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Sitong Luo, PhD, Assistant Professor, Doctoral advisor. Her main research area are behavioral health and mental health.


2014.09 - 2019.03 Ph.D., Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of California Los Angeles

2011.09 - 2014.01 M. Sc., Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Peking Union Medical College

2007.09 - 2011.07 Bachelor, Department of Business Administration, School of Management, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine

Professional experience

2021.08 - present Assistant Professor, Vanke School of Public Health, Tsinghua University

2019.05 - 2021.05 Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Health Behaviours Research, JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

2018.06 - 2018.08 Academic advisor, “iGuardian” HIV/AIDS artificial intelligence counselling platform, People’s Medical Publishing House (Part-time)

2015.10 - 2017.09 Graduate student researcher, Center for Community Health, University of California Los Angeles (Part-time)

2012.07 - 2014.08 Graduate student researcher, National Center for STD/AIDS Control and prevention, Chinese Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (Part-time)

2012.01 - 2012.03 Graduate student researcher, Office of Tobacco Control, Chinese Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (Part-time)

Research interests

1. Evaluation of impact of health policies and intervention programs on health-related organizational behaviors and individual behaviors

2. Levels and associated factors of individual health-related behaviors

3. Behavioral and mental factors associated with health outcomes

4. HIV/AIDS and substance use (e.g., tobacco use) psycho-behavioral intervention

5. Big data of health-related behaviors

(Job opportunity: My lab is hiring Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Assistants. Researchers who have similar research interests are welcomed to contact me by E-mail.)

Academic award

1. 2021 Early Career Award, International Society of Behavioral Medicine

2. 2019 First Prize of Oral Presentation, The Third Belt and Road Initiative Global Health International Congress, Xi’an, China.

3. 2014-2019 Fellowship, U.S. NIH Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program

4. 2013 Excellent Paper Award, Chinese Association of STD/AIDS Prevention and Control


Behavioral health

  1. Xin M#, Luo S#, She R, Chen X, Li L, Li L, Chen X, Lau JTF*(2021). The Impact of Social Media Exposure and Interpersonal Discussion on Intention of COVID-19 Vaccination among Nurses. Vaccines (Basel). Oct 19;9(10):1204. doi: 10.3390/vaccines9101204.

  2. Luo S, Qin P, Jiang H, Chen X, He J, Wang Z, Lau JT* (2022). Older People Living with HIV Were Less Physically Active Than Their Uninfected Counterparts in China: A Matched-Sample Mediation Analysis. AIDS Behav. Jan 27. doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03564-7.

  3. Lau J*, Yu Y, Xin M, She R, Luo S, et al (2021). Adoption of Preventive Measures During the Very Early Phase of the COVID-19 Outbreak in China: National Cross-sectional Survey Study. JMIR Public Health Surveill. Oct 7;7(10):e26840. doi: 10.2196/26840.

  4. Luo, S. #, Xin, M. #, Wang, S., ... & Lau, J. T.* (2021). Behavioral intention of receiving COVID-19 vaccination, social media exposures, and peer discussions in China. Epidemiology & Infection, Apr 23:1-33.

  5. Mo, PHK., Luo, S., Wang, S., …, & Lau, J. T. * (2021). Intention to receive COVID-19 vaccination in China: Application of the Diffusion of Innovations Theory and the moderating role of openness to experience. Vaccines, 9(2), 129.

  6. Yu, Y., Luo, S., Mo, P. K. H., Wang, S., Zhao, J., Zhang, G., ... & Lau, J. T. * (2021). Prosociality and Social Responsibility were associated with intention of COVID-19 vaccination among university students in China. International Journal of Health Policy and Management. Available Online.

  7. She, R., Luo, S., Lau, M. C., & Lau, J. T. *(2021). The mechanisms between illness representations of COVID-19 and behavioral intention to visit hospitals for scheduled medical consultations in a Chinese general population. Journal of Health Psychology. Apr 20:13591053211008217.

  8. Luo, S. #, Wang, Z. #, & Lau, J. T.* (2020). The general public's support toward governmental provision of free/subsidized HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis to at-risk Chinese people: a population-based study. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 2021 Mar 1;48(3):189-94.

  9. Luo, S. (2019). Barriers to expanding HIV testing among male students who have sex with men in Chengdu, China. University of California, Los Angeles. Thesis.

  10. Li, L.*, Wu, Z., Liang, L. J., Lin, C., Luo, S., et al. (2019). An intervention trial targeting methadone maintenance treatment providers to improve clients’ treatment retention in China. Drug and alcohol dependence, 194, 143-150.

  11. Li, L.*, Luo, S., Rogers, B., Lee, S. J., & Tuan, N. A. (2017). HIV disclosure and unprotected sex among Vietnamese men with a history of drug use. AIDS and Behavior, 21(9), 2634-2640.

  12. Li, L.*, Luo, S., Lan, C. W., Lin, C., Feng, N., & Tuan, N. A. (2017). Alcohol use, HIV treatment adherence, and sexual risk among people with a history of injecting drug use in Vietnam. AIDS and Behavior, 21(2), 167-173.

  13. Li, L.*, Comulada, W. S., Lin, C., Hsieh, J., Luo, S., & Wu, Z. (2017). Factors related to client satisfaction with methadone maintenance treatment in China. Journal of substance abuse treatment, 77, 201-206.

  14. Hsieh, J., Li, L.*, Lin, C., Luo, S., & Ji, G. (2017). Spousal role and caregiver burden in HIV affected families in Anhui Province, China. AIDS care, 29(10), 1270-1274.

  15. Luo, S. #, Han, L. #, Lu, H., ... & Xu, J.* (2015). Evaluating the impact of test-and-treat on the HIV epidemic among MSM in China using a mathematical model. Plos one, 10(6), e0126893.

Mental Health

  1. Yu, Y., She, R., Luo, S., …, & Lau, J. T. * (2021). Factors influencing depression and mental distress related to COVID-19 among university students in China: online cross-sectional mediation study. Journal of Medical Internet Research Mental Health 2021 Feb 22;8(2):e22705.

  2. Xin, M. #, Luo, S. #, She, R., ... & Lau, J. T.* (2020). Negative cognitive and psychological correlates of mandatory quarantine during the initial COVID-19 outbreak in China. American Psychologist, 75(5), 607-617.

  3. Luo, S. #, Yang, X. #, Wang, Z., ... & Lau, J. T.* (2020). Negative attitudes toward aging mediated the association between HIV status and depression among older people in mainland china. Journal of Affective Disorders, 277, 1005-1012.

  4. Chen, G., Lin, C., Chen, Y., Li, L., Luo, S., ... & Wu, Z*. (2020). Job satisfaction among methadone maintenance treatment clinic service providers in Jiangsu, China: A cross-sectional survey. Journal of addiction medicine, 14(1), 12-17.

  5. Luo, S., Lin, C., Feng, N., Wu, Z., & Li, L.* (2019). Stigma towards people who use drugs: A case vignette study in methadone maintenance treatment clinics in China. International Journal of Drug Policy, 71, 73-77.

  6. Luo, S., Lin, C., Ji, G., & Li, L.* (2017). Post-Traumatic stress disorder symptoms among people living with HIV/AIDS in rural China. AIDS and Behavior, 21(11), 3202-3208.

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