Dohyun Ahn

Associate Professor (tenured)

Dept. of Journalism & Public Relations

Jeju National University

I am currently an associate professor (tenured) 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.


2018 - Associate Professor (tenured), Jeju National University, South Korea

2014 - 2017 Assistant Professor, Jeju National 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

Human-Computer Interaction



Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, "Planning and designing of virtual training system for food and drug sector." 2018, 2019

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, 2019 Spring)

Academic Service

Korean Health Communication Association, President (2021)

Korean Health Communication Association, Officer in 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

Computers in Human Behavior

Communication Research

Communication Theory

Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking

Psychological Reports

Asian Communication Research

Reviewer for Korean Peer Review Journals



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