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College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

Faculty and Staff Profile

Lu Shi

Associate Professor

Office: 507 Edwards Hall

Phone: 864-656-0495


Educational Background

Ph.D. Policy Analysis
F.S.P. RAND Graduate School 2008

M.A. Media Studies
Syracuse University 2004

B.A. English linguistics
Peking University 1997

Courses Taught

HLTH 831 Quantitative methods
HLTH 475 Health care operations research and practice
HLTH 490 Research and evaluation in public health
HLTH 361 Health economics
HLTH 497 Creative inquiry


Lu Shi is an associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences. His research interests include simulation and modeling, empirical methods, health economics, and complementary and alternative medicine.

Research Interests

simulation modeling; health economics; behavioral economics; complementary and alternative medicine; population health

Research Publications

1. Zhang, D., Shi, L., Ido, M.S., Green, D.E., Li, Y., Su, D. and Hess, D.C., 2019. Impact of Participation in a Telestroke Network on Clinical Outcomes: Evidence From the Georgia Coverdell Acute Stroke Registry. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, 12(1), p.e005147.

2. Ambavane RA*, Khademi A, Zhang D, Shi L. An Exploration through Microsimulation of Meditation on Stroke Trends. Accepted by Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases.

3. Khademi, A., Zhang, D., Giabbanelli, P.J., Timmons, S., Luo, C. and Shi, L., 2018. An Agent-Based Model of Healthy Eating with Applications to Hypertension. In Advanced Data Analytics in Health (pp. 43-58). Springer, Cham.

4. MacLeod, K.E., Shi, L., Zhang, D., Chen, L. and Chao, S.M., 2018. Association between vehicle time during pregnancy and mental health among women of different income groups. 2018 Journal of Transport & Health, 8, pp.106-111.

5. Hu, Q., Shi, L., Chen, L., Zhang, L., Truong, K., Ewing, A., Wu, J. and Scott, J., 2018. Seasonality in the adverse outcomes in weight loss surgeries. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, 14(3), pp.291-296.

6. Henry, S., O’Neal, R., Spitler, H.D., Carey, S., Alexander, V., Hassan, L., Leonard, D., Chastain, G, Shi, L., Jindal, M. “JUMPing into Diabetes Control”: a Group-setting Self-empowerment Lifestyle Intervention among Diabetes Patients. 2018 GHS Proceedings.

7. Shi, L., MacLeod, K.E., Zhang, D., Wang, F. and Chao, M.S., 2017. Travel distance to prenatal care and high blood pressure during pregnancy. Hypertension in Pregnancy, 36(1), pp.70-76.

8. Shi, L., Liang, D., Gao, Y., Huang, J., Nolan, C., Mulvaney, A., Poole, T. and Zhang, H., 2017. Mindfulness and asthma symptoms: A study among college students. Journal of Asthma, pp.1-5.

9. Sheng, B., Feng, C., Zhang, D., Spitler, H. and Shi, L., 2017. Associations between Obesity and Spinal Diseases: A Medical Expenditure Panel Study Analysis. International journal of environmental research and public health, 14(2), p.183.

10. Shi, L., Feng, C., Griffin, S., Williams, J.E., Crandall, L.A. and Truong, K., 2017. Does Awareness of the Affordable Care Act Reduce Adverse Selection? A Study of the Long-term Uninsured in South Carolina. INQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing, 54, p.0046958017727103.

11. Zhang, L., Scott, J., Shi, L., Truong, K., Hu, Q., Ewing, J.A. and Chen, L., 2017. Changes in utilization and peri-operative outcomes of bariatric surgery in large US hospital database, 2011-2014. PloS one, 12(10), p.e0186306.

12. Zhang, D., Pan, X., Li, S., Liang, D., Hou, Z., Li, Y. and Shi, L., 2017. Impact of the National Essential Public Health Services Policy on Hypertension Control in China. American Journal of Hypertension.

13. Gimbel, R., Shi, L., Williams, J.E., Dye, C.J., Chen, L., Crawford, P., Shry, E.A., Griffin, S.F., Jones, K.O., Sherrill, W.W. and Truong, K., 2017. Enhancing mHealth Technology in the Patient-Centered Medical Home Environment to Activate Patients With Type 2 Diabetes: A Multisite Feasibility Study Protocol. JMIR Research Protocols, 6(3).

14. Pollock, J., Shi, L. and Gimbel, R.W., 2017. Outdoor Environment and Pediatric Asthma: An Update on the Evidence from North America. Canadian Respiratory Journal, 2017.

15. Timmons, S.M., Shi, L. and Khademi, A., 2017. Priority Hypertension Management Strategies for At-risk African Americans as Perceived by Medical Clinicians and Academic Scholars. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 10(1), p.13.

