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Xin Zhou, PhD

Associate Research Scientist

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Xin Zhou, PhD



I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Yale School of Medicine’s AIDS Program. I received my Ph.D. in Communication from SUNY at Albany. My research lie in the intersection of health communication, communication technology, and public health. My work investigates the influence of technology affordances and user engagement with mHealth technologies on health behavior change, and the design and implementation of communication technology for improving individuals’ well-being.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Yale University (2021)
  • PhD
    University at Albany, State University of New York, Communication (2019)
  • MA
    University of Miami, Communication (2013)
  • BA
    Wuhan Institute of Technology, English and Law (2011)


  • An examination of fitness tracking technology from the perspectives of technology affordances, technology acceptance and physical activity behaviors.
    Virtual conference 2020
    International Communication Association

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Graduate Student in Communication Research AwardUniversity at Albany, SUNY2018
Research GrantUniversity at Albany, State University of New York2018
Outstanding Student ResearchAmerican Public Health Association2017
Professional Development AwardUniversity at Albany, State University of New York2017
Travel GrantInternational Communication Association2017
Top 3 Student ScholarshipWuhan Institute of Technology2010
Honor Student (Dean’s List)Wuhan Institute of Technology2008

Professional Service

PLOS OneReviewer2020 - Present
Aslib Journal of Information ManagementReviewer2020 - Present
National Communication AssociationReviewer2019 - Present
Polish Psychological BulletinReviewer2019 - Present
Health CommunicationReviewer2019 - Present
International Communication AssociationReviewer2018 - 2019
Americas Conference on Information SystemsReviewer2018 - Present
American Public Health AssociationReviewer2017 - Present
University at Albany, State University of New YorkAdvisor2013 - 2017

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