Amanda J. Holman
Amanda J. Holman

Amanda J. Holman

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Communication Studies

Position

  • Assistant Professor

Biography

Dr. Amanda Holman is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Studies department. Her PhD is from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, MA from University of Montana-Missoula, and BA from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN).
Dr. Holman research and teaching focuses on interpersonal, family, and health communication. She teachers classes on the connection of family communication and health/well-being, as well as courses on interpersonal communication, family communication, and dark-side of personal relationships. Her current research interest focuses on difficult communication within family and peer relationships with the goal of discovering new approaches to guide individuals and families through the difficulty and discomfort of these conversations. Specifically, she is working with high school adolescents and parents in Nebraska to gain their perspectives of the parent-adolescent “sex talk” to better inform future parent-child sex talk interventions. Dr. Holman is also conducting research on how couples communicate and cope with miscarriage. Along with individual research projects, she directs an undergraduate research team that play a critical role in her community-based research and outreach.

Education

  • Concordia College - Moorhead
  • University of Montana - Missoula
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • Abetz, J., & Holman, A. (2015). Managing identity in social media. In D. O. Braithwaite & J. T. Wood (Eds.). Casing interpersonal communication: Case Studies in personal and social relationships (2nd ed.). Kendall/Hunt, IA: Dubuque, Kendall Hunt Publishing Compnay, 2015

Articles


  • Holman, A. & Koenig Kellas, J. (2015). Adolescents perceptions of communication, relational, and family factors that relate to sexual risk. Southern Communication Journal, 80(5), 388-403.
     , Southern Communication Journal, 80(5), 388-403. , 2015
  • Carr, K., Holman, A., Abetz, J., Koenig Kellas, J., Vagnoni, E. (2015). Giving voice to the silence of family estrangement: Comparing reasons of estranged parents and adult children in a non-matched sample. Journal of Family Communication. 15(2), 113-129., Journal of Family Communication, 2015
  • Sillars, A., Holman, A., Richards, A., Jacobs, K., Reynolds-Dyke, A., Koerner, A. (2014). Conversation and conformity orientations as predictors of observed conflict in parent-adolescent relationships. Journal of Family Communication, 14, 16-31. DOI: 10.1080/15267431.2013.857327, Journal of Family Communication, 14, 16-31, 2014

  • Metts, S., Braithwaite, D. O., Schrodt, P., Wang, T.R., Holman, A., Nuru, A. K. & Stephenson-Abetz (2013). The experience and expression of stepchildren’s emotions at critical events in stepfamily life. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 54(4), 414-437. DOI: 10.1080/10502556.2013.800400
     , Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, V:54 I:4, 414-437, 2013
  • Stephenson-Abetz, J. & Holman, A. (2012). Home is where the heart is: Facebook and the negotiation of “old” and “new” relationships and selves during the transition to college. Western Journal of Communication, 76(2), 175-193. DOI: 10.1080/10570314.2011.654309 [Most downloaded manuscript in 2012], Western Journal of Communication, V:72 I:2, 175-193, 2012
  • Holman, A., & Sillars, A. (2011). Talk about “Hooking Up”: The influence of college student social networks on non-relationship sex. Health Communication, 27(2), 205-216. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2011.575540, Health Communication, V:27 I:2, 205-216, 2011

Presentations

  • Holman, A. & Koenig Kellas, J. (2016). “Say Something Instead of Nothing”: Adolescents’ Perceptions Of Their Parents’ Real and Ideal Conversations About Sex. Paper will be present at the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA. In the Family Communication Division., 2016
  • Holman, A. (2015, April). Invited panelist. Managing the Convergence Points of Work and Life: Discussions of Work-Life Balance with Pre-Tenure Female Faculty. Panel presented to the Holman CV 5 ??Women Caucus Division at the Central States Association Annual Conference, Madison, ?WI., 2015
  • Holman, A. (2015, April). Invited panelist. Innovative Strategies for Teaching Health ?Communication to Undergraduates. Panel presented to the Health Communication Division ?at the Central States Association Annual Conference, Madison, WI. ?, 2015
  • Holman, A. (2014, November). Invited panelist. Considerations for the Next Centennial of Family Communication Scholarship: The Importance of Studying Children and Adolescents in Families. Panel presented to the Family Communication Division at the National Communication Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL., 2014
  • Holman, A. & Ribarsky, E. (2013, November). Invited panelist. Sexual Connections: Interpersonal Communication and Sexual Interaction: The Impact of Parent-Child Communication on Sex: From Adolescence to Adulthood. Panel presented to the Interpersonal Communication Division at the National Communication Association Annual Convention, Washington, DC., 2013
  • Sillars, A., Holman, A., Richards, A., Jacobs, K., Reynolds-Dyke, A., Koerner, A. (2013, November). Conversation and conformity orientations as predictors of observed conflict in parent-adolescent relationships. Paper was presented at the National Communication Association, Washington, DC. In the Family Communication Division., 2013
  • Stephenson-Abetz, J. & Holman, A. (2011, November). "Home is where the heart is": Facebook and the negotiation of old and new relationships and selves during the college Transition. Paper presented at the National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA. Top Four Student Paper, Human Communication and Technology Division., 2011
  • Carr, K., Holman, A., Stephenson-Abetz, J., Koenig Kellas, J., Vagnoni, E. (2011, November). Giving voice to the silence: Attributional variations for parent-child estrangement. Paper presented at the National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA. In the Family Communication Division., 2011
  • Holman, A.J., & Sillars, A. (2010, November). Talk about “hooking up”: The influence of college student social networks on non-relationship sex. Paper presented at the National Communication Association, San Francisco, CA. In the Health Communication Division: Sexual Health Issues among Late Adolescents., 2010
  • Horstman, H. & Holman, A. (2016). Communicated Sense-making After Miscarriage: A Dyadic Analysis of the Moderating Effects of Parenting Identity on Husband and Wife Communicated Perspective-Taking and Well-Being. Paper will be present at the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA. In the Interpersonal Communication Division.
  • Holman, A. & Koenig Kellas, J. (2015). Embracing high school adolescents’ perceptions of the parent-child sex talk: How communication, relational, and family factors relate to sexual health. Paper was present at the National Communication Association, Las Vegas, NV. In the Family Communication Division.
  • Holman, A. & Bonander, A. (2014). An Exploratory Study of Narratives about Sexual Behavior: How Parents and Friends Stories Shape Emerging Adults Attitudes and Behavior Towards Sexual Risk-Taking. Paper was presented at The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) Conference, Omaha, NE.
  • Holman, A. (2016, November). Invited panelist. Translational Research in Communication. Panel is sponsored by the NCA Research Board and will be presented at the National Communication Association Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Research and Scholarship

Grant Funding Received

  • University of Missouri-Columbia Richard Wallance Faculty Incentive Grant
  • Organization for Research on Women and Communication (ORWAC) Grant
  • CURAS Summer Faculty Research Fellowship Award
  • CURAS Faculty Research Fund 2015 Award, Creighton University