Born in China, Dr. Weidan Cao first moved to the United States in 2008 to follow her career in communication. Her research focuses on health communication, specifically, mobile media engagement, mobile health interventions for disease management, health information seeking and processing. At present, she is working on developing a mobile app to help cancer patients track the symptoms associated with their cancer treatment. The goal is to better facilitate doctor-patient communication and so improve the quality of the treatments.

Prior to joining the Murrow College, she was a postdoctoral researcher at College of Medicine, The Ohio State University where she worked in a team including healthcare providers and IT developers, to test and develop mobile health apps, focussing on researching the user experience. Now, in addition to research and teaching, Dr. Cao loves travelling both across the US and abroad.

“I like hiking, running, and visiting national parks,” she said, “But I think I love blowing bubbles with my daughter the most.”