Research Team

Current Advisees & Research staff

Edmund Lee, Doctoral Candidate

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Edmund W. J. Lee is a recipient of the prestigious College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) International Postdoctoral Fellowship (HIPF) 2017 at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Under the fellowship, he will undergo a two-year postdoctoral stint at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. After which, he will return to NTU as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. Edmund earned both his M. A. and B.A. (Honors) in Communication Studies and is on track to obtain his Ph.D. from NTU.

Edmund is a computational-communication social scientist and his research largely focuses on the use and the impact of big data on different segments of society. As a communication social scientist at heart decked out in a data scientist’s gear, he employs cutting edge, theory-driven data analytics to uncover important and emerging trends in new media consumption, healthcare, science and environmental sustainability, as well as in organizational and business contexts. He has experience working and obtaining different types of quantitative datasets, such as mining data from online sources, conducting large-scale nationally representative surveys, and designing experiments. His research has been published in top-tier journals in the field of communication, such as New Media & SocietyJournal of Health CommunicationCyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, as well as Science Communication. He has also published in multidisciplinary fields, such as the Journal of Nanoparticle Research, and Journal of Risk Research.

In addition to research and teaching, Edmund has a keen interest in global financial markets and macroeconomics. He is a professional swing trader who trades U.S. equities, Contracts for Difference (CFDs), and Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs).

He currently resides in Singapore. In his free time, he enjoys going grocery-shopping with his wife, musing over philosophical questions and communication theories, watching movies (an assortment of horror and Korean dramas), as well as volunteering with youth organizations. He can be contacted at elwj88@gmail.com or LEEW0124@e.ntu.edu.sg.

Selected Publications

  1. Ho, S. S., Lwin, M. O., Yee, A. Z. H., & Lee, E. W. J. (in press). Understanding factors associated with Singaporean adolescents’ privacy protection behavior using an extended theory of planned behavior. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.
  2. Ho, S. S., Lwin, M. O., & Lee, E. W. J. (2017). Till logout do us part? Comparison of factors predicting excessive social network sites use and addiction between Singaporean adolescents and adults. Computers in Human Behavior, 75, 632-642. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2017.06.00
  3. Yang, X., Chua. H., & Lee, E. W. J., & Ho, S. S. (2017). Extending the cognitive mediation model: Examining factors associated with perceived familiarity and factual knowledge of nanotechnology. Mass Communication and Society, 20, 403-426. doi: 10.1080/15205436.2016.1271436
  4. Lee, E. W. J., Ho, S. S., & Lwin, M. O. (2017). Extending the social cognitive model—Examining external and personal antecedents of social network sites use among Singaporean adolescents. Computers in Human Behavior, 67, 240-251. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2016.10.030
  5. Lee, E. W. J., Ho, S. S., & Lwin, M. O. (2017). Explicating problematic social network sites use—A review of concepts, theoretical frameworks and future direction for communication theorizing. New Media & Society, 19, 308-326. doi: 10.1177/1461444816671891
  6. Ho, S. S., Lee, E. W. J., & Liao, Y. (2016). Social network sites, friends, and celebrities: The roles of social comparison and celebrity involvement in adolescents’ body image dissatisfaction. Social Media + Society, 2(3), 1-11. doi:10.1177/2056305116664360
  7. Lee, E. W. J., Shin, M. C., Kawaja, A., & Ho, S. S. (2016). The augmented cognitive mediation model: Examining antecedents of factual and structural breast cancer knowledge among Singaporean women. Journal of Health Communication, 21, 583-592. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2015.1114053
  8. Ho, S. S., Lee, E. W. J., Ng, K., Leong, G., Tham, T. (2016). For fit’s sake: A norms-based approach to healthy behaviors through influence of presumed media influence. Health Communication, 31, 1072-1080. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2015.1038772
  9. Lee, E. W. J., & Ho, S. S. (2015). The perceived familiarity gap hypothesis: Examining how media attention and reflective integration relate to perceived familiarity with nanotechnology in Singapore. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 17(228), 1-15. doi: 1007/s11051-015-3036-z
  10. Lee, E. W. J., & Ho, S. S. (2015). Staying abreast of breast cancer: Examining how communication and motivation relate to Singaporean women’s breast cancer knowledge. Asian Journal of Communication, 25, 422-442. doi:10.1080/01292986.2014.976580
  11. Ho, S. S., Detenber, B. H., Sonny, R., & Lee, E. W. J. (2014). Seeking information about climate change: Effects of media use in an extended PRISM. Science Communication, 36, 270-295. doi: 10.1177/1075547013520238
  12. Lee, E. W. J., Ho, S. S., Chow, J. K., Wu, Y. Y., & Yang, Z. X. (2013). Communication and knowledge as motivators: Understanding Singaporean women’s perceived risks of breast cancer and intentions to engage in preventive measures. Journal of Risk Research, 16, 879-902. doi:10.1080/13669877.2012.761264

