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Weber, Kirsten

Faculty, Basic Course Director



Dr. Weber's research interests lie at the intersection of interpersonal and health communication. Specifically, she is interested in understanding how interpersonal relationships both influence and are influenced by illness experiences. Dr. Weber’s most recent work explores how social and medical network members influence treatment decision making among cancer patients. Her work has been published in Human Communication Research and Health Communication, and she has co-authored a number of book chapters on related topics.‚Äč

Dr. Kirsten Weber, Professor of Communication, is a research collaborator of the ADVANCE Catalyst grant. In August 2019, Central Michigan University became one of six higher education institutions to receive the ADVANCE Catalyst Award from the National Science Foundation. The ADVANCE grant is an initiative committed to addressing barriers to institutional success for women in STEM at CMU.

More about Kirsten Weber

Weber, K. M., Douglas, N., Popp, T., & Nelson, R. (in press). Why We Need Trauma-Informed Higher Education Now more than Ever. About Campus

Weber, K. M., Madsen, B., Smith, H., Dejmanee, T., & Zaher, Z. (2022). BLM movement frames among the muted Voices: Actor-generated infographics on Instagram during #BlackoutTuesday. International Journal of Communication.

Dejmanee, T., Lorenz, M., Millar, J., Weber, K. M., & Zaher, Z. (2022). #AboriginalLivesMatter: Mapping Black Lives Matter Discourse in Australia. Media International Australia, 184, 6-20.

Weber, K. M. & Keim, H. (2021). Meeting the Needs of Generation Z College Students through Out-of-Class Interactions. About Campus, 26, 10-16.

Pruitt, D. Weber, K. M., & Ragina, N. (2020). Teaching End-of-Life Preparation to African Americans. Palliative & Supportive Care, 19, 335-340.

Hamilton, N., Olumolade, O., Khan, M., Weber, K. M., Zyzanski, S. & Ragina, N. (2020) Access barriers to healthcare for people living with disabilities. Journal of Public Health, 1-9.

Weber, K., Dejmanee, T., & Rhode, F. (2018). The 2017 Women’s March on Washington: An Analysis of Protest-Sign Messages. International Journal of Communication, 12, 2289–2313.

Broekema, K. & Weber, K. M. (2017). Disclosures of Cystic Fibrosis-Related Information to Romantic Partners. Qualitative Health Review, 1-11.

Weber, K. M. Decision-making in families. (2016). In. S. Pike (Ed.) The international encyclopedia of family communication. Oxford, UK: Wiley - Blackwell.

Weber, K. M. & Solomon, D. H., & Meyer, B. J. F. (2013). A qualitative study of breast cancer treatment decisions: Evidence for five decision-making styles. Health Communication, 28, 408-421. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2012.713775

Theiss, J. A., Estlein, R., & Weber, K. M. (2013). A longitudinal assessment of relationship characteristics that predict new parents’ relationship satisfaction: Applying and extending the relational turbulence model. Personal Relationships, 20, 216-235. DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2012.01406.x

PhD: 2009, Pennsylvania State University
MA: 2006, Pennsylvania State University
BA: 2003, Michigan State University‚Äč
• Interpersonal Communication
• Health Communication
• Communication Theory

Courses Taught

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Communication Theory
  • Health Communication
  • Communication, Happiness, and Well-being
  • Research Methods