16. Shi, L., Zhang, D., Wang, L., Zhuang, J., Cook, R. and Chen, L., 2016. Meditation and blood pressure: a meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. Journal of Hypertension.

17. Shi, L., Zhang, D., Chen, L. and Truong, K.D., 2016. “Weekend Effect” or “Saturday Effect”?. Circulation, 134(19), pp.1510-1512.

18. Orenstein, P.V. and Shi, L., 2016. Microsimulation Modeling of Coronary Heart Disease Maximizing the Impact of Nonprofit Hospital–Based Interventions. INQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing, 53, p.0046958016666009.

19. Shi, L., Truong, K., Summey, J. and Spitler, H., 2016. Liquor store density and acute pancreatitis hospitalization. Journal of Substance Use, pp.1-6.

20. Egan B, Li J, Chen L, Shi L, Wagner S, Fleming D, Davis R, Sinopoli A. Does the Method for Assessing Hypertension Control Impact Potential J-Curve Related Risk if healthy People 2020 Control Goals Are Met. (Accepted by Journal of Clinical Hypertension)

21. Jin J, Liang D, Shi L and Huang J., 2016. Trends in Between-Country Health Equity in Sub-Saharan Africa from 1990 to 2011: Improvement, Convergence and Reversal. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(6), p.620.

22. Gao Y, Shi L†, Smith, K.C., Kingree, J.B. and Thompson, M., 2016. Physical Aggression and Mindfulness among College Students: Evidence from China and the United States. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(5), p.480.

23. Huang J and Shi L, 2016. The effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for survivors of breast cancer: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 17(1), p.1.

24. Zhang D, Shi L, Tian F. and Zhang L, 2016. Care Utilization with China’s New Rural Cooperative Medical Scheme: Updated Evidence from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study 2011–2012. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, pp.1-9.

25. Mao, Y., & Shi, L. (2015, September). Can media consumption predict immigrant adolescents’ acculturation related risky health behavior? An analysis of Latino Sample in CHIS Survey. In S. L. Blair, P. N. Claster, & S. M. Claster (Eds.), Technology and youth: Growing up in a digital world (pp.421-4)

26. *Tedder M, Shi L, Si M, Franco R and Chen L. 2015. eMindfulness Therapy—A Study on Efficacy of Blood Pressure and Stress Control Using Mindful Meditation and Eating Apps among People with High Blood Pressure. Medicines, 2(4), pp.298-309.

27. Gao Y and Shi L† 2015. Mindfulness, Physical Activity and Avoidance of Secondhand Smoke: A Study of College Students in Shanghai. International journal of environmental research and public health, 12(8), pp.10106-10116.

28. Mao, Y. and Shi, L., Comparing Chinese immigrant women with Caucasian women on maternal health communication with healthcare providers: Findings from the Los Angeles Mommy and Baby (LAMB) survey. Communicating women’s health: Social and cultural norms that influence health decisions, pp.91-103.

29. Shi L, Zhang D, van Meijgaard J, MacLeod KE and Fielding JE 2015. The Interaction Between an Individual’s Acculturation and Community Factors on Physical Inactivity and Obesity: A Multilevel Analysis. American journal of public health, 105(7), pp.1460-1467.

30. Zhang D, van Meijgaard J, Shi L, Cole B, Fielding J. Does neighbourhood composition modify the association between acculturation and unhealthy dietary behaviours? Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2015.

31. Zhang Y, Zhang D, Jiang Y, Wanqi S, Yan W, Chen W, Li S, Shi L et al. Association between Physical Activity and Teacher-Reported Academic Performance among Fifth-Graders in Shanghai: A Quantile Regression PLoS ONE. 2015;10:e0115483+

32. Mao Y and Shi L†. Neighborhood Social Environment and Health Communication at Pre-pregnancy and Maternal Stages among Caucasian and Asian Women: Findings From the Los Angeles Mommy and Baby (LAMB) Survey Advances in Public Health. 2014.

33. Chao S M., Wakeel F, Herman D, Higgins C, Shi L, et al. The 2007 Los Angeles Mommy and Baby Study: A Multilevel, Population-Based Study of Maternal and Infant Health in Los Angeles County Advances in preventive medicine. 2014.

34. Shi L, Zhang D. An Agent-based Model to Evaluate Positive Externality of Smoking Cessations. China Health Review 2014; V4.2: 6-11

35. Shi L, An R, and Van Meijgaard J. Cigarette smoking and abdominal obesity: a meta-analysis of observational studies. Journal of Substance Use 2013;18.6: 440-449.

36. Huang J, Shi L†, Chen Y. Staff retention after the privatization of township-village health centers: a case study from the Haimen City of East China BMC Health Services Research. 2013;13:136.

37. Shi L., Meijgaard J., Fielding J. E.. Long-Term Effects of Health Factor Modification in Milwaukee County. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 2013;19:133-138.

