Kelly Tenzek


Kelly Tenzek.

Kelly Tenzek


Kelly Tenzek


Research Topics

Difficult conversations in interpersonal and health contexts, primarily end-of-life communication

Overview Background Publications

Journal Articles


Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) Fellowship (2015, September). Awarded through Earth Institute Columbia University, traveled to Munich, Germany to participate in the CMM Learning Exchange.

Published articles

Tenzek, K. E., & McCracken, B. (In press). End-of-Life (EOL) in Disney and Pixar films: An opportunity for engaging in difficult conversation Omega: Journal of Death and Dying.

May, A., & Tenzek, K. E. (In press). "A gift we are unable to create ourselves": Surrogacy and the journey to parenthood for gay men. Journal of LGBT Family Studies.

Song, H. Omori, K. Kim, J., Tenzek, K. E., Hawkins, J. M. Lin, W.,…Jung, J. (In press). Trusting social media as a source of health information: Comparison among U.S., Korea, and Hong Kong. Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Simmons, N. & Tenzek, K. E. (2015). “Listening is an act of love:” Learning listening through StoryCorps.Communication Teacher, 30, 1, 17-21.

Cramer, M. E., Tenzek, K. E., & Allen, M. (2015). Recognizing success in the chaplain profession: “I have to trust that what I do makes some difference.” Journal of health care chaplaincy.

Book contributions

Cramer, E.M., Tenzek, K.E., Allen, M. (2015). Spirituality, social support, and the communicative role of the chaplain in veteran populations. In L.M. Webb & E. Sahlstein (Eds.), A communication perspective on the military: Interactions, messages, and discourses. Peter Lang International. 

Beck, C. S., Aubuchon, S., Simmons, N., Tenzek, K. E., & Ruhl, S., (2015). Celebrity health narratives and the public health. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers.