Sonya Dal Cin

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Dal Cin

Associate Professor

Office Location(s): 5419 North Quad
Phone: 734.615.0380
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  • Fields of Study
    • Media Psychology
    • Health and the Media
  • About

    Assistant Professor of Communication Studies; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology; Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research.

    Professor Dal Cin obtained her B.A.H. from Queen's University (Canada) and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Waterloo (Canada), where she held a Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She came to the University of Michigan in 2007, following a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the NorrisCotton Cancer Center (Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School).

    Professor Dal Cin's major research interest is the impact of stories on attitudes, beliefs, self-concept, and behaviors. Her work examines the processes of story-based belief change, the role of identification with characters, the impact that stories have on behavior, and how these effects might occur outside viewers' conscious awareness. Primarily interested in health-related outcomes, her current research includes studies on how watching smoking and drinking in movies might influence viewers' own smoking and drinking behavior.

    Professor Dal Cin's work has appeared at national and international conferences, and in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Health Education Research, Health Psychology, Psychological Science, and Tobacco Control.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., University of Waterloo