Meet the people in our Center


Xiaoming Li, Ph.D.

Dr. Li is Professor and Endowed Chair of clinical translational research. Dr. Li’s research interests include development, delivery and evaluation of culturally appropriate best practices in the areas of mental health and HIV/AIDS behavioral prevention intervention in both domestic and international settings. He has been continuously funded by NIH since 2001 to study HIV disclosure, stigma, HIV treatment and care, resilience, and other health issues among children and adolescents, rural migrants, men who have sex with men, female sex workers, children and family affected by HIV/AIDS, and people living with HIV/AIDS in China. He has also participated in HIV-related research in Namibia, Viet Nam, India, Mexico, Zambia, and the Bahamas.

Administrative Assistant

Joanne (Joni) Zwemer

Joni Zwemer has worked with Dr. Xiaoming Li for the last 13 years. She was his Administrative Coordinator at Wayne State University.




Core Faculty

Christine Beyer, Ph.D., Director of Community Engagement

Dr. Beyer has a background as a professor of teacher education in health education and promotion having served on the teaching faculty of Coastal Carolina University, Kennesaw State University, The State University of New York, and North Carolina Central University. For over a decade, Dr. Beyer worked at the South Carolina Department of Education, providing curriculum and instruction guidance and statewide health promotion professional development training for teachers and community partners. Dr. Beyer’s research interests focus on broad applications of comprehensive health education curriculum and instruction that enhances the wellbeing of both the schools and the community.

Sayward Harrison, Ph.D., Director of Research

Dr. Sayward Harrison is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior. She earned a Ph.D. in Health Psychology with a specialization in Pediatric School Psychology from East Carolina University. Dr. Harrison has six years of clinical experience working as a pediatric school psychologist in a variety of settings including school-based health centers, public schools, and hospital clinics. Her research examines the impacts of chronic health conditions on children’s learning and development. Some of Dr. Harrison’s current projects include evaluating the promise of resilience-based interventions for improving wellbeing among children affected by HIV/AIDS and improving home-school-health connections to reduce childhood obesity.

Jan Ostermann, Ph.D, Associate Professor

Jan Ostermann, Ph.D., is an Associate Research Professor in Duke University’s Global Health Institute. Dr. Ostermann is a health services and population health researcher who specializes in analytic techniques for longitudinal and complex survey designs. Dr. Ostermann led the research design for the multi-year, five country orphan research, and has resided in Tanzania for 5 years.


Shan Qiao, Ph.D, Assistant Professor

Dr. Shan Qiao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior. She has academic background in multiple social science disciplines (B.A. in sociology, M.A. in anthropology, and Ph.D. in public health) with specific training and expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research and behavioral intervention. She has focused on HIV prevention and care since 2006 and has been working with diverse vulnerable populations in China including female sex workers, children affected by HIV/AIDS, and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH), as well as health care providers engaged in HIV prevention and care. Her recent research interests focus on HIV disclosure, medication adherence, remove coma here and mental health among PLWH, and intervention design, evaluation, and implementation.

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