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    Yuyan Shi

    TitleAssistant Professor
    SchoolUniversity of California, San Diego
    DepartmentFamily Medicine and Public Health
    Address9500 Gilman Drive #0607
    CA La Jolla 92093
    Phone858-534-4273
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      Yuyan Shi is a health policy analyst and health economist with research interests in policy and economic analysis of substance use and abuse. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in applied microeconomics and policy analysis with concentration on health economics from Pardee RAND Graduate School (RAND Corporation). She received master's degree in policy analysis from Tsinghua University, and Bachelor's degree from Peking University, China with double major in political science and economics. Before joining UCSD, she was a health economics consultant at the World Bank, and a health economist at the Healthways. Inc.

      Dr. Shi’s research concentrates on tobacco, alcohol and marijuana use and abuse. She is interested in understanding the epidemiology and geographic patterns of these behaviors, evaluating the impacts of economics and health policies in vulnerable subgroups and in the general population as a whole, and conducting economic evaluations to assess cost-effectiveness/cost-utility/cost-benefit of behavioral interventions. Dr. Shi is particularly interested in novel tobacco products such as e-cigarettes and hookah, availability of marijuana products, economics of marijuana purchasing behaviors, and impacts of marijuana legalization policies on marijuana use in both adolescent and adult population. She is specialized in economics and statistical modeling, spatial analysis, and policy evaluation using large population data.

      Dr. Shi teaches in the UCSD-SDSU Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) on Health Policy for Health Behavior, and in the UCSD Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) on Health Policy and Healthy Lifestyles. She is also a guest lecturer in BSPH Introduction to Public Health and an instructor for undergraduate independent research.


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      1. Shi Y, Cummins SE, Zhu SH. Use of electronic cigarettes in smoke-free environments. Tob Control. 2016 Sep 08. PMID: 27609779.
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      2. Shi Y. The availability of medical marijuana dispensary and adolescent marijuana use. Prev Med. 2016 Oct; 91:1-7. PMID: 27471020.
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      3. Shi Y, Meseck K, Jankowska M. Availability of Medical and Recreational Marijuana Stores and Neighborhood Characteristics in Colorado. J Addict. 2016; Article ID 7193740.
      4. Shi Y, Lenzi M, An R. Cannabis Liberalization and Adolescent Cannabis Use: A Cross-National Study in 38 Countries. PLoS One. 2015; 10(11):e0143562. PMID: 26605550.
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      5. Messer K, Vijayaraghavan M, White MM, Shi Y, Chang C, Conway KP, Hartman A, Schroeder MJ, Compton WM, Pierce JP. Cigarette smoking cessation attempts among current US smokers who also use smokeless tobacco. Addict Behav. 2015 Dec; 51:113-9. PMID: 26253939.
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      6. An R, Shi Y. Body weight status and onset of functional limitations in U.S. middle-aged and older adults. Disabil Health J. 2015 Jul; 8(3):336-44. PMID: 25863703.
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      7. Shi Y, Cummins SE. Smoking Cessation Services and Smoke-Free Policies at Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities: National Survey Results. Psychiatr Serv. 2015 Feb 17; appips201400328. PMID: 25686819.
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      8. Rajaratnam AS, Sears LE, Shi Y, Coberley CR, Pope JE. Well-being, health, and productivity improvement after an employee well-being intervention in large retail distribution centers. J Occup Environ Med. 2014 Dec; 56(12):1291-6. PMID: 25479299.
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      9. Messer K, White MM, Strong DR, Wang B, Shi Y, Conway KP, Pierce JP. Trends in Use of Little Cigars or Cigarillos and Cigarettes among U.S. Smokers, 2002-2011. Nicotine Tob Res. 2014 Sep 19. PMID: 25239955.
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      10. Shi Y. Smoking cessation among people seeking mental health treatment. Psychiatr Serv. 2014 Jul; 65(7):957-60. PMID: 26037007.
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      11. Shi Y, Zhong S. From genomes to societies: a holistic view of determinants of human health. Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2014 Aug; 28:134-42. PMID: 24686286.
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      12. Shi Y. At high risk and want to quit: Marijuana use among adults with depression or serious psychological distress. Addict Behav. 2014 Apr; 39(4):761-7. PMID: 24457899.
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      13. Shi Y, Sears LE, Coberley CR, Pope JE. The association between modifiable well-being risks and productivity: a longitudinal study in pooled employer sample. J Occup Environ Med. 2013 Apr; 55(4):353-64. PMID: 23567993.
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      14. Sears LE, Shi Y, Coberley CR, Pope JE. Overall well-being as a predictor of health care, productivity, and retention outcomes in a large employer. Popul Health Manag. 2013 Dec; 16(6):397-405. PMID: 23480368.
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      15. Shi Y, Sears LE, Coberley CR, Pope JE. Classification of individual well-being scores for the determination of adverse health and productivity outcomes in employee populations. Popul Health Manag. 2013 Apr; 16(2):90-8. PMID: 23013034.
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      16. Wu S, Cohen D, Shi Y, Pearson M, Sturm R. Economic analysis of physical activity interventions. Am J Prev Med. 2011 Feb; 40(2):149-58. PMID: 21238863.
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