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Janet Yang

Department of Communication, Associate Professor

Reseach Focus: Science, Health, Environmental, and Risk Communication

Contact Information

329 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Phone: (716) 645-1169

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Journal Articles

* indicates graduate student  

Yang, Z.J., Seo, M., Rickard, L.N., & Harrison, T.M. (in press). Information sufficiency and attribution of responsibility: Predicting support for climate change policy and pro-environmental behavior. Journal of Risk Research. 

Yang, Z. J., Rickard, L.N., Harrison, T.M., & Seo, M. (2014). Applying the Risk Information Seeking and Processing (RISP) model to examine support for climate change mitigation policy. Science Communication. 

Rickard, L.N., Yang, Z. J., Seo, M., & Harrison, T. M. (2014). The "I in climate: The role of individual responsibility in systematic processing of climate change information. Global Environmental Change, 26, 39-52. doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2014.03.010

Yang, Z. J. (2014). Predicting young adults' intentions to get the H1N1 vaccine: An integrated model. Journal of Health Communication. 

Rintamaki, L. & Yang, Z. J. (2014). Advancing the extended parallel process model through the inclusion of response cost measures. Journal of Health Communication.

Yang, Z.J., Aloe, A.M., & Feeley, T.H. (2014). Risk information seeking and processing model: A meta-analysis. Journal of Communication, 64(1), 20-41. doi: 10.1111/jcom.12071 

Yang, Z. J., Kahlor, L., & *Griffin, D.J. (2014). I share, therefore I am: A U.S. - China comparison of college students' motivations to share information about climate change. Human Communication Research, 40(1), 112-135. doi: 10.1111/hcre.12018

Yang, Z. J., Kahlor, L., & Li, H. (2013). A U.S.–China comparison of risk information-seeking intentions. Communication Research. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1177/0093650213479795

Yang, Z. J. & Kahlor, L. (2013). What, me worry? The role of affect in information seeking and avoidance. Science Communication, 35(2), 189-212. doi: 10.1177/1075547012441873

*Allen Catellier, J. R., & Yang, Z. J. (2013). The role of affect in the decision to exercise: Does being happy lead to a more active lifestyle? Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 14, 275-282. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2012.11.006

Stefanone, M. A., *Hurley, C., & Yang, Z. J. (2013). Antecedents of online information seeking. Information, Communication and Society, 16(1), 61-81. doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2012.656137

*Allen Catellier, J. R., & Yang, Z. J. (2012). Trust and affect: How do they impact risk information seeking in a health context? Journal of Risk Research, 15(8), 897-911. doi: 10.1080/13669877.2012.686048

Yang, Z. J. (2012). Too scared or too capable? Why do college students stay away from the H1N1 flu vaccine? Risk Analysis, 32(1), 1703-1716. doi: 10.1111/j.1539-6924.2012.01799.x

Griffin, R. J., Dunwoody, S., & Yang, Z. J. (2012). Testing the robustness of a risk information processing model. Communication Yearbook, 36, 324-362.

Yang, Z. J., McComas, K. A., Gay, G., Leonard, J. P., Dannenberg, A. J., & Dillon, H. (2012). Comparing decision making between cancer patients and the general population: Thoughts, emotions, or social influence? Journal of Health Communication, 17(4), 477-494.

Yang, Z. J., McComas, K. A., Gay, G., Leonard, J. P., Dannenberg, A. J., & Dillon, H. (2011). Information seeking related to clinical trial enrollment. Communication Research, 38(6), 856-882.

Yang, Z. J., McComas, K. A., Gay, G., Leonard, J. P., Dannenberg, A. J., & Dillon, H. (2010). Applying the theory of planned behavior to study health decisions related to potential risks. Journal of Risk Research, 13(8), 1007-1026.

Yang, Z. J., McComas, K. A., Gay, G., Leonard, J. P., Dannenberg, A. J., Dillon, H. (2010). Motivation for health information seeking and processing about clinical trial enrollment. Health Communication, 25(5), 423-436.

McComas, K. A., Yang, Z. J., Gay, G. K., Leonard, J. P., Dannenberg, A. J., & Dillon, H. (2010). Individuals’ willingness to talk to their doctors about clinical trial enrollment. Journal of Health Communication, 15(2), 189-204.

Yang, Z. J., McComas, K. A., Gay, G., Leonard, J. P., Dannenberg, A. J., & Dillon, H. (2010). From information processing to behavioral intentions: Exploring cancer patients’ motivations for clinical trial enrollment. Patient Education and Counseling, 79(2), 231-238.

McComas, K. A., Besley, J. C., & Yang, Z. J. (2008). Risky Business: Perceived behavior of local scientists and community support for their research. Risk Analysis, 28(6), 1539-1552.

Griffin, R. J., Yang, Z. J., ter Huurne, E., Börner, F., Ortiz, S., & Dunwoody, S. (2008). After the Flood: Anger, attribution and the seeking of information. Science Communication, 29(3), 285-315.


Book Chapters

Yang, Z. J. (2014). Informed Consent, Chapter 22 in H. Cho, T. Reimer, & K. McComas (Eds.), Sage Handbook of Risk Communication. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Feeley, T. H. & Yang, Z. J. (2013). Promoting organ donation through communication campaigns, Chapter 11 in Organ Donation and Transplantation: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Nova Science Publishers, Inc.