College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Sojung Claire Kim

Sojung Claire Kim

Sojung Claire Kim

Assistant Professor

Health, Risk, and Environmental Communication, Digital and Social Media, Strategic Communication

Sojung Claire Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at George Mason University.  

Her research interests broadly lie on intersections of new interactive media, health communication, and social marketing.  Research contexts primarily concern challenging health and environmental issues such as cancer, depression, and climate change, as well as verbal and nonverbal interplay of doctor-patient communication.  Her recent work on climate change communication focuses on understanding how the public uses social media to engage in the issue debate and empower others.  She is also exploring how the public awareness of climate change may facilitate the public education of other related environmental issues such as ocean acidification.  Her work allows her to employ both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.  

Kim received her doctorate in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed her post-doctoral fellowship in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.  At both UW and Penn, she was involved in the Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research (CECCR) supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).  

Selected Publications

Kim, S. C., Shaw, B. R., Shah, D. V., Hawkins, R. P., Pingree, S., McTavish, F. M., & Gustafson, D. H. (2017). Interactivity, presence, and targeted patient care: Mapping e-health intervention effects over time for cancer patients with depression. Health Communication. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2017.1399504

Kim, S. C., Cappella, J. N., & Price, V. (2016). Online discussion effects on intention to participate in genetic research: A longitudinal experimental study. Psychology & Health, 31(9), 1025-1046. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2016.1165221

Hopke, J., Gabay, I., Kim, S. C., & Rojas, H. (2016). Mobile phones and political participation in Colombia: Mobile Twitter versus mobile Facebook. Communication and the Public, 1(2), 159-173. doi: 10.1177/2057047316642607

Hull, S., Abril, E. P., Shah, D. V., Choi, M., Chih, M. Y., & Kim, S. C., McTavish, F. M., & Gustafson, D. H. (2016). Self-determination theory and computer-mediated support: Modeling effects on breast-cancer patients’ quality of life. Health Communication, 1-10. doi:10.1080/10410236.2015.1048422

Kim, S. C., Shah, D. V., Namkoong, K., McTavish, F. M., & Gustafson, D. H. (2013). Predictors of online health information seeking among women with breast cancer: The role of social support perception and emotional well-being. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 18(2), 98-118. doi: 10.1111/jcc4.12002

Courses Taught

COMM 204 Introduction to Public Relations 





Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Telecommunications, Indiana University-Bloomington

Mass Communication and Education, Korea University