Evelyn Ho

Evelyn Y. Ho


Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-6061 Kalmanovitz 340


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. 

A recent project called Integrative Nutritional Counseling (www.INCguide.org) combines Chinese medicine and Chinese medicinal foods principles with western biomedical nutrition for Chinese Americans with type 2 diabetes and heart health. Other recent projects include a discourse analysis of Chinese American patients (using English, Cantonese or Mandarin) and primary care providers discussing complementary and integrative therapies and/or mental health, and a systematic review of provider-patient communication about complementary and integrative health care. Her research has been published in Health Communication, Patient Education and Counseling, Diabetes Educator, JGIM, the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Research on Language and Social Interaction, Qualitative Health Research, and elsewhere.

Interim Director of Administration, MA in Asia Pacific Studies
PhD/MA, Communication Studies, University of Iowa
BA, Speech Communication, University of Washington
Health communication
Cultural communication
Language and social interaction
Complementary and integrative health
Asian Pacific American studies
Patient health education
Selected Publications

Ho, E. Y., Lalancette, C., & Leung, G., (in press). “Using Chinese medicine in a Western way”: Negotiating integrative Chinese medicine treatment for type 2 diabetes. Communication & Medicine.

Ho, E. Y., Cady, K. A., Robles, J. S. (2016, epub). A case study of the neti pot’s rise, Americanization, and rupture as integrative medicine in US media discourse. Health Communication. doi:10.1080/10410236.2015.1047145

Koenig, C. J., Ho, E. Y., Trupin, L., & Dohan, D. (2015). An exploratory typology of provider responses that encourage and discourage conversation about complementary and integrative medicine during routine oncology visits. Patient Education & Counseling, 98, 857-863. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2015.02.018.

Ho, E. Y., Tran, H., & Chesla, C. A. (2015). Assessing the cultural in culturally sensitive printed patient education materials for Chinese Americans with Type 2 diabetes. Health Communication, 30, 39-49. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2013.835216.

Ho, E. Y. (2015). Qi (Chinese). In K. Tracy, C. Ilie & T. Sandel (Eds.). The International Encyclopedia of Language & Social Interaction. Boston: John Wiley & Sons.

Robles, J. S. & Ho, E. Y. (2014). Interactional formats and institutional context: A practical and exploitable distinction in interviews. Text & Talk, 34, 443-465. doi: 10.1515/text-2014-0011.

Ho, E. Y., & Koenig, C. J. (2014). Provider-patient communication about complementary and alternative medicine. In H. E. Hamilton & W-Y. S. Chou (Eds.). The Routledge Handbook of Language and Health Communication. (506-519). London: Routledge.

Ho, E. Y. (2014a). Complementary and alternative medicine. In T. L. Thompson (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Health Communication. Volume 1. (65-70). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Ho, E. Y. (2014b). Socio-cultural factors in health communication. In N. G. Harrington (Ed.). Exploring Health Communication from Multiple Perspectives. (212-239). New York: Routledge.

Witteborn, S., Milburn, T., & Ho, E. Y. (2013). The ethnography of communication as applied methodology: Insights from three case studies. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 41, 188-194. doi: 10.1080/00909882.2013.782421. 

Ho, E. Y., Chesla, C. A., & Chun, K. M. (2012). Health communication with Chinese Americans about type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Educator, 38, 66-75. doi: 10.1177/0145721711428774.

Koenig, C. J., Ho, E. Y., Yadegar, V., & Tarn, D. M. (2012). Negotiating complementary and alternative medicine use in primary care visits with older patients. Patient Education & Counseling, 89, 368–373. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2012.02.020.

Ho, E. Y. & Robles, J. S. (2011). Cultural resources for health participation: Examining biomedicine, acupuncture and massage therapy for HIV–related peripheral neuropathy. Health Communication, 26(2), 135–146. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2010.541991.

Bylund, C. L., D'Agostino, T. A., Ho, E. Y., & Chewning, B. A. (2010). Improving clinical communication and promoting health through concordance-based patient education. Communication Education, 59(3), 294–311. doi: 10.1080/03634521003631952.

Ho, E. Y., Koenig, C. J., Wingard, L. & Bansavich, J. (2009). Learning LSI means doing LSI: Reflections on technology use in two Language and Social Interaction courses. Electronic Journal of Communication, 19(1-2).

Ho, E. Y., Bylund, C. L., Rosenbaum, M., & Herwaldt, L. A. (2009). Teaching health communication through found poems created from patients' stories. Communication Teacher, 23, 93–98. doi: 10.1080/17404620902779512.

Ho, E. Y. & Bylund, C. L. (2008). Models of health and models of health delivery in the practitioner-client relationship in acupuncture. Health Communication, 23, 506–515. doi: 10.1080/10410230802460234.

Baxter, L., Egbert, N. & Ho, E. (2008). Everyday health communication experiences of college students. Journal of American College Health, 56, 427–435. doi: 10.3200/JACH.56.44.427-436.

Ho, E. Y. (2007). "Have you seen your aura lately?": Examining boundary–work in holistic health pamphlets. Qualitative Health Research, 17, 26–37. doi: 10.1177/1049732306296364.

Ho, E. Y. (2006). Behold the power of Qi: The importance of Qi in the discourse of acupuncture. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 39, 411–440. doi: 10.1207/s15327973rlsi3904_3.

Zickmund, S., Ho, E. Y., Masuda, M., Ippolito, L. & LaBrecque, D. R. (2003). "They treated me like a leper": Stigmatization and the emotional burden of hepatitis C. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 18, 835–844. doi: 10.1046/j.1525-1497.2003.20826.x.