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Xiaoming Li named Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science

July 5, 2019 | Erin Bluvas,

The Association for Psychological Science has selected Xiaoming Li, director and Endowed Chair of the South Carolina SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality and professor in the Department of the Health Promotion, Education and Behavior, as a Fellow. Considered the leading international organization dedicated to advancing scientific psychology across disciplinary and geographic borders, members of the Association for Psychological Science provide a richer understanding of the world through their research, teaching and application of psychological science.

Li was chosen as a Fellow of the Association because of his sustained contributions to the science of psychology in these areas. Since his arrival at the Arnold School in 2015, Li has continued his decades-long research into HIV/AIDS, particularly the linkages and mechanisms between HIV-related psycho-social factors (e.g., disclosure, stigma, discrimination) and clinical outcomes related to these conditions. He conducts this research in global contexts with an extensive network of collaborators in China and locally in the state of South Carolina.

In the four years since Li established the Center for Healthcare Quality to improve the safety, effectiveness and affordability of health care in South Carolina, his team has grown to include more than 40 individuals. Li’s multi-faceted research and training program includes core and associate faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, doctoral students, research assistants/associates, visiting scholars, consultants and Junior Scholars from a variety of disciplines across the university and beyond.

With a background in computational mathematics and educational psychology, Li has worked with teams of physicians, psychologists and other health care professionals in health-related research for over 26 years. He is an internationally recognized leader in HIV prevention and intervention, having published >480 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and special reports with > 15,000 citations and an H-index of 65.

Li and his team have worked on National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded HIV research since 1992, with his first R01 grant awarded by NIH in 2001. They are currently funded by the NIH to study the HIV treatment cascade in South Carolina using Big Data analytics and also the impact of HIV-related stigma on people living with HIV’s clinical outcomes and the mechanisms of such impacts in China.

Li has received many honors throughout his career, including his recent identification as the world’s most active author in AIDS-related stigma and discrimination and his receipt of the 2019 Southeast Conference (SEC) Faculty Achievement Award.


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