Janet Yang


Janet Yang.

Janet Yang


Janet Yang


Research Topics

Science, Health, Environmental, and Risk Communication

Contact Information

329 Baldy Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260-1020

Phone: (716) 645-1169


Overview Background Publications

Publications in 2020 (*graduate students co-authors)

Andrews, E.*, & Yang, J. Z. (in press). Behavioral modeling: Inspiring college students to intervene in instances of sexual assault. Communication Research Reports.

Yang, J. Z., & Liu, Z.* (in press). Information seeking and processing in the context of vaccine scandals. Science Communication.

Yang, J. Z., & McAllister, C.* (in press). Closer to the heart, closer to the mind: Using psychological distance to communicate a measles outbreak. Journal of Health Communicationdoi: 10.1080/10810730.2020.1851822

Wong, J.*, & Yang, J. Z. (in press). Beyond party lines: The roles of compassionate goals, affect heuristic, and risk perception on Americans’ support for coronavirus response measures. Journal of Risk Research. doi: 10.1080/13669877.2020.1864012

Chu, H., & Yang, J. Z. (2020). Their economy and our health: Communicating climate change to the divided American public. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(21), 7718. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17217718

Desai, G.*, Anzman-Frasca, S., Vernarelli, J. A., Ravenscroft, J., Yang, J. Z., Burstein, G., & Kordas, K. (in press). Examining links between diet and lead exposure in young children: 2009-2014 national health and nutrition examination survey. Academic Pediatrics. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2020.06.009

Yang, J. Z., Rickard, L., Liu, S.*, & Boze, T.* (in press). Too close to care? A replication study to reexamine the effect of cued distance on climate change engagement. Environmental Communication. doi: 10.1080/17524032.2020.1777181

Liu, S.*, & Yang, J. Z. (in press). The role of temporal distance perception in narrative vs. non-narrative persuasion related to e-cigarettes. Journal of Health Communication. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2020.1788678

Liu, S.*, & Yang, J. Z. (2020). Incorporating message framing into narrative persuasion to curb e-cigarette use among college students. Risk Analysis, 40(8), 1677-1690. doi: 10.1111/risa.13502

Wong, J.*, & Yang, J. Z. (in press). Seeing is believing: Examining self-efficacy and trait hope as moderators of youths’ positive risk-taking intention. Journal of Risk Research. doi: 10.1080/13669877.2020.1750463

Liu, Z.*, & Yang, J. Z. (in press). In the wake of scandals: How media use and social trust influence risk perception and vaccination intention among Chinese parents. Health Communication. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2020.1748834

Feeley, T., Harris, K. E.*, & Yang, J. Z. (2020). Measuring attitudes toward organ donation. Progress in Transplantation.

Kahlor, L., Yang, J. Z., Li, X., Wang, W.*, Olson, H. C., & Atkinson, L. (2020). Environmental risk (and benefit) information seeking intentions: The case of carbon capture and storage in Southeast Texas. Environmental Communication, 14(4), 555-572. doi: 10.1080/17524032.2019.1699136

Chu, H., & Yang, J. Z. (2020). Risk or efficacy? How psychological distance influences climate change engagement. Risk Analysis, 40(4), 758-770. doi: 10.1111/risa.13446

Liu, S.*, Yang, J. Z., & Chu, H.* (in press). When we increase fear, do we dampen hope? Using narrative persuasion to promote HPV vaccination in China. Journal of Health Psychologydoi: 10.1177/1359105319894626

Moore, M.*, & Yang, J. Z. (2020). Using eco-guilt to motivate environmental behavior change. Environmental Communication, 14(4), 522-536. doi:10.1080/17524032.2019.1692889

Yang, J. Z. & Zhuang, J. (2020). Information seeking and information sharing related to Hurricane Harvey. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 97(4), 1054-1079. doi: 10.1177/1077699019887675

Chu, H.*, & Yang, J. Z. (2020). Building disaster resilience with social messaging networks: WeChat community in Houston during Hurricane Harvey. Disasters, 44(4), 726-752. doi: 10.1111/disa.12388

