CHEN Liang

CHEN Liang

  • Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Tsinghua University, China

  • Associate Editor, Environmental Communication (SSCI indexed Journal)

Research Interests

Health, Environmental, and Risk Communication

Computational Communication


2012 - 2017         Ph.D in Communication, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

2011 - 2012         MSc by Research in Sociology, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

2005 - 2009         Bachelor of Arts, Xiamen University, China

Academic Positions

2021 Mar - present

Associate Professor,School of Journalism and Communication, Tsinghua University, China

2017 May -  2021 Feb

Associate Professor (Distinguished Youth Plan),School of Communication and Design, Sun Yat-sen University, China (2017 May –2020 Dec)

Assistant Chair,School of Communication and Design, Sun Yat-sen University, China   (2018 Nov – 2021 Feb)

Associate Director,Guangzhou Key Research Center of Big Data and Public Communication, Sun Yat-sen University, China (2017 Oct – 2021 Feb)

2016 Jul - 2017 May  

Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities and Arts, Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau S.A.R

Research Grants

Principal Investigator, National Social Science Research Fund of China(NSSFC) 2019-2021, “Artificial Intelligence Strategies for Combating Online Rumors”[200,000 RMB]

Principal Investigator, Guangzhou Social Science Research Fund, 2018-2020, “Guangzhou Urban Image Communication”[30,000 RMB]


Peer-reviewed publications (SSCI-indexed journal: 30)

1. Chen, L., Wang, X., Wang, P. & Ma., X. (2021).Cancer Communication and User Engagement on Chinese Social Media: Extracting Topics Using Text Analytics.Journal of Medical Internet Research.

2. Li., Y. Guo, Y., Chen, L.(Corresponding Author)(2021).Promoting smoking cessation in China: Using an expansion of the EPPM with other-oriented threat.Journal of Homosexuality.

3. Wang, X., Chen, L.(Corresponding Author), & Shi, J. ((2021).Who sets the agenda? The dynamic agenda setting of the wildlife issue on social media. Environmental Communication.

4. Chen, M.& Chen, L.(Corresponding Author)(2021).Advancing the EPPM through inclusion of other-oriented threat for promoting smoking cessation intention in China. Journal of Health Communication.

5. Chen, L.,Tang, H., Liao, S. & Hu, Y. (2020). e-Health campaigns for promoting influenza vaccination: examining effectiveness of fear appeal messages from different sources.Telemedicine & e-Health. doi:10.1089/tmj.2020.0263

6. Yang, X., Chen, L. (Corresponding Author), Wei, L., & Su, Q. (2020). Personal and media factors related to citizens’ pro-environmental behavioral intention against haze in China: A moderating analysis of TPB. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, 2314.doi: 10.3390/ijerph17072314

7. Chen, L.& Yang, X (2019). Using EPPM to evaluate the effectiveness of fear appeal messages across different media outlets to increase the intention of breast self-examination among Chinese women. Health Communication,34, 1369-1376.doi: 10.1080/10410236.2018.1493416

Best Paper awarded by 2017 Chinese Annual Conference of Health Communication

8. Ho, S., Lwin, L., Chen, L. (Corresponding Author), & Chen M. (2019). Development and validation of a parental social media mediation scale across child and parent samples. Internet Research. Online Advance Publication. doi:10.1108/INTR-02-2018-0061

2019 Top Paper (1st Place) awarded byMass Communication & Society Division, AEJMC

9. Yang, X. & Chen, L. (Corresponding Author) (2019).  Does media exposure relate to the illusion of knowing in the public understanding of climate change? Public understanding of Science, 29, 94-111. doi:10.1177/0963662519877743

10. Chen, L., Shi, J., Guo, Y., Wang, P.,& Li, Y. (2019). Agenda-setting on traditional versus social media: an analysis of haze-related content grounded in the extended parallel process model.Internet Research,29,688-703. doi: 10.1108/IntR-08-2017-0315

11. Guo, Y., Li, Y., & Chen, L.(2019). After Fukushima: How do news media impact Japanese public’s risk perception and anxiety regarding nuclear radiation. Environmental Communication, 14, 97-111. doi: 10.1080/17524032.2019.1614966

12. Chen, L., Guo, Y., & Shi, J. (2019). Social support seeking on social media among Chinese gay men living with HIV/AIDS: The role of perceived threat. Telemedicine & e-Health, 25, 655-659. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2018.0136

13. Chen, L., Yang, X., Fu, L., Liu, X. & Yuan, C. (2019). Using the extended parallel process model to examine the nature and impact of breast cancer prevention information on mobile social media.  JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 7,1-7. doi: 10.2196/1398

14. Ho, S.S., Leong, A.D., Looi, J.,Chen, L., Pang, N., & Tandoc, E. Jr. (2018). Science literacy or value predisposition? A meta-analysis of factors predicting public perceptions of benefits, risks, and acceptance of nuclear energy. Environmental Communication, 13,457-471. doi: 10.1080/17524032.2017.1394891

15. Wang, X.,Chen, L., Shi, J., & Peng, T. (2019). What makes cancer information viral on social media?. Computers in Human Behaviors, 93, 149-156.doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2018.12.024

Top Paper (1st Place) awarded by 2018 Chinese Annual Conference of New Media and Communication

16. Chen, L.& Shi, J. (2019). Reducing harm from media: A meta-analysis of parental mediation.Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly,92,373-380. doi: 10.1177/1077699018754908

Top Paper awarded by 2017 ICA Regional Conference

17. Ho, S., Lwin, L., Yee, A., Sng, J., Chen, L. (2019). Parents’ responses to cyberbullying effects: How third-person perception influences support for legislation and parental mediation strategies.Computers in Human Behavior,92, 373-380.doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2018.11.021

18. Shi, J., Wang, X,. Peng, T., &Chen, L. (Corresponding Author)(2018). Cancer prevention messages on Chinese social media: A content analysis grounded in the extended parallel process model and attribution theory. International Journal of Communication,13, 1959–1976.

