• Dr Sun is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Health Policy and Organization at UAB. She received her training in health economics and operations research/decision sciences. Dr Sun applies a variety of quantitative methods in her research, including agent-based modeling, econometric methods, social network analysis, mathematical modeling and optimal control, to study health behaviors and evaluate public health interventions. Her main research interests include tobacco control, youth electronic cigarette use, obesity, and infectious disease modeling. She has published in leading journals in her field, such as JAMA Pediatrics, JAMA Network Open, Addiction, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, and Journal of Medical Internet Research. Her studies have been covered by national media outlets such as the Washington Post, the New York Times, and United Press International.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2022 Examining Racial/Ethnic and Income Disparities on Tobacco Product Use Among US Adults Within Wave 5 of the PATH StudyJournal of Addiction Medicine2022
    2022 Impact of vaccination on the COVID-19 pandemic in U.S. statesScientific Reports.  12. 2022
    2022 Negative sentiments toward novel coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinesVaccine.  40:6895-6899. 2022
    2022 Use of Electronic Cigarettes Among Cannabis-Naive Adolescents and Its Association With Future Cannabis UseJAMA Network Open.  5:E2223277. 2022
    2022 Can PATH Study susceptibility measures predict e-cigarette and cigarette use among American youth 1 year later?Addiction.  117:2067-2074. 2022
    2022 Is Adolescent E-Cigarette Use Associated With Subsequent Smoking? A New LookNicotine and Tobacco Research.  24:710-718. 2022
    2022 Evaluation of Self-reported Cannabis Vaping among US Youth and Young Adults Who Use e-CigarettesJAMA Pediatrics.  176:417-419. 2022
    2022 Perceived Stigma in Health Care Settings Mediates the Relationships Between Depression, Diabetes, and HypertensionPopulation Health Management.  25:164-171. 2022
    2021 Trends in Nicotine Product Use among US Adolescents, 1999-2020JAMA Network Open.  4. 2021
    2021 Impact of vaccination on the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from U.S. states 2021
    2021 In Search of a Better Way to Assess the Risk of Youth Exposure to Nicotine and Tobacco ProductsJAMA Pediatrics2021
    2020 Creating COVID-19 stigma by referencing the novel coronavirus as the "Chinese virus" on twitter: Quantitative analysis of social media data 2020
    2019 Finding the optimal mix of smoking initiation and cessation interventions to reduce smoking prevalencePLoS One.  14. 2019
    2019 Initiation versus Cessation Control Policies: Deriving Optimal Resource Allocation Strategies to Decrease Smoking Prevalence Under a Fixed Budget 2019
    2017 An application of the Continuous Opinions and Discrete Actions (CODA) model to adolescent smoking initiationPLoS One.  12. 2017
    2017 Adopting epidemic model to optimize medication and surgical intervention of excess weight 2017
    2015 Optimal weight based on energy imbalance and utility maximizationPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications.  442:429-435. 2015
    2014 Kinetics of jobs in multi-link cities with generalized migration-driven aggregation processApplied Mathematics and Computation.  247:1003-1010. 2014
    2014 Migration-driven aggregation behaviors in job markets with direct foreign immigration 2014
    2013 Migration-Driven Aggregation Behaviors of Job Markets in a Multi-Group EnvironmentEconomics Research International.  2013:1-6. 2013
    2013 Kinetics of jobs in multi-link cities with migration-driven aggregation processEconomic Modelling.  30:36-41. 2013
    2011 Global stability of multigroup epidemic model with group mixing and nonlinear incidence ratesApplied Mathematics and Computation.  218:280-286. 2011
    2010 Global stability of the endemic equilibrium of multigroup SIR models with nonlinear incidenceComputers and Mathematics with Applications.  60:2286-2291. 2010
    2010 Stability analysis of a class of stochastic differential delay equations with nonlinear impulsive effectsJournal of the Franklin Institute.  347:1186-1198. 2010

    Research Overview

  • Agent-based Modeling, Complex Systems, Health Economics, Obesity, Social Network Analysis, Tobacco Control.
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services / Allied Health / Health Sciences, University of Michigan System : Ann Arbor 2019
  • Full Name

  • Ruoyan Sun