Yang Xiaodong, Doctoral Candidate

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Xiaodong Yang is a Ph.D. candidate (Master of Communication Studies, Renmin University of China, 2011) in the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her research focuses on health, environmental and science communication; media effects; quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Xiaodong earned her BA from Shandong University, China in 2009. Then she got her master degree in media economics from Renmin University of China in 2011. Apart from education and research, Xiaodong worked as a reporter in Qilu newspaper for one year from 2011 to 2012. She is going to be an associate professor in School of Journalism and Communication at Shandong University from August, 2017. She can be contacted at xyang012@e.ntu.edu.sg.

Selected Publications

  1. Yang, X., Chuah, A. S., Lee, E. W., & Ho, S. S. (2017). Extending the Cognitive Mediation Model: Examining Factors Associated With Perceived Familiarity and Factual Knowledge of Nanotechnology. Mass Communication and Society, 20(3), 403-426.
  2. Yang, X., & Ho, S. S. (2017). Decreasing the knowledge gap among different socioeconomic status groups on the issue of climate change. Environmental Hazards, 16(3), 276-290.
  3. Yang, X.; Chen, L.; & Feng, Q. (2016). Risk Perception of Food Safety Issues on Social Media. Chinese Journal of Communication, 9(2), 124-138.
  4. Yang, X., & Li, L. (2016). Will the Spiral of Silence Spin on Social Networking Sites? An Experiment on Opinion Climate, Fear of Isolation and Outspokenness. China Media Research, 12(1), 79-87.
  5. Xu, X., Yang, X., Lu, J., Lan, J., Peng, T., Wu, Y., & Chen, W. (2017). Examining the effects of network externalities, density, and closure on in-game currency price in online games. Internet Research, 27(4), 924-941.
  6. Ho, S. S., Yang, X., Thanwarani, A., & Chan, J. M. (2017). Examining public acquisition of science knowledge from social media in Singapore: an extension of the cognitive mediation model. Asian Journal of Communication, 27(2), 193-212.
  7. Liao, Y., Ho, S. S., & Yang, X. (2016). Motivators of pro-environmental behavior: Examining the underlying processes in the influence of presumed media influence model. Science Communication, 38(1), 51-73.
  8. Chen, L. & Yang, X. (2015). Nature and Effectiveness of Online Social Support for Intercultural Adaptation of Mainland Chinese International Students. International Journal of Communication, 9, 2161-2181.

Agnes Chuah, Doctoral Candidate/ Research Associate

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Agnes is a research associate cum Ph.D. candidate in the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University. She received her Bachelor of Communication (Honours) and Master of Science in Managerial Communication from Universiti Utara Malaysia in 2009 and 2011 respectively. Agnes’ primary research area focuses on mobile communication. She is interested in the factors affecting mobile phone usage among adolescents and youths, such as personalities, parenting styles, peer influence. Her secondary area of research focuses on science communication, new media, and environmental research.

