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

ScD, Harvard University
MA, University of Connecticut
BA, Nanjing University

Ziming Xuan is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health. He is a faculty member of the Primary Care Academic Fellowship Program, and a faculty member of the Transformative Training Program in Addiction Science (TTPAS) at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. He is a faculty member of the Injury Prevention Center, and a member of the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) research and program evaluation team at Boston Medical Center. He is a Frederick Pardee Faculty Research Fellow at Boston University.

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 led 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 National Institute of Justice, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the American Cancer Society.

Dr. Xuan is currently serving as a member of the Doctoral Committee and Education Committee (evaluation subcommittee). His prior university activities include serving in the Faculty Senate, and the Boston University Faculty Council Nominating Committee. At Boston University School of Public Health, he has been teaching SB822: Quantitative Methods for Program Evaluation. He is currently the director of Health Communication and Promotion certificate for the MPH program at the school.

Dr. Xuan has provided research expertise to various health agencies including the World Health Organization, and Innovations for Poverty Action among others. His research has been featured by Reuters, CNN, US News & World Report, and the Boston Globe among others. Dr. Xuan has served in study sections of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, including special study section on COVID-19 and Consequences of Alcohol Use. Currently he is serving on the editorial board for the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. He is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Boston Medical Center

07/01/2021 - 06/30/2026 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation HHS HRSA

Adapting and evaluating a brief advice tobacco intervention in high-reach, lowresource settings in India
06/01/2020 - 05/31/2025 (Subcontract PI)
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute NIH NCI

Digital Health Supported Weight Management Intervention Delivered by Community Health Workers among Public Housing Residents
02/14/2020 - 01/31/2025 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NCI

Integrating responses to stimulant overdose among post-overdose programs
09/30/2021 - 09/29/2024 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation HHS CDC NIOSH

Identifying and Testing Post-Overdose Outreach Adaptations to Enhance Survivor Engagement During the COVID-19 Pandemic
06/15/2021 - 05/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NIDA

Alcohol Use and HIV Among Married Couples in India: A Two-Wave Cross-sectional Study from 2006 to 2016
07/01/2020 - 06/30/2022 (Subcontract PI)
The Miriam Hospital NIH NIAID

A Behavioral Intervention to Engage Emerging Adults in Addiction Treatment after a Non-fatal Opioid Overdose
07/15/2017 - 06/30/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NIDA

Knock and Talk: Public Health-Public Safety Partnerships for Post-Overdose Outreach and Prevention
09/30/2018 - 03/31/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation HHS CDC
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Improving urine drug test utility to mitigate prescription opioid risk
03/01/2017 - 02/28/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NIDA

SHIFT-Care Challenge, Track 1
11/01/2020 - 12/31/2021 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation Mass HlthPolicy Comm

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The Alcohol Policy Environment and Leading Causes of Alcohol Related Mortality
09/15/2014 - 02/28/2019 (Activity-level PI)
PI: Timothy Naimi, MD, MPH


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  1. Buitron de la Vega P, Ashe EM, Xuan Z, Gast V, Saint-Phard T, Brody-Fialkin J, Okonkwo F, Power J, Wang N, Lyons C, Silverstein M, Lasser KE. A Pharmacy Liaison-Patient Navigation Intervention to Reduce Inpatient and Emergency Department Utilization Among Primary Care Patients in a Medicaid Accountable Care Organization: A Nonrandomized Controlled Trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Jan 03; 6(1):e2250004. PMID: 36622674; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.50004;
  2. Katz-Wise SL, Ranker LR, Gordon AR, Xuan Z, Nelson K. Sociodemographic Patterns in Retrospective Sexual Orientation Identity and Attraction Change in the Sexual Orientation Fluidity in Youth Study. J Adolesc Health. 2022 Dec 15.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36528519; DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2022.10.015;
  3. Xuan Z, Ranker L. Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Health edited by Bonnie Halpern-Felsher. Media and substance use. Elsevier. 2022. View Publication
  4. Ramanadhan S, Xuan Z, Choi J, Mahtani SL, Minsky S, Gupte H, Mandal G, Jagiasi D, Viswanath K. Associations between sociodemographic factors and receiving "ask and advise" services from healthcare providers in India: analysis of the national GATS-2 dataset. BMC Public Health. 2022 Nov 18; 22(1):2115. PMID: 36401241; PMCID: PMC9673333; DOI: 10.1186/s12889-022-14538-2;
  5. Trangenstein PJ, Tiongson PJD, Lu Y, Lipson SK, Xuan Z, Naimi TS, Jernigan DH. Gender and sexual identity and harms from others' drinking among U.S. college students: Results from a multi-campus survey. J Am Coll Health. 2022 Aug 29; 1-5.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36036804; DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2022.2112045;
  6. Solar C, Nansubuga A, Murillo J, Ranker L, Borrelli B, Bowen DJ, Xuan Z, Kane J, Werntz S, Crouter SE, Quintiliani LM. Mobile health plus community health worker support for weight management among public housing residents (Path to Health): A randomized controlled trial protocol. Contemp Clin Trials. 2022 Aug; 119:106836.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35724842; PMCID: PMC9673759; DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2022.106836;
  7. Wu J, Harlow AF, Wijaya D, Berman M, Benjamin EJ, Xuan Z, Hong T, Fetterman JL. The Impact of Influencers on Cigar Promotions: A Content Analysis of Large Cigar and Swisher Sweets Videos on TikTok. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Jun 09; 19(12).View Related Profiles. PMID: 35742315; PMCID: PMC9222503; DOI: 10.3390/ijerph19127064;
  8. Mendez-Escoba E, Adegoke T, Lee-Parritz A, Spangler J, Wilson S, Yarrington C, Xuan Z, Bell A, Jame T. Health Equity Accelerator: A Health System's Approach towards Health Equity. NEJM Catalyst. 2022. View Publication
  9. Zhou X, Lee EWJ, Wang X, Lin L, Xuan Z, Wu D, Lin H, Shen P. Infectious diseases prevention and control using an integrated health big data system in China. BMC Infect Dis. 2022 Apr 06; 22(1):344. PMID: 35387590; PMCID: PMC8984075; DOI: 10.1186/s12879-022-07316-3;
  10. Pollini RA, Slocum S, Ozga JE, Joyce R, Xuan Z, Green TC, Walley AY. Pharmacy naloxone codispensing: A mixed methods study of practices and perspectives under a statewide standing order program. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2022 Sep-Oct; 62(5):1546-1554.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35450833; PMCID: PMC9464657; DOI: 10.1016/j.japh.2022.03.015;
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2018-2021 Boston University: Federick S. Pardee Faculty Research Fellow
2018 Boston University: Mid-Career Faculty Leadership Program
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
2010 Harvard University: Presidential Scholar

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