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LEE Jeong Kyu

Dr Jeong Kyu Lee is a behavioural scientist with expertise in health communication and behaviour change interventions. His research draws from multi-disciplinary perspectives to understand and intervene social and structural factors associated with various health behaviours and outcomes with particular emphasis on issues related to tobacco use, alcohol use and cancer screening. He has extensive experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating health communication campaigns and interventions in the U.S. and Australia.

His recent research has investigated the influence of social capital and social relations on health-risk behaviours and the health and well-being of socially and physically disadvantaged populations and subgroups.


  • Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (Primary)
  • Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (Joint)

Research Areas:

  • Health Promotion and Communication
  • Tobacco Control and Prevention
  • Cancer Control and Prevention
  • Social Capital and Social Networks

Teaching Areas:

  • Public Health Communication
  • Health Behaviour and Behaviour Change Theories
  • Quantitative Research Methods

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, USA (Communication Science). 2010
  • M.A., Michigan State University, USA. 2006
  • B.S., Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. 2002

Awards/Honours (Post-PhD):

  • 2017 JFC Article of the Year Award, Division of Family Communication, National Communication Association (NCA). 2018
  • Top Four Faculty Paper Award, Division of Applied Communication, National Communication Association (NCA). 2011
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Tobacco Control Research, ClearWay Minnesota. 2010-2012
  • Edwin Erle Sparks Graduate Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts, Pennsylvania State University. 2006-2007

Career History:

  • Research Fellow, Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), University of Queensland, Australia. 2015-2016
  • Research Fellow, Centre for Health Initiatives (CHI), University of Wollongong, Australia. 2013-2015

Selected Publications:

  • Lee, J. K., Boyle, R. G., D'Silva, J., St. Claire, A. W., Whittet, M. N., & Kinney, A. M. (2013). Smoker identity among occasional smokers: Findings from Minnesota. American Journal of Health Behavior, 37, 525-530. [IF: 1.74; SJR2015: 0.723/#53 in Health (Social Science)]
  • Lee, J. K., Mowery, A., Depue, J., Luxenberg, M., & Schillo, B. (2013). Effectiveness of statewide advertising campaigns in promoting the QUITPLAN® Services brand. Social Marketing Quarterly. 19, 207-221. [SJR2015: 0.417/#71 in Marketing]
  • Magee, C. A., Lee, J. K., & Vella, S. T. (2014). Bi-directional relationships between sleep duration and screen-time in early childhood. JAMA Pediatrics, 168, 465-470. [SJR2015: 3.135/#3 in Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health]
  • Shin, Y., Lee, J. K., Yu, L., & Hecht, M. L. (2015). Exploring parental influence on the progression of alcohol use in Mexican-heritage youth: A latent transition analysis. Prevention Science, 17, 188-198. [IF: 2.570; SJR2015: 1.514/#46 in Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health]
  • Hindmarsh, C., Jones, S., Kervin, L., & Lee, J. K. (2015). Empowering students to respond to alcohol advertisements: Results from a pilot study of an Australian media literacy intervention. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. Published online before print on 11 October 2015; DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12459 [IF: 1.69; SJR2015: 0.82/#130 in Public Health, Environmental, and Occupational Health]


Assistant Professor
Tel (65) 6601 5838
Email ephljk@nus.edu.sg


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