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Stephanie Van Stee

Headshot_edited.jpgStephanie Van Stee’s research focuses on health message design. Dr. Van Stee is particularly interested in individual, contextual, and message-related factors that affect the persuasiveness of health messages. Her research projects have focused on targeted and tailored health messages, health information seeking, and mobile health (mHealth) interventions, among other topics. She enjoys collaborating with colleagues on research topics of mutual interest. Her published articles appear in a variety of journals such as Journal of Health Communication, Health Communication, and Health Education Research. Some of her favorite courses to teach are interpersonal communication, research methods, persuasion, and health communication.


Ph.D., University of Kentucky
M.A., University of Kentucky
B.A., Hope College

Courses Taught:

COMM 1030: Interpersonal Communication
COMM 3330: Research Methods in Communication
COMM 3368: Advanced Health Communication
COMM 6510: Advanced Communication Research Methods
COMM 6800: Seminar in Health Communication


Selected Publications:

For additional information on Dr. Van Stee's work, including links to some of these publications, please see her faculty profile in UMSL Library's Institutional Repository: https://works.bepress.com/stephanie-vanstee/


Yang, Q., & Van Stee, S. K. (2019). The comparative effectiveness of mHealth interventions in improving health outcomes: A meta-analytic review. JMIR mHealth & uHealth, 7(4). https://mhealth.jmir.org/2019/4/e11244/

Van Stee, S. K. (2018). A meta-analysis of the persuasive effects of metaphorical vs. literal messages. Communication Studies, 69, 545-566.

Van Stee, S. K., Noar, S. M., & Harrington, N. G. (2018). The effects of metaphor and message format on cognitive processing and persuasive outcomes of condom promotion messages. Communication Studies, 69, 23-41.

Van Stee, S. K., & Yang, Q. (2018). Online cancer information seeking: Applying and extending the comprehensive model of information seeking. Health Communication, 33, 1583-1592.

Namkoong, K., Nah, S., Van Stee, S. K., Record, R. A. (2017). Social media campaign effects: Moderating role of social capital in an anti-smoking campaign. Health Communication, 6, 1-10.

Lustria, M. L. A., Noar, S. M., Cortese, J., Van Stee, S. K., Glueckauf, R., & Lee, J. A. (2013). A meta-analysis of web-delivered, tailored health behavior change interventions. Journal of Health Communication, 18, 1039-1069.

Wittenberg-Lyles, E., Goldsmith, J., Parker Oliver, D., Demiris, G., Kruse, R., & Van Stee, S. (2013). Exploring oral literacy in communication with hospice caregivers. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 46(5), 731-736.


Contact Information:sz_logo.jpg

Office: 571 Lucas Hall
Voice: 314.516.5234
Email: vanstees@umsl.edu