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

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Administrative: (585) 275-8784

Office: (585) 276-3562

Fax: (585) 461-4352

Faculty Appointments

Biography

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

Credentials

Education

2007
BSc | China - South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou
Pharmaceutical Sciences

2009
MPH | George Washington University
Epidemiology

2015
PhD | Vanderbilt University
Epidemiology

2015-2017
Amos Christie Chair Endowed Post-doctoral Research Fellow | Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
HIV epidemiology and Global Health

Awards

2019
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

2017
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

2015
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

2009
Award for Excellence in MPH Practicum Internship
Location: Washington, DC

2007
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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Publications

Journal Articles

9/2/2019
"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.

7/11/2019
"Suboptimal HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Awareness and Willingness to Use Among Women Who Use Drugs in the United States: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis." AIDS and behavior.. 2019 Jul 11; Epub 2019 Jul 11.

3/19/2019
Zhang C, Penson DF, Qian HZ, Webb GF, Lou J, Shephard BE, Liu Y, Vermund SH. "Modeling economic and epidemiological impact of voluntary medical male circumcision among men who have sex with men in Beijing, China." International journal of STD & AIDS.. 2019 Mar 19; :956462419831859. Epub 2019 Mar 19.

Books & Chapters

2017
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

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