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Associate Professor

Cui Yang, PhD '09, MA, studies social determinants of HIV, substance use and mental health, in order to design community-driven interventions to address health inequities.

Contact Info

2213 McElderry Street, 2nd Floor

Research Interests

HIV/AIDS; substance use; implementation science; mental health; health equity; social determinants of health; social networks; harm reduction; qualitative and quantitative methods; evaluation; mHealth
Experiences & Accomplishments
University of Minnesota
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Yang’s research draws from multi-disciplinary perspectives to understand and intervene social and structural factors associated with substance use, HIV, and mental health in both domestic and international settings. Her current research activities have centered around three areas: 1) to better understand social network characteristics (sociometric and egocentric) associated with HIV, substance use and mental health among health disparity populations.; 2) to utilize mobile-health (mHealth) technologies and implementation science to develop community-driven public health interventions, and 3) to apply neuroscience of persuasion and influence to evaluate public health campaigns. Dr. Yang is the Principal Investigator of multiple NIH-funded projects on sexual and gender minority health in Baltimore and in China.
Honors & Awards
Early Career Investigator Conference Award, NIDA/Center for Advancing Longitudinal Drug Abuse Research (CALDAR) UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, 2015 Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research Faculty Development Award,2013-2015 Early career investigator mentee, Developmental Center for AIDS Research, Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Network, 2012 NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00), 2012-2018 Phi Beta Kappa, 2010 Dr. Chun Hui Yen & Wang Pei Yen Scholarship, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2009 Framework Program in Global Health Predoctoral Research Fellowships, National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center and the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, 2007 Council on Population and Family Health Sciences Scholarship, Department of Population and Family Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2005-2006
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Most recent publications
  • Yang, C., Johnsen, L., Thimm, M., Tuddenham, S., Rosecrans, A., Davey-Rothwell, M., Chaulk, P., Olthoff, G., Greenbaum, A. & Page, K. (2021) Awareness and interest in Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among patients receiving services at a public Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) clinic in a high prevalence urban setting. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 32(1): 437-549
  • Yang, C., Zaller, N., Clyde, C., Tobin, K. & Latkin, C. (2020) Association between recent criminal justice involvement and transactional sex among African American men who have sex with men in Baltimore. Journal of Urban Health. 97(5): 635-641.
  • Yang, C., Krishnan, N., Kelley, E., Dawkins, J., Akolo, O. Redd, R., Olawale, A., Max-Browne, C., Johnsen, L., Latkin, C., Page, K., & Davey-Rothwell. M. (2020) Beyond HIV prevention: a qualitative study of patient-reported outcomes of PrEP among MSM patients in two public STD clinics in Baltimore. AIDS Care. 32(2):238-241
  • Xiao W, Yan L, Chen L, Fu G, Yang H, Yang C, Yan H, Wei C. Sexual network distribution of HIV self-testing kits: Findings from the process evaluation of an intervention for men who have sex with men in China. PLoS One. 2020;15(4):e0232094.
  • Zhu, X., Zhao, Y., Perez, A., Shi, A., Zhang, Z., Gao, P., Wang, J., Zhang, W., Yang, C., Zaller, N., Operario, D. & Zhang, H. (2019) Effects of a mobile health intervention to promote HIV self-testing with MSM in China: a randomized controlled trial. AIDS & Behavior. 23(11): 3129-3139
Preparing to implement PrEP among high-risk men in China
Alcohol intervention in men with HIV in Baltimore
Health disparities, stress pathways, and stress-related comorbidities among MSM living with HIV
mhealth and HIV self-testing for high-risk men in China
mHealth-enhanced peer navigation intervention for PrEP delivery among MSM at STD clinics
Juntos (Together): A community led approach to enhance to Covid-19 testing among vulnerable Latinos
Mobile health intervention to increase HIV self-testing and linkage to services for high-risk men in China
Using open contest and neuro-influence experiment to develop and evaluate PrEP promotion messages for high risk men