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Yifeng Hu, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

Office: Kendall 244

Tel. 609-771-2373

Fax. 609-637- 5187


Dr. Hu received her Ph.D. degree from Penn State University, a master’s degree from Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a bachelor’s degree from Renmin University of China.

Dr. Hu’s research focuses on effects of new media and emerging technologies in health communication. Her “Online Health Source Typology” provides a fresh framework to examine consumers’ evaluation of online health information credibility.

Dr. Hu has published peer-reviewed articles in Communication Research, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Electronic Journal of Communication, Atlantic Journal of Communication, Open Communication Journal, among others. Hu has presented more than a dozen peer-reviewed conference papers, most of which at the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the American Public Health Association.

Dr. Hu teaches “Introduction to Communication Theory” and “New Media and Health Communication.” She is especially interested in creative pedagogy. She has experimented with incorporating a 3D virtual world into classes (Using Second Life, Hu Opens Up a New World of Communication to her Students). Dr. Hu has been invited to give in-person and virtual speeches about her teaching innovations on and off campus.

Dr. Hu serves on the editorial board of Atlantic Journal of Communication and Western Journal of Communication. She has been invited to review manuscripts for Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Media Psychology,Journal of Family Communication, Atlantic Journal of Communication,Western Journal of Communication, Chinese Journal of Communication, Communication Quarterly, Rocky Mountain Communication Review,and Journal of the National University of Singapore Teaching Academy.

Dr. Hu’s thoughts on her colleagues in the Department:

“When I seek advice, people are very happy and very willing to help me. I am the newest and youngest faculty member, and I’ve always felt supported by the rest of the department. I truly feel that I am in a comfortable environment.”