Digital Media and Communication for Health & Politics Research Group

At the Digital Media and Communication for Health and Politics (DMC) group, we study how we communicate and interact with digital media about health and political issues. We conduct theory-based, culturally sensitive, and interdisciplinary research using quantitative research methods.  

Our current work examines online misinformation about reproductive health issues (i.e., HPV vaccine, abortion) and its effects on women’s knowledge, perception, and behavior regarding the issues. We particularly focus on marginalized groups of women in New Mexico who have barriers to accessing healthcare services. 

 

Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Virtual Brown Bag 

The goals are to present current DMC research and to develop future project. It will take place on Friday at 1PM -2PM. All C&J faculty, staff, and students are welcome!  If you wish to join, please email Sun Hong (sunhong@unm.edu). *Topics and presenters are subject to change.

  • November 13 1pm, Sumaira Abrar, Ph.D. Candidate
    “Incidental Exposure to HPV Vaccine Misinformation on Social media”
  • January 29 3pm, Hyerin Kwon, Ph.D. student at University of Wisconsin-Madison
    “Political Use of Instagram: The Relationships Between Motivations, Frequent Use, Incidental News Exposure and Political Participation”
  • February 12 1pm, Mika Hashimoto, M.A student
    “Effects of Message Frame and Cultural Orientations on COVID-19 Prevention Behaviors"
  • February 26 1pm, Moonsun Choi, Ph.D. student
    “Young Adults’ Profiles of Motivation for Instagram Use: In relation to Online Political Participation”
  • March 12 1pm, Lian Kim, Ph.D. student
    “Influence of Motivations to Seek Online Health Information on Individuals’ Go-to Online Sources: Expectancy-Value Approach”
  • April 2 1pm, Yangsun Hong, Assistant Professor
    “Effects of Social Media Use on Discussion Heterogeneity and Political Participation in Emerging Democracy: The Moderating Role of Self-Censorship”
  • April 16 pm, TBA

 

 

 

Director

Photo: Yangsun Hong

Yangsun Hong

Assistant Professor

sunhong@unm.edu

Interests

social determinants of health inequities, communication inequalities, social norms approach, perception of media bias, misinformation, intersectionality, public opinion, political conversation, political participation, stigma

Graduate Students

Photo: Sumaira Abrar

Sumaira Abrar

Ph.D. candidate

sumairaabrar@unm.edu

Interests

health communication, patient-provider communication, health disparities, social determinants of health
Photo: Moonsun Choi

Moonsun Choi

Ph.D. student

moonsunchoi@unm.edu

Interests

Media/digital literacy, Internet studies, digital citizenship, political communication/activism, Internet-infused education, critical thinking, online participation
Photo: Cassidy D. Ellis

Cassidy D. Ellis

Ph.D. student

cdellis@unm.edu

Interests

reproductive justice, abortion, anti-abortion violence, the U.S. South, racialization, auto-methodologies
Photo: Mika Hashimoto

Mika Hashimoto

MA student

mikaha2@unm.edu

Interests

health communication
Photo: Lian Kim

Lian Kim

Ph.D. student

lkim@unm.edu

Interests

health information seeking, social media, perceived social norms, health inequities, health promotion for gender and racial minorities, communication technology, survey research
Photo: Hyerin Kwon

Hyerin Kwon

MA student

kwon078@unm.edu

Interests

political communication, digital and social media, public sphere, civic engagement, political participation, public deliberation
Photo: Kimberly Oostman

Kimberly Oostman

Ph.D. student

kroostman@unm.edu

Interests

crisis communication, social media and regret, corporate apology, corporate empathy, female representation in media

Collaborators

Photo: Courtney FitzGerald

Courtney FitzGerald

Research Scientist

hsccafitzgerald@gmail.com

Interests

resilience, youth development, youth/student voice, culture-centered approaches, community-based participatory research, participatory action research, public health surveillance, survey research
Photo: Nathania Tsosie

Nathania Tsosie

Associate Director

nttsosie@gmail.com

Interests

health and intercultural communication, Indigenous and Native American health and community development, social support and connectedness, cultural humility, cultural safety, patient-provider communication, community-based participatory research, participatory action research