Huang, J.* & Yang, J. Z. (2020). Beyond Under the Dome: An environmental documentary amplified public risk perception about air pollution in China. Journal of Risk Research, 23(2), 227-241. doi: 10.1080/13669877.2019.1569090

Recent Selected Publications
(*graduate students co-authors)

Yang, J. Z. (2019). Whose risk? Why did the U.S. public ignore information about the Ebola outbreak? Risk Analysis, 39(8), 1708-1722. doi:10.1111/risa.13282

Yang, J. Z., Chu, H.*, & Kahlor, L. (2019). Fearful conservatives, angry liberals: Information processing related to the 2016 presidential election and climate change. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 96(3), 742-766. doi: 10.1177/1077699018811089

Yang, J. Z. & Huang, J.* (2019). Seeking for your own sake: Chinese citizens’ motivations for information seeking about air pollution. Environmental Communication, 13(5), 603-616. doi: 10.1080/17524032.2017.1397041

Liu, S.*, Yang, J. Z., & Chu, H.* (2019). Now or future? Analyzing the effects of message frame and format in motivating Chinese females to get HPV vaccines for their children. Patient Education and Counseling, 102(1), 61-67. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2018.09.005

Yang, J. Z. & Chu, H.* (2018). Who is afraid of the Ebola outbreak? The influence of discrete emotions on risk perception. Journal or Risk Research, 21(7), 834-853doi: 10.1080/13669877.2016.1247378

Ng, Y. *, Yang, J. Z., & Vishwanath, A. (2018). To fear or not to fear? Applying the social amplification of risk framework on two environmental health risks in Singapore.Journal of Risk Research, 21(12), 1487-1501. doi: 10.1080/13669877.2017.1313762

Liu, S.*, Yang, J. Z., Chu, H.*, Sun, S., & Li, H. (2018). Different culture or different mind? Perception and acceptance of HPV vaccine in China and in the U.S. Journal of Health Communication23(12), 1008-1016. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2018.1536729

Chu, H.* & Yang, J. Z. (2018). Taking climate change here and now – mitigating ideological polarization with psychological distance. Global Environmental Change, 53, 174-181. doi :10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2018.09.013

Kahlor, L., Yang, J. Z., & Liang, M. (2018). Risky politics: Applying the planned risk information seeking model to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Mass Communication and Society. doi: 10.1080/15205436.2018.1498900

Huang, J.* & Yang, J. Z. (2018). Risk, affect, and policy support: Public perception of air pollution in China. Asian Journal of Communication, 28(3), 281-297. doi: 10.1080/01292986.2017.1386220

Schuldt, J. P., Rickard, L. N., & Yang, J. Z. (2018). Does reduced psychological distance increase climate engagement? On the limits of localizing climate change. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 55, 147-153. doi:10.1016/j.jenvp.2018.02.001 

Vorpahl, M. M.* & Yang, J. Z. (2018). Who is to blame? Framing HPV to influence vaccination intentions among college students. Health Communication, 33(5), 620-627. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2017.1289436

Yang, J. Z. & Pittman, M. M. (2017). The silver lining of shame: Framing HPV to influence vaccination intentions. Health Communication, 32(8), 987-994. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2016.1196420

Rickard, L. N., Yang, J. Z., Schuldt, J. P., Eosco, G., Scherer, C., & Daziano, R. A. (2017). Sizing up a superstorm: Exploring the role of recalled experience and attribution of responsibility in judgments of future hurricane risk. Risk Analysis, 37(12), 2334-2349. doi: 10.1111/risa.12779

Rickard, L. N., Yang, J. Z., & Schuldt, J. P. (2016). Here and now, then and there: How "departure dates" influence climate change engagement. Global Environmental Change, 38, 97-107. doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.03.003

Yang, J. Z. (2016). Altruism during Ebola: Risk perception, issue salience, cultural cognition, and information processing. Risk Analysis, 36(6), 1079-1089. doi: 10.1111/risa.12526

Yang, J. Z. (2015). Predicting young adults’ intentions to get the H1N1 vaccine: An integrated model. Journal of Health Communication, 20(1), 69-79. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2014.904023

Yang, J. Z., 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