Evelyn Y. Ho is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of San Francisco. She received her BA from the University of Washington, MA and PhD from the University of Iowa. Beginning with an understanding that communication is a cultural activity and that health care systems and beliefs are profoundly cultural, Dr. Ho’s teaching and research focus broadly on the intersections of health, culture and communication. Health care in the United States is increasingly confronted with a variety of domestic and international-based alternatives to Western biomedicine and her research studies the discursive construction of holistic (or alternative) medicine especially in relationship to biomedicine.
Recent research has focused on patient education for talking about complementary and alternative medicine with biomedical practitioners and the use of acupuncture and massage therapy use for HIV-related neuropathy. She has also been involved in a UCSF/USF study about Chinese Americans and Type 2 Diabetes. Her research has been published in Research on Language and Social Interaction, Health Communication, Qualitative Health Research, and elsewhere.
At USF Dr. Ho teaches courses in Communication and Culture, Ethnography of Communication, Health Communication, Holistic Medicine, and Asian American Studies. She also serves as faculty co-advisor to Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Honor Society, and the Asian Pacific American Student Coalition (APASC). Professor Ho is one of the founding members of the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) Caucus.
Evelyn Ho is the current Chair of the Language and Social Interaction Division of the International Communication Association (ICA).
Ho, E. Y. & Robles, J. S. (2011). Cultural resources for health participation: Examining biomedicine, acupuncture and massage therapy for HIV-related peripheral neuropathy. Health Communication, 26(2), 135-146.
Bylund, C. L., D’Agostino, T. A., Ho, E. Y., & Chewning, B. A. (2010). Improving clinical communication and promoting health through concordance-based patient education. Communication Education, 59(3), 294-311.
Ho, E. Y., Koenig, C. J., Wingard, L. & Bansavich, J. (2009). Learning LSI means doing LSI: Reflections on technology use in two Language and Social Interaction courses. Electronic Journal of Communication, 19(1-2).
Ho, E. Y., Bylund, C. L., Rosenbaum, M., & Herwaldt, L. A. (2009). Teaching health communication through found poems created from patients’ stories. Communication Teacher, 23, 93-98.
Ho, E. Y. & Bylund, C. L. (2008). Models of health and models of health delivery in the practitioner-client relationship in acupuncture. Health Communication, 23, 506-515.
Baxter, L., Egbert, N. & Ho, E. (2008). Everyday health communication experiences of college students. Journal of American College Health, 56,427-435.
Ho, E. Y. (2007). “Have you seen your aura lately?”: Examining boundary-work in holistic health pamphlets. Qualitative Health Research, 17,26-37.
Ho, E. Y. (2006). Behold the power of Qi: The importance of Qi in the discourse of acupuncture. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 39,411-440.
Zickmund, S., Ho, E. Y., Masuda, M., Ippolito, L. & LaBrecque, D. R. (2003). “They treated me like a leper”: Stigmatization and the emotional burden of hepatitis C. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 18,835-844.