Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2018
Areas of Expertise
Dr. Hong situates the relationship between one’s social positions and communication experience at the center of health communication and political communication. With intersectionality as an analytical framework - which highlights how multiple disadvantaged positions mutually construct social experiences -, her research focus on understanding socially situated nature of communication and the influence on individual attributes and behavior. She develops two complementary lines of research with emphasis on the roles of communication in health and social-political wellbeing.
How communication influence social and psychosocial determinants of health and social-political wellbeing?
- How do intersectional positions shape communication opportunity and discussion networks?
- Does communication opportunity reinforce marginalization and inequality in health and social-political wellbeing (e.g., exposure to health innovation that spreads through social systems)?
Then, how communication improve health and social-political wellbeing for minority groups?
- Can social media attenuate such marginalization and inequality by increasing communication opportunity for minority groups?
- How can mass communication influence social context, such as social norms and social stigmas, and thereby reshape community culture?
- Does the perception of media influence promote behavior (e.g., health prevention, communicative action, and political participation)?
Hong, Yangsun & Kim, S. (2020). Influence of Presumed Media Influence for Health Prevention: How Mass Media Indirectly Promote Health Prevention Behaviors through Descriptive Norms. Health Communication. doi:10.1080/10410236.2019.1663585
Barnidge, M., Gunther, A., Kim, J., Hong, Yangsun, Perryman, M., Tay, S. K., & Knisely, S. (2017). Politically Motivated Selective Exposure and Perceived Media Bias. Communication Research. doi:10.1177/0093650217713066
Hong, Yangsun & Rojas, H. (2016). Agreeing not to Disagree: Iterative vs. Episodic Forms of Political Participatory Behaviors. International Journal of Communication, 10. doi:1932– 8036/20160005.
Hull, S. J., & Hong, Yangsun (2016). Sensation Seeking as a Moderator of Gain- and Loss- framed HIV Test Promotion Message Effects. Journal of Health Communication. 21(1). doi:10.1080/10810730.2015.1033113
Kim, H., Lee, D., Hong, Yangsun, Ahn, J., & Lee, K-Y. (2016). A Content Analysis of Television Food Advertising to Children: Comparing Low and General-Nutrition Foods. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 20(2), 201-210, doi:10.1111/ijcs.12243
Hong, Yangsun & Yoo, W. (2015). Images Say More Than Text: Effects of Pictorial Exemplification in Health News on Promoting Breast Cancer Early Detection Behavior. Health Communication Research, 13(2), 29-59
Yoo, W., Kim, S. Y., Hong, Yangsun, Chih, M-Y., Shah, D. V., & Gustafson, D. (2015). Patient-Clinician Mobile Communication: Analyzing Text Messaging between Adolescents with Asthma and Nurse Case Managers. Telemedicine and E-health, 21(1), 62-69, doi:10.1089/tmj.2013.0359
Yoo, W., Namkoong, K., Choi, M., Shah, D. V., Tsang, S., Hong, Yangsun, Aguilar, M., & Gustafson, D. (2014). Giving and Receiving Emotional Support Online: Communication Competence as a Moderator of Psychosocial Benefits for Women with Breast Cancer. Computers in Human Behavior. 30(1), 13-22. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2013.07.024
Hong, Yangsun, Lee, D., & Yu, H-S. (2012). The Influence of Health News Exemplars on College Students' Optimistic Bias of Breast Cancer Risk Perception and Behavioral Intention to Engage in Preventive Behaviors. Journal of Health and Mass Communication, 3, 61-80
Hong, Yangsun, & Yu, H-S. (2010). Effect of Perceived Similarity between Exemplars and Recipients on Issue Perception and Health Beliefs. Speech & Communication, 12, 37-67
She received two research grants from the Global Health Institute and from the Center for Research on Gender and Women at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her dissertation project, ‘Experience of Intersectionality and Perceived Social Influence of Mass Media for Adoption of PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) for HIV prevention among Low-Income Black Women: the Importance of Social Context and Communicative Action.’
Dr. Hong is a recipient of the 2017 Doris A. Graber Award for Best Public Opinion Paper from Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR), Top Paper Award from American Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC), Korean American Communication Division in 2012, and Top Paper Award from Pacific and Asia Communication Association, 2012.