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Ji Young Lee

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Department of Communication Studies
West Virginia University
108 Armstrong Hall
P.O. Box 6293
Morgantown, WV 26506-6293

Office Phone: (304) 293-3905

Research Areas

  • Health Communication
  • Computer-Mediated Communication
  • Persuasion
  • Social Media
  • Media Effects

Dr. Lee’s research program focuses on the social and psychological impact of health communication via social media on the thoughts, attitudes, norms, and behaviors of users. As social media is widely used to disseminate health information, she studies how platforms of this nature can be used as an effective way to deliver health messages. In particular, she is interested in how various interface cues presented in a given health message influence users’ information-processing in social media contexts. In addition, she is interested in the potential for message factors, especially humor, to render health messages more viral and more appealing to populations generally resistant to such messaging. Her research interests also focus on how such technological and message factors have a normative influence on users’ health behaviors. Dr. Lee’s research has been published in Journal of Health Communication, Health Communication, and Computers in Human Behavior.


Ph.D., The Ohio State University
M.A., The Pennsylvania State University
B.A., The Pennsylvania State University


Seelio: Sharing Student Work

Students enrolled in COMM courses are asked to study the theory and process of human communication so that they can apply this knowledge to understanding real-world issues. As part of this process, COMM students have adopted the Seelio platform – a social media platform that allows students to create an online portfolio of their coursework that is easily accessible to the public. Sharing these portfolios shows the importance of the COMM degree while also giving prospective employees a clear, accurate look at the academic work our students are doing.

Seelio Student Coursework Showcase

Academic Advising

Our advisors are available during the summer, fall and spring semesters during office hours. Check 108 Armstrong Hall, call 304-293-3905, or e-mail an advisor to check office hours for the semester (see below for contact information).

The COMM academic advisors are:

Nikki Loy –
Dr. John Shibley –
Mary Donato –


Request a Mountaineer Intern

Professional Field Experience (PFE) is a key element in the undergraduate COMM curriculum that allows students to gain experience in applying their classroom knowledge to a variety of corporate and organizational environments. Organizations looking for students with an in-depth understanding of communication areas that include (but are not limited to) communication theory, data analysis, health communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and social media/communication technology now have the opportunity to request an intern from the Department of Communication Studies at WVU. Use the form below to read up on our PFE program, and to request a Mountaineer intern today.

Organization Intern Application