Faculty & Staff




Associate Professor

Ext.: 58725
Office: HK219B
Email: rpyu@nycu.edu.tw




2015 Ph.D. Communication Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2008 M.S. School of Information, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2003 B.A. Journalism, National ChengChi University




2015-2016 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National ChengChi University




New media and social media
Computer-mediated interpersonal communication
Public opinion and political communication



Publications, Projects and Honors

【Journal Articles】

Yu, R. P., & Lai, C. -H. (in press). Linking Facebook user types with civic participation: From a communication infrastructure perspective. Social Science Computer Review. [SSCI]

Yu, R. P. (2020). How types of Facebook users approach news verification in the mobile media age: Insights from the dual-information-processing model. Mass Communication and Society. [SSCI]

Yu, R. P. (2020). Use of messaging apps and social network sites among older adults: A mixed-method study. International Journal of Communication, 14, 4453-4473. [SSCI]

Lai, C. -H., Yu, R. P., & Chen, Y. C. (2020). Examining government dialogic orientation in social media strategies, outcomes, and perceived effectiveness: A mixed-methods approach. International Journal of Strategic Communication, 14(3), 139-159.

Yu, R. P. (2019). Motivational or Incidental?: News and political information use on social media. Chinese Journal of Communication Research, 36, 39-79. [TSSCI]

Yu, R. P. (2019). Perspectives from the health and communication models: Modeling the relationships among food-safety information reception, perceived susceptibility and severity, information sharing, and prevention. Mass Communication Research138, 75-131. [TSSCI]

Yu, R. P., & Oh, Y. W. (2018). Social media and expressive citizenship: Understanding the relationships between social and entertainment expression on Facebook and political participation. Telematics and Informatics, 35(8), 2299-2311. [SSCI]

Yu, R. P., Ellison, N. B., & Lampe, C. (2018). Facebook use and its role in shaping access to social benefits among older adults. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media62(1), 71-90. [SSCI]

Yu, R. P. (2016). The relationship between passive and active non-political social media use and political expression on Facebook and Twitter. Computers in Human Behavior58, 413-420. [SSCI]

Yu, R. P., Ellison, N. B., McCammon, R. J., & Langa, K. M. (2016). Mapping the two levels of digital divide: Internet access and social network site adoption among older adults in the USA. Information, Communication & Society19(10), 1445-1464. [SSCI]

Yu, R. P., McCammon, R. J., Ellison, N. B.,& Langa, K. M. (2016).The relationships that matter: social network site use and social wellbeing among older adults in the United States of America. Ageing & Society36(9), 1826-1852. [SSCI]





Top Paper Awards

2019 Third Place Faculty Paper Award from the Political Communication Interest Group, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)

2015 Top Student Paper Award from the Political Communication Interest Group, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)

2013 Top Student Paper Award from the Political Communication Division, National Communication Association (NCA)

2010 Naomi C. Turner Prize (Top Student Paper Award), World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) 


2016-2019 Recruting Outstanding Scholars Award, The Ministry of Science and Technology

2012-2013 Study Abroad Scholarship, The Ministry of Education 


【Research Grants】

2019-2022. Reinforcing spirals?: Examining the dimension, formation, and effects of news use through life course perspective in the age of social media, Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) (PI). 

2018-2019. News in the new media era: Social media news use and its effects, Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) (PI). 

2017-2018. Social media use is growing old: Motivations and patterns of Facebook and Line use among middle-aged and older adults, Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) (PI). 

2016-2017. Political implications of generic expressive and receptive social media use, Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) (PI).