Ming Li

Assistant Professor


Contact Info

Lithicum Hall, Rm 101B


Ph.D., Health Education, Texas A&M University, 2019
M.S., Health Education, Texas A&M University, 2014
B.S., Biological Sciences, Hebei University, 2012

Areas of Expertise

Health Disparities
Precision Medicine/ Public Health Genomics
Cancer Prevention and Control
Autism Spectrum Disorders


Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles 

  • Li, M., Yang, B.K., Yu, Z., Zhu, L., Chen, X., Kreps, G.L., Kansangra, R. Exploring Factors Associated with Chinese-Americans’ Willingness to Receive an Additional Hypothetical Annual Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine. Vaccines. 2023; 11(1):185. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines11010185. (4.961IF)
  • Li, M., Kwok, O.M., Ping, M., Tseng, T.S., & Chen, L.S. (2023). Are college students interested in family health history education? A large needs assessment survey study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(3), 2596. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20032596. (4.614IF)
  • Chen, X., Ariati, J., Li, M., Kreps, G. (In press). Examining the influences of COVID-19 information avoidance and uncertainty on perceived severity of the pandemic: Applications from the Health Belief Model and Weick’s Model of Organizing. Health Behavior Research.
  • Zhang, X., Ma, P., Li., M. (In press). The association between paternal childcare involvement and postpartum depression and anxiety among Chinese women – A path model analysis. Archives of Women’s Mental Health.
  • Li M., Zhao S., Hsiao Y.Y., Kwok O.M., Tseng T.S., Chen L.S. Factors Influencing Family Health History Collection among Young Adults: A Structural Equation Modeling. Genes. 2022; 13(4):612. (4.096IF)
  • Li, M., Zhao S., Chen, W.J., Huang, T.Y., & Chen, L.S. (2022). Knowledge and Attitudes toward Genetic Testing for Autism Spectrum Disorders among Parents of Affected Children in Taiwan. Genes. 13(2):239. (4.096IF)
  • Chen X, Li M, Kreps GL. (2022). Double burden of COVID-19 knowledge deficit: Low health literacy and high information avoidance. BMC Res Notes. 5;15(1):27.
  • Li, M., Zhao, S., Young, C., Foster, M., Wang J.H., Tseng, T.S., Kwok, O.M. & Chen, L.S. (2021). Family health history-based interventions: A systematic review of the literature. American Journal of Preventive Medicine (4.420IF)(5.4435yr-IF)
  • Yeh, Y.L., Li, M., Kwok O.M., Ma, Ping & Chen, L.S. (2021). Chinese Americans’ family history of colorectal cancer communication with primary care physicians. Health Education and Behavior (1.927IF)(2.2415yr-IF)
  • Chen, X., Li, M. & Kreps, G.L. (2021). Acculturation and health literacy among Chinese speakers in the USA with limited English proficiency. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s40615-021-00979-9 (1.661IF)
  • Wang H.C., Yeh, Y.L., Li, M., Ma, P., Kwok, O., Chen, L.S. (2021). Effects of family health history-based colorectal cancer prevention education among non-adherent Chinese Americans to colorectal cancer screening guidelines. Patient Education and Counseling. (2.785IF)(3.3115yr-IF)(SSCI/SCIE)
  • Li, M., Yeh, Y.L, Sun, H., Chang, B., Chen, L.S. (2019). Community-based participatory research: A family health history-based colorectal cancer prevention program among Chinese Americans. Journal of Cancer Education, e-pub ahead of print.

Book Chapters

  • Chen, X, Li, M, Kreps, G. (In press). The health communication needs of Chinese American immigrants. Do Kyun David Kim, Gary Kreps (Eds.), Global Health Communication for Immigrants and Refugees: Cases, Theories, and Strategies (pp. 35-47).  New York: Routledge.

Honors and Awards

  • 2022 New Investigator Award, The Genomics Forum of the American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • 2019 Public Health Genomics Award, The Genomics Forum of the American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Distinguished Honor Graduate, College of Education and Human Development, Texas A&M University
  • Honor Graduate, Department of Health & Kinesiology, Texas A&M University

Professional Memberships/ Affiliations

  • American Public Health Association (APHA)

Professional Service

National Level Service

  • Past Chair, Genomics Forum, American Public Health Association (APHA) (2021-2022)
  • Member, The Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics, National Human Genome Research Institute

Department, College, and University Level Service

  • Committee Member, Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry Committee, Towson University (2021-present)
  • Committee Member, Diversity Action Committee, Towson University (2022-present)
  • Faculty Representative, Council of the College of Health Professions, Towson University (2022-present)
  • Chair, College of Health Professions Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive (DEI) Associated Committee (2022-present)
  • Member of Public Health Curriculum Committee, Department of Health Sciences, Towson University (2019-present)

Scientific Reviewer

  • Guest Editor, Special Issue "Family Health History and Public Health", International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue "Understanding and Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy", Vaccines
  • Manuscript Reviewer, American Journal of Preventive Medicine
  • Manuscript Reviewer, American Journal of Health Behavior
  • Manuscript Reviewer, American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Bioinformatics
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Public Health Genomics
  • Manuscript Reviewer, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Vaccines
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Children


  • HLTH 220: Sexuality in a Diverse Society
  • HLTH 315 Curriculum and Planning
  • HLTH 631: Program Planning