Tong Lin is pursuing her Ph.D. in the Department of Communication. She received her B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State University. She also obtained her M.A. in Media Studies from Syracuse University. Her research focuses on building effective persuasive messages to influence individuals’ risk perceptions and behavioral intentions. She is interested in how contextual, psychological, and media factors drive information-seeking and processing, sustainable decision-making, and health-related behaviors. Tong is currently teaching COMM107 Oral Communication for the University of Maryland.