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Bo Feng

Education

  • Ph.D,. Communication, Purdue University, 2006
  • M.A., Linguistics, Beihang University (former Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics), Beijing, China, 2001
  • B.A., English, Beihang University, Beijing, China, 1998

About

Bo Feng has expertise in interpersonal, supportive and intercultural communication. Her scholarship focuses primarily on supportive communication, which includes a broad range of situations in which people interact with the intention of seeking or providing some form of aid or assistance to cope with a problematic situation. She has published research that examines supportive communication processes in face-to-face, personal relationship contexts as well as technologically mediated environments (e.g., online communities) and professional settings (e.g., physician-patient interactions during primary care visits). In addition to her appointment in the Department of Communication, she is a faculty member of the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research, the Institute for Social Sciences, the Feminist Research Institute at UC Davis, and the Center for Design in the Public Interest.

Research Focus

Professor Feng’s research program centers on supportive communication, which aims to: A) investigate the processes through which people conceptualize, seek, conduct and respond to various forms of support — such as comforting and advice — and how these processes are similar and different for people of different cultures, genders and across contexts; B) examine the features of more and less effective supportive behaviors; and C) develop more viable theoretical frameworks for researching and practicing supportive communication. Her research has been funded by multiple external sources, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Selected Publications

Teaching

Bo Feng teaches CMN101 (Communication Theory), CMN134 (Interpersonal Communication), CMN123 (Intercultural Communication), CMN201 (Theoretical Perspectives on Strategic Communication), CMN230 (Social Interaction Theory and Research), and CMN234 (Intercultural Communication). 

Awards

  • Provost Fellowship for Diversity in Teaching, 2012–2013
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, Interpersonal Communication Division, National Communication Association, 2008
  • Distinguished Publication Award, Association for Women in Psychology, 2005