Yan Tian's research focuses on impacts of new communication technologies and health communication. She has published articles in leading journals such as Health CommunicationJournal of Health Communication, and Human Communication Research. She regularly teaches courses in communication theories, research methods, and intercultural communication.


Ph.D. Temple University
M.A. Beijing university
B.A. Beijing University

Courses Taught

Comm1050 Introduction to Mass Communication
Comm1135 Communication Theory
Comm3330 Research Methods in Communication
Comm3332 Intercultural Communication
Comm6454 Seminar in Communication System and Technology
Comm6500 Seminar in Communication Theory

Example Publications

Tian, Y., & Yoo, J. (2015). Connecting with The Biggest Loser: An extended model of parasocial interaction and identification in health-related reality TV shows. Health Communication, 30, 1-7. (Lead article)

Tian, Y., & Robinson, J. D. (2014). Media complementarity and health information seeking in Puerto Rico. Journal of Health Communication, 19, 710-720.

Turner, J. W., Robinson, J. D., Tian, Y., Neustadtl, A., Angelus, P., Russell, M., Mun, S. K., & Levine, B. (2013). Can messages make a difference? Association between e-mail messages and health outcomes in diabetes patients. Human Communication Research, 39, 252-268.

Yoo, J. & Tian, Y. (2011). Effects of entertainment (mis)education: Exposure to entertainment television programs and organ donation intention. Health Communication, 26, 147-158.

Tian, Y. (2010). Organ donation on Web 2.0: Content and audience analysis of organ donation videos on YouTube. Health Communication, 25, 238-246.

Robinson, J. D., & Tian, Y. (2009). Cancer patients and the provision of informational social support. Health Communication, 24, 381-390. 

Tian, Y., & Robinson, J. D. (2008). Incidental health information use and media complementarity: A comparison of senior and non-senior cancer patients. Patient Education and Counseling, 71, 340-344.

Contact Information

Office: 569 Lucas Hall
Phone: (314) 516-5600
Email: tiany@umsl.edu