE NEBRASKA - seeks to implement interdisciplinary, narrative-based interventions to improve caregiving, communication, and psychosocial well-being for families and care providers.


Koenig Kellas, J., & Kranstuber Horstman, H. (2015). Communicated Narrative Sense-Making: Understanding family narratives, storytelling, and the construction of meaning through a communicative lens. In L. Turner, & R. West (Eds.) Sage handbook of family communication (pp. 76-90). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Koenig Kellas, J., Kranstuber, H., Willer, E. K., & Carr, K. (2015). The benefits and risks of storytelling and storylistening over time: Experimentally testing the expressive writing paradigm in the context of interpersonal communication. Health Communication30, 843-858. 

Koenig Kellas, J. (Ed.) (2013). Family storytelling: Negotiating identity, teaching lessons, and making meaning. London: Routledge.

Koenig Kellas, J., & Suter, E. (2012). Accounting for lesbian families: Lesbian mothers respond to discursive challenges. Communication Monographs, 79, 475-498. Received 2013 NCA GLBTQ Division and Caucus Monograph of the Year Award.