Research Team

Current Advisees & Research staff

Agnes Chuah, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Agnes is a Research Fellow in the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). She received her Bachelor of Communication (Honours) and Master of Science in Managerial Communication from Universiti Utara Malaysia, and graduated with a PhD in Communication from NTU. 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. She is currently working for Public Opinion of Nuclear Energy (PONdER) project funded by Singapore National Research Foundation.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers

  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. Chuah, A. S. F., Leong, A. D., Cummings, C., & Ho, S. S. (2018). Label it or ban It? Public perceptions of nano-food labels and propositions for banning nano-food applications. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 20, 36.
  3. Cummings, C., Chuah, A. S. F., & Ho, S. S. (2018). Protection motivation and communication through nano-food labels: Improving predictive capabilities of attitudes and purchase intentions toward nano-foods. Science, Technology, and Human Values, 1-29.
  4. Ho, S. S., Looi, J., Chuah, A. S. F., Leong, A. D., & Pang, N. (2018). “I can live with nuclear energy if…” Exploring public perceptions of nuclear energy in Singapore. Energy Policy, 120, 436–447. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2018.05.060

Book Chapters

  1. Ho, S. S., & Chuah, A. S. F. (2017). Climate change communication in Singapore. In M. C. Nisbet (Ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication. Oxford University Press.

Goh Tong Jee, Ph.D. Student

Goh Tong Jee is a PhD candidate at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information in Nanyang Technological University. Her research focuses on fake news, science communication and media effects. She received her Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) and Master of Arts in Communications and New Media from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2010 and 2013 respectively. She also has a postgraduate diploma in education from the National Institute of Education, Singapore.

Tong Jee has extensive experience in teaching. She was an award-winning teaching scholar at NUS during her Masters candidature. She spent 4 years as an English Language teacher with the Ministry of Education, Singapore. Tong Jee was also a lecturer and an assessment writer for communications and sociology courses at the Singapore University of Social Sciences from 2017 to 2019.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers

  • Ho, S. S., Goh, T. J., Leung, Y. W. (in press, 2020). Let’s nab fake science news: Predicting scientists’ support for interventions using the influence of presumed media influence model.
  • Ho, S. S., Goh, T. J., Chuah, A. S. F., Leung, Y. W., Belaku, M. A., & Viswanath, K. (2020). Past debates, fresh impact on nano-enabled food: A multi-group comparison of presumed media influence model based on spillover effects of attitude toward genetically-modified food. Journal of Communication, jqaa019. doi: 1093/joc/jqaa019
  • Ho, S. S., Looi, J. M., & Goh, T. J. (2020). Scientists as public communicators: Individual- and institutional-level motivations and barriers for public communication in Singapore. Asian Journal of Communication, 30(2), 155-178. doi: 10.1080/01292986.2020.1748072
  • Ho, S. S., Looi, J. M., Leung, Y. W., & Goh, T. J. (2019). Public engagement by researchers of different disciplines in Singapore: A qualitative comparison of macro- and meso-level concerns. Public Understanding of Science, 29(2), 211-229. doi: 1177/0963662519888761

Ou Mengxue, Master’s by Research Student

Mengxue Ou is a Master’s by Research student in the Wee Kim Wee of communication and information at Nanyang Technological University. She received her B.A. in journalism from the school of communication and design at Sun Yet-sen University in China. Her research interests lie in health communication, public opinion, media effects as well as applying the quantitative and qualitative research methods to do research.
During her undergraduate study, she won the second and third class scholarships respectively in the first and second year. During her third year, she worked as an intern in the New York Times Beijing bureau and the Beijing News and published stories in both Chinese and English. In her senior year, she won a scholarship to exchange at the University of Strasbourg in France. Her final year project was awarded the Sun Yat-sen university excellent graduation thesis scholarship.When she is available, she enjoys jogging, traveling and watching movies.

Peihan Yu, Research Associate

Peihan is a Research Associate in the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). She has joined the team to work on PiONEERS, a study that seeks to understand the public’s perceptions of nuclear energy and other energy sources.

Years before this, Peihan was an undergraduate at NTU. She was never a model student, but managed to get away with a B.A. in Psychology with Second Upper Honours. She subsequently received an M.Sc. in Health Services and Population Health Research (Mental Health) from King’s College London, where she also spent two years working as a postgraduate research assistant in applied health research. Through this experience, Peihan became curious about how communication can bridge the gap between the general public and experts, to promote good health. She slowly developed an interest in science, health, and environmental communication – being unable to see them as distinct subjects in the realm of public health.

Outside of work, Peihan likes to go out for a run despite her never-ending struggle with Singapore’s heat and humidity. She is also a keen hiker, and has an ever-growing list of hiking routes that she might never have the chance to attempt this lifetime, but tries to anyway.


  • Andrew Yee Zi Han, PhD, Graduated 2019 (first job placement: Faculty Fellow, Singapore University of Science and Technology)
  • Edmund Lee, PhD, Graduated 2018 (first job placement: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, U.S.A.)
  • Agnes Chuah, PhD, Graduated 2018 (first job placement: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Nanyang Technological University)
  • Liang Chen, PhD, Graduated 2017 (first job placement: Associate Professor, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China)
  • Xiaodong Yang, PhD, Graduated 2017 (first job placement: Associate Professor, Shandong University, China)
  • Priyanka Dasgupta, PhD, Graduated 2017 (first job placement: Assistant Professor, Amity University, Dubai)


  • Loo Jiemin, Master’s by Research, Graduated 2019
  • Leong Alisius Xue Li Deon, Master’s by Research, Graduated 2019
  • Kathryn Shannon Sim Yen Ping @ Sarah Abdullah Sim,
    Master’s in Mass Communication (with thesis), Graduated 2016
  • Liao Youqing, Master’s by Research, Graduated 2014
  • Peh Xiang Hong,Master’s by Research, Graduated 2013
  • Edmund Lee Wei Jian, Master’s by Research, Graduated 2013