Mina Choi, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the School of Communication Studies and in the School of Emerging Media and Technology.
Her research centers on the uses and effects of new communication technologies (i.e., social media, mobile media, telepresence robot, etc.) on interpersonal relationships and psychological well-being. In particular, she seeks to understand how people form social bonds between acquaintances, friends, and romantic partners over interpersonal media and its effects on users' emotional well-being.
She focuses on communication processes that are pertaining to relationship development and maintenance such as self-disclosure, self-presentation, emotional expression, and media choice. In addressing these topics, she takes an interdisciplinary approach that draws on theories and empirical findings from communication, social psychology, and HCI. Her methodological approach is mostly quantitative, with an emphasis on experiments, surveys, and content analyses.
She earned her Ph.D. in Communication Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with minors in social psychology and journalism/mass communication.
In her non-work life, she likes to play and watch tennis.
Choi, M. & Choung, H. (2021). Mediated communication matters during the COVID-19 pandemic: The use of interpersonal and masspersonal media and psychological well- being. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. https://doi.org/10.1177/02654075211029378 [Impact Factor: 3.039]
Choi, M. & Toma, C.L. (2021). Understanding mechanisms of media use for the social sharing of emotion: The role of media affordances and habitual media use. Journal of Media Psychology. https://doi/10.1027/1864-1105/a000301 [Impact Factor: 1.351]
Choi, M., & Toma, C. L. (2017). Social sharing with friends and family after breakups: Patterns of media use and effects on psychological well-being. Journal of Media Psychology, 29, 166-172. https://doi.org/10.1027/1864-1105/a000226 [Impact Factor: 1.351]
Choi, M., Kornfield, R., Takayama, L., & Mutlu, B. (2017, May). Movement matters: Effects of motion and mimicry on perception of similarity and closeness in robot-mediated communication. In CHI ’17 Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on human factors in computing systems. ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/3025453.3025734 [Acceptance rate: 25%]
Hull, S. J., Abril, E. P., Shah, D. V., Choi, M., Chih, M. Y., Kim, S. J., …, Gustafson, D. H. (2016). Self-determination theory and computer-mediated support: Modeling effects on breast cancer patient’s quality-of-life. Health Communication, 1-10. [Impact Factor: 1.487]
Toma, C. L., & Choi, M. (2015). The couple who Facebooks together, stays together: Facebook self- presentation and relationship longevity among college-aged dating couples. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 18(7), 367-372. [Impact Factor: 2.571]
Choi, M., Panek, E., Nardis, Y., & Toma, C. L. (2015). When social media isn’t social: Friends’ responsiveness to narcissists on Facebook. Personality and Individual Differences, 77, 209-214. [Impact Factor: 2.005]
Choi, M., & Toma, C. L. (2014). Social sharing through interpersonal media: Patterns and effects on emotional well-being. Computers in Human Behavior, 36, 531-541. [Impact Factor: 3.435]
Yoo, W., Namkoong, K., Choi, M., Shah, D. V., Tsang, S., Hong, Y., ... & Gustafson, D. H. (2014). Giving and receiving emotional support online: Communication competence as a moderator of psychosocial benefits for women with breast cancer. Computers in Human Behavior, 30, 13-22. [Impact Factor: 3.435]
Choi, M., Shin, W., Park, M., & Kim, J. (2009). Communication competence makes us stronger and happier: The effects of communication competence on resilience, self-determination and life satisfaction. Journal of Korean Society for Journalism and Communication Studies, 53(5), 199-220. (in Korean)
Shin, W., Choi, M., & Kim, J. (2009). Effects of the three factors of resilience on problematic online game use. Journal of Cyber Communication Academic Society, 26(3), 43-81. (in Korean)
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., Yonsei University
International Communication Association, National Communication Association, Association for Computing Machinery