Michelle Ng

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PhD Canidate | Dual Masters

Department of Communication

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources

Stanford University

Michelle (she/her/hers) is a PhD student in Communication and a dual MS student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources. Her research focuses on (1) people’s experiences of climate change in everyday life (especially mental health impacts) and (2) behavioral decision-making for socially just climate adaptation. Her work leverages intensive longitudinal methods, mobile sensing, and an environmental justice lens.

Before coming to Stanford, Michelle spent three years working for the International Water Management Institute, based in Sri Lanka. While conducting fieldwork in Ghana, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, and South Africa, she collaborated with smallholder farmers and fisherpeople – as well as partners from government ministries, UN agencies, and local NGOs – to promote more inclusive water governance. She received her BA in Visual and Environmental Studies and Computer Science from Harvard University.


Ng, M. (2024, June 20). We need to take care of each other”: Individuals’ real-time engagements with climate risk communication during the 2021 Texas winter storm. PhD Mentoring Workshop of the Environmental Communication Division. International Communication Association, Gold Coast, Australia.
Ng, M., Gerstorf, D., Conroy, D. E., Pincus, A. L., & Ram, N. (2023, June). Affective sensitivity to air pollution (ASAP): person-specific associations between daily air pollution and affective states. International Conference on Environmental Psychology, Aarhus, Denmark.
Ng, M., Cho, M.-J., Eichstaedt, J., Reeves, B., Robinson, T., & Ram, N. (2023, May). Characterizing “bottom-up” engagement with climate communication with mobile sensing. 73nd Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, Toronto, Canada.
Ng, M., Cho, M.-J., Eichstaedt, J., Reeves, B., Robinson, T., & Ram, N. (2023, April). Leveraging mobile sensing to characterize person-specific engagement with climate communication. Stanford Data Science for Sustainability Conference, Stanford, California, USA.
Ng, M., Chi, Y., Cerit, M., Ram, N., & Harari, G. (2023, March). Change in affect as individuals move through physical and digital environments of daily life. Society for Affective Science’s 2023 Annual Meeting, Long Beach, California, USA.
Pellitier, P. T., Ng, M., Castaneda, S. R., Moser, S. C., & Wray, B. D. (2023). Embracing climate emotions to advance higher education. Nature Climate Change, 13(11), 1148–1150. https://ideas.repec.org//a/nat/natcli/v13y2023i11d10.1038_s41558-023-01838-7.html
Ng, M., Suhardiman, D., Langan, S., Merrey, D., & Karki, E. (2022, May). Contesting hydropower narratives in Nepal: disjunctures between academic literature and community perspectives. 72nd Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, Paris, France.
Ng, M., & Ram, N. (2022, March). Affective sensitivity to air quality: person-specific correlations between air quality and affective states. Society for Affective Science’s 2022 Annual Meeting, Virtual.
Torous, J., Lipschitz, J., Ng, M., & Firth, J. (2020). Dropout rates in clinical trials of smartphone apps for depressive symptoms: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders, 263, 413–419. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2019.11.167
Ng, M. M., Firth, J., Minen, M., & Torous, J. (2019). User Engagement in Mental Health Apps: A Review of Measurement, Reporting, and Validity. Psychiatric Services, 70(7), 538–544. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201800519
Mahyar, N., James, M. R., Ng, M. M., Wu, R. A., & Dow, S. P. (2018). CommunityCrit: Inviting the Public to Improve and Evaluate Urban Design Ideas through Micro-Activities. Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1145/3173574.3173769