Selected Publications

Publications

  1. Yang, X., Chuah, A. S., Lee, E. W., & Ho, S. S. (2017). Extending the Cognitive Mediation Model: Examining Factors Associated With Perceived Familiarity and Factual Knowledge of Nanotechnology. Mass Communication and Society, 1-24.
  2. Ho, S. S., & Chuah, A. S. F. (forthcoming). Climate change communication in Singapore. In M. C. Nisbet (Ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication. Oxford University Press.

Conferences

  1. Ho, S. S., Leong, A. X. L. D., Looi J., & Chuah, A. S. F. (September, 2017). Communicating nuclear energy in Southeast Asia: A cross-country comparison of communication channels and source credibility. Paper accepted for presentation at the ICNESE 2017: 19th International Conference on Nuclear Energy Systems Engineering, Paris.
  2. Ho, S. S., Looi, J., Chuah, A. S. F., Leong, A. D., Pang, N., (July, 2017). Public perception of nuclear energy and the environment in Singapore: Risk, benefits, and trust in stakeholders. Paper accepted for presentation at the Conference on Communication and Environment 2017, Leicester, UK.
  3. Cummings, C., Chuah, A. S. F., & Ho, S. S. (May 2017). Protection Motivation and Communication through Nano-Food Labels: Improving Predictive Capabilities of Attitudes and Purchase Intentions toward Nano-Foods. Paper accepted for presentation at the annual conference of International Communication Association, San Diego, US.
  4. Chen, L., Yang, X. D., Chuah, A. S. F., & Ho, S. S. (May 2017). Cyberspace Risk for Adolescents: An Investigation of Factors Influencing Cybervictimization. Paper accepted for presentation at the annual conference of International Communication Association, San Diego, US.
  5. Estee, P. S. Goh, Chuah, S. F., & Ho, S. S. (2016, August). The role of mobile phone use in bonding and bridging peer capital among Singaporean adolescents. Paper accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Minneapolis, MN.
  6. Yang, X., Chuah, S. F., & Lee, E. W. (2016, June). Extending the cognitive mediation model: Factors associated with perceived familiarity and factual knowledge of nanotechnology. Paper accepted for presentation at the annual conference of International Communication Association, Fukuoka, Japan.
  7. Chuah, S. F., Yang, X. D., Chen, L., & Ho, S. S. (2015, August). Integrating self-construal in theory of reasoned action: Examining how self-construal, social norms, and attitude relate to healthy lifestyle intention in Singapore. Paper accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ComSHER Division), San Francisco, CA.

Doctoral Consortium

  1. Chuah, S. F. (2015, May). Factors relating to problematic mobile phone use among adolescents in Singapore: Personality traits, parental and peer influence, and third-person perception. Paper accepted for presentation at the 6th Annual Doctoral Consortium of the Communication and Technology Division, Puerto Rico.

Symposiums

  1. Chuah, S. F., Shirley, S. Ho, & Poorisat, T. (2014, November). Factors influencing drinking behavioral intention: A study of Thailand rural high school students. Paper accepted for presentation at Annual Symposium for Asian PhD Students in Communication Research, Singapore.
  2. Chuah, S. F. (2013, November). Facebook in building social capital: A study of Malaysia college students. Paper accepted for presentation at Asian Symposium of Doctoral Students in Communication, Hong Kong.

Andrew Yee, PhD Candidate

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Andrew Z. H. Yee is a quantitative social scientist who focuses largely on health behavior change. His research interests lie in the growing field of health communication, specifically in the area of familial and media influences, as well as the influence of technological innovations in promoting health among children. Currently, his main research interests lies in uncovering how social influences affect implicit attitudes towards eating. His research work have won awards in a number of international conferences, and many many are published in top-tier journals and books in the field of public health and communication, such as the Journal of Health Communication, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Computers in Human Behavior, and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Communication. Outside of health communication, he also has a keen interest in people’s purchasing behavior, and the communicative elements that influence them to act in various ways. With regards to these interests, he has since published in industry publications such as Communication Director.

