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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 mobile health (mHealth) interventions for chronic disease management, 2) integrate primary care and community health, engage patients, and promote patient-provider communication using mHealth tools, and 3) examine the relationship of digital divide and health disparities using large linked data sets.

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 extramural funded research projects and published 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and presented over 100 times at national and international conferences.

Dr. Hong teaches courses of program planning, mHealth, seminar of public health intervention, 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 psycho social health outcomes.