Frankie Wong

Frankie Wong

Contact Information

Office Location
INRHE Center


Ph.D., Social Psychology (major) and Management (minor), Texas A&M University
B.A. (Honours), Psychology, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada



Fellow, American Psychological Association
Concurrent Professor (highest level of appointment for a non-Chinese national in recognition for contributions to the University), Fudan University, Shanghai, China


Other Academic Appointments

2020-present    Scientist-Educator (courtesy), Department of Population Health Science, John D. Bower School of Population Health, University of Mississippi Medical Center
2020-present    Professor (courtesy), Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine, College of Medicine, Florida State University
2019-present    Professor (courtesy), College of Social Work, Florida State University
2019-present     Faculty Affiliate (courtesy), Center for Translational Behavioral Science, College of Medicine, Florida State University
2018-present    Graduate Affiliate Faculty (courtesy), Department of Psychology, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
2016-present    Concurrent Professor, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
2015-present    Adjunct Professor (courtesy), Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Fudan University, Shanghai, China




Study Populations

    Asian Pacific Americans in the United States and Affiliated Jurisdictions
    Immigrants, Refugees, and Transient as well as Displaced People
    Indigenous Populations
    Racial/Ethnic Minorities
    Sexual and Gender Minorities 



    Intersectionality of clinical and macrosocial determinants on physical and psychosocial health

    Migration and Health (especially depression, HIV, other non-HIV sexually transmitted infections such as syphilis, substance misuse, and viral hepatitis)
    Sexual Health (including HIV and other non-HIV STIs such as syphilis)
    Substance Misuse
    HIV Disease Progression and Management (e.g., hypertension)




    People’s Republic of China
    United States of America
    Viet Nam


    South Africa



AIDS Education and Prevention
American Journal of Community Psychology
Globalization and Health




Florida State University

2020-present    Executive Committee Member, United Faculty of Florida/FSU Chapter
2020-present    Member, Faculty Merger Committee (College of Nursing & College of Human Sciences), Florida State University
2019-present    Mentor, Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement
2019-present    Member, Institutional Review Board, Office of Research
2019-present    Member, International Advisory Committee, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
2019-present    Member, Research Committee, College of Nursing
2019-2020    Member, Search Committee for the Dean of Nursing
2019-2020    Member, Working Group on 100&Change’s application (MacArthur Foundation), Office of Research
2018-present    Member, Promotion and Tenure Committee, College of Nursing
2018-present    Member, Ph.D. Task Force, College of Nursing

International, National, and Regional Committee and Boards:

2019-present    Scientific Advisor, University of Utah National Research Mentoring Network (funded by the National Institutes of Health)
2018-present    Member, Scientific Community Leadership Council, The Indigenous Wellness Research Institute National Center of Excellence, School of Social Work, University of Washington funded by the National Institutes of Health 
2017-present    Member, Steering Committee, Research Core J (Sociobehavioral and Prevention Research), Center for AIDS Research, University of Washington
2016-present    Faculty Interviewer, Vietnam Education Foundation (and VEF-2), Washington, D.C.
2015-present    External Reviewer, Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong



Dr. Wong has expertise in community-based research targeting racial/ethnic and underserved populations with a history of or who are currently using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) and engaging in HIV-related risk practices.  His NIH-funded research (since 2001) focuses on the social epidemiology of ATOD, HIV, and other non-HIV sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among these populations in the U.S., South Africa, China, Tajikistan, Viet Nam, and Russia.  

Dr. Wong is one of the handful of behavioral and social sciences researchers who conduct NIH-funded research addressing the sexual health and substance use/abuse as well as other health disparities among AAPIs in the United States.  In addition, he is one of the first Western investigators to examine HIV-related risks (including ATOD) among men who have sex with men (MSM) in China, where they now have the highest incidence and prevalence of HIV and other non-HIV STIs such as syphilis.  Collectively, these two sets of work have informed others in the field how to conduct research with these hard-to-reach and hard-to-engage populations. 

Dr. Wong is also known for his work in capacity building for research infrastructure.  Before returning to academia full-time in 2000, he spent 7 years of his professