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Dr. Yachao Li Shares Insights on Interpersonal and Health Communication in a Recent Interview with

Dr. Yachao Li, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and the Department of Public Health at The College of New Jersey, recently engaged in an illuminating interview with

In the interview, Dr. Li shed light on his journey into the realm of interpersonal and health communication, citing a personal passion for addressing the heteronormative biases inherent in traditional communication theories. He emphasized the importance of inclusive research and advocacy for marginalized communities, particularly within the LGBTQ+ population. 

A central focus of Dr. Li’s research is the exploration of communication experiences unique to sexual and gender minorities, including coming-out processes and relationship disclosure decisions. His “Theory of Coming Out Message Production” offers valuable insights into the factors influencing individuals’ decisions to disclose their sexual orientation.

Furthermore, Dr. Li’s research extends beyond interpersonal dynamics to examine the impact of broader societal factors, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, on LGBTQ+ individuals and communities. His findings highlight the complex intersections between external stressors, internalized stigma, and mental health outcomes within the queer population.

As Chair of the National Communication Association Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns, Dr. Li is dedicated to promoting inclusivity and equity within academic and professional spaces. He advocates for queer-inclusive pedagogy, collaborative research initiatives, and community engagement efforts aimed at translating research findings into tangible societal benefits.

Reflecting on his own academic journey, Dr. Li offers invaluable advice for aspiring scholars interested in interpersonal and health communication. He underscores the significance of selecting graduate programs that align with one’s research interests and provide opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and community engagement. 

To read the full interview, please visit here: