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. (2018). Communicated Narrative Sense-Making Theory: Linking storytelling and health. In D. O. Braithwaite, E. Suter, & K. Floyd (Eds.) Engaging theories in family communication, 2nd ed (pp. 62-74). New York: Routledge.

Koenig Kellas, J., Castle, K. M., Johnson, A., & Cohen, M. Z. (2017). Communicatively constructing the bright and dark sides of hope: Family caregivers’ experiences during end of life cancer care. Behavioral Sciences, 7, 1-12.

Koenig Kellas, J., Carr, K., Kranstuber, H., & DiLillo, D. (2017). The Communicated Perspective-Taking Rating System and links to well-being in marital conflict. Personal Relationships, 24, 185-202.

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., & 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.