Haley Horstman

Assistant Professor
220 Switzler Hall

Education: PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2012)

Dr. Haley Kranstuber Horstman researches communicated sense-making in the context of family diversity and difficulty. She grounds much of her work in narrative theorizing and methodology. Dr. Horstman often studies diverse families as a context ripe with sense-making, including adoptive families, foster families, and married couples struggling with miscarriage, as well as mother-daughter and parent-child relationships.

Currently, Haley is working on several grant-funded projects studying married couples’ communicated sense-making following miscarriage, communication in open adoptive families, mother-daughter communication, and the perceptions of doulas in American births.  Haley’s work has been published in top-ranked peer-reviewed journals such as Communication Monographs, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Health Communication, Personal Relationships, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and Journal of Family Communication. In addition to her research-based grant work, she has worked under several community grants as a consultant on family communication issues in public health interventions.

Haley has been awarded ten Top Paper and Top Panel Awards for her work at the International Communication Association, NCA, and CSCA conferences. She has been awarded the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award, Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, Phyllis Japp Scholar Award, Centennial Fellowship, and honorable mention for the UNL Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award. Along with Dr. Colleen Colaner, Haley is a founder and co-director of the Institute of Family Diversity and Communication (www.ifdc.missouri.edu), an interdisciplinary working group of researcher examining issues facing modern families.

Frequently Taught Courses
COMMUN 3561 – Relational Communication
COMMUN 3422 – Communication Research Methods
COMMUN 9330 – Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication – Narratives in and about Personal Relationships
COMMUN 9330 – Seminar in Family Communication

Selected Recent Publications
*Indicates graduate student author

Horstman, H. K., Anderson, J., & Kuehl, R. A. (In press). Making sense of the role of a doula in childbirth: Implications for the U.S. master birth narrative. Health Communication.

Thorson, A. R., & Horstman, H.K. (In press). Unpacking the consumer socialization model: Emerging adults, family communication patterns, and financial socialization. Western Journal of Communication.

*Nelson, L., & Horstman, H.K. (In press). Communicated meaning-making in foster families: Relationships between foster parents’ entrance narratives and foster child well-being. Communication Quarterly.

Horstman, H. K., *Hays, A., & *Maliski, R. (Forthcoming). Parent-child interaction. In J. Nussbaum (Ed.), Oxford research encyclopedia of communication. New York, NY: University Press.

Koenig Kellas, J., Carr, K, Horstman, H.K., & DiLillo, D. (In press). Communicated perspective-taking in marriage: Developing the CPT Observational Rating Scheme and testing actor and partner effects on marital satisfaction and mental health. Personal Relationships.

Horstman, H.K., Colaner, C.W., & Rittenour, C. (2016). Contributing factors of adult adoptees’ identity work and self-esteem: Family communication patterns and adoption-specific communication. Journal of Family Communication. [online publication first] doi:10.1080/15267431.2016.1181069

*Hays, A., & Horstman, H.K., Colaner, C. W., & *Nelson, L.R. (2015). “She chose us to be your parents”: Exploring the content and process of adoption entrance narratives told in families formed through open adoption. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. [online publication first] doi:10.1177/0265407515611494

Horstman, H.K., *Maliski, R., *Hays, A., *Cox, J., *Enderle, A., & *Nelson, L.R. (2015). Unfolding narrative meaning over time: The cognitive and communicative components of narrative sense-making and well-being in mother-daughter conversations of difficulty. Communication Monographs. [online publication first] doi:10.1080/03637751.2015.1068945

Koenig Kellas, J., Kranstuber Horstman, H., Willer, E., & Carr, K. (2015). The benefits and risks of telling and listening to stories of difficulty over time: Experimentally testing the expressive writing paradigm in the context of interpersonal communication between friends. Health Communication, 30, 843-858. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2013.850017

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. H. Turner & R. West (Eds.) The Sage handbook of family communication (2nd Ed). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Ndiaye, K., Silk, K., Anderson, J., Kranstuber Horstman, H., Carpenter, A., Hurley, A. L., & Proulx, J. (2013). Using an ecological framework to understand parent-child communication about nutritional decision-making and behavior. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 41, 253-274.

Kranstuber, H. & Koenig Kellas, J. (2011). Instead of growing under her heart I grew in it: The relationship between adoption entrance narratives and adoptees’ self-concept. Communication Quarterly, 59, 179-199.

Colaner, C.W., & Kranstuber, H. (2010). “Forever kind of wondering”: Communicatively managing uncertainty in adoptive families. Journal of Family Communication, 10, 236-255.