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.


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