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Stephanie Jean Tsang

Research Assistant Professor

(852) 3411 8228

Stephanie Jean Tsang is a research assistant professor at Hong Kong Baptist University. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.Phil. degree in Communication from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as well as a B.A. degree in Communication Studies and a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Classes Taught

Introduction to Media and Communication
Communication Theory
Mass Communications and Psychology
Research Methods in Communication
Social Inquiry and Communication Research Methods
Perspectives on Media and Society
Social Media and Online Media Networks

Research & Teaching Interests

Fake news and news credibility
Emotion and information processing
Media psychology and biology
New media
Public opinion


Journal Articles
2019
2018
2014
  • Carr, D. J., Barnidge, M., Lee, B., & Tsang, S. J. (2014). Cynics and skeptics: Evaluating the credibility of mainstream and citizen journalism. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 91(3), 452 – 470. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1077699014538828
  • Yoo, W., Namkoong, K., Choi, M., Shah, D. V., Tsang, S., Hong, Y., Aguilar, M., & Gustafson, D. H. (2014). Giving and receiving emotional support online: Communication competence as a moderator of psychosocial benefits for women with breast cancer. Computers in Human Behavior, 30, 13-22. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2013.07.024
  • Mclaughlin, B., Yoo, W., D’Angelo, J., Tsang, S., Shaw, B., Shah, D., Baker, T., & Gustafson, D. (2013). It’s out of my hands: How deferring control to God can decrease quality of life for breast cancer patients. Psycho-Oncoloy, 22(12), 2747-2754. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.3356
2013
Book Chapter
  • Tsang, S. J. (2019). News Credibility and Literacy in the Digital Age in M. N. Yildiz, M. Fazal, M, Ahn, R. Feirsen, & S. Ozdemir. (Eds.), Media Literacy Research and Applications Across Disciplines. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.  doi: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9261-7
Conference Papers
2019
  • Xu, M., Tsang, S. J., & Wen, J. (2019). The effectiveness of manipulating issue attitudes on campaign posters: An experimental study on online political expression. World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) 72ndAnnual Conference. Toronto, Ontario.
2018
  • Tsang, S. J. (2018). News frames on pro-immigrant attitude promotion: A comparison among threatening, empathetic, and neutral emotional appeals. International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) 2018 Annual Conference. Eugene, Oregon.
  • Sun, X. M., & Tsang, S. J. (2018). The impact of emotion on political participation: Testing the moderating effects of news consumption and political knowledge. World Association for Public Opinion Research’s (WAPOR) 71st Annual Conference. Marrakesh, Morocco.
  • Tsang, S. J., & Wagner, M. (2018). The affective and physiological underpinning of hostile media perception: Perceptions of media accuracy and influence. ICA 2018 Annual Conference. Prague, Czech Republic.
2015
  • Coppini, D. & Tsang, S. (2015). Persuasive social media inference: Online social climate and perceptions of public opinion. AEJMC 2015 Annual Conference. San Francisco, USA.
2014
  • Tsang, S. J. (2014). Perceived media position and polarization: Projection of issue preference and extremity. ICA 2014 Annual Conference. Seattle, USA.
  • Wise, D., Gunther, A., Tsang, S., & Kohl, P. (2014). Reading speed in hostile territory: Motivated processing of incongruent information. ICA 2014 Annual Conference. Seattle, USA.
2013
  • Carr, D. J., Barnidge, M., Lee, B., & Tsang, S. J. (2013). Nuance and source: An examination of citizen journalist evaluations across age cohorts. AEJMC 2013 Annual Conference. Washington, USA.
  • Tsang, S. J., & Rojas, H. (2013). Finding political opinion leaders in both online and offline environments. AEJMC 2013 Annual Conference. Washington, USA.
  • Yoo, H., Kang, N., Choi, M., Tsang, S., Hong, Y., Aguilar, M., & Shah, D. V. (2013). Giving and receiving emotional support online: Communication competence as a moderator of psychosocial benefits for women with breast cancer. AEJMC 2013 Annual Conference. Washington, USA.
  • Barnidge, M., Lee, B., Tsang, S. J., & Carr, D. J. (2013). It’s who you don’t know: How exposure to online social influence on YouTube affects political evaluations and behavior. AEJMC 2013 Annual Conference. Washington, USA.
  • Moon, T., D’Angelo, J., Tsang, S., Hong, Y., Hull, S., Shah, D., McTavish, F., & Gustafson, D. (2013). “I want to go out with you” vs. “I want to talk to you”: Corpus analysis of gender differences in mobile text messages of adolescents. ICA 2013 Annual Conference. London, Great Britain.
  • McLaughlin, B., Yoo, W., D’Angelo, J., Tsang, S. J., Shaw, B., Shah, D., Baker, T., & Gustafson, D. (2013). It’s out of my hands: God control and decreased quality of life for cancer patients. ICA 2013 Annual Conference. London, Great Britain.
2012
  • Barnidge, M., Lee, B., Tsang, S. J., Villanueva, J. D., & Carr, D. J. (2012). Cynics and skeptics: Perceived credibility of mainstream and citizen journalists in an adult sample. Annual Conference of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR). Chicago, USA.
  • Tsang, S. J. (2012). False uniqueness: Facebook Groups, news media and the hostile public. Annual Conference of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR). Chicago, USA.
  • Yoo, W., Kang, N., Choi, M., Shah, D. V., Aguilar, M., Tsang, S. J., & Hong, Y., Gustafson, D. H. (2012). Online expression of emotional support mediates the effect of social competence on breast cancer patients’ health benefits. Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research (CECCR) Grantee Meeting 2012. Madison, USA.
  • Yoo, W., Namkoong, K., Choi, M., Shah, D. V., Aguilar, M., Tsang, S. J., & Hong, Y., & Gustafson, D. H. (2012). Expression and reception of emotional support online: Mediators of social competence on health benefits for breast cancer patients. AEJMC 2012 Annual Conference. Chicago, USA.
  • Carr, D. J., Barnidge, M., Lee, B., Tsang, S. J., & Villanueva, J. D. (2012). Evaluating the credibility of mainstream and citizen journalists. AEJMC 2012 Annual Conference. Chicago, USA.
  • Tsang, S. J. (2012). I’m done! Causes of selective exposure: Examining the interaction effect of incivility and partisan incongruence on dissonance. AEJMC 2012 Annual Conference. Chicago, USA.
  • Tsang, S. J. (2012). Online engagement and political participation: Reception, expression and sharing in Facebook groups and discussion forums. World Association for Public Opinion Research’s (WAPOR) Annual Conference. Hong Kong.
  • Tsang, S. J. (2012). Comparing Facebook groups and forums: Ambivalence, social accountability, and political participation. Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Annual Conference. Chicago, USA.
2011
  • Tsang, S. J., & Lee, L. F. (2011). Examining the impact of news attention and education on political tolerance in Hong Kong. International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) 2011 Conference. Istanbul, Turkey.
Editorial Board
  • International Editorial Advisory Board, Southeast Asian Media Studies
Journalism