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Stephanie Van Stee

Stephanie Van Stee Stephanie 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. Some of her research areas include health message tailoring, health campaigns/interventions, and health literacy. Dr. Van Stee has engaged in many collaborative research projects. Her published articles appear in a variety of journals such as Journal of Health Communication, Health Communication, Health Education Research, and Qualitative Health Research. Her teaching experience and interests include 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 3360: Media & Health Communication
COMM 6800: Seminar in Health Communication
COMM 6830: Health Message Design (Special Topics)

Selected Publications:

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., Nora, 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.

Namkoong, K., Nah, S., Record, R.A., & Van Stee, S. K. (2017).  Communication, reasoning, and planned behaviors: Unveiling the effect of interactive communication in an anti-smoking social media campaign.  Health Communication, 32, 41-50.

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.

Van Stee, S. K., Noar, S. M., Allard, S., Zimmerman, R., Palmgreen, P., & McClanahan, K. (2012). What makes campaign messages effective? A qualitative investigation of reactions to PSAs in a safer-sex mass media campaign. Qualitative Health Research, 22(11), 1568-1579.

Noar, S. M., & Van Stee, S. K. (2012). Designing messages for individuals in different stages of change. In H. Cho (Ed.), Health communication message design: Theory, research, and practice (pp. 209-230). Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Noar, S. M., Webb., E. M., Van Stee, S. K., Redding, C. A., Feist-Price, S., Crosby, R., & Troutman, A. (2011). Using computer technology for HIV prevention among African Americans: Development of a tailored information program for safer sex (TIPSS). Health Education Research, 26, 393-406.

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