Heather R. Kennedy
School of Applied Human Sciences, Family ServicesFaculty - Assistant Professor of Family Studies
B.S. from University of Nebraska, Omaha.
M.S. and Ph.D. from University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Human Identity and Relationships
Strategies and Issues in Family Services
Interpersonal Relationship Dynamics
Management in Family Resources
Culture and Marriage
The development, health and well-being of underrepresented and marginalized individuals and families. Most recently her research has focused on the welfare of the LGBT community and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
More than 10 years of clinical experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor, providing therapeutic services to adults, adolescents and families.
Kennedy, H. R. & Gruber, A. M. (2020). Critical thinking in a service-learning course: Impacts of information literacy instruction. Communications in Information Literacy, 14(2).
Kennedy, H. R., & Dalla, R. L. (2020). “It may be legal, but it is not treated equally”: Marriage equality and well-being implications for same-sex couples. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 32(1), 67-98. DOI: 10.1080/10538720.2019.1681340
Kennedy, H. R., Dalla, R. L., & Dreesman, S. (2018). “We are two of the lucky ones”: Experiences with marriage and well-being for same-sex couples. Journal of Homosexuality, 65(9), 1207-1231. DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2017.1407612
Dalla, R. L., & Kennedy, H. R. (2015). “I Want to Leave—Go Far Away—I Don’t Want to Get Stuck on the Res[ervation]”: Developmental Outcomes of Adolescent-Aged Children of Navajo Native American Teenage Mothers. Journal of Adolescent Research, 30(1), 113-139.
Kennedy, H. R. & Dalla, R. L. (2014). Examining identity consolidation processes among ethnic minority gay men and lesbians. The Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 26(4), 465-501.
Dalla, R.L., Xia, Y., & Kennedy, H. (2003). “You just give them what they want and pray they don’t kill you.” Violence Against Women, 9(11), 1367-1394.