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CJ Calabrese

Assistant Professor

Office: 410 Strode Tower

Phone: (864) 656-1567


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Educational Background

Ph.D. Communication
University of California, Davis 2021

M.P.H. General Public Health
University of California, Davis 2016

B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of California, Davis 2015

Courses Taught

COMM 1500: Introduction to Human Communication
COMM 2020: Communication Theory
COMM 3050: Persuasion
COMM 8240: Persuasive Technologies and Health


Christopher (CJ) Giacomo Yoshi Calabrese, PhD, MPH, CHES is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Clemson University and a Faculty Scholar at the Clemson University School of Health Research. His research examines the communication effects and processes in which online technologies influence human behaviors, with an emphasis on health outcomes. Utilizing both classic and emerging theoretical perspectives in health communication, CJ focuses on developing online network and social media interventions to promote preventative health behaviors and reduce health disparities. His research interests broadly center around new media, misinformation, social networks, and online technologies, with topics focusing on HIV prevention, gene editing, vaccination, harm reduction, and COVID-19.

CJ is an active member of the American Public Health Association, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, International Communication Association, and National Communication Association. CJ currently serves as the Secretary for the Public Health Education and Health Promotion section at the American Public Health Association. Previously, he served as the Website Chair for the Communicating Science, Health, Environment and Risk Division at AEJMC.

CJ’s research has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including Scientific Reports, Science Communication, Environmental Communication, Mobile Media & Communication, New Media & Society, Preventive Medicine, Telematics and Informatics, and Substance Use and Misuse.

Research Publications

Ji, J., Lu, Y., & Calabrese, C. (2024). Who sets the agenda for climate change in China? A longitudinal analysis of primary actors that drive online discussions on social media. Environmental Communication, 1-17.

Barnett, G. A., Calabrese, C., & Ruiz, J. B. (2023). A comparison of three methods to determine the subject matter in textual data. Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics, 8.

Calabrese, C., & Albarracín, D. (2023). Bypassing misinformation without confrontation improves policy support as much as correcting it. Scientific Reports, 13(1), 6005.

Fayaz Farkhad, B., Jung, H., Calabrese, C., & Albarracín, D. (2023). State policies increase vaccination by shaping social norms. Scientific Reports, 13(1), 21227.

Calabrese, C., Zhang, J., & Yu, X. (2022). Perceptions of PrEP on Twitter: A theoretically guided content analysis on the behavioral determinants of PrEP uptake. Health & New Media Research, 6(1), 65-102.

Dai, M., & Calabrese, C.(2022). Socio-behavioral factors related to PrEP non-adherence among gay male PrEP users living in California and New York: A behavioral theory informed approach. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 45(2), 240-251.

Ji, J., Robbins, M., Featherstone, J. D.,& Calabrese, C., Barnett, G. A.(2022). Comparison of public discussions of gene editing on social media between the United States and China. PLoS ONE, 17(5), e0267406.

Calabrese, C., Featherstone, J. D., Robbins, M., & Barnett, G. A. (2021). Examining the relationship between gene editing knowledge, value predispositions, and general science attitudes among U.S. farmers, scientists, policymakers, and the general public. Journal of Science Communication, 20(2), A02.

Robbins, M., Calabrese, C., Featherstone, J. D., & Barnett, G. A. (2021). A textual analysis of agricultural stakeholder representations of genome editing technology. Journal of Science Communication, 20(5), A07.

Weeks, B., Menchen-Trevino, E., Calabrese, C., Casas, A., & Wojcieszak, M. (2021). Partisan media, untrustworthy news sites, and political misperceptions. New Media & Society, 14614448211033300.

Zhang, J., Featherstone, J. D., Calabrese, C., & Wojcieszak, M. (2021). Effects of fact-checking social media vaccine misinformation on attitudes toward vaccines. Preventive Medicine, 145, 106408.

Zhang, J., Xue, H., Calabrese, C., Chen, H., & Dang, J. H. (2021). Understanding HPV vaccine promotions and hesitancy in Northern California through examining public Facebook pages and groups. Frontiers in Digital Health, 3, 683090.

Calabrese, C., Ding, J., Millam, B., & Barnett, G. A. (2020). The uproar over gene-edited babies: A semantic network analysis of CRISPR on Twitter. Environmental Communication, 14(7), 954-970.

Calabrese, C., Anderton, B. N., & Barnett, G. A. (2019). Online representations of “genome editing” uncover opportunities for encouraging engagement: A semantic network analysis. Science Communication, 41(2), 222-242.

Calabrese, C., & Bell, R. A. (2019). Opposition to nonprescription naloxone access: measurement and psychosocial predictors. Substance Use & Misuse, 54(11), 1853-1861.

Calabrese, C., & Zhang, J. (2019). Inferring norms from numbers: Boomerang effects of online virality metrics on normative perceptions and behavioral intention. Telematics and Informatics, 45, 101279.

Zhang, J., Calabrese, C., Ding, J., Liu, M., & Zhang, B. (2018). Advantages and challenges in using mobile apps for field experiments: A systematic review and a case study. Mobile Media & Communication, 6(2), 179-196.


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