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

ScD, Harvard University
MA, University of Connecticut

Ziming Xuan is an Associate 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 Boston University 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

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

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
6 R01CE003052-03-01

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

Alcohol Use and HIV Among Married Couples in India: A Two-Wave Cross-sectional Study from 2006 to 2016
07/01/2020 - 12/31/2021 (Subcontract PI)
The Miriam Hospital NIH NIAID

12/01/2018 - 06/30/2021 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation HHS HRSA

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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. 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;
  2. 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 Mar 19.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35450833; DOI: 10.1016/j.japh.2022.03.015;
  3. 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; (in press).
  4. Pollini RA, Ozga JE, Joyce R, Xuan Z, Walley AY. Limited access to pharmacy-based naloxone in West Virginia: Results from a statewide purchase trial. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2022 02 01; 231:109259.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34998246; PMCID: PMC8810724; DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.109259;
  5. Parodi KB, Holt MK, Green JG, Katz-Wise SL, Shah TN, Kraus AD, Xuan Z. Associations between school-related factors and mental health among transgender and gender diverse youth. J Sch Psychol. 2022 02; 90:135-149. PMID: 34969484; DOI: 10.1016/j.jsp.2021.11.004;
  6. Bovell-Ammon BJ, Xuan Z, Paasche-Orlow MK, LaRochelle MR. Association of Incarceration With Mortality by Race From a National Longitudinal Cohort Study. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 12 01; 4(12):e2133083.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34940867; PMCID: PMC8703242; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.33083;
  7. Chatterjee A, Yan S, Xuan Z, Waye KM, Lambert AM, Green TC, Stopka TJ, Pollini RA, Morgan JR, Walley AY. Broadening access to naloxone: Community predictors of standing order naloxone distribution in Massachusetts. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2022 01 01; 230:109190.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34864356; PMCID: PMC8714703; DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.109190;
  8. Lange S, Jiang H, Štelemekas M, Tran A, Cherpitel C, Giesbrecht N, Gostautaite Midttun N, Jasilionis D, Kaplan MS, Manthey J, Xuan Z, Rehm J. Evaluating the Impact of Alcohol Policy on Suicide Mortality: A Sex-Specific Time-Series Analysis for Lithuania. Arch Suicide Res. 2021 Nov 13; 1-14. PMID: 34779348; PMCID: PMC9098693; DOI: 10.1080/13811118.2021.1999873;
  9. Tori ME, Cummins E, Beletsky L, Schoenberger SF, Lambert AM, Yan S, Carroll JJ, Formica SW, Green TC, Apsler R, Xuan Z, Walley AY. Warrant checking practices by post-overdose outreach programs in Massachusetts: A mixed-methods study. Int J Drug Policy. 2022 02; 100:103483.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34700251; DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2021.103483;
  10. Choi J, Bahl D, Arora M, Xuan Z. Changes in self-reported sexually transmitted infections and symptoms among married couples in India from 2006 to 2016: a repeated cross-sectional multivariate analysis from nationally representative data. BMJ Open. 2021 10 20; 11(10):e049049. PMID: 34670761; PMCID: PMC8529976; DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-049049;
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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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