38. Shi L, Zhang D. China's New Rural Cooperative Medical Scheme and Underutilization of Medical Care Among Adults Over 45: Evidence From CHARLS Pilot Data The Journal of Rural Health. 2013.

39. Meijgaard J, Shi L, Simon P. Trends in Recreational Computer Use Among Latino Children in California Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2012:1-5.

40. Zhou H, Shi L, Mao Y, Tang J, Zeng Y. Diffusion of new technology, health services and information after a crisis: a focus group study of the Sichuan ” 5.12” Earthquake. The International Journal of Health Planning and Management. 2012.

41. Shi L, Kanouse D, Baldwin S, Kim J. Perceptions of HIV/AIDS in One's Community Predict HIV Testing AIDS and Behavior. 2012:1-8.

42. Wang R, Shi L†. Access to food outlets and children's nutritional intake in urban China: a difference-in-difference analysis. Italian Journal of Pediatrics. 2012;38:30.

43. Cheng KG., Ortiz DJ., Weiss RE, Shi L., et al. Patterns of alcohol consumption and factors influencing problematic drinking among Angolan soldiers. Journal of Substance Use. 2012:138-149.

44. Shi L., Meijgaard J., Simon P. The association between acculturation and recreational computer use among Latino adolescents in California Pediatric Obesity. 2012;7:E33-E36.

45. Huang JY, Shi L. Differences in behavioral outcomes between first-year and second-year participants in a community-based colorectal cancer education intervention. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention. 2011;12(12):3323-3329.

46. Shi L, Tian H, McCarthy W, Berman B, Wu S, Boer R. Exploring the uncertainties of early detection results: model-based interpretation of mayo lung project BMC Cancer. 2011;11:92+.

47. Shi L, Iguchi MY. "Risk homeostasis" or "teachable moment"? the interaction between smoking behavior and lung cancer screening in the Mayo Lung Project. Tobacco Induced Diseases. 2011;9(1):2.

48. Shi L, Mao Y. Weekend television viewing and video gaming are associated with less adolescent smoking. Journal of Substance Use. 2011;16(2):109-115.

49. Shi L, van Meijgaard J, Fielding J. Forecasting diabetes prevalence in California: a microsimulation. Preventing Chronic Diseases 2011;8(4):A80.

50. Shi L, Mao Y. Excessive recreational computer use and food consumption behaviour among adolescents Italian Journal of Pediatrics. 2010;36:52+.

51. Shi L, Meijgaard JV. Substantial decline in sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among California’s children and adolescents. International Journal of General Medicine. 2010:221+.

52. Shi L. The Association between the Availability of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage in School Vending Machines and Its Consumption among Adolescents in California: A Propensity Score Matching Approach. Journal of Environmental and Public Health. 2010.

Honors and Awards

Greenville Health Authority (PI: Shi) 5/16/18-6/30/23 $ 558,972
Mindfulness Training for Adults with History of Depression, Substance Misuse, or Physical Inactivity

Peter G Peterson Foundation (PI: Shi) 5/16/18-10/01/2018 $49,382
Immigration and Fiscal Solvency of Medicare

Greenville Health System. Clinical Grant (PI: Shi) 5/16/2018-5/15/2019
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction among Prediabetes: A Randomized Pilot Trial
Role: Principal Investigator

Clemson University. IMPACT Grant (PI: Shi) 8/1/2017-7/30/2018
Mindful Walking among Pregnant Women: A Pilot Trial
Role: Principal Investigator

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Clinical Robotics Research Grant (PI: Shi) 1/1/2017-12/31/2017. $42,817.00
Does Robotic–assisted Surgery Improve the Outcomes for Radical Prostatectomy Patients in China?
Role: Principal Investigator

2016001047 UCLA Subaward No. 1940 G UA008 REV subaward (PI: Shi) 7/1/16-7/01/18
Forecasting the Population Health Burden of Mental Health Disorders and Scenarios for Prevention and Treatment in Los Angeles County
Role: Principal Investigator

Department of the Army, Medical Research Acquisition Activity (PI: Gimbel) 5/1/15---10/31/17
Enhancing mHealth Technology in the PCMH to Activate Chronic Patients
Role: Co-Investigator

BlueCross BlueShield Foundation South Carolina (PI: Truong) 2013-16 4/1/14—12/31/15
Long-term Uninsured People in the Age of Affordable Care Act
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

UniHealth Foundation/University of California Los Angeles subaward (PI: Shi) 3/1/13-11/01/15
Simulation modeling of Hospitals’ catchment area population health
Role: Principal Investigator

Canadian Institute of Health Research DC0190GP (PI: Barton) $10,000 1/1/12-12/31/12
Building Partnerships and Capacity to Explore the Consequences of Caesarean Delivery, Birth Policies
Role: Co-Principal Investigator


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