Douglas Yeung

Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist; Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in psychology, Rutgers University; B.S. in management science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Douglas Yeung is a social psychologist at the RAND Corporation and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. His research has examined communication styles, behaviors, and mental health when using technology (e.g., social media, mobile devices). He is currently conducting sentiment analyses of social media, and recently conducted research on the impact of new technologies (e.g., mobile devices, Facebook, Skype) on military mental health.

Yeung's other research involves online professional communities, and explores workforce attitudes, organizational knowledge-sharing, and how people discuss and seek career information. He has also conducted workforce diversity research, such as how minorities perceive career options and career development services.

Before coming to RAND, Yeung was a product analyst at Oracle, and also helped to create a mobile application that was a grand prize winner in Google's first Android Developer Challenge. He received a Ph.D. from Rutgers University - Newark, and a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Selected Publications

Sara Beth Elson, Douglas Yeung, Parisa Roshan, S. R. Bohandy, and Alireza Nader, Using Social Media to Gauge Iranian Public Opinion and Mood After the 2009 Election, RAND (TR-1161), 2012

Anita Chandra, Joie Acosta, Stefanie Stern, Lori Uscher-Pines, Malcolm V. WIlliams, Douglas Yeung, Jeffrey Garnett, Lisa S. Meredith, Building Community Resilience: A Way Forward to Enhance National Health Security, RAND (TR-915), 2011

Yeung, D. & Gifford, B., "Potential Recruits Seek Information Online for Military Enlistment Decision Making: A Research Note," Armed Forces and Society, 2011

Harber, K.D., Yeung, D.C., & Iacovelli, A., "Psychosocial Resources, Threat, and the Perception of Distance and Height: Support for the Resource and Perception Model," Emotion, 2011

Anny Wong, Douglas Yeung, Silvia Montoya, Sarah Olmstead, Aviva Litowitz, Lisa Klautzer, Sarah Kups, & Alison Raab Labonte, Japanese Science and Technology Capacity: Expert Opinions and Recommendations, RAND Corporation (TR-714), 2010

Yeung, D.C., Elson, S.B., Nader, A., Roshan, P., & Rahmani, A., "Tweeting About the Iran Election: A Linguistic Analysis Over Time," Poster presented at the International Society for Political Psychology's 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting, 2010

Yeung, D.C., & Lowrance, J.D., "Computer-Mediated Collaborative Reasoning and Intelligence Analysis," Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 3975:1-13, 2006


  • Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller gives a tour of the VW factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, October 21, 2015

    When Public Trust in Corporations Is Shaken

    The Volkswagen scandal comes at a time when the public's trust in both the automotive industry and tech companies is at risk. The level of public trust in an individual organization could end up burnishing — or infecting — an entire industry or new technology.

    Oct 28, 2015 U.S. News & World Report

  • U.S. soldiers take pictures of President Barack Obama at U.S. military base Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, South Korea, April 26, 2014

    Loose Clicks Sink Ships: When Social Media Meets Military Intelligence

    Social media updates can reveal military intelligence. But stopping a soldier from posting a geotagged tweet or Instagram photo presents challenges.

    Aug 14, 2015 U.S. News & World Report

  • The flags of China and Hong Kong are seen above tents outside Legislative Council Complex at an occupied area in Hong Kong November 11,2014

    The Mountains Are High and the Emperor Is Far Away

    Since September 22, tens of thousands of protesters have flooded the streets of Hong Kong, calling for universal suffrage in the 2017 chief executive election and the resignation of current Chief Executive Chun-ying Leung. When they took to Twitter to share their ideas and mobilize support, they revealed the profound disconnect that separates elements of Hong Kong society from their mainland counterparts.

    Nov 11, 2014 Foreign Policy

  • woman holding up cell phone

    The Insight of Twitter

    Exploring how people use social media has provided useful insight into public opinion. This insight may be particularly valuable in countries where freedom of expression may be limited, for whom social media may serve as an important outlet, writes Douglas Yeung.

    Oct 31, 2012