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Associate Research Professor

Christina Yuan, MPH, PhD, is a health care management researcher who uses mixed methods to study the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices to improve care delivery and quality.

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Research Interests

Implementation Science; Health Care Management; Organizational Behavior; Qualitative Research; Social Network Analysis; Mental Health

Experiences & Accomplishments
Yale University
Yale University
Villanova University

Christina T. Yuan, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Principal Faculty at the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and Associate Director of the NIMH P50 Johns Hopkins ALACRITY Center for Health and Longevity in Mental Illness.

She is a health care management researcher who studies the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices, health information technology, and other innovations that are designed to improve care delivery. She has extensive experience using qualitative, quantitative, and social network methods to form a comprehensive understanding of how to “put things into practice,” with a particular focus on engaging with community partners (policy-makers, clinicians and staff, and patients) to inform and improve the implementation and scale-up of innovations.

Dr. Yuan received her Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management, with a concentration in Organizational Theory and Management from Yale University. She received her M.P.H in the Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases from the Yale School of Public Health, and her B.S. in Biology and Honors from Villanova University.

Honors & Awards

Implementation Research Institute Fellow (2022-2024), Center for Mental Health Services Research, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis


Select Publications

Dr. Yuan’s work appears in several peer-reviewed outlets, including Health Care Management Review, Social Science & Medicine, Health Services Research, and JAMA Surgery.

  • Yuan, C.T., Wu, J., Cardell, C.P., Liu, T.M., Eidman, B., Hobson, D., Wick, E.C., Rosen, M.A. (2024). Implementing Enhanced Recovery Pathways: A Qualitative Study of Factors that Distinguished Higher-Performing Hospitals. Annals of Surgery, 279(5), 789-795.

  • Wu, J., Yuan, C.T., Moyal-Smith, R., Rosen, M.A. (2024). Electronic Health Record-Supported Implementation of an Evidence-Based Pathway for Perioperative Surgical Care. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 31(3), 591–599.

  • Yuan, C. T., Liu, T. M., Eidman, B., Lin, D. M., Wick, E. C., & Rosen, M. A. (2023). Critical Behaviors for Perioperative Improvement Teams. Annals of Surgery Open, 4(3), e300.

  • Moyal-Smith, R., Etheridge, J.C., Karlage, A., Sonnay, Y., Yuan, C.T., Havens, J.M., Brindle, M.E., Berry, W. (2023). Defining Re-implementation. Implementation Science Communications, 4(1), 60.

  • Yuan, C.T., McGinty, E.E., Dalcin, A., Goldsholl, S., Dickerson, F., Gudzune, K.A., Jerome, G.J., Thompson, D.A., Murphy, K.A., Minahan, E., Daumit, G.L. (2022). Scaling evidence-based interventions to improve the cardiovascular health of people with serious mental illness. Frontiers in Psychiatry. 13:793146.

  • Yuan, C.T., Nembhard, I.M., Kane, G.C. (2020). The influence of peer beliefs on nurses’ use of new health information technology: A social network analysis. Social Science & Medicine, 255, 113002.