Andrew earned his B.A. (1st Class Honors) in Communication studies and is a recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal award for outstanding academic achievement, as well as the prestigious Nanyang President’s Graduate Scholarship that currently funds his PhD at Nanyang Technological University. Outside of research work, Andrew spends most of his time caring for his toddler son, dabbling in all forms of photography (he was the Singapore Young Photographer of the Year in 2012), watching Netflix, and playing video games. He can be contacted at andrewyee.zh@gmail.com or ayee002@e.ntu.edu.sg.

Selected Work

  1. Ho, S. S., Lwin, M. O., Yee, A. Z. H., & Lee, E. W. J. (in press). Understanding factors associated with Singaporean adolescents’ privacy protection behavior using an extended theory of planned behavior. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, & Social Networking.
  2. Yee, A. Z. H., Lwin, M. O, and Ho, S. S. (2017). The influence of parental practices on child promotive and preventive food consumption behaviors: A systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14, 47. DOI: 10.1186/s12966-017-0501-3
  3. Ho, S. S., Lwin, M. O., Sng, J., & Yee, A. Z. H. (2017). Escaping through exergames: Presence, enjoyment, and mood experience in predicting children’s attitudes and preference to play exergames. Computers in Human Behavior, 72, 381-389. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2017.03.001
  4. Lwin, M. O., Shin, W. S., Yee, A. Z. H., & Wardoyo, R. J. (2017). A Parental Health Education Model of Children’s Food Consumption: Influence on Children’s Attitudes, Intention and Consumption of Healthy and Unhealthy Foods. Journal of Health Communication, 22(5), 403-412 DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2017.1302523
  5. Ho, S. S. & Yee, A. Z. H. (2017). Presumed Media Influence. In Encyclopedia of Health and Risk Message Design and Processing, Ed. Roxanne Parrott. New York: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.294
  6. Lwin, M. O., Lau, J., Yee, A. Z. H., & Au, C. (2017). Nutrition labelling in Southeast Asia. In Encyclopedia of Health and Risk Message Design and Processing, Ed. Roxanne Parrott. New York: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.307
  7. Yee, A. Z. H., and Lwin, M. O. (2015). Telly Tubbies: Mediating effect of anticipated emotions on TV exposure and unhealthy eating among children in Singapore. Paper presented at the 12th Asian Congress of Nutrition 2015 in Yokohoma, Japan. [Paper awarded the Urakami Foundation Award].
  8. Lwin, M. O., Shin, W. S., Yee, A. Z. H., and Wardoyo, R. J. (2015). An integrative parental mediation model of healthy vs. unhealthy food consumption. Paper presented at the The 3rd Biennial DC Health Communication Conference 2015 in Washington DC, Virginia. [Paper awarded the Honorable Mention Presentation Award].
  9. Lwin, M. O., and Yee, A. Z. H. (2016). Visual cues and the creation of trust in initial online retail experience. Communication Director, 1, 76-79.

 


Looi Jie Min, Masters by Research Student

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Jiemin is a Masters by Research student and recipient of the prestigious NTU Research Scholarship. Her research focuses on public opinion, new media technologies, science communication, media effects, quantitative and qualitative research methods. Jiemin’s research work recently won the highly-coveted Top Student Paper Award in the Communication and Technology (CAT) Division at the 2017 International Communication Association (ICA) Academic Conference. She was also selected to receive the student travel grant funded by the ICA’s CAT Division and the Annenberg Travel Fund.

Jiemin earned her B.A. (First Class Honors) in Communication Studies from the Nanyang Technological University in 2016. During her undergraduate years, she was awarded the Dean’s list (AY2015/16 & AY2014/15) for her outstanding academic achievements. Jiemin was also an NTU President Research Scholar and was awarded with Distinction for her participation in the prestigious invite-only Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) program.

