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Zhao Ni

PhD, BMedSci, RN
Assistant Professor; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

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Zhao Ni, PhD, BMedSci, RN


Dr. Ni’s research focuses on using mobile technologies to prevent cardiovascular disease and HIV/AIDS. He has conducted international research at the interface of chronic diseases and mobile health in the U.S., China, and Nepal. His current projects are funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) and focused on developing artificial intelligence chatbots to promote HIV testing and prevention in Malaysia among populations at high risk of HIV. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Dissertation Award of Duke University and the Excellent Paper Award of Chinese Nursing Association.

Education & Training

  • Non Degree Program
    Duke University, Doctoral Certificate in Global Health (2019)
  • Non Degree Program
    Duke University, Certificate in College Teaching (2019)
  • PhD
    Duke University
  • BSN
    Duke University
  • BMedSci
    Yunnan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine


  • Using virtual reality to promote primary healthcare in Indonesia
    Surabaya, Indonesia 2022
  • Awareness of cardiovascular diseases (ACARD) study
    Kunming, China 2022
  • Optimizing blood pressure digital health program in rural Nepal
    Kathmandu, Nepal 2022
  • Developing an artificial intelligence-based mHealth intervention to increase HIV testing in Malaysia
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2020
  • Developing a mobile phone-based community health program for hypertension control in Nepal
    Dhunkharka, Nepal (2018-2019)
  • An mHealth intervention to improve medication adherence among patients with coronary heart disease in China
    Chengdu, China (2016-2018)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Meritorious and Citation Award WinnerSociety of Behavioral Medicine2021
FLAGS Research AwardYale University2021
Excellent Paper AwardChinese Nursing Association2020
Distinguished Dissertation AwardDuke University2019
Outstanding Graduate of Yunnan ProvinceYunnan Provincial Department of Education, China2012
Outstanding Student Leader AwardYunnan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine2011
Best Intern AwardKunming Guandu District People's Hospital, China2010
Excellent Student ScholarshipYunnan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine2009
Best Service Award for VolunteersYunnan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine2009
Best Debater AwardYunnan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine2009
Yunnan Provincial ScholarshipYunnan Provincial Department of Education, China2008

Professional Service

Frontiers in Public HealthGuest Editor2022 - Present
Jurnal Berkala Epidemiologi (Periodic Epidemiology Journal)Editorial Board Member2022 - Present
JMIR Public Health & SurveillanceReviewer2022 - Present
YSN IDEAS CouncilBoard Member2022 - Present
Nursing OpenReviewer2022 - Present
Journal of Association of Nurses in AIDS CareReviewer2021 - Present
Science ProgressReviewer2021 - Present
Journal of Medical Internet ResearchReviewer2019 - Present
JMIR mHealth and uHealthReviewer2019 - Present
BMC Public HealthReviewer2019 - Present
Annals of Translational MedicineReviewer2019 - Present
BMC Informatics and Decision MakingReviewer2019 - Present
Computers, Informatics, NursingReviewer2019 - Present
High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular PreventionReviewer2019 - Present