Angeline (LeeAnn) Sangalang
sangalan [at] usc [dot] edu
Angeline (LeeAnn) Sangalang explores psychological processes underlying persuasion and media influence. She investigates messages in health contexts, such as how news and entertainment messages contribute to uncertainty about illness and perceptions of health risk. LeeAnn is also interested in understanding the interplay of cognitive and emotional involvement with narratives and media persona and how these processes of involvement can ameliorate the effectiveness of health promotion strategies such as entertainment-education and serious games. Corroborating her research endeavors, LeeAnn has designed campaign messages for a range of health topics that includes secondhand smoke, exercise, and sexually transmitted diseases and has also consulted for community-level interventions aimed at prevention, such as the adoption of food safety policies. LeeAnn graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received her B.A. with high distinction in communication and a second major in psychology.