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2102 Skinner Building

University of Maryland

College Park, MD 20742


tel: 301-405-0640

fax: 301-314-9471


Email: nan[at]umd.edu

Short Bio

Xiaoli Nan (Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) is a Professor of Communication Science and Co-Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication, and an affiliate professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). She is the Director of UMD's Center for Health and Risk Communication and a full member of the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center's Population Science Program. At UMD, Nan conducts research and teaches courses in health and risk communication, persuasion and attitude change, media effects, and quantitative research methods. She also advises graduate and undergraduate students, and mentors junior scholars. 


Nan has published extensively in her areas of specialization (Google Scholar). Her work appears in top communication and interdisciplinary journals such as Human Communication Research, Communication Research, Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Advertising, Psychology and Marketing, Marketing Theory, Health Education, and Vaccine. Nan’s research has been recognized with Top Paper Awards from leading academic associations in communication including the International Communication Association (ICA), the National Communication Association (NCA), and the Association for the Education of Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). In 2015, she received the Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence for Highly Recommended Paper published in Health Education. In 2018, she received the Mayhew Derryberry Award from the American Public Health Association, for outstanding contributions to health education research and theory


Nan’s research program has been continuously supported by federal grants for over 15 years. She has been Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Energy, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Homeland Security, totaling over $7.5 million. 


Nan is a senior editor for the journal Health Communication and currently sits on the editorial boards of flagship communication journals including Human Communication Research and Communication Research. Additionally, she is serving or has served on the editorial boards of Health Communication, Journal of Communication, Journal of Health Communication, Communication Studies, Communication Quarterly, Journal of Advertising, and Journal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising. Nan was an elected member of the executive committee of the Communication Theory and Methodology Division of AEJMC and served on the research committee of the American Academy of Advertising. Nan currently serves as the Vice-Chair and is the incoming Chair of the Health Communication Division of the National Communication Association.

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