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Cui Yang, PhD

  • Associate Professor

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2213 McElderry Street
2nd Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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


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 and 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

  • substance use
  • implementation science
  • mental health
  • health equity
  • social determinants of health
  • social networks
  • harm reduction
  • qualitative and quantitative methods
  • evaluation
  • mHealth

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