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Yu Liu, Ph.D., M.P.H.

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Administrative: (585) 275-8784

Office: (585) 276-3562

Fax: (585) 461-4352

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As an HIV/AIDS epidemiologist, Dr. Liu's research can be broadly summarized as employing both quantitative and qualitative methods to reduce HIV/sexual risks and improve access to and retention in HIV prevention services among sexual and gender minority populations.

Dr. Liu is a keen collaborator with extensive experience working with community-based organizations and researchers in designing and implementing HIV prevention interventions. His ongoing research interests and projects include leveraging epidemiologic modeling, psychosocial approaches and behavioral economics in designing innovative interventions to improve the following HIV-related outcomes among men who have sex with men (MSM):
-HIV- and gay-related stigma
-Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) uptake and adherence
-Frequent HIV testing
-Mental health (e.g., depression, anxiety, stressor)
-HIV risk and care disparity



BSc | China - South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou
Pharmaceutical Sciences

MPH | George Washington University

PhD | Vanderbilt University

Amos Christie Chair Endowed Post-doctoral Research Fellow | Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
HIV epidemiology and Global Health


Early investigator award in HIV/aging research
Sponsor: Emory University Center for AIDS Research
Location: Atlanta, GA

2018 - 2019
R25 award appointee for the Career Institute in Mental Health and Aging
Sponsor: Weill Cornell Medicine

National Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Early Stage Investigator Travel Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester Center for AIDS Research
Location: Washington, DC

2015 - 2017
Amos Christie Chair Endowment Global Health Fellowship
Sponsor: Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health
Location: Nashville, Tennessee

The Mentoring Day Training Fellowship Award
Sponsor: CFAR Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Network
Location: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

2011 - 2015
Pre-doctoral Student Fellowship in Epidemiology
Sponsor: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Location: Nashville, Tennessee

2010 - 2011
Capacity Building Research Fellowship
Sponsor: Sun Yat-sen Center for Migrant Health Policy
Location: Guangzhou, China

Award for Excellence in MPH Practicum Internship
Location: Washington, DC

Award for Excellence in Graduation Research Thesis
Sponsor: South China Agricultural University
Location: Guangzhou, China

2003 - 2007
Award for Excellence in Academic Performance
Sponsor: South China Agricultural University
Location: Guangzhou, China

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Journal Articles

Liu Y, Brown L, Przybyla S, Bleasdale J, Mitchell J, Zhang C. "Characterizing Racial Differences of Mental Health Burdens, Psychosocial Determinants, and Impacts on HIV Prevention Outcomes Among Young Men Who have Sex With Men: a Community-based Study in Two U.S. Cities." Journal of racial and ethnic health disparities.. 2021 May 13; Epub 2021 May 13.

Russ S, Zhang C, Liu Y. "Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Care Continuum, Barriers, and Facilitators among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men in the United States: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis." AIDS and behavior.. 2021 Jan 12; Epub 2021 Jan 12.

Zhang C, Mitchell W, Xue Y, LeBlanc N, Liu Y. "Understanding the role of nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other nursing staff in HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis care in the United States: a systematic review and meta-analysis." BMC nursing. 2020 Dec 9; 19(1):117. Epub 2020 Dec 09.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Non-injecting drug users, Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
Book Title: Encyclopedia of AIDS
Author List: Yu Liu, Sten H. Vermund
Published By: Springer science & business media 2017