Janet Yang


Janet Yang.

Janet Yang


Janet Yang


Research Areas

Science, Health, Environmental, and Risk Communication

Contact Information

329 Baldy Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1169



  • PhD in Communication, Cornell University, 2009
  • MA in Communication, Marquette University, 2005
  • BA in Journalism, Fudan University, 2003

Recent Publications

  • Yang, J. Z. (2019). Whose risk? Why did the U.S. public ignore information about the Ebola outbreak? Risk Analysis. doi:10.1111/risa.13282
  • Yang, J. Z., Chu, H.*, & Kahlor, L. (in press). Fearful conservatives, angry liberals: Information processing related to the 2016 presidential election and climate change.Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. doi: 10.1177/1077699018811089
  • Huang, J.* & Yang, J. Z. (2019). Beyond Under the Dome: An environmental documentary amplified public risk perception about air pollution in China. Journal of Risk Research. doi: 10.1080/13669877.2019.1569090
  • 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
  • Yang, J. Z. & Huang, J.* (2019). Seeking for your own sake: Chinese citizens’ motivations for information seeking about air pollution. Environmental Communication. 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
  • 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. (in press). 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
  • Yang, J. Z. & Huang, J. (in press). Seeking for your own sake: Chinese citizens’ motivations for information seeking about air pollution. Environmental Communication. doi: 10.1080/17524032.2017.1397041

    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 

Courses Taught

  • COM240: Survey of Mass Communication (2014 Summer)
  • COM249: Mass Communication Theory (2011-2012 Summer, 2015 Summer)
  • COM337: Communication Theory (2010/2012/2014/2015 Spring & Fall, 2011 Fall, 2013/2016/2018 Spring)
  • COM380: Health Communication (2011 Spring) – COM476: Risk Communication (2009 Fall, 2018 Summer)
  • COM515: Communication Theoretical Foundation (2012/2018 Fall)
  • COM517: Applied Theory Testing (2014/2015/2016/2017/2018 Spring)
  • COM632: Health Communication Campaign (2010/2014 Fall)
  • COM633: Science Communication (2012 Spring, 2015 Fall)
  • COM640: Risk Communication (2010/2013 Spring, 2016 Fall)