Alice F. Yan, PhD

Associate Professor, Community & Behavioral Health Promotion
School of Public Health

Curriculum Vitae


PhD, Public and Community Health, University of Maryland, College Park
Clinical Residency, Traditional Chinese Medicine, West China University of Medical Science, Teaching Hospital of Chengdu University, Chengdu, China
MD, Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chengdu, China


Dr. Alice F. Yan’s research focuses on eliminating health disparities in minority populations through Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), and applied translational research. Her research is characterized by tailored health promotion and chronic disease prevention interventions (e.g., exercise, and dietary changes) that incorporate effective health communication strategies (including mHealth) and health behavior theories. She applies a multidisciplinary approach to investigating the impact of social and environmental factors on individual risk perceptions, health behaviors (e.g., physical activity, food/nutrition), and other health outcomes (e.g., obesity, diabetes, and cancer) in underserved minority populations. Dr. Yan’s research also includes large database management, data mining for clinical trials, and program evaluation. Statistical methodologies applied in her studies include hierarchical linear modeling (HLM), structural equation modeling (SEM), survival analysis, complex sample survey data analysis, and spatial analysis.


1) Title: Establish a Patient-Centered, Stakeholder-Driven, Community Based Panel to Reduce Cancer Disparity
Funded by: Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington Engagement Award

2) Title: Let’s Talk: Engaging Community Stakeholders for Patient-Driven Research to Eliminate Cancer Disparities for Young African American Breast Cancer Survivors
Funded by Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) Tier A Pipeline to Proposal Award
Watch the video "Sisters We Thrive, Stories We Tell - African American Young Breast Cancer Survivor"

Yan AF, Underwood SM, Walker A, Patten C, Nevels D, Dookeran K, Hennessy R, Knobloch MJ, Egede L, Stolley M. (2020). Engaging Young African American Women Breast Cancer Survivors: A novel storytelling approach to identify patient-centered research priorities. Health Expectations.  Full article available at

3) Title: Bioethical Issues in Biostatistical Consulting (BIBC): A Phase II Study. Grant No: 1 ORIIR160027-01-00
Funded by: Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Wang M, Yan AF & Katz RV (2018) Researcher requests for inappropriate analysis and reporting: A U.S survey of consulting biostatisticians. Annals of Internal Medicine 169, 554-558.

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Wang M, Yan AF, Katz RV. Bioethical Issues in Biostatistical Consulting (BIBC): Findings from a U.S. National Pilot Study. BMJ Open. 2017;7(11):e018491.
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4) Title: Promoting Physical Activity in African American Women Breast Cancer Survivors (128855-PEPMW-15-152-01-CPPB)
Funded by: American Cancer Society (ACS)

Yan AF, Stevens PE, Holt CL, Walker A, Ng A, McManus P, Basen-Enguist K, Weinhardt LS, Underwood SM, Asan O. & Wang MQ. Culture, identity, strength and spirituality: a qualitative study to understand experiences of African American women breast cancer survivors and recommendations for intervention development. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2019 Feb 13:e13013. doi: 10.1111/ecc.13013.Full article available at: