Nan Zhao Martin

Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services
Department of Public Health
Office ST306


Dr. Nan Zhao Martin is an applied health communication scholar. Her research and teaching interests include social influences, health information seeking, and message designs. She was born and raised in Beijing, China, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son. 


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Communication, 2015

Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California 
Los Angeles, CA

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Communication, 2013

Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California 
Los Angeles, CA

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) in Health Behavior and Health Education, 2009

School of Public Health at the University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Bachelor of Medicine (B.M.) in Maternal and Child Health, 2003

Health Science Center at the Peking University Health Science Center
Beijing, China


Health communication, research methods, social influences, health information seeking 


Dr. Martin's research focuses on a critical sub-discipline of communication called health communication. Specifically, her work concentrates on people’s everyday communication contexts – such as neighborhood environment, media environment, and interpersonal environments – and examines how people encounter, process, understand, talk about, and act upon health information within those contexts. Her scholarship embraces mixed research methods and intersects the theoretical foundations of social and behavioral science, communication, message design, and public health. Her recent and ongoing work has primarily surrounded health information inequalities concerning preventive service utilization, such as Pap test screening, HPV vaccination, and barriers to healthcare, with a focus on immigrant and minority populations. 


Martin, N. Z., Murphy, S. T., Ball-Rokeach, S., Frank, L. B., & Moran, M. B. (2018). Neighborhoods and perceived norms: Understanding the impact of neighborhoods on perceived norms and cancer screening. Health Communication.

Liu, W., Son, M., Wenzel, A., An, Z., Martin, N.Z., Nah, S., & Ball-Rokeach, S. (2018). Bridging mechanisms in multiethnic communities: Place-based communication, neighborhood belonging, and intergroup relations. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 11(1), 58–80.

Moran, M. B., Gonzalez, C., Zhao, N., Chen, N., Thainiyom, P., Ball-Rokeach, S., & Murphy, S. (2017). Field observation of communication hotspots in Los Angeles. SAGE Research Methods Cases.

Moran, M. B., Chatterjee, J. S., Frank, L. B., Murphy, S. T., Zhao, N., Chen, N., & Ball-Rokeach, S. (2016). Individual, cultural and structural predictors of vaccine safety confidence and influenza vaccination among Hispanic female subgroups. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 1–11.

Moran, M. B., Frank, L. B., Zhao, N., Gonzalez, C., Thainiyom, P., Murphy, S. T., & Ball-Rokeach, S. J. (2016). An argument for ecological research and intervention in health communication. Journal of Health Communication, 21(2), 135–138.

Murphy, S.T., Frank, L.B., Chatterjee, J., Moran, M.B., Zhao, N. & Baezconde-Garbanati, L. (2015). Comparing the relative efficacy of narrative versus non-narrative health messages in reducing health disparities using a randomized trial. American Journal of Public Health.

Zhao, N., Huh, J., Murphy, S. T., Chatterjee, J., & Baezconde-Garbanati, L. (2014). Self-construal as a predictor of Korean American women’s intention to vaccinate daughters against human papillomavirus. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 5(2), 96-105.