Pamara Chang

Pamara Chang

Professional Summary

Pamara Flora Chang, Ph.D. (Cornell University), is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Cincinnati. Her research program explores health, interpersonal, and computer-mediated communication.  She is interested in how individuals manage stigmatized information and identities through the use of communication and information technologies, specifically in the context of invisible disabilities. She is also interested in the effects of mobile and information technology on health attitudes, behaviors, and processes, as well as technological interventions to improve health and quality of life. Her work has been published in peer reviewed journals including Health Communication, Social Media + Society, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, The Clinical Journal of Pain. Dr. Chang teaches courses related to communication technology, health communication, and interpersonal communication. 


Ph.D.: Cornell University Ithaca, NY., 2016 (Communication)

M.S.: Cornell University Ithaca, NY., 2015 (Communication)

B.A.: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2010 (Communication; Community Health)

Research and Practice Interests

  • Computer-mediated Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Stigma Managament
  • Technological Health Interventions
  • Invisible Disabilities
  • Mixed-Methods

Research Support

Grant: #Award number 2 P30 AG022845-11 Investigators:Reid, M.C. [PI - Roybal Center], Bazarova, N.N. [PI - Pilot grant], & Chang, P.F. [Co-PI - Pilot grant] National Institute of Health/National Institute of Aging Roybal Centers for Translational Research on Aging $20,000.00 Type:Grant

Investigators:Chang, P.F. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Association Academic Enrichment Program Grant $250.00

Grant: #URS AHSS and IR Grants AY2017-2018 Investigators:Chang, Pamara 07-01-2017 -12-31-2019 UC Exploring the Social and Clinical Benefits of Cochlear Implants in Patients with Single-sided Deafness Role:PI $14,810.00 Active Type:Grant

Grant: #R40208 Investigators:Liao, Pamara; Zhang, Fawen 07-01-2019 -12-31-2020 UC's Collaborative Research Advancement Grant Program - Track 1: Pilot Teams Using a simple and fast assessment tool to predict clinical, social, and communicative outcomes of cochlear implantation in the pediatric population Role:Collaborator $24,048.00 Active Level:Internal UC


Peer Reviewed Publications

Chang, P.F., & Bazarova, N.N. (2016. ) Managing Stigma: Exploring Disclosure-Response Communication Patterns in Pro-Anorexic Websites .Health Communication, , 31 (2 ) ,217-229

Murnane, E., Cosley, D., Chang, P.F., Guha, S., Frank, E., Gay, G., & Matthews, M. (2016. ) Self-Monitoring Practices, Attitudes, and Needs of Individuals with Bipolar Disorder: Implications for the Design of Technologies to Manage Mental Health .Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, , 23 (3 ) ,477-484

Chang, P.F., Choi, Y.H., Bazarova, N.N., & Loeckenhoff, C.E. (2015. ) Online Social Networking Across the Life Span: Extending Socioemotional Selectivity Theory to Social Networking Sites .Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, , 59 (2 ) ,221-239

Guillory, J., Chang, P.F., Henderson, C., Shengelia, R., Lama, S., Warmington, M., Maryam, J., Gay, G., & Reid, MC. (2015. ) Piloting a Text Message Based Social Support Intervention for Patients with Chronic Pain .The Clinical Journal of Pain, Special Issue on Innovative Delivery of Pain Management, , 31 (6 ) ,548-556

Matthews, M., Murnane, E., Snyder, J., Guha, S., Chang, P.F., Doherty, G., & Gay, G. (2017. ) The Double-Edged Sword: A Mixed-Methods Study of the Interplay between Bipolar Disorder and Technology Usage.Computers in Human Behavior, , 75 ,288-300 More Information

Chang, P.F. (2017. ) Breaking the Sound Barrier: Exploring Parents' Decision-Making Process of Cochlear Implants for their Children.Patient Education and Counseling, , 100 (8 ) ,124-131 More Information

Chang, P.F., Whitlock, J., & Bazarova, N.N. (2018. ) To respond or not to respond, that is the question: The decision-making process of providing social support to distressed posters on Facebook.Social Media and Society, , 4 (1 ) , More Information

Other Publications

Xu, B., Chang, P.F., Welker, C., Bazarova, N., & Cosley, D. (2016. ) Automatic Archiving versus Default Deletion: What Snapchat tells us about Ephemerality in Design.

Snyder, J., Matthews, M., Chien, J., Chang, P.F., Sun, E., Abdullah, S., & Gay, G. (2015. ) Moodlight: Exploring Personal and Social Implications of Ambient Display of Biosensor Data. .

Additional Publications


Invited Presentations

Chang, P.F. (Invited Speaker) (03-2016. ) The Dark Side of Health Communication, with a focus on Stigmatized Health Topics .Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Communication, Communication in Science, Environment, and Health Class,

Chang, P.F. (Invited Speaker) (09-2015. ) Communicating Confidence for a Dynamic Presentation .Cornell University, College of Human Ecology Career Development Series,

Chang, P.F. (Invited Conference Keynote Speaker) (05-2015. ) The Use of Mobile Health in Delivering Chronic Pain Management Interventions .Advancing Pain Care Through Behavior Change Science and Mobile Health Technologies Conference,

Chang, P.F. (Invited Speaker) (10-2014. ) Health Communication Research Experiences, Translational and Enrichment Opportunities, and Curriculum Enhancing Experiences .Cornell University, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association Board Meeting,

Paper Presentations

Chang, P.F., Bazarova, N.N., & Whitlock, J. (2016. ) 'To Respond or not to Respond, That is the Question:' Examining the Decision-Making Process of Providing Social Support to Distressed Posters .Baltimore, MD.

Chang, P.F., Bazarova, N.N., Gay, G., & Wethington, E. (2015. ) Chronic Pain Communication and Social Support in Online and Mobile Interactions .Orlando, FL.

Chang, P.F. (2015. ) Breaking the Sound Barrier: Exploring Parents Decision-Making Process of Cochlear Implants for their Children .San Juan, PR.

Teodoro, R., & Chang, P.F. (2014. ) A Comparison of Pro-anorexic Disclosures across the Online Contexts of LiveJournal and Twitter .

Chang, P.F., & Bazarova, N.N. (2014. ) Managing Stigma: Exploring Disclosure-Response Communication Patterns in Pro-Anorexic Websites .Seattle, WA.


Computer-mediated Communication, Health Communication, Stigma Management, Invisible Disabilities, Technological Health Interventions, Mixed-Methods

Professional Affiliation

2015 -To Present: Gerontological Society of America

2015 -To Present: Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing

2013 -To Present: Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine

2013 -To Present: Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

2011 -To Present: National Communication Association

2011 -To Present: International Communication Association

Contact Information

Phone: 513-556-4026