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Cui Yang, PhD

  • Assistant 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 communication technology to develop community-driven public health interventions; and 3) to apply neuroscience of persuasion and influence to evaluate public health campaigns. Dr. Yang is 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 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

Most recent publications

  • White JJ, Mathews A, Henry MP, Moran MB, Page KR, Latkin CA, Tucker JD, Yang C. A Crowdsourcing Open Contest to Design Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Promotion Messages: Protocol for an Exploratory Mixed Methods Study. JMIR Res Protoc. 2020 Jan 3;9(1):e15590. doi: 10.2196/15590. PubMed PMID: 31899456; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6969383.
  • Yang C, Zaller N, Clyde C, Tobin K, Latkin C. Association between Recent Criminal Justice Involvement and Transactional Sex among African American Men Who Have Sex with Men in Baltimore. J Urban Health. 2019 Feb 27;. doi: 10.1007/s11524-019-00350-8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30815776; NIHMSID:NIHMS1050835.
  • Yang C, Krishnan N, Kelley E, Dawkins J, Akolo O, Redd R, Olawale A, Max-Browne C, Johnsen L, Latkin C, Page KR, Davey-Rothwell M. Beyond HIV prevention: a qualitative study of patient-reported outcomes of PrEP among MSM patients in two public STD clinics in Baltimore. AIDS Care. 2020 Feb;32(2):238-241. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2019.1622639. Epub 2019 May 30. PubMed PMID: 31146549; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6884665
  • 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. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0232094. eCollection 2020. PubMed PMID: 32320457; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7176132.
  • 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