Zhenchao Hu

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PhD Candidate

Media Psychology

Department of Communication

Stanford University

Zhenchao (he/him/his) is a PhD student in Media Psychology at the Department of Communication. His research agenda includes:

  1. understanding the relationship between phone use and interpersonal relationships, identity, sexuality, and well-being with intensive time-series data;
  2. modeling change in intraindividual variability;
  3. including the disadvantaged and underrepresented groups in research and promoting open science.

Before coming to Stanford, Zhenchao has worked with United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), UN Women, and local tech companies and NGOs in China and Belgium to promote and evaluate diversity and inclusion interventions in the workplace and middle schools. He received his B.A.s in Journalism and Law from Communication University of China, and his M.S. in Social Data Science from KU Leuven.


Hu, Z., Fu, Y., Wang, X., Zhang, H., Guo, F., Hee, J., & Tang, K. (2023). Effects of Sexuality Education on Sexual Knowledge, Sexual Attitudes, and Sexual Behaviors of Youths in China: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Adolescent Health, 72(4), 607–615. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2022.11.006
Hu, Z., Sun, H., Liang, H., Cao, W., Hee, J. Y., Yan, Y., & Tang, K. (2022). Pornography Consumption, Sexual Attitude, and Condomless Sex in China. Health Communication, 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2022.2156738
Tang, X., Zou, W., Hu, Z., & Tang, L. (2021). The Recreation of Gender Stereotypes in Male Cross-Dressing Performances on Douyin. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 65(5), 660–678. https://doi.org/10.1080/08838151.2021.1955888
Deng, Y., Wang, Y., Qiu, C., Hu, Z., Sun, W., Gong, Y., Zhao, X., He, W., & Cao, L. (2021). A Chinese Conceptual Semantic Feature Dataset (CCFD). Behavior Research Methods, 53(4), 1697–1709. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13428-020-01525-x