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Xiangping "Coco" Gao, Ph.D.


Office: ED 315E

Phone: 407-823-5386


Professional Summary

Dr. Xiangping ‘Coco’ Gao is a lecturer in the Department of Learning Sciences and Educational Research. She received a doctorate in recreation, park, and tourism sciences from Texas A&M University (TAMU). She was a research specialist in the Center for Social Research at North Dakota State University (NDSU) before joining UCF. She has taught an undergraduate research methods course on eLearning and offered guest lectures for tourism and hospitality management students in TAMU and NDSU. Her research specializations cover pro-environmental tourism management in public and private sectors, visitor behaviors in urban and cultural tourism, and cultural competencies in public health education and services. She analyzed socio-behavioral data from a number of surveys, interviews, and secondary data sources at local and state levels through federal and state grants.


Ph.D. in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences
Texas A&M University

Research Interests

  • Pro-environmental tourism management in public and private sectors
  • Visitor behaviors and experience in urban and cultural tourism
  • Cultural competencies in public health education and services
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