In her free time, Jiemin enjoys watching food videos, browsing through classical art memes, and reading celebrity tabloid news.

Selected Publications:

Journal article:

  1. Ho, S. S., Leong, A. D., Looi, J., Chen, L., Pang, N., & Tandoc, E. Jr. (in press). Science literacy or value predisposition? A meta-analysis of factors predicting public perceptions of benefits, risks, and acceptance of nuclear energy. Environmental Communication.

Conferences:

  1. Ho, S. S., Leong, A. D., Looi, J., & Chuah, S. F. (2017). Communicating Nuclear Energy in Southeast Asia: A Cross-Country Comparison of Communication Channels and Source Credibility. Paper accepted for presentation at the International Conference on Nuclear Energy Systems, Paris, France.
  2. Ho, S. S., Looi, J., Leong, A. D., & Chuah, S. F. (2017). Public Perception of Nuclear Energy and the Environment in Singapore: Risks, Benefits, and Trusts in Stakeholders. Paper accepted for presentation at the annual Conference on Communication and Environment, Leicester, UK.
  3. Gan, D., Looi, J., Leong, A. D., & Chua, A. (2017). Picture This! Social Influence in A Visually Identified YouTube Environment. Paper accepted for presentation at the annual conference of International Communication Association, San Diego, USA. [Paper awarded the Top Student Paper Award].
  4. Ho, S. S., Leong, A. D., Looi, J., Chen, L., Pang, N., & Tandoc, E. Jr. (2016). A meta-analytic review of factors influencing public attitudes toward nuclear energy. Paper accepted for presentation at the annual Society of Risk Analysis Conference, San Diego, USA.

Alisius Deon Leong, Masters by Research Student

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Alisius is a Masters by research student in the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), currently funded under the NTU research scholarship. Her research interest lies in public opinion, social persuasion, and media effects in the new media landscape. She is interested in applying and furthering mass communication and social-psychological theories in the field of science-related issues.

Alisius earned her B.A (1st Class Honours) in Communication Studies from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information at NTU in 2016. She was also an NTU President Research Scholar as an undergraduate, and her Final Year Project was awarded the Top Student Paper Award (Communication and Technology Division) at the International Communication Association.

Selected Publications

Journal article:

  1. Ho, S.S., Leong, A.D., Looi, J., Chen, L., Pang, N., & Tandoc, E. Jr. (in press). Science literacy or value predisposition? A meta-analysis of factors predicting public perceptions of benefits, risks, and acceptance of nuclear energy. Environmental Communication.

Conferences:

  1. Ho, S.S., Leong, A.D., Looi, J., & Chuah, S.F. (2017). Communicating nuclear energy in Southeast Asia: A cross-country comparison of communication channels and source credibility. Paper accepted for presentation at the International Conference of Nuclear Energy Systems, Paris, France.
  2. Ho, S.S., Looi, J., Leong, A.D., & Chuah, S.F. (2017). Public perception of nuclear energy and the environment in Singapore: Risks, benefits, and trust in stakeholders. Paper accepted for presentation at the Conference on Communication and Environment, Leicester, UK.
  3. Gan, D., Looi, J., Leong, A.D., & Chua, A. (2017). Picture this! Social influence in a visually identified YouTube environment. Paper accepted for presentation and awarded the Top Student Paper Award (Communication and Technology Division) at the annual conference of International Communication Association, San Diego, USA.
  4. Ho, S.S., Leong, A.D., Looi, J., Chen, L., Pang, N., & Tandoc, E. Jr. (2016). Science literacy or value predisposition? A meta-analysis of factors predicting public perceptions of benefits, risks, and acceptance of nuclear energy. Society of Risk Analysis Conference, San Diego, USA.

