Evelyn Ho

Evelyn Y. Ho


Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-6061 Kalmanovitz 313


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 diseasePatient 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