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Nicole P Yuan PhD, MPH

Nicole P Yuan PhD, MPH

Associate Professor & Program Director, Health Behavior and Health Promotion

Health Promotion Sciences Department

1295 N. Martin Avenue
Drachman Hall A202
PO Box: 245209
Tucson AZ 85724
(520) 626-7215


Nicole P. Yuan, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. She received a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University and an MPH degree in health services research from the University of Washington. She was a recipient of a K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Career Development Award funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism that focused on interpersonal violence and substance use among American Indian tribes. She has also received funding for work on sexual violence education and prevention, tobacco cessation, indigenous environmental health, health literacy, integrative health, and community-based participatory research, with an emphasis on underserved populations. Her current research interests include adverse life experiences, interpersonal violence, coping and resilience, substance use, tobacco cessation, and community engagement in health promotion. Nicole teaches in the MPH degree program. Her courses include HPS 531 Contemporary Health Issues and Research and HPS 577 Sociocultural and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health. She serves on committees for doctoral students, MPH students, and undergraduate honors students. She mentors students at all levels. Nicole is a licensed psychologist in Arizona. 

Educational Background:

University of Washington, MPH, 2011

 Bowling Green State University, PhD, 2002

 Bowling Green State University, MA, 1999

 Oberlin College, BA, 1995

Selected Publications:

2017             Jung, A. M., Schweers, N., Bell, M. L., Nair, U. S., & Yuan, N. P. Predictors of tobacco cessation among quitline callers who implement home smoking bans during the quitting process. Accepted for publication in Preventing Chronic Disease, 14, 170139.
2016             Yuan, N. P., Gaines, T., Jones, L., Rodriguez, L., Hamilton, N., & Kinnish, K. Bridging the gap between researchers and communities by strengthening collaborations for violence research. Psychology of Violence, 6, 27-33.
2015              Yuan, N. P., Belfourt -Dittloff, A., Schultz, K., Packard, G., & Duran, B. Research agenda for violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women: Toward the development of strength-based and resilience interventions. Psychology of Violence, 5, 367-373.
2014                       Yuan, N. P., Walters, K., Duran, B., Pearson, C., & Evans-Campbell, T. Alcohol misuse and associations with childhood maltreatment and out-of-home placement among urban two-spirit American Indian and Alaska Native people. International Journal of Environmental Health and Public Health, 11, 10461-10479. doi:10.3390/ijerph111010461


Yuan, N. P., Bartgis, J., & Demers, D. Promoting ethical research with American Indian and Alaska Native people living in urban areas. American Journal of Public Health, 104, 2085-2091. PMCID:PMC4202957

Research Synopsis

Her research focuses on adverse life experiences, interpersonal violence, substance use, coping and resilience, with an emphasis on community-based partnerships with urban and reservation-based AI/AN and other underserved populations. Nicole applies both quantitative and qualitative methods in her work.

Curriculum Vitae: 

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