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Applied Communication Studies


Dr. Min Liu is a Professor in the Department of Applied Communication Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from North Dakota State University in 2006. She teaches Communication Theory, Research Methods, Intercultural Communication, and a variety of health communication courses. Dr. Liu comes from a family of teachers, and strives to have the passion, professionalism, and compassion that her parents demonstrated in their lifetime careers of high school teachers in China. Dr. Liu’s primary areas of research interests include health communication, crisis communication, and communication education. Along with clinical professor at the School of Pharmacy Lakesha Butler, she wrote a textbook called “Pharmacy Patient Communication” teaching health communication skills through hands-on communication exercises. She has published in several journals, including the Asian Journal of Communication, OMEGA Journal of Death and Dying, Sexuality & Culture, Communication Education, Applied Journal of Communication, Communication Teacher, Journal of Interprofessional Care, Chinese Journal of Communication, as well as in edited books. In 2013 she received her MPH degree (Master's in Public Health) at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, and incorporates her public health training into her teaching and scholarship. At university level, her service activities have focused on various aspects of assessment, and she has chaired the university’s Committee on Assessment. Dr. Liu now lives in St. Louis, and is involved in the St. Louis Chinese American community. She serves on the board of several community non-profits, including the organization CCES (Chinese Culture and Education Services), which sponsors the annual Chinese Culture Days celebration. Her favorite thing to do is visiting the zoo, the Science Center, and the area parks with her two children. She also enjoys cooking, reading, and grocery shopping!

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