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Suahn Jang Cho

suahn jang choDr. Suahn Cho'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. Cho's work has been published in leading journals, including the Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Health Communication, and Communication Quarterly. Dr. Cho's teaching focuses on Interpersonal Communication and Persuasion & Social Influence.

She also serves as the faculty advisor for Lambda Pi Eta, the national undergraduate honor society.


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

Selected Publications:

Mollen, S., Rimal, R., Ruiter, R., Jang, S. A., & Kok, G. (2013). Intervening or interfering? The influence of pro-social and pro-individual norms on protective behaviors in alcohol consumption contexts. Psychology and Health, 28, 561-578.

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.


Contact Information

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Phone: (314) 516-5498