Meet the people in our Center



Xiaoming Li, Ph.D., Director

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, Administrative Assistant

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. Harrison is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. She also serves as Director of Research for the CHQ. Dr. Harrison has a PhD in Health Psychology and a specialization in the field of Pediatric School Psychology. Her research focuses on improving the health and well-being of children and adolescents and creating stronger links between schools, homes, and healthcare settings. Dr. Harrison is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a mobile Health (mHealth) intervention for youth living with HIV in the Southern United States. She also is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to study rural-urban disparities in adolescent vaccination and develop a school-based intervention to increase uptake of the HPV vaccine.

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.

Hyunsan Cho, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor

Dr. Hyunsan Cho  is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her primary areas of interest are quantitative methodology, prevention research, policy evaluation, and adolescent risk behaviors including substance use, risky sexual behaviors, and suicidal behaviors. She has more than 17 years of research experience on many NIH funded projects in the field of adolescent risk behaviors, both in U.S. and global settings. Specifically, since 2007 her research has focused on HIV prevention among orphan adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Monique Brown, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Dr. Monique Brown is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Arnold School of Public Health. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Bates College, her Master of Public Health degree from Brown University and her PhD in Epidemiology from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Her research interests are in HIV intervention and prevention; childhood trauma; social, behavioral and mental health; and aging. She is interested in these topics as separate and intersecting areas of study. Dr. Brown is currently funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to study the impact of childhood sexual trauma on aging with HIV, and to develop an intervention addressing childhood sexual trauma with the aim of improving HIV treatment outcomes among older adults living with HIV.