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Wenjing (Adrien) Pan


Wenjing Pan graduated from Beijing Forestry University with a B.A. degree in Economics and an M.A. degree in Linguistics. Before she joined the PhD program in Communication Department at UC Davis in 2013 fall, she has also worked for Bank of China for over two years. Her research interests are supportive communication, computer-mediated communication, and empirical methods in communication studies. 

Research Focus

The research I have conducted so far has focused on online supportive communication; specifically, it has aimed to (a) investigate the processes through with people exchange social support and health information online; (b) how communication networks helps to generate social capital and improve health outcomes for online support forum users; (c) examine how new media and technology facilitate or impede the successful exchange of social support and health information; and (d) incorporate computational social science (e.g., web-scrape, social network analysis, log data analysis, computerized text analysis) into the study of supportive communication.

Selected Publications

Pan, W., Feng, B., & Wingate, V. S. (2017). What you say is what you get: How self-disclosure in support-seeking affects language use in support-provision in online support forums. Journal of Language and Social Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0261927X17706983

Pan, W., & Peña, J. (2017). The exposure effects of online model pictures and weight-related persuasive messages on women’s attitudes toward weight loss. Journal of Health Communication. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/10810730.2017.1367339

Pan, W., Shen, C., & Feng, B. (2017). You get what you give: Understanding reply reciprocity and social capital in online health support forums. Journal of Health Communication, 22, 45-52. doi:10.1080/10810730.2016.1250845

Ho, C. L., Pan, W., & Taylor, L. D. (2017). Disclosure pattern of the public’s stigma of HIV-testing on online HIV forums: Self-stigma and the unspoken. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. Advance online publication. doi:10.3928/02793695-20170905-01 

Peña, J., & Pan, W. (2016). Words of advice: Exposure to website model pictures and online persuasive messages affects the linguistic content and style of women’s weight-related social support messages. Computers in Human Behavior, 63, 208-217. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2016.05.032


2017. Provost’s Dissertation Year Fellowship. Graduate Studies, College of Letters and Sciences, UC Davis. 

2017. CityU Summer School’ 17 Fellowship. Department of Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong.

2016. Dissertation Research Support Award. Department of Communication, UC Davis.

2016. Graduate Student Travel Award. Graduate Studies, UC Davis.