Assistant Professor, University of California, Merced School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts
Dr. Song is a health psychologist who studies adolescent and young adult decision-making processes underlying smoking behaviors. Her research focuses on ethnic/class disparities, smoking-related perceptions, and personality and socio-cognitive factors that shape smoking-related attitudes.
Anna Song is an assistant professor of Psychological Sciences in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts (SSHA) at the University of California, Merced. Her area of expertise is health psychology. Specifically, her research focuses on psychosocial factors that influence adolescent and young adult risk behavior decision-making. Risk behaviors that are of interest to Dr. Song include a) smoking initiation, progression, and cessation, b) sex initiation, c) gambling, and d) unhealthy eating patterns. She is also interested in adolescents’ and young adults’ beliefs about risk behaviors, as well as cultural factors that might explain sociodemographic differences in risk behavior prevalence.
The goal of this project is to study how emotions such as fear and anxiety, might impact adolescents' and young adults' beliefs about smoking-related outcomes and their intentions to smoke or quit smoking.
The goal of this project is to identify psychosocial variables that may explain ethnic and sociodemographic disparities in tobacco use. This project employs both secondary analysis of epidemiological data and meta-analysis to identify potential variables, as well as quantify relationships.
1999-2006, Ph.D., University of California, Davis, Department of Psychology: Social-Personality
1998, B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, College of Literature, Science, and Arts
Song, A. V. & Kelly, J. G. (2008). Community Psychology in Practice: Introduction. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 35,1-10 (reprinted in Community psychology in practice: An Oral history through the stories of five community psychologists(J. K. Kelly & A. V. Song, Eds).
Kelly, J. K. & Song, A. V.(2004). History, context, and narratives: An introduction. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 28,1-14 (reprinted in Six community psychologists tell their stories: History, context, and narratives, J. K. Kelly & A. V. Song, Eds).