Haley Horstman

Haley Horstman
Associate Professor, Director of International Programs
220 Switzler Hall

PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2012)


Dr. Haley Kranstuber Horstman researches communicated narrative sense-making in the context of family adversity and diversity. She grounds much of her work in narrative theorizing and methodology. Haley often studies diverse families as a context ripe with sense-making. Currently, she is working in the contexts of miscarriage, open adoptive families, and mother-daughter relationships. Her work has been published in top-ranked peer-reviewed journals such as Communication Monographs, Communication Research, Health Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Family Communication, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and Personal Relationships.

Haley has been awarded more than fifteen Top Paper and Top Panel Awards for her work at international, national, and regional conferences. She has received the 2019 New Scholar Award from the Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association and the 2017 Advisor of the Year Award from the MU Association of Communication Graduate Students. She has been granted and worked on several university- and nationally-funded grants, including those funded by the NIH, MU’s Research Council, and MU’s Alumni Association. She was also awarded the MU South Africa Exchange Program Grant, which funded her research in Cape Town, South Africa on parent-child communicated sense-making about apartheid.

Haley has been the program director and assistant program director for the Communication and Culture study abroad program, located in Siena, Italy (https://communication.missouri.edu/undergrad/abroad).

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.

Courses Taught

COMMUN 3561 – Relational Communication
COMMUN 3422 – Communication Research Methods

COMMUN 8310 – Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
COMMUN 9310 – Seminar in Family Communication

COMMUN 9330 – Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication – Narratives in and about Personal Relationships

Select Publications

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Koenig Kellas, J., *Baker, J., *Cardwell, M. E., *Minniear, M.C., & Horstman, H. K. (In press). Communicated perspective-taking (CPT) and storylistening: Testing the impact of CPT in the context of friends telling stories of difficulty. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. [online publication first] doi:10.1177/0265407520955239

*Butauski, M., & Horstman, H. K. (2020). Parents’ narrative sense-making of their children’s coming out experiences. Journal of Family Communication, 20(4), 345-359. doi:10.1080/15267431.2020.1794872

Warner, B., Horstman, H. K., & Kearney, C. (2020). The effects of a narrative writing intervention on young adults’ perspective-taking of the political opposition. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 48(4), 459-477. doi:10.1080/00909882.2020.1789195

Trask, S. J., Horstman, H. K., & Hesse, C. (2020). Deceptive affection across relational contexts: A group comparison of romantic relationships, cross-sex friendships, and friends with benefits relationships. Communication Research. 47(4), 623–643. doi:10.1177/0093650219841736

Horstman, H. K., Holman, A., & McBride, C. (2019). Expanding the communicated sense-making model: Men’s use of metaphors to make sense of their spouse’s miscarriage. Health Communication, 35, 538-547. doi:10.1080/10410236.2019.1570430

Shaffer, V.A., Bohanek, J., Focella, E.S., Horstman, H. & Saffran, L. (2019). Encouraging perspective-taking: Using narrative writing to induce empathy for others engaging in negative health behaviors. PLOS ONE, 14, e0224046. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0224046

Holman, A., & Horstman, H. K. (2019). Similarities and dissimilarities in spouses’ narratives of miscarriage: A dyadic analysis of communicated narrative sense-making and well-being. Journal of Family Communication, 19(4), 293-310. doi:10.1080/15267431.2019.1628763 [lead article]

Horstman, H. K. (2019). Young adult women’s narrative resilience in relation to mother-daughter communicated narrative sense-making and well-being. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36, 1146–1167. doi:10.1177/0123456789123456

Horstman, H. K., Schrodt, P., Warner, B., Koerner, A., *Maliski, R., *Hays, A., & Colaner, C. W. (2018). Expanding the conceptual and empirical boundaries of family communication patterns: The development and validation of an expanded conformity orientation scale. Communication Monographs, 65, 157-180. doi:10.1080/03637751.2018.1428354

Horstman, H.K., Colaner, C.W., *Nelson, L.R., *Bish, A., & *Hays, A. (2018). Communicatively constructing the birth parent relationship in open adoptive families: Naming, connecting, and relational functioning. Journal of Family Communication, 18, 183-152. doi:10.1080/15267431.2018.1429444

Colaner, C. W., Horstman, H.K., & Rittenour, C. R. (2018). Negotiating adoptive and birth shared family identity: A social identity complexity approach. Western Journal of Communication, 82, 393-415. doi:10.1080/10570314.2017.1384564