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Subuhi Khan


  • Ph.D. (ABD), Communication, UC Davis
  • Masters, Communication, Washington State University, 2013
  • P.G. Diploma in Journalism, Indian Institute of Mass Communication (New Delhi, India), 2008
  • B.A., Psychology & Economics, Lucknow University (India), 2007


Subuhi graduated from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication with a degree in broadcast journalism in 2008. She went on to work as a television news journalist with CNN IBN in India and returned to academia in 2011. She earned her Masters in Communication from Washington State University in 2013. She joined the Ph.D. program in the department of communication at UC Davis in 2013.

Research Focus

Subuhi is interested in research in persuasive technology with an emphasis on health. Her work stands at the intersection of computer-mediated communication & health communication. She has been leading the design and development of a health application (app) based on communication concepts. 

Selected Publications

  • Khan, S., & Peña, J. (2017). Playing to beat the blues: Promoting engagement with health game applications through message features: linguistic agency and causality language. Computers in human behavior, 71, 436-443.

  •  Peña, J., Khan, S., & Alexopoulos, C. (2016). I Am What I See: How Avatar Body Size Affects Physical Activity Among Men Playing Exergames. Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, 21, 195-209.


Subuhi Khan has taught courses in video games, interpersonal communication and public speaking as Associate Instructor at UC Davis during summer 2014, 2015 & 2017.  She has been teaching assistant (TA) for courses in computer mediated communication, health communication, interpersonal communication, video games, public speaking, introduction to communication (online hybrid course), and multimedia content creation (online hybrid course). 


International student fellowship, Ph.D., UC Davis, 2013-2016

CNN Young Journalist Award (South East Asia), 2007