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Health Communication and Technology Expert Jingwen Zhang to Join the Communication Faculty!

Jingwen Zhang brings expertise in health communication and technology to our program.
The Department of Communication is proud to announce that Jingwen Zhang will be joining the Communication faculty as an Assistant Professor. She will begin teaching in our program in winter 2017. Ms. Zhang will be teaching CMN 112, Theories of Persuasion(formerly CMN 152) in the winter and spring quarters of 2017. She will be teaching CMN 232, a graduate seminar in Health Communication, in spring 2017, as well.

Ms. Zhang’s is completing her doctoral studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation is titled, Online Social Network Physical Activity Intervention for Young African American Women. Ms. Zhang’s previous studies have been published in a wide range of journals, including the International Journal of CommunicationHealth PsychologyBehavioral Medicine, and Preventive Medicine.

Ms. Zhang's research interests include health promotion (e.g., sexual health, reproductive health, and physical activity), social influence, and interventions utilizing innovative online communication platforms. Current research efforts focus on the development of persuasive online networks using mobile technologies and computational approaches. She is also involved in research on communication for development, an interest that traces back to her work with UNICEF.

Ms. Zhang earned her M.A. degree at Annenberg in 2013, another M.A. in English at Clemson University in 2011, and her B.A. from the College of Media and International Culture at Zhejiang University in 2009.