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Helen (Hua) Wang

Department of Communication, Assistant Professor

Research Focus: Communication technology, social networks, health and wellness

Contact Information

309 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Phone: (716) 645-1501

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My research and teaching interests include communication technology, social networks, health promotion and social change. I am particularly interested in the use of network influence and new media to improve the well-being of individuals, groups, and societies at large. Here are three of my sub-areas:

  • Digital communication for health promotion and social change (digital games, online communities, social network sites, and mobile technologies for public and promotional communication on health and social issues)
  • The social transformation of communication technologies in everyday life (online community participation, evolution of social networks, computer-mediated relational communication)
  • Entertainment-education (communication intervention design and evaluation, narrative engagement and persuasion, positive deviance, transmedia storytelling)

I have contributed to interdisciplinary projects funded by the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and  Anneberg Foundation among others.

From 2014 to 2015, I also served as the International Communication Association conference theme chair and the editor of the theme book on Communication and "The Good Life."