Dohyun Ahn

Associate Professor

Dept. of Journalism & Public Relations
Jeju National University

I am currently an assistant professor at Jeju National University, in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations. I am carrying out a research centering on the role of media in enhancing cognitive and affective competence, and the role of communication in improving decision making as well as adopting new ideas.

I have completed a Ph.D. in media psychology at the University of Alabama. My dissertation examined the role of affective states such as loneliness and compassion in selecting and enjoying media such as tragic films. Previously, I received the M.S. in mass communication at Colorado State University. My thesis explored the role of the sense of presence in adopting healthy behaviors. I received a B.A. in East Asian History from Seoul National University.


2014 -                Associate Professor, Jeju National University, South Korea

2012 – 2013     Senior Researcher, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea

2010 – 2010      Instructor (Interim), University of Alabama, USA

2006 – 2009      Graduate Research Assistant, University of Alabama, USA

1992 – 1999      Staff Reporter (Information Technology, Science, Management), Korea Economic Daily, South Korea

Research & Teaching Interest

Media & Communication Psychology

Affect & Cognition

Social Cognition

Health Communication
Corporation Communication
Human-Computer Interaction

Data Journalism

Computational Research Methods

Big Data Analysis

Computational Text Analysis


Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, "Planning and designing of virtual training system for food and drug sector." 2018
National Research Foundation of Korea, "Story and social cognitive abilities." 2017
Quant Lab, "Classifying unstructured documents." 2017
National Research Foundation of Korea, "Narrative media and empathy." 2015
Jeju National University,  Research Support  2015, 2016, 2017, 2018


Capstone Design Outstanding Supervisor (2016 Spring, 2016 Fall, 2018 Spring)

Academic Service

Korean Health Communication Association, Mental Health Mental Health Division (2017 ~ 2019)

Korean Journal of Broadcasting, Editorial Board (2014 - 2016)
Medical Communication Journal, Editorial Board (2015 - 2016)
Asian Communication Research,  Editorial Board (2015 - 2019)
Korea Speech & Communication Association, Officer in Research & Development (2016 - 2017)
Jeju Society for Journalism & Communication Research, Officer in Research & Development (2015)
Korean Regional Communication Research Association, Officer in Ethics (2016) 

Reviewer for International Peer Review Journals

Communication Research
Computers in Human Behavior
Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Psychological Reports
Asian Communication Research 

Reviewer for Korean Peer Review Journals

스피치와 커뮤니케이션
언론과 사회
헬스커뮤니케이션 연구

Other Services

제주방송(JIBS) 옴부즈만 (2015 - 현재)
동아비즈니스 리뷰 저널워치 필진 (2014 - 2016)

제주지방법원 / 사법연수원 법정언행 강의: 사회인지(Social Cognition) 관점에서 본 법정 커뮤니케이션 (2015.5; 2015.9)
국토교통부 연수 강의: 정부3.0 시대의 소통능력: 인간과 컴퓨터 (2016.4)