My research broadly examines how people understand and communicate about health and illnesses and how such understanding and communication are enabled and constrained by social, political, cultural, and technological factors. My research is informed by the new paradigm of "big data" research, which marries the traditional interpretive and postpositive epistemologies to discover patterns of meanings and relationships in texts, videos, narratives, and social networks (interpretive epistemology) using scientific data processing methods developed in computer science and data science.
- Ph.D. in Communication, University of Southern California - (Los Angeles, California, United States) 2007
- M.A. in Communication, University of Southern California - (Los Angeles, California, United States) 2004
- B.A. in English Language and Literature, Peking University - (Beijing, Beijing, China) 2001
- Zeid, N., & Tang, L. u. (2022). Egyptian Newspapers Coverage of COVID-19 Vaccines: A Theoretically Driven Content Analysis.. J Health Commun. 27(10), 727-736.
- Meadows, C. Z., Tang, L. u., & Zou, W. (2022). Managing government legitimacy during the COVID-19 pandemic in China: a semantic network analysis of state-run media Sina Weibo posts. Chinese Journal of Communication. 15(2), 156-181.
- Khan, T., & Tang, L. (2022). Sensemaking during a pandemic: A semantic network analysis of COVID-19 and vaccine-related discussion on Reddit. Texas Speech Communication Journal. 46, 63-79.
- Wu, Q. L., & Tang, L. u. (2022). What Satisfies Parents of Pediatric Patients in China: A Grounded Theory Building Analysis of Online Physician Reviews.. Health Commun. 37(10), 1329-1336.
- Zou, W., Tang, L. u., & Bie, B. (2022). The stigmatization of suicide: A study of stories told by college students in China.. Death Stud. 46(9), 2035-2045.
- Shan, Z., & Tang, L. u. (2017). Social Media and the Public Sphere in China. Handbook of Research on Citizen Engagement and Public Participation in the Era of New Media. 410-425. IGI Global.
- Tang, L. u., & Li, H. (2014). Communication studies of corporate social responsibility. Hong, J. (Eds.), New trends in communication research. 291-307.
- Li, H., & Tang, L. u. (2014). Trends in public diplomacy research. Hong, J. (Eds.), New trends in communication research. 85-104.
- Stuart Baker, J., & Tang, L. u. (2013). Google's Dilemma in China. Case Studies in Organizational Communication: Ethical Perspectives and Practices. 285-294. Sage Publications, Inc..
- Zhu, A., Amith, M., Tang, L. u., Cunningham, R., Xu, A., Boom, J. A., & Tao, C. Experimenting with a Prototype Interactive Narrative Game to Improve Knowledge and Beliefs for the HPV Vaccine.. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence. HCI International 2021 - Late Breaking Papers: HCI Applications in Health, Transport, and Industry. 186-201. Springer Nature.
Repository Documents / Preprints4
- Tang, L. u., Liu, W., Thomas, B., Tran, H., Zou, W., Zhang, X., & Zhi, D. (2020). Texas Public Agencies Tweets and Public Engagement During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Natural Language Processing Approach (Preprint).
- Tang, L. u., Fujimoto, K., Amith, M. T., Cunningham, R., Costantini, R. A., York, F., ... Tao, C. (2020). Down the Rabbit Hole of Vaccine Misinformation on YouTube: Network Exposure Study (Preprint).
- Du, J., Tang, L. u., Xiang, Y., Zhi, D., Xu, J., Song, H., & Tao, C. (2017). Public Perception Analysis of Tweets During the 2015 Measles Outbreak: Comparative Study Using Convolutional Neural Network Models (Preprint).
- Amith, M., Lin, R., Cunningham, R., Wu, Q. L., Savas, L. S., Gong, Y., ... Tao, C. Examining Potential Usability and Health Beliefs Among Young Adults Using a Conversational Agent for HPV Vaccine Counseling.
- New Texas A&M lab works to eliminate bias in artificial intelligence and machine learning KBTX-TV 3 News July 5, 2021
- Texas A&M communications experts reveals how to talk about COVID vaccines so people will listen Houston Chronicle December 4, 2020
- Social Media And Health Communication Texas A&M Today March 5, 2020
- Can Social Media Inform Public Health Efforts? The Scientist January 6, 2020