Completed Research Projects

2015-2016 TAMU-SPH Faculty REDI Grant
Health-related mobile use among patients living with HIV and Diabetes: A comparative Research ($25,000)

We conducted ethnographic interviews with patients with two groups of chronic patients (diabetes and HIV) to examine their current mobile use behaviours and gain in-depth understanding of facilitators and barriers to mobile use for chronic disease self- management.
My role: PI

2014-2016 Texas A&M Engineering Strategic Seed Grant
Center for Healthy Active Living    
We built a university-wide multidisciplinary research centre on mobile health-focused on healthy living with focuses on interactive apps, health activity recognition and intervention, situational awareness and navigation, and diagnosing diseases through sketching. PI: Tracy Hammond
My role: Co-I

2009-2014 CDC Cancer Research Network
Central Texas Cancer Prevention Center Research Network ($1,600,000)
PI: Marcia Ory
We built a cancer prevention and control program in central Texas to accelerate translational research and collaboration between universities and communities. I was responsible for research methodology and mobile tool development.
My role: Co-I

2011-2013 Baylor Scott & White Healthcare
Designing and testing mobile application for older cancer survivors to use community resources
We use user-centered approach and mixed methods to develop a mobile-enabled web application iCanFit® for cancer survivors.

My role: PI

2012-2013 National Library of Medicine South Central Regional Network
Disseminating iCanFit®: a mobile application to promote physical activity and access to health information for seniors in rural central Texas
We applied community-based participatory research (CBPR) to reach out older adults for their use of
mobile application to promote healthy living.
My role: PI

2010-2011 Texas A&M Prevention Research Center Health Disparities Seed Grant
Bridging the digital divide and health literacy: develop an Internet- and community- based intervention
This project explored digital divide and how it accelerated health disparities.

My role: PI

2010-2011 Mexican American Latino Research Center
Acculturation and sexual health in new immigrants of Latinos in Brazos Valley ($10,000)
PI: Nancy Plankey Videla       
We used ethnographic methods to study the interaction of acculturation and sexual risks among new Latino immigrants in central Texas, particularly how the new social environment and their new identities affects their sexual behaviors.
My role: Co-PI

2006-2007 JHU Global Field Experience Fund
HIV Risks and Psychosocial wellbeing of Female Sex Workers in China
This project of part of my doctoral thesis, it examined the interaction of mental health and HIV risks among female sex workers.

My role: PI

2008-2009 TAMHSC-Research Development Fund
Development of gatekeeper intervention program for high risk women
This project used qualitative and quantitative methods to develop an intervention program targeting gatekeepers to prevent HIV/STI among female sex workers.

My role: PI

2007-20012 R01NR010498-03 (NINR)
Culture, behavioral change and HIV-risk reduction among young migrants ($1,600,000) PI: Xiaoming Li (Wayne State University)
We developed and evaluated a theory-based multi-level behavioral intervention to reduce HIV risks in young migrant workers in China. My role was to use mixed-methods to develop culturally appropriate intervention protocol.
My role: Subcontract PI

2005-2010 R01MH076488-01 (NIMH)
228BBereavement and psychosocial needs of AIDS orphans: A longitudinal assessment ($1,300,000) PI: Xiaoming Li (Wayne State University)
We conducted longitudinal assessments on mental health, living environment and care arrangement of children orphaned by AIDS and their caregivers. My subcontract is focused on cultural validation of psychosocial instruments and the relationship between care arrangement and psychosocial wellbeing.
My role: Subcontract PI

2002-2007 R01MH066810-05 (NIMH)
Network HIV Prevention Intervention for Drug Users ($2,000,000)
PI: Car Latkin

We applied social network theories to develop and evaluate a behavioral intervention to reduce HIV risks among drug users in Baltimore. I was responsible for using ethnographic method for program evaluation.
My role: Research associate

2002-2007 R01DA016555-01 (NIDA)
A Network & Dyad HIV Prevention Intervention for IDUs ($2,500,000)
We used
social network and social influence theories to develop and evaluate a behavioral intervention to reduce drug abuse and HIV risks among drug users. My role was to develop and test ethnographic process evaluation.
My role: Research associate