Easy-to-Understand and Actionable Health Information for All

Health literacy is defined as the ability to obtain, understand, and use health information to inform health-related decisions and actions. The research program aims at bridging behavioral and computational approaches to model health communication at individual and collective levels.


  • Health Misinformation, underlying mechanisms, and its Impacts

    • Funded by National Cancer Institute
    • Tomaszewski, T., Morales, A., Lourentzou, I., Caskey, R., Liu, B., Schwartz, A., & Chin, J. (2021). Identifying the false human papillomavirus vaccine information and corresponding risk perceptions from Twitter using advanced predicted models. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 23(9), e30451. https://doi.org/10.2196/30451, PMID:34499043
  • Health promotion theories, infoveillance, and public health perceptions

    • Bak, M., Chiu, C., Chin, J. (2023). Mental Health Pandemic during the COVID-19 Outbreak: Social Media as a Window to Public Mental Health. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 26(5), 346-356. PMID: 37057976. https://doi.org/10.1089/cyber.2022.0116
    • Bak, M., Chin, C. L., & Chin, J. (2023). Use of Health Belief Model-based Deep Learning to Understand Public Health Beliefs in Breast Cancer Screening from Social Media before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic. In AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings(Vol. 2023, p. 280-288). American Medical Informatics Association. PMID: 38222395; PMCID: PMC10785880.
  • Health literacy, comprehension, actionable information

    • Chin, J., Wang, H., Awwad, A. W., Graumlich, J. F., Wolf, M. S., & Morrow, D. G. (2021). Health literacy, processing capacity, illness knowledge and actionable memory for medication taking in type 2 diabetes: cross-sectional analysis. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 36, 1921-1927. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-020-06472-z, PMID: 33507479
    • Rodon, C., Chin, J., & Chevalier, J. (2022). Assessing Covid-19 Health literacy (CoHL) and its relationships with socio-demographic features, locus of control and compliance with social distancing rules during the first lockdown in France. Health Education Research, 37(3), 143-154. https://doi.org/10.1093/her/cyac009
    • Chin, J., Moller, D. D., Johnson, J., Duwe, E., Graumlich, J. F., Murray, M. D. & Morrow, D.G. (2018). A multi-faceted approach to promote comprehension of online health information among older adults. The Gerontologist, 58 (4), 686-695. DOI: 10.1093/geront/gnw254
    • Chin, J., Madison, A., Gao, X., Graumlich, J. F., Conner-Garcia, T., Murray, M. D., Stine-Morrow, E. A. L. & Morrow, D. G. (2017). Cognition and health literacy in older adults’ recall of self-care information. The Gerontologist, 57(2), 261-268. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnv091, PMCID: PMC5881765
    • Chin, J., Payne, B., Gao, X., Conner-Garcia, T., Graumlich, J., Murray, M. D., Morrow, D. G. & Stine-Morrow, E. A. L. (2015). Memory and comprehension for health information among older adults: Distinguishing the effects of domain-general and domain-specific knowledge, Memory, 23, 577-589. https://doi.org/10.1080/09658211.2014.912331
    • Chin, J., Morrow, D. G., Stine-Morrow, E. A. L., Conner-Garcia, T., Graumlich, J. F. & Murray, M. D. (2011). The process-knowledge model of health literacy: Evidence from a componential analysis of two commonly used measures. Journal of Health Communication, 16 (Suppl3), 222-241. https://doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2011.604702

Ongoing and Completed Funding

  • National Cancer Institute (2020-2024)
  • CHAD Pilot Grant (2022-2023)