Jill Yamasaki, Ph. D.

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Assistant Professor

  • Office: Communications Bldg, Room #226 
  • Email: jyamasaki@uh.edu
  • Phone:  (713)-743-3631   

Dr. Yamasaki’s research interests focus on narrative inquiry and practice in health communication and aging, particularly in the contexts of community and long-term care. Her dissertation, entitled Community Connectedness and Long-Term Care in Late Life: A Narrative Analysis of Successful Aging in a Small Town, was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Dissertation of the Year from the NCA Communication and Aging Division. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Aging Studies, Text & Performance Quarterly, and the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Health 


  • Ph.D. in Communication from Texas A&M University
  • MA in Speech Communication from the University of Houston
  • BA in English-Writing from the University of Colorado

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Research Interest

  • Narrative Theory and Analysis
  • Health Communication
  • Communication and Aging
  • Aging in Community
  • Interpretive Inquiry and Participatory Methods

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  • Health Communication
  • Small Group Processes (undergraduate)
  • Qualitative Methods (graduate)

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Selected Publications

  • Yamasaki, J., & Sharf, B. F. (2011). Opting out while fitting in: How residents make sense of assisted living and cope with community life. Journal of Aging Studies, 25, 13-21.
  • Yamasaki, J. (2010). Picturing late life in focus. Health Communication, 25, 290-292.
  • Yamasaki, J. (2009). Though much is taken, much abides: The storied world of aging in a fictionalized retirement home. Health Communication, 24, 588-596.

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Professional Activities

  • Editorial Board, Health Communication, 2010-present, Contemporary Issues in Health Communication: Theoretical and Practical Case Studies, 2011  
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Atlantic Journal of Communication , Communication Monograph , Journal of Family Communication Research on Aging
  • Paper Reader, NCA Communication and Aging Division, 2010-2011, NCA Health Communication Division, 2008-2011
  • Elected Office, Secretary, NCA Communication and Aging Division, 2010-2012
  • Editorial Assistant, Communication Studies, 2003-2006 

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  • Outstanding Dissertation Award
  • NCA Communication & Aging Division, 2009
  • NCA Doctoral Honors Seminar
  • Participant, University of Alabama, 2008
  • Tiffany Hunnicutt Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award
  • Department of Communication, Texas A&M University, 2008
  • Phi Beta Kappa


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Affiliations and Links

  • International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI)
  • National Communication Association (NCA)


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