Su Ahn Jang's research focuses on normative influence in health communication (e.g., behavioral adoption and behavioral intentions) in domestic and international contexts. Her secondary research focus is communication variables, including communication efficacy and avoidance, in events that increase uncertainty in close relationships. Dr. Jang's work has been published in leading journals, including the Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Health Communication, and Communication Quarterly. Dr. Jang's teaching focuses on Interpersonal Communication and Persuasion & Social Influence.


Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin

M.A., Michigan State University

B.A., Michigan State University

Courses Taught:

COMM 1030: Interpersonal Communication

COMM 1135: Communication Theory

COMM 3500: Dysfunctional Communication

COMM 3395: Special Topics in Communication: Advanced Persuasion and Influence

COMM 6495: Graduate Seminar in Special Topics: Persuasion and Influence

Example Publications:

Mollen, S., Rimal, R., Ruiter, R., Jang, S. A., & Kok, G. (in press). Intervening or interfering? The influence of pro-social and pro-individual norms on protective behaviors in alcohol consumption contexts. Psychology and Health.

Jang, S. A., Rimal, R., & Cho, N. (2013). Exploring parental influences in the theory of normative social behavior: Findings from a Korean high school sample. Communication Research, 40, 52-72.

Jang, S. A. (2012). Self-monitoring as a moderator between descriptive norms and drinking: Findings among Korean and American university students. Health Communication, 27, 546-558

Jang, S. A., & Tian, Y. (2012). The effects of communication efficacy on information-seeking following events that increase uncertainty: A cross-lagged panel analysis. Communication Quarterly, 60, 234-254.

Jang, S. A., Smith, S., & Levine, T. (2002). To stay or to leave? The role of attachment styles and communication patterns following discovery of deception and potential termination of romantic relationships. Communication Monographs, 69, 236-252.

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