Ziming Xuan, ScD, SM, MA
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Community Health Sciences

MA, University of Connecticut
ScD, Harvard University



Ziming Xuan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health. He is also a faculty member of the Primary Care Academic Fellowship Program of Boston University School of Medicine, and a faculty member of the Injury Prevention Center at Boston Medical Center.

He is a social epidemiologist who is interested in understanding the influence of social-contextual determinants, especially policy determinants on health, particularly among vulnerable populations (i.e., youth, patients with substance abuse, and women). He is also interested in the methodologies involved in social-behavioral interventions to promote healthy behavioral changes and enhance community well-being. His research interests include health policies related to alcohol, marijuana, other substance use and guns, youth health, alcohol advertising, impaired driving, substance use disorders, mental health and addiction. He received his Doctor of Science Degree (Sc.D.) in public health in 2010 and Master’s Degree (S.M.) in Biostatistics in 2008 from Harvard University.

He has been the Principal Investigator of an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study alcohol policies and leading causes of alcohol-related mortality in the United States. He has been awarded as a co-investigator on research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Justice, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the American Cancer Society. Currently he is serving as an Assistant Field Editor for the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Dr. Xuan has provided research expertise to various health agencies including the World Health Organization, and Innovations for Poverty Action among others. His university activities include serving as a member for the Boston University Faculty Council Nominating Committee. His research has been featured by Reuters, CNN, US News & World Report, and the Boston Globe among others.

At Boston University School of Public Health, he has been teaching SB822: Quantitative Methods for Program Evaluation, for the Master of Public Health graduate program.

Boston Medical Center



2016 Boston University School of Public Health: Established Investigator Innovation Award
2014 Boston University School of Public Health: Early Career Catalyst Award
2014-2017 National Institutes of Health: The Alcohol Policy Environment and Leading Causes of Alcohol Related Mortality R01AA023376 (Co-PIs)
2013 Boston University School of Public Health: Mentor, Research Day MPH Research Winner “Binge Drinking and Gun Ownership"
2013 Boston University School of Medicine: Academy for Faculty Advancement
2005-2010 Harvard University: Presidential Scholar


The Alcohol Policy Environmental and Leading Causes of Alcohol-Related Mortality
09/15/2014 - 06/30/2017 (PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NIAAA
5R01AA023376-03


The Alcohol Policy Environment and Leading Causes of Alcohol Related Mortality
09/15/2014 - 06/30/2017 (Activity-level PI)
PI: Timothy Naimi, MD, MPH
NIH-NIAAA
5R01AA023376-03


Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Liebschutz JM, Xuan Z, Shanahan CW, LaRochelle M, Keosaian J, Beers D, Guara G, O''Connor K, Alford DP, Parker V, Weiss RD, Samet JH, Crosson J, Cushman PA, Lasser KE. Improving Adherence to Long-term Opioid Therapy Guidelines to Reduce Opioid Misuse in Primary Care: A Cluster-Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Jul 17. PMID: 28715535.
  2. Gupta J, Falb KL, Ponta O, Xuan Z, Campos PA, Gomez AA, Valades J, Cariño G, Olavarrieta CD. A nurse-delivered, clinic-based intervention to address intimate partner violence among low-income women in Mexico City: findings from a cluster randomized controlled trial. BMC Med. 2017 Jul 12; 15(1):128. PMID: 28697769.
  3. Smith VM, Siegel M, Xuan Z, Ross CS, Galea S, Kalesan B, Fleegler E, Goss KA. Broadening the Perspective on Gun Violence: An Examination of the Firearms Industry, 1990-2015. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Jun 17.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28648260.
  4. Siegel M, Pahn M, Xuan Z, Ross CS, Galea S, Kalesan B, Fleegler E, Goss KA. Firearm-Related Laws in All 50 US States, 1991-2016. Am J Public Health. 2017 Jul; 107(7):1122-1129.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28520491; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.303701;.
  5. Kalesan B, Adhikarla C, Pressley JC, Fagan JA, Xuan Z, Siegel MB, Galea S. The Hidden Epidemic of Firearm Injury: Increasing Firearm Injury Rates During 2001-2013. Am J Epidemiol. 2017 Apr 01; 185(7):546-553.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28338922; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kww147;.
  6. Noel JK, Xuan Z, Babor TF. Associations Between Thematic Content and Industry Self-Regulation Code Violations in Beer Advertising Broadcast During the U.S. NCAA Basketball Tournament. Subst Use Misuse. 2017 Jul 03; 52(8):1076-1084. PMID: 28323494; DOI: 10.1080/10826084.2016.1271987;.
  7. Hadland SE, Xuan Z, Sarda V, Blanchette J, Swahn MH, Heeren TC, Voas RB, Naimi TS. Alcohol Policies and Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Crash Fatalities Among Young People in the US. Pediatrics. 2017 Mar; 139(3).View Related Profiles. PMID: 28193794; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2016-3037;.
  8. Casas RS, Xuan Z, Jackson AH, Stanfield LE, Harvey NC, Chen DC. Associations of medical student empathy with clinical competence. Patient Educ Couns. 2017 Apr; 100(4):742-747.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27856065; DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2016.11.006;.
  9. Naimi TS, Xuan Z, Cooper SE, Coleman SM, Hadland SE, Swahn MH, Heeren TC. Alcohol Involvement in Homicide Victimization in the United States. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2016 Dec; 40(12):2614-2621.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27676334; DOI: 10.1111/acer.13230;.
  10. Xuan Z, Naimi TS, Kaplan MS, Bagge CL, Few LR, Maisto S, Saitz R, Freeman R. Alcohol Policies and Suicide: A Review of the Literature. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2016 Oct; 40(10):2043-2055.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27618526; DOI: 10.1111/acer.13203;.
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