Evelyn Y. Ho is a professor of communication studies, Asian Pacific American studies, and critical diversity studies, and a faculty chair of the Honors College at the University of San Francisco. Beginning with an understanding that communication is a cultural activity and that health care systems and beliefs are profoundly cultural, Professor Ho's teaching and research focus broadly on the intersections of health, culture, and communication, with a specific focus on the use and cultural meanings of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in marginalized populations. She has led and participated in grant-funded projects examining Chinese American dietary practices and health beliefs and patient education that integrates Chinese medicine and biomedicine. You can find that work at www.INCguide.org
Dr. Ho is currently co-editing the Wiley International Encyclopedia of Health Communication and has previously chaired both the Health Communication Division and the Language and Social Interaction Division of the International Communication Association (ICA).
- Faculty Chair, USF Honors College
- PhD/MA, Communication Studies, University of Iowa
- BA, Speech Communication, University of Washington
- Qualitative research
- Patient education
- Asian American studies
- Health communication
- Cultural communication
- Language and social interaction
- Complementary and integrative health
- Asian Pacific American studies
- Patient health education
- Selected Publications
Ho, E. Y., Agne, R., Santana, T., Thompson, N., McClendon, G., Ng, E., Merrick, S., Gonzalez, F., Smith, T., Drewke, K., Gutierrez, A., Floyd, G, & Chao, Maria T. (2021, online first). A communication perspective on what patient advisory boards do: Action-Implicative Discourse Analysis and the dilemma of advice. Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Ho, E. Y., Bylund, C. L., Wollney, E., Peterson, E. B., Wong, H.-N., & Koenig, C. J. (2021, online first). A systematic review of communication about complementary and integrative health (CIH) in global biomedical settings. Patient Education and Counseling.
Ho, E. Y., Thompson-Lastad, A., Lam, R., Zhang, X., Thompson, N., & Chao, M. (2021). Adaptations to acupuncture and pain counseling implementation in a multi-site pragmatic randomized clinical trial. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 27(5), 398-406.
Ho, E. Y., Leung, G., Chao, M. T., Pritzker, S. E., Hsieh, E., Chi, H.-L., Chan, D., Huang, S., Ruan, Q., & Seligman, H. K. (2020). Pilot Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial of Integrative Nutritional Counseling Versus Standard Diabetes Self-Management Education for Chinese Americans with Type 2 Diabetes. Health Equity, 4, 410-420.
Ho, E. Y., Acquah, J., Chao, C., Leung, G., Ng, D., Chao, M. T., Wang, A., Ku, S., Chen, W., Yu., C. K., Xu, S., Chen, M., & Jih, J. (2018). Heart healthy integrative nutritional counseling (H2INC): Creating a Chinese medicine + Western medicine patient education curriculum for Chinese Americans with heart disease. Patient Education & Counseling, 101, 2202-2208.
- Awards & Distinctions
University of San Francisco Distinguished Research Award, 2021
Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US) Research Innovation Award, 2019
University of San Francisco Faculty Service-Learning Award, 2012