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Zhihui LI, assistant professor, Ph.D mentor

Global health governance and development health assistance; Socioeconomic determinants of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health


1)Doctoral degree, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Global Health and Population Department (Sept 2015 - May 2019)

2)Master degree, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Global Health and Population Department (Sept 2012- May 2014)

3)Bachelor of Economics, Peking University (Sept 2008 - July 2012)

4)Bachelor of Engineering, Peking University (Sept 2007 - July 2012)


1)Postdoc, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences (July 2019 – July 2020)

2)President assistant, China Medical Board (Aug 2013 – May 2019), part-time

3)Consultant,Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (June 2016 – July 2017), part-time

4)Research Assistant, Cambridge Health Alliance (Sep 2014 – Sep 2015)


1)Global health governance and development health assistance

2)Socioeconomic and behavioral determinants of population health

3)Determinants of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health

4)Chinese development health assistance in Covid-19


Zhihui Li, Qin W, Patel V. Associations of parental depression during adolescence with cognitive development in later life in China: A population-based cohort study. Jones PB, editor. PLOS Med. 2021 Jan 11;18(1):e1003464.

Zhihui Li,G Patton, F Sabet, SV Subramanian, C Lu. Maternal healthcare coverage for first pregnancies in adolescent girls: a systematic comparison with adult mothers in household surveys across 105 countries, 2000–2019.BMJ Global Health. 2020 Oct 1;5(10):e002373.

Zhihui Li, R Kim, S Vollmer, SV Subramanian. “Factors Associated with Child Stunting, Wasting, and Underweight in 35 Low- and Middle-Income Countries.” JAMA Network Open. 2020 Apr 1;3(4):e203386-.

 Zhihui Li, W Fawzi, J Cohen, S Verguet. "Distributional impact of a nutritional package targeting under-five children in China: findings from an extended cost-effectiveness analysis." Nutrients. 2020 Sep;12(9):2643.

 Zhihui Li, G Patton, F Sabet, Z Zhou, SV Subramanian, C Lu. “Contraceptive Use in Adolescent Girls and Adult Women in Low-and Middle-Income Countries.” JAMA Network Open. 2020 Feb 5;3(2):e1921437-.

Zhihui Li, X Li, C Sudfeld, Y Liu, K Tang, Y Huang, W Fawzi. “Effect of the Yingyangbao Complementary Food Supplement on Nutritional Status of Infants and Children: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.” Nutrients. 2019, 11(10), 2404; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11102404.

 Zhihui Li, L Richter, C Lu. Tracking development assistance for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health in conflict-affected countries. BMJ Global Health. 2019 Aug 1;4(4):e001614.

Zhihui Li, L Chen, M Li, J Cohen. Prenatal exposure to sand and dust storms and children's cognitive function in China: a quasi-experimental study. The Lancet Planetary Health. 2018 May 31;2(5):e214-22.

Zhihui Li, M Li, G Patton, C Lu. Global Development Assistance for Adolescent Health From 2003 to 2015. JAMA Network Open. 2018;1(4):e181072. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.1072

 Zhihui Li, Y Jiang, M Li, C Lu. “Inequalities in socio-emotional development and positive parenting during childhood: Evidence from China 2010–2014” Social Science & Medicine–Population Health. 2018 Aug 1;5:8-16.

Zhihui Li, M Li, G Fink, P Bourne, T Bärnighausen, and R Atun. "User-fee-removal improves equity of children’s healthcare utilization and reduces families’ financial burden - evidence from Jamaica." Journal of Global Health. 2017 June 7(1)

Zhihui Li, M Li, SV Subramanian, and C Lu. “Assessing levels and trends of inequality in child health outcomes and the coverage of child health interventions in developing countries: from 2000 to 2014.” Global Health Action. Vol. 10 , Iss. 1,2017

Jeong J, Zhihui Li. The Association Between Fathers’ Depression and Children’s Socioemotional Development: Evidence from a Longitudinal Household Survey in China. Prevention Science. 2020 Apr 8:1-9.

Lu C, Cuartas J, Fink G, McCoy D, Liu K, Zhihui Li, Daelmans B, Richter L. Inequalities in early childhood care and development in low/middle-income countries: 2010–2018. BMJ Global Health. 2020 Feb 1;5(2).

C Lu, Zhihui Li, V Patel. “Global child and adolescent mental health: the orphan of development assistance for health.” Plos Medicine. 2018 Mar 9;15(3):e1002524.

K Tang, Zhihui Li, W Li, L Chen. China's Silk Road and global health. The Lancet. 2017 Dec 15; 390 (10112):2595-601.

C Lu, A Chu, Zhihui Li, J Shen, SV Subramanian, and K Hill. "Assessing development assistance for child survival between 2000 and 2014: A multi-sectoral perspective." PloS one 12, no. 7 (2017): e0178887.

B Cook, N Trinh, Zhihui Li, S Shu-Yeu Hou, and A M. Progovac. "Trends in Racial-Ethnic Disparities in Access to Mental Health Care, 2004–2012." Psychiatric Services (2016): appi-ps.

P Liu, Y Guo, X Qian, S Tang, Zhihui Li, L Chen. "China's distinctive engagement in global health." The Lancet 384.9945 (2014): 793-804.

J Hou, C Michaud, Zhihui Li et al. "Transformation of the education of health professionals in China: progress and challenges." The Lancet 384.9945 (2014): 819-827.

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