yujungna [at] usc [dot] edu
Yujung Nam is a PhD candidate and an Annenberg Fellow at Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, USC. She studies the area of health communication with a focus on social-psychological issues of human-computer interaction and serious games. Her research addresses how the emerging tools and new media environment reshape interpersonal experience in the area of health and eventually affect the way people make health care decisions. Yujung is currently serving as a research assistant on a multidisciplinary project sponsored by the National Science Foundation on implementing and evaluating a computer-mediated medical translation system for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) patients. The project on the social and medical impact of translation technology responds to the increasing diversity of the U.S. population with cultural sensitivity. She is also working on a project related to the use of text message and location-based service designed for teenaged girls at high risk for HIV to promote adherence to antiretroviral medication and other treatment regimens. Previously, she worked on a project on the use of a phone-based videosharing social network for young adult cancer survivors of pediatric cancer to successfully manage the transition to the adult health care system. She was also involved in developing web-based tele-rehabilitation platform using haptic devices to assist stroke patients interact in a virtual world environment by sense of touch. It allowed the therapist and the patient work in a virtual world where recovery goal is adjusted by individual lifestyle and needs. Yujung earned her B.A. in Literature and Linguistics and B.S. in Computer Science at Yonsei University. She received an M.A. in Communication and Culture, Indiana University at Bloomington and Communication from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Before joining the graduate program, she worked as a knowledge management software engineer and an IT consultant at Samsung SDS and LG Hitachi.