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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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Journal Articles

(* indicates graduate student co-authors)

Wang, H., & Singhal, A. (accepted). East Los High: Transmedia edutainment to promote sexual and reproductive health of young Latina/o Americans. American Journal of Public Health.

Wang, H., Chua, V., & Stefanone, M. A. (2015). Social ties, communication channels, and personal well-being: A study of the networked lives of colleges students in Singapore. American Behavioral Scientist, 59, 1189-1202. doi: 10.1177/0002764215580590

Kum, S.*, Wang, H., Wang, P.*, Jin, Z.*, De La Cruz, L., Northridge, M. E., et al. (2015). The ElderSmile TimeMap: Benefits of connecting statistics with time and place. American Journal of Public Health, 105(9), 1748-1750.

Metcalf, S., Birenz, S. S., Kunzel, C., Wang, H., Schrismshaw, E. W., Marshall, S. E., Northridge, M. E. (2015). The impact of Medicaid expansion on oral health equity for older adults: A systems perspective. Journal of California Dental Association, 43, 369-378.

Rui, J.*, & Wang, H. (2015). Social network sites and international students’ cross-cultural adaptation. Computers in Human Behavior, 49, 400-411.

Lin, H., & Wang, H. (2014). Avatar creation in virtual worlds: Behaviors and motivations. Computers in Human Behavior, 34, 213-218.

Metcalf, S., Wang, H., Kum, S., Jin, Z., Wang, P., Widener, M., Kunzel, C., Marshall, S., & Northridge, M. (2013). Modeling social factors of oral health equity for older adults. In Pasupathy, R., Kim, S.-H., Tolk, A., Hill, R., & Kuhl, M. E. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2013 Winter Stimulation Conference. 

Gotsis, M., Wang, H., Spruijt-Metz, D., Jordan-Marsh, M., & Valente, T. (2013). Wellness Partners: Design and evaluation of a web-based physical activity diary with social gaming features for adults. JMIR Research Protocols, 2(1), e10. Available at

Wang, H. (2013). Co-creating a meaningful, shared learning space: The use of Process Enneagram © in a university classroom. Emergence: Complexity and Organization.

Wang, H., Meng, J., & Dong, F. (2012). Sharing as “frands:” Personified branding strategies on social networks sites in China. First Monday, 17(5).

Kim, S., & Wang, H. (2012). From television to the filming set: Korean drama Daejanggeum drives Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese, and Thai audience to screen-tourism. International Communication Gazette, 74(5), 423-442.

Wang, H., Chung, J. E., Park, N., McLaughlin, M. L., & Fulk, J. (2012). Understanding Online Community Participation: A Technology Acceptance Perspective.  Communication Research, 39(6), 781-801. DOI: 10.1177/0093650211408593

Chung, J. E., Park, N., Wang, H., Fulk, J., & McLaughlin, M. L. (2010). Age differences in perceptions of online community participation among non-users: An extension of the technology acceptance model, Computers in Human Behavior, 26, 1674-1684.

Wang, H., & Wellman, B. (2010). Social connectivity in America: Change in adult friendship network size from 2002 to 2007. American Behavioral Scientist, 53(8), 1148-1169. [Cited in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffington Post, USA Today, TIME and other popular press]

Ritterfeld, U., Shen, C., Wang, H., Nocera, L., &Wong, W. L. (2009). Multimodality and interactivity: Connecting properties of serious games with educational outcomes. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 12, 691-697. [Top paper award, Games Interest Group, International Communication Association]

Wong, W. L., Shen, C., Nocera, L., Carriazo, E., Tang, F., Bugga, S., Narayanan, H., Wang, H., & Ritterfeld, U. (2007). Serious video game effectiveness. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology (pp. 49-55). New York: ACM.

Recent Book Chapters

Wang, H. & Singhal, A. (2013). Digital games: The SECRET of alternative health realities. In D. K. Kim, A. Singhal, & G. L. Kreps (Eds.), Global health communication strategies in the 21 century: Design, implementation, and evaluation. Peter Lang.

Singhal, A., Wang, H., Rogers, E. M. (2013). The rising tide of entertainment-education in communication campaigns. In R. Rice & C. Atkin (Eds.), Public Communication Campaigns (pp. 321-333). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Wang, H. & Singhal, A. (2009). Entertainment-education through digital games. In Ritterfeld, U., Cody, M. J., & Vorderer, P. (Eds.) Serious games: Mechanisms and effects (pp. 271-292). New York: Routledge.

Wang, H., Shen, C., & Ritterfeld, U. (2009). Enjoyment of digital games: What makes them seriously fun? In Ritterfeld, U., Cody, M. J., & Vorderer, P. (Eds.) Serious games: Mechanisms and effects (pp. 25-47). New York: Routledge.

Shen, C., Wang, H., & Ritterfeld, U. (2009). Serious games and seriously fun games: Can they be one and the same? In Ritterfeld, U., Cody, M. J., & Vorderer, P. (Eds.) Serious games: Mechanisms and effects (pp. 48-62). New York: Routledge.

Edited Books 

Wang, H. (Ed.) (2015). Communication and “the good life” (International Communication Association theme book series, Vol. 2). New York: Peter Lang.