19. Yang, X. & Chen, L. (Corresponding Author)(2018) Examining knowledge as a motivation for attention to breast cancer related information across different media. International Journal of Communication,13, 489-509.

20. Chen, L., Wang, X., & Peng, T. (2018). Nature and diffusion of gynecologic cancer-related misinformation on social media.Journal of Medical Internet Research, 25,748-755.doi: 10.2196/11515

21. Shi, J. & Chen, L. (Corresponding Author), Su, Y.  & Chen, M (2018). Offspring caregivers of Chinese women with breast cancer: Their social support requests and provision on social media. Telemedicine and e-Health, 109, 74-84. doi:  10.1089/tmj.2018.0176

22. Chen, L., Ho, S. S., & Lwin, M. O. (2017). A meta-analysis of factors predicting cyberbullying perpetration and victimization: From the social cognitive and media effects approach. New Media and Society, 19, 1194-1213.doi: 10.1177/1461444816634037

2018 Top Published Article of the Year (1st Place) awarded by AEJMC ComSHER

23. Ho, S. S.,Chen, L., & Ng, A. (2017) Comparing cyberbullying perpetration on social media between primary and secondary school students. Computer & Education, 109, 74-84. doi: 10.1016/j.compedu.2017.02.004

24. Shi, J., Wang, X., Peng, T., &Chen, L.(2017). Understanding interactions in virtual HIV communities: a social network analysis approach.AIDS Care- Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV.doi: 10.1080/09540121.2016.1210074

25. Wang, X., Shi, J., Chen, L., & Peng, T. (2016). An examination of users’ influence in online HIV/AIDS communities.Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 19, 314-320.doi: 10.1089/cyber.2015.0539

26. Yang, X., Chen, L., & Feng, Q. (2016). Risk perception of food safety issue on social media. Chinese Journal of Communication, 9, 124-138.doi: 10.1080/17544750.2015.1111247

27. Chen, L.& Shi, J. (2015). Social support exchanges in a social media community for people living with HIV/AIDS in China. AIDS Care-Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV,27, 693-696.doi: 10.1080/17544750.2014.926954

28. Chen, L.& Yang, X. (2015). Nature and effectiveness of online social support for intercultural adaptation of mainland Chinese international students.International Journal of Communication, 9, 2161-2181.

29. Shi, J. & Chen, L.  (2014). Social support messages on Sina Weibo for people living with HIV/AIDS in China: A content analysis. Chinese Journal of Communication,7, 285-298.doi: 10.1080/17544750.2014.926954

30. Chen, L.  (2013). China’s creative industries: Copyright, social network markets and the business of culture in a digital age. New Media and Society,15, 157-158.doi: 10.1177/1461444812459453d


Chen, L. (2020). 健康传播理论方法与实证研究[Health Communication: Theories, methods, and empirical studies]. 知识产权出版社[Intellectual Property Publishing House].

[Book Chapter]

Ho, S. S., Chen, L., & Liao, Y. (2015). Obesity. In G. Colditz, The SAGE Encyclopaedia of Cancer and Society.Sage Publications.

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

2020 Jan    SCD Award for Excellent Performance and Achievement in Teaching

School of Communication and Design, Sun Yat-sen University, China

2020 Jan     SCD Award for Outstanding Contributions in Research

School of Communication and Design, Sun Yat-sen University, China

2019Aug     Top Paper Award (1st Place)

Mass Communication & Society Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Canada

2019 Jan     SCD Award for Outstanding Contributions in Research

School of Communication and Design, Sun Yat-sen University, China

2018  Aug    Top Published Article of the Year Award (1st Place)

ComSHER Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), United States

2018  Nov     Top Paper Award (1st Place)

Chinese Annual Conference of New Media and Communication, China

2017 Nov      Best Paper Award

International Communication Association (ICA) Regional Conference, Shanghai, China

2017 Oct       Best Paper Award                                              

Chinese Annual Conference of Health Communication

2013 Nov      Best Paper Award

ASDSC 2013: The 2013 Asian Symposium of Doctoral Students in ASDSC, Hong Kong

2012 – 2016   NTU Research Scholarship

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Teaching at Sun Yat-sen University

Postgraduate Level:  Social Network Analysis, Advanced Quantitative Research Method

Undergraduate Level: Health Communication, New Media & Society            

Teaching at Macau University of Science and Technology

Undergraduate Level: New Media & Society, Creative Strategies and Plans

Professional Services

Associate Editor                                                                

Environmental Communication, Taylor & Francis Group, 2020 Jan -Present


Cogent Social Sciences (ESCI), Taylor & Francis Group, 2018 Oct - Present