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Keeley

maureen keeley

 

Dr. Maureen Keeley

Professor

B.A. & M.A. University of Arizona, Ph.D. University of Iowa
Interpersonal Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Gender and Communication, Family Communication, Relational Communication

Office: Centennial Hall 310
Phone: 512.245.3133
Email: maureen.keeley@txstate.edu

Maureen Keeley Vita (DOC, 168 KB)

About Dr. Keeley

Dr. Keeley is the senior faculty member in the area of Interpersonal Communication. In the classroom, she encourages and challenges students to look at their own communication and to use pragmatic, theoretical, and scholarly knowledge to improve their lives and their relationships. Her courses include upper division Undergraduate courses and Master’s level courses in: Nonverbal Communication, Relational Communication, Family Communication, Gender Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Relational Health Communication.

Dr. Keeley is an applied communication researcher that focuses on the communication that occurs within close relationships in the midst of difficult situations. She utilizes theory to describe and explain the communication that focuses on health and/or relational challenges revealing the verbal and nonverbal messages that help people to gain meaning, grow, heal, and connect more fully with one another in the midst of strong emotions and life changes. The practical applications of her research make a real difference in people’s everyday lives. She is nationally recognized as one of the leading researchers on relational communication at the end of life. The nature of Dr. Keeley’s research calls primarily for the use of qualitative methodologies.

Dr. Keeley comes from a family filled with civil servants (police officers, fire fighters, and nurses) that placed a high value on helping and serving others. Her family’s values inspires Dr. Keeley to serve others by providing workshops for members of the community on final conversations, nonverbal, relational, and gender communication; she is active as a reviewer for numerous national and regional academic journals; and she is committed to meeting the needs of her department, college, and university. Dr. Keeley is the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Communication Studies.

Representative Publications

Keeley, M. P. (2017): Special Guest Editor for Behavioral Sciences on “Family Communication at the End of Life” [This is an International, on-line, cross-disciplinary, open access journal, 15 articles + the Intro. in the Special Issue on “Family Communication at the End of Life.” http://www.mdpi.com/search?q=&authors=&article_type=&journal=behavsci&section=&special_issue=7419&search=Search

Keeley, M. P. (2017) “Family Communication at the End of Life”: Introduction to the Special Issue (Guest Editor, M. P. Keeley) on “Family Communication at the End of Life” for the Journal of Behavioral Sciences. 7(3), 45; doi: 10.3390/bs7030045 http://www.mdpi.com/2076-328X/7/3/45

Keeley, M. P. & Generous, M.  (2017) “Final Conversations:  Overview and Practical Implications” Special Issue (Guest Editor, M. P. Keeley) on “Family Communication at the End of Life” Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 7(2), 17; doi:10.3390/bs7020017

Keeley, M. P. (2016).  End-of -life communication. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. (Ed., J. Nussbaum), New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Generous, M. & Keeley, M. P.  (2016). Topics avoided and neglected with terminally ill loved ones at the end of life. Death Studies. doi:  10.1080/07481187.2016.1236850

Keeley, M. P. (2016).  Invited as Expert:  Family Communication at the End of Life. Journal of Family Communication, Vol 16, vol.3, 1-9. doi: 10.1080/15267431.2016.1181070

Manusov, V. & Keeley, M. P.  (2015). When Talking is Difficult: Nonverbal Communication at the End of Life. Journal of Family Communication, pp. 387-409.  doi: 10.1080/15267431.2015.1076424 [Named Article of the Year by the Journal of Family Communication]

Yingling, J., & Keeley, M.  (2007). A failure to communicate:  Let’s get real about improving communication at the end of life.  American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, 24, (2), 1-3. DOI: 10.1177/1049909106297244

Keeley, M. P.  (2007). “Turning toward death together”:  The functions of messages during final conversations in close relationships.  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 24, (2), 225-253.  DOI: 10.1177/0265407507075412

Recent Awards, Funding, and/or Recognition

Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities (2017): Associate Professor/Professor Level, School of Fine Arts and Communication; Department of Communication Studies, Texas State University.

