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Cui Yang, PhD

Assistant Professor

Departmental Affiliation(s):

Health, Behavior and Society

Contact Information

2213 McElderry Street
2nd Floor
Baltimore , Maryland   21205



PhD , Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health , 2009
MA , University of Minnesota , 2004


My research is concerned with HIV risk behaviors and substance use, particularly with disadvantaged communities in both domestic and international settings.  My research activities have centered around three areas: 1) to utilize advanced statistical techniques to evaluate HIV prevention interventions; 2) to adopt social network theory, measurement and analysis to examine social and contextual factors associated with HIV and substance use risks, and 3) to explore social determinants of health disparities of substance use and HIV.

Honors and Awards

Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research Faculty Development Award,2013-2014

NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00), 2012-2017

Phi Beta Kappa, 2010

Dr. Chun Hui Yen & Wang Pei Yen Scholarship, Johns Hopkins loomberg 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

    Yang, C., Guadamuz, T., Lim, H., Huang, Y., Koe, K. & Wei, C. (in press) Factors associated with alcohol use before or during sex among men who have sex with men in a large internet sample from Asia. LGBT Health

    Liao, M., Kang, D., Tao, X, Cox, C., Qian, Y, Wang, G., Yang, C., Zhu, X., Zhang, N., Bi, Z. & Jia, Y. (2014). Syndemics of syphilis, HCV infection, and methamphetamine use along the east coast of China. BMC Public Health, 14:172

    Tobin, K., Yang, C., Latkin, C., Patterson, J. & Spikes, P. (2014). Discrepancies between HIV prevention communication attitudes and actual conversations about HIV testing within social and sexual networks of African American men who have sex with men. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 41(4): 221-226

    Tobin, K., Davey-Rothwell, M., Yang, C., Siconolfi D. & Latkin, C.(2014) An examination of associations between social norms and risky alcohol use among African American men who have sex with men.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 134:218-21



  • Yang, C., Latkin, C., Tobin, K., Patterson, J. & Spikes, P. (2013) Informal social support and depression among African American men who have sex with men. Journal of Community Psychology, 41 (4): 435-445.

    Yang, C., Davey-Rothwell, M. & Latkin, C. (2013)Drinking buddies” and alcohol dependence among African American men and women in Baltimore, MD. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 128(1-2): 123-129

    Yang, C., Latkin, C., Luan, R. & Nelson, K. (2013). Factors associated with drinking alcohol before visiting female sex workers among men in Sichuan Province, China. AIDS & Behavior, 17(2): 568-573

    Latkin, C., Yang, C., Tobin, K. & German, D. (2013) Injection drug users’ experiences of and attitudes toward drug dealer violence in Baltimore, Maryland. International Journal of Drug Policy, 24(2): 135-141

    Latkin, C., Yang, C., Ehrhardt, B. & Hulbert, A. (2013) The epidemiology of finding a dead body: reports from inner-city Baltimore, Maryland. Community Mental Health Journal , 49(1): 106-109

  • Latkin, C., Yang, C., Tobin, K., Geoffrey, R., Spikes, P. & Patterson, J. (2012) Social network predictors of disclosure of MSM behavior and HIV positive serostatus among African American MSM in Baltimore, Maryland. AIDS & Behavior, 16(3):535-42.

     Yang, C., German, D., Webster, D. & Latkin, C. (2011). Experiencing violence as a predictor of drug use relapse among former drug users in Baltimore, Maryland. Journal of Urban Health, 88(6), 1044-1051

    Yang, C., Tobin, K & Latkin, C. (2011). Perceived serosorting of injection paraphernalia sharing networks among injection drug users in Baltimore, MD. AIDS & Behavior, 15(1), 16-21

    Latkin, C., Yang, C., Tobin, K., Spikes, P. & Patterson, J. (2011) Differences in the social networks characteristics of African American men who have sex with men and those who have sex with men and women: The Unity in Diversity study, Baltimore, Maryland. American Journal of Public Health, 101(10), e18-e23

    Latkin, C., Yang, C., Srikrishnan, A., Solomon, S., Celentano, D., Kumar, M. S., Mehta, S. & Solomon, S. (2011) The relationship between social network factors, HIV, and Hepatitis C among injection drug users in Chennai, India. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 117(1),50-54

    Knowlton, A., Yang, C., Bohnert, A. Wissow, L., Chander, G. & Arnsten, JA. (2011) Informal care and reciprocity of support are associated with HAART adherence among U.S. men. AIDS & Behavior, 15(7):1429-36.

    Knowlton, A., Yang, C., Bohnert, A. Wissow, L. Chander, G. & Arnsten, JA. (2011) Main partner factors associated with worse HAART adherence among U.S. women. AIDS CARE, 23(9), 1102-1110

    Davey-Rothwell, MA, Tobin, K., Yang, C., Sun, C. & Latkin C. (2011) Results of a randomized controlled trial of a peer mentor HIV/STI prevention intervention for women over an 18 month follow-up. AIDS &Behavior, 15(8):1654-63.

    Egan, JE, Frye, V., Kurtz, SP, Latkin, C., Chen, M., Tobin, K, Yang, C. & Koblin, BA. (2011).Migration, neighborhoods, and networks: approaches to understanding how urban environmental conditions affect syndemic adverse health outcomes among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. AIDS &Behavior, 15(SUPPL.1), S35-S50



    Yang, C., Latkin, C., Luan, R. & Nelson, K. (2010) Consistent condom use with female sex workers among male clients in Sichuan Province, China: the role of interpersonal and venue-level factors. Journal of Urban Health, 87(2), 292-303

    Yang, C., Latkin, C., Liu, P. Nelson, K., Wang, C., & Luan, R. (2010). A qualitative study on commercial sex behaviors among male clients in Sichuan province, China. AIDS Care, 22(2), 246 – 252

    Latkin, C., Yang, C., Tobin, K. & Hulbert, A. (2010) Factors associated with recruiting an HIV seropositive risk network member among injection drug users. AIDS & Behavior, 14(5), 1137-41

    Latkin, C., Srikrishnan, A. K., Yang, C., Johnson, S., Solomon, S., Kumar, S., Celentano, D. & Solomon, S. (2010). The relationship between drug use stigma and HIV injection risk behaviors among injection drug users in Chennai, India. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 110(3), 221-227

    Knowlton, A., Arnsten, J., Eldred, L.  Wilkinson, J., Shade, S., Bohnert, A. Yang, C., Wissow, L., Purcell, D. & the INSPIRE Team. (2010). Antiretroviral use among active injection drug users: The role of patient-provider and structural factors. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 24(7), 421-428

    Yang, C. & Southwell, B. G. (2004) Dangerous disease, dangerous women: health, anxiety, and advertising in Shanghai from 1928 to 1937. Critical Public Health, 14, 149-156.

    Yang, C., Wu, H., Zhu, M. & Southwell, B. G. (2004) Tuning in to fit in? Acculturation and media use among Chinese students in the United States. Asian Journal of Communication, 14, 81-94.