Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

(a) Communication aspects of psychological well-being and/or sexuality
(b) Impacts of mobile, wearable, artificial intelligence, or other digital technologies on identity, relationships, and/or health
(c) Emerging and/or controversial phenomena related to social media, artificial intelligence, or other innovations


Research activity per year

Personal profile

Chinese Name



Dominic Yeo (pronounced “Yo”) is a tenured associate professor at the Department of Communication Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University. Born and raised in Singapore, he graduated with a PhD in social psychology from University of Cambridge and a first class honours bachelor’s degree in communication from National University of Singapore.

Dr. Yeo’s research primarily examines communication practices and sociocultural phenomena around sexuality, health, and technology, particularly among sexual minorities and youth. The overarching concern of his scholarship is how social actors negotiate emergent and problematised ideas and practices. He was awarded two competitive research grants from Hong Kong’s Research Grants Council (RGC), under the General Research Fund (GRF) and Early Career Scheme (ECS) respectively, to investigate young people’s use of social media (mobile apps & social network sites) and the implications for their wellbeing. His work has been published in flagship communication journals such as Journalism & Mass Communication QuarterlyMobile Media & CommunicationHealth Communication, and Journal of Health Communication. He serves on the editorial boards of Communication Theory, Mobile Media & Communication, Culture, Health & Sexuality, and Personal Relationships.

Research Interests

  • Social media use, particularly in relation to psychological well-being and intimacy
  • Self-disclosure and supportive communication mediated by social media and artificial intelligence

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

BSocSc (Hons), National University of Singapore

PhD, University of Cambridge