Mengyan Ma is a doctoral student in Media & Information Studies. She received her M.A. in Advertising with a graduate certification in Community Engagement from Michigan State University. Her master’s thesis explored long-term effects of family communication on trust in food ads. Mengyan is enthusiastic in finding out how persuasive messages of family communication and mass communication can be developed to encourage life-long health outcomes through qualitative and quantitative research methods. She is also involved in many interdisciplinary projects including language development and brand knowledge, social media ads, communication patterns between Facebook users and health care organizations as well as interactive media for health promotion.