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

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Phone Numbers

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

Zhang C, McMahon J, Fiscella K, Przybyla S, Braksmajer A, LeBlanc N, Liu Y. "HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Implementation Cascade Among Health Care Professionals in the United States: Implications from a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis." AIDS patient care and STDs.. 2019 Dec 0; 33(12):507-527.

Zhang C, Webb GF, Lou J, Shepherd BE, Qian HZ, Liu Y, Vermund SH. "Predicting the long-term impact of voluntary medical male circumcision on HIV incidence among men who have sex with men in Beijing, China." AIDS care.. 2019 Oct 16; :1-11. Epub 2019 Oct 16.

Carlucci JG, Liu Y, Clouse K, Vermund SH. "Attrition of HIV-positive children from HIV services in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis." AIDS.. 2019 Sep 2; Epub 2019 Sep 02.

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