My present work concentrates on the applied research field of Medical Sociology. Specifically, I have been interested in seeing how large-scale healthcare problems can be shaped by small-scale interactive behavior in social encounters.
My dissertation investigates antibiotic overuse problem in China. It shows how medical decisions regarding antibiotic prescriptions are influenced by doctor-patient communication, through use of language practices and understanding of recipients' intentions.
I use both qualitative methods and quantitative methods. Conversation analysis has been adopted as my primary qualitative method. Survey studies and quantitative data analysis were also performed as part of my dissertation project.
Fields of Study
interactive language understanding,
behavior modeling in social interactions.