Distinguished Article of the Year (2016), Health Communication Division, National Communication Association for the article that has demonstrated a significant impact on the field of Health Communication.  The award was for the following article:  Keeley, M. P.  (2004). Final Conversations:  Survivors’ memorable messages, concerning religious faith and spirituality.  Health Communication, 16, 87-104.  doi: 10.1207/S15327027HC1601_6 (The article must be at least 5 years old to be considered.)   It was noted that this article introduced to the field the importance of examining Health Communication from the family perspective, that the term “final conversations” was coined and introduced the importance of communication at the end of life, and was highly cited by other researchers.

Outstanding Article of the Year, Journal of Family Communication (2016), Family Communication Division, National Communication Association.  The award was for the following article:  Manusov, V. & Keeley, M. P.  (2015)  When Talking is Difficult: Nonverbal Communication at the End of Life.  Journal of Family Communication, 15, 387-409. doi:10.1080/15267431.2015.1076424   The Journal Editor and his Board of Associate Editors chose this article from all of the ones that had been published during the 2015 Volume.

BOOK OF THE YEAR in Consumer Health (2007):  Awarded by the American Journal of Nursing for:   Keeley, M. P., & Yingling, J. (2007).  Final Conversations: Helping the living and the dying talk to each other.  Acton, MA:  VanderWyk & Burnham

SILVER winner Self-Help Book of the Year (2007): Awarded by Foreword Magazine for:  Keeley, M. P., & Yingling, J. (2007).  Final Conversations: Helping the living and the dying talk to each other.  Acton, MA:  VanderWyk & Burnham

BRONZE winner in Aging/Death & Dying (2007):  (Ippy) Awarded by Independent Publishing for: Keeley, M. P., & Yingling, J. (2007).  Final Conversations: Helping the living and the dying talk to each other.  Acton, MA:  VanderWyk & Burnham

Mentions, Public Scholarship, and More

August 30, 2016, quoted in the Washington Post following the death of Gene Wilder (and regarding other celebrity deaths):  https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.washingtonpost.com_news_arts-2Dand-2Dentertainment_wp_2016_08_30_why-2Dcelebrities-2Dlike-2Dgene-2Dwilder-2Dchoose-2Da-2Dprivate 2Ddeath_&d=BQIFAg&c=OrYO-caJHQE1g_AJU3az1awi55It-bjDIQrtRiZ6WBk&r=OQgRuRYu-D3HSIclH_T4XAF4qx6da3Me_SsyjFpNwmc&m=bMXPHksQH29SKF2Y2zGv7pYF9i3DalQElI2EVo7rzrg&s=ZDLofwFvYO1uSpgiH0pFGVGXSMmHf3s3iY2u6Y31m9I&e=

June 13, 2016, quoted in the Washington Post following the Orlando Massacre:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/06/13/texting-is-the-way-we-say-goodbye-during-tragedies-like-orlando-now/?tid=sm_tw

14, 2016:  Interview on radio talk show: WBAP Morning News on News Talk 820 AM WBAP in Dallas/Fort Worth

14, 2016:  Interview on radio talk show: WBAP Morning News on News Talk 820 AM WBAP in Dallas/Fort Worth

June 15, 2016, National Public Radio-Los Angeles, Interview regarding the Orlando Massacre

June 15, 2016.  Interview for television, KXAN News: Texas State University professor researches final conversations. Text messages or voicemails left by the victims of acts of violence give us an understanding of what they endured in their final moments.

June 16, 2016. Interview for Time Warner Cable Television News:   How Technology Has Changed How We Share Our Last Words. Consider how often you carry your cell phone with you, many people hardly go anywhere without it. For victims of the Orlando shooting, it's how they were able to say goodbye to family and friends. Our Alex Stockwell explains how technology influences how people share their final thoughts during a crisis.