Graduate Faculty

Our current graduate faculty who accept and advise new MA and PhD students.

We have world-class graduate faculty who are devoted to cutting-edge and scientific research into communication phenomena and mentoring graduate students to pursue careers in academia, business, and government. In fact, four of our faculty have been named the world’s top 2% scientists by Stanford University. Many have federal, regional, and/or private grants for funded projects. Our faculty work closely with graduate students, who have had great success in presenting at national and international conferences, publishing in high-impact journals, and securing positions at prestigious institutions – a testament to the collaborative environment for professional development that we have built at UB. 

Laura Arpan.

Expertise: Environmental Communication and Persuasion

Dr. Arpan’s research examines attitudes and persuasion; responses to pro-environmental and health messages; motivated reasoning; and adoption of alternative energy sources & sustainable energy technologies.

Tom Feeley.

Expertise: Health Communication and Social Influence Processes

Dr. Feeley’s research interest is focused on health communication processes in applied contexts such as organ donation and transplantation.

Mark Frank.

Expertise: Nonverbal Communication and Deception

Dr. Frank specializes in nonverbal communication with a focus on understanding the complexities of facial expressions and deception in meaningful real-world settings.

Melanie Green.

Melanie C. Green, Professor and Department Chair

Expertise: Media Effects

Dr. Green's research focuses on narrative persuasion, with topics ranging from health communication to social issues. She also studies the effect of social media and computer-mediated communication on interpersonal relationships.  

Lindsay Hahn.

Lindsay Hahn, Assistant Professor

Expertise: Media Psychology, Media Effects, Entertainment Media

Dr. Hahn’s research investigates the cognitive processes surrounding media use and effects in audiences across the lifespan.

Junhao Hong.

Expertise: International, Intercultural, and Media/New Media Studies

Dr. Hong's research focuses on global communication issues, relationships between media and society, and how media formations and impact of new media differ in different societies, particularly related to Asian countries.

David Lee.

David Lee, Assistant Professor

Expertise: Interpersonal Communication and Social Media

Dr. Lee's research examines the impact of social interactions and relationships on well-being and health. He also studies the antecedents and consequences of social media use.

Yotam Ophir.

Yotam Ophir, Assistant Professor

Expertise: Media Effects and Computational Social Science

Dr. Ophir's research focuses on media effects and persuasion, combining novel computational tools for automated content analysis, such as machine learning, topic modeling, and network analysis, with experimental and survey designs, to study media content and its effects on audiences.

Arthur Raney.

Expertise: Media Effects and Entertainment Media

Dr. Raney’s research examines how and why we enjoy and appreciate media entertainment, with specific attention to the role morality and moral emotions play in those processes.

Lance Rintamaki.

Lance Rintamaki, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Expertise: Health Communication

Dr. Rintamaki’s research interests focus on communication in the management of chronic illnesses.

Michael Stefanone.

Michael Stefanone, Professor and Director of Singapore Program

Expertise: Computer-Mediated Communication

Dr. Stefanone’s research interests include interpersonal, group, and computer-mediated communication. His research explores off- and online social networks and social media use.

Kelly Tenzek.

Expertise: Interpersonal and Health Communication

Dr. Tenzek’s research interests include interpersonal and health communication, primarily focusing on aging and end-of-life communication issues. 

Frank Tutzauer.

Expertise: Interpersonal Communication

Dr. Tutzauer’s research interests include bargaining and negotiation, communication networks, and mathematical modeling of communication processes.

Hua (Helen) Wang.

Hua (Helen) Wang, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies 

Expertise: Social and Behavior Change Communication, Health Communication and Technology

Dr. Wang’s research focuses on the power of storytelling, emerging technologies, and communication networks for health promotion and social change, especially in the field of entertainment-education.

Janet Yang.

Expertise: Science, Health, Environmental, and Risk Communication

Dr. Yang’s research centers on the communication of risk information related to science, health, and environmental issues.  She is particularly interested in how cognitive and affective evaluations of risk influence individuals’ decision making.

Yini Zhang.

Expertise: Social Media, Political Communication, and Computational Social Science

Dr. Zhang’s research centers around social media, media ecosystem, and political communication.