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. 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 research has been featured by Reuters, CNN, US News & World Report, and the Boston Globe among others.

Dr. Xuan is currently serving as a member of the Faculty Senate, Doctoral Committee, and Education Committee (evaluation subcommittee). His prior university activities include serving as a member for 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.

Boston Medical Center

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

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

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

Knock and Talk: Public Health-Public Safety Partnerships for Post-Overdose Outreach and Prevention
09/30/2018 - 09/29/2021 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation HHS CDC
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Alcohol Use and HIV Among Married Couples in India: A Two-Wave Cross-sectional Study from 2006 to 2016
07/01/2020 - 06/30/2021 (Subcontract PI)
The Miriam Hospital NIH NIAID

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

A Behavioral Intervention to Engage Emerging Adults in Addiction Treatment after a Non-fatal Opioid Overdose
07/15/2017 - 06/30/2021 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NIDA

Lacosamide effects on alcohol self administration and craving in heavy drinkers
09/20/2017 - 08/31/2019 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NIAAA

Implementing Opioid Risk Reduction Strategies into Primary Care Practice
07/01/2016 - 06/30/2018 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NIDA

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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. Samuels EA, Xuan Z, Bernstein E. Substance Use: A Social Emergency Medicine Perspective. Eds. Alter HJ, Delaware P, Doran KM, Raven MC. Social Emergency Medicine: Principles and Practice. Springer, Cham. 2021; 157-184. View Publication
  2. Pollini RA, Slocum S, Ozga J, Joyce R, Xuan Z, Green TC, Walley AY. Pharmacists' experiences with a statewide naloxone standing order program in Massachusetts: a mixed methods study. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2021 Aug 23.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34511372; DOI: 10.1016/j.japh.2021.08.020;
  3. Larochelle MR, Cruz R, Kosakowski S, Gourlay DL, Alford DP, Xuan Z, Krebs EE, Yan S, Lasser KE, Samet JH, Liebschutz JM. Do Urine Drug Tests Reveal Substance Misuse Among Patients Prescribed Opioids for Chronic Pain? J Gen Intern Med. 2021 Aug 17.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34405344; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-021-07095-8;
  4. Shanahan CW, Reding O, Holmdahl I, Keosaian J, Xuan Z, McAneny D, Larochelle M, Liebschutz J. Opioid analgesic use after ambulatory surgery: a descriptive prospective cohort study of factors associated with quantities prescribed and consumed. BMJ Open. 2021 08 12; 11(8):e047928.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34385249; PMCID: PMC8362709; DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-047928;
  5. Xu J, Wang X, Xuan Z, Lin L, Sun KS, Zhou Y, Jiang F, Han W, Zhou X. Factors related to perceived stress during the COVID-19 epidemic context among the general population in China: A cross-sectional nationwide study. J Affect Disord. 2021 Nov 01; 294:816-823. PMID: 34375208; PMCID: PMC8433595; DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2021.07.097;
  6. Ross CS, Babor TF, Bartholow BD, DeJong W, Fitzgerald N, Jackson KM, Jernigan DH, Naimi TS, Noel JK, Petticrew M, Severi K, Siegel MB, Stockwell T, Tori M, Xuan Z. Call to restore funding to monitor youth exposure to alcohol advertising. Addiction. 2021 10; 116(10):2922-2923.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34060173
  7. Parodi KB, Holt MK, Green JG, Porche MV, Koenig B, Xuan Z. Time trends and disparities in anxiety among adolescents, 2012-2018. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2021 Jun 07. PMID: 34100110; PMCID: PMC8183580; DOI: 10.1007/s00127-021-02122-9;
  8. Cook WK, Li L, Greenfield TK, Patterson D, Naimi T, Xuan Z, Karriker-Jaffe KJ. State Alcohol Policies, Binge Drinking Prevalence, Socioeconomic Environments and Alcohol's Harms to Others: A Mediation Analysis. Alcohol Alcohol. 2021 Apr 29; 56(3):360-367.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32790857; PMCID: PMC8085366; DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agaa073;
  9. Rothman EF, Campbell JK, Quinn E, Smith S, Xuan Z. Evaluation of the One Love Escalation Workshop for Dating Abuse Prevention: a Randomized Controlled Trial Pilot Study with a Sample of US Navy Sailors. Prev Sci. 2021 Apr 14.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33855672; DOI: 10.1007/s11121-021-01240-9;
  10. Green TC, Stopka T, Xuan Z, Davis TC, Boggis J, Irwin AN, Gray M, Hartung DM, Bratberg J. Examining nonprescription syringe sales in Massachusetts and Rhode Island community pharmacies. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2021 Jul-Aug; 61(4):e237-e241. PMID: 33820716; DOI: 10.1016/j.japh.2021.03.004;
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