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I am an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, College of Public Health, University of Georgia; and Li Dak Sum Chair Professor in Health Economics and Co-Director, Centre for Health Economics, School of Economics, University of Nottingham Ningbo China (0.2 FTE, summer appointment).


I have a PhD in Economics (2004) and an MS in Statistics (2002) from Iowa State University. My major areas of interest include economics of aging, mental health, health economics, social determinants of health, program evaluation, economic evaluation, health disparities, and claims data analysis. I received the 2013 US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Excellence in Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Award.

I was elected as the President (2014-2016) of the Association of Asian/Pacific Islander Employees of CDC/ATSDR and received the 2016 Civilian Award in Diversity Excellence from the Federal Asian Pacific American Council for my work on diversity and inclusion at CDC. I had held part-time teaching appointment at Georgia Institute of Technology School of Economics in 2007-2008. I served as the President (2016-2018) of the China Health Policy and Management Society ( and President (2017-2018) of the Chinese Economists Society (

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