Dr. Y. Alicia Hong’s current research interests include: 1) design and evaluate digital interventions for chronic disease management, 2) promote patient-provider communication using digital tools, and 3) examine the relationship of digital divide and health disparities.
In her digital health interventions, Hong led an interdisciplinary research team to develop and evaluate iCanFit®, and interactive and personalized behavioral intervention to promote physical activity and healthy living for older cancer survivors. She also co-led an international team to develop Run4Love, a WeChat-based interactive and personalized intervention to reduce stress and depressive symptoms among people living with HIV in China. In addition to cancer survivors and HIV-affected populations, she has worked with older adults with chronic conditions and immigrants.
In her research on eHealth communication and digital divide, Hong used multiple large datasets to examine the trend of digital divide, patient-provider communication, and use of patient portals. She has conducted systematic reviews on eHealth behavior measurement, digital interventions for patient-provider communication, and patient online review studies.
Hong has served as PI, Co-PI, or sub-PI in more than 20 research projects funded by NIH, CDC, HRSA, and private foundations. She has published 90+ peer-reviewed journal articles, and served in grant review panels for NIH, NSF, HRSA, and international organizations. Hong has taught graduate courses on program planning, research methods, mHealth, behavioral intervention, and comparative global health systems.