PRSSA co-faculty advisor
Ph.D. (Michigan State University)
Specialties: Science communication, strategic science communication training, public relations for science, persuasion.
Shupei Yuan, Ph.D., studies the role of communication, journalism and public relations in public engagement with science. Her broad research interests include 1) using communication strategies to communicate science issues such as climate change, vaccination, and genetically modified organisms; 2) supports for effective public engagement from science communication trainers, scientific societies, etc. Yuan has published more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, and her work has been supported by both internal and external funding.
- Yuan, S., Ma, W., Besley, J.C. (2019). Should scientists talk about GMOs nicely? Exploring the effects of communication styles, source expertise, and preexisting attitude. Science Communication.
- Yuan, S., Dudo, A., Besley, J.C. (2019). Scientific societies’ support for public engagement: an interview study. International Journal of Science Education, Part B.
- Yuan, S., Besley, J.C., Dudo, A. (2019). A comparison between scientists’ and communication scholars’ views about scientists’ public engagement activities. Public Understanding of Science.
- Yuan, S., Besley, J.C., Ma, W. (2018). Be mean or be nice? Understanding the effects of aggressive and polite communication styles in child vaccination debate. Health Communication.
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