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Dr. Yan “Alicia” Hong, Associate Professor of social and behavioral health at the Texas A&M University School of Public Health. Dr. Hong obtained her master’s degree in medical anthropology from University of Maryland College Park in 2002 and PhD in public health from Johns Hopkins University in 2007.

Dr. Hong research interests and expertise include: 1) design and evaluate behavioral intervention programs for under-served populations, 2) develop and validate culturally appropriate instruments for health outcome measurements, especially in under-served populations or global health settings, 3) mHealth/eHealth applications including digital divide and health disparities, low-cost mobile tools in chronic disease management, and health communication in the new social media environment.

Dr. Hong has worked with HIV-affected populations, cancer survivors, older adults with chronic conditions, and immigrants in US and China. She has served as PI, Co-PI, or sub-PI in more than 20 extramurally funded research projects and published 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and presented over 100 times at national and international conferences.

Dr. Hong teaches courses of public health intervention, mHealth, and study abroad in China. She also gives lectures on various topics including health care system in China, mobile technologies in public health, research methods, and measurement of psychosocial health outcomes.