Dr Tsuyoshi (Yoshi) OSHITA , Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Tsuyoshi (Yoshi) OSHITA is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University. He earned his Ph.D. in Media and Information Studies at Michigan State University (MSU) in 2017. Prior to resuming his academic career, he worked as an advertising media planner at Recruit, a largest Japanese publishing company, and also worked as a public relations consultant at Burson-Marsteller Tokyo. He holds two master’s degrees: MA (with Distinction) in International Public Relations from Cardiff University (Wales, U.K.) and MA in Socio-Information and Communication Studies from the University of Tokyo. He graduated from Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo) with his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology.

His current research focuses on communication strategies for risk-generating facilities and technologies, namely, how risks, as well as benefits, should be communicated with the public. He has a strong interest in nuclear energy after experiencing the Fukushima nuclear disaster occurred in his home country, Japan. His doctoral dissertation (thesis) discussed positive effects of proactive communication concerning accident risks on accomplishing the public’s trust toward nuclear power in the U.S. context.

He runs when he feels stressed. During his Ph.D. life, he completed one half-distance triathlon, five full marathons, numerous half marathons and countless 5k races. He is also a real ailurophile. He can be contacted at tsuyoshiyoshi@gmail.com or TOSHITA@ ntu.edu.sg.

Selected Publications

Yuan, S., Oshita, T., AbiGhannam, N., Dudo, A., Besley, J. C., & Koh, H. E. (2017). Two-way communication between scientists and the public: a view from science communication trainers in North America. International Journal of Science Education, Part B, 1-15. DOI:10.1080/21548455.2017.1350789

Chavez, M. & Oshita, T. (2016). Funciones de los medios en la preparación en casos de emergencia nuclear en el Medio Oeste de Estados Unidos (The functions of the media in the preparation for nuclear emergency in the Midwest of the United States). [In Spanish] (pp.217 -234) In T. M. Mercado & M. Chavez (Eds.) La comunicación en situaciones de riesgo y crisis (Communication in risk and crisis situations), Valentia, Spain: Tirant Humanidades,

Lee, H., Oshita, T., Oh, H. J., & Hove, T. (2014). When do people speak out? Integrating the spiral of silence and the situational theory of problem solving. Journal of Public Relations Research, 26(3), 185-199.

Bowe, B. J., Oshita, T., Terracina-Hartman, C., & Chao, W. C. (2014). Framing of climate change in newspaper coverage of the East Anglia e-mail scandal. Public Understanding of Science, 23(2), 157-169.

Terracina Hartman, C., & Oshita, T. (2013). Climate Change on Trial: An Analysis of the Media Coverage of Climategate. International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts & Responses, 4(3), 119-132.


Goh Tong Jee, Research Associate

Goh Tong Jee is a research associate in the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University. She received her Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) and Master of Arts in Communications and New Media from the National University of Singapore in 2010 and 2013 respectively. Tong Jee’s research interests lie in health communication, science communication and health feminism. As a research assistant, her current studies focus on public communication of science and technology and public perception of nano-enabled food. Prior to becoming a research assistant, Tong Jee was an English Language teacher with the Ministry of Education. Tong Jee has also taught courses in communications and sociology at the National University of Singapore and the Singapore University of Social Sciences.

Outside of work, Tong Jee enjoys a good run at MacRitchie Reservoir that sends her adrenaline rushing.


FORMER PHD ADVISEES

  • Liang Chen, PhD, Graduated 2017 (first job placement: Associate Professor, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China)
  • Priyanka Dasgupta, PhD, Graduated 2017 (first job placement: Assistant Professor, Amity University, Dubai)

FORMER M.A. ADVISEES

  • Kathryn Shannon Sim Yen Ping @ Sarah Abdullah Sim,
    M.A., Graduated 2016
  • Liao Youqing, M.A., Graduated 2014
  • Peh Xiang Hong, M.A., Graduated 2013
  • Edmund Lee Wei Jian, M.A., Graduated 2013 (Current PhD Advisee)