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PhD student successfully defends dissertation


CAS PhD student Youllee Kim successfully defended her dissertation, “Health activism: Investigating the role of hope and neighborhood-related perceptions in solving neighborhood health issues.” In this project, Youllee pushes health communication theories to consider health issues that harm communities and need community engagement to address them. Youllee selected hope as a key mechanism to motivate health activism, and lead exposure in Pennsylvania as the community challenge to address. Did you know that 18 communities in Pennsylvania tested higher than Flint, MI for elevated blood lead levels? Youllee’s dissertation exemplifies the CAS mission: increasing our understanding of communication as a mechanism of social change and helping communities to address a critical concern in the Commonwealth. Serving on the dissertation committee were Rachel Smith (chair), Jim Dillard, Mary Beth Oliver, and Denise Solomon.

Congratulations, Dr. Kim!