Dennis Li

School Attended While Participating in the Student Fellows Program: University of Texas School of Public Health

Contact E-mail: Dennis.h.li@uth.tmc.edu

Areas/Topics of Interest in MCH:

Adolescent and young adult health, sexual health, teen pregnancy and STI/HIV prevention, sexual minority (LGBT) youth, positive youth development, nutrition and physical activity

Applied to adolescent and young adult health:

Program development, program evaluation, health communication, behavioral theories, psychometry

Current Research/Area of Study:

I co-direct a project at the University of Texas Prevention Research Center that focuses on the adoption and implementation of evidence-based sexual health education programs (EBPs) into middle and high schools in Texas. Specifically, we are developing a web-based decision-support system that will facilitate this process for school districts by creating "champions" for EBPs. We work closely with school health stakeholders in Harris County, TX.

Accomplishments:

Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Fellowship (2010-2011), Executive Director of UTSPH Student Association (2010-2011), Dolan Mullen Scholarship (2011), Ronald J. Lorimor Scholarship (2010), Reuel A. Stallones Scholarship (2009)

Current Work:

I am a first-year PhD student in health promotion/behavioral sciences at the UT School of Public Health, from which I also received my MPH in August 2011. In addition to working for the UT Prevention Research Center, I am editorial assistant for The Journal of Primary Prevention.

Future Work:

Following my doctorate, I plan to enter academia in health promotion.