Yachao (Bruce) Li is a Ph.D. student in Interpersonal and Health Communication. He joined the doctoral program in 2015 after completing his M.A. in Communication Studies from Rutgers University.
Bruce’s research interests focus on the intersections between interpersonal and health communication, especially that in the context of same-sex relationships and family. He is particularly interested in how same-sex couples and their family members communicatively cope with various forms of relational challenges that are uniquely attributed to minority sexual orientation. He is also interested in the ways that relational characteristics, such as relational power, impacts people’s health communication and behaviors (e.g., safer sexual communication, disclosure of sexual history and likes and dislikes, and condom use behavior).
In addition to research, Bruce is teaching COMM 1500: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication and COMM 3350: Interpersonal Communication in Health Contexts as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. He is also the chair of the Spotlight Scholar.
Yachao (Bruce) is currently studying relationship characteristics that impact communicative outcomes for same-sex and opposite-sex relationships. He and his colleagues are also investigating how stigma associated with same-sex relationships influences same-sex couples' well-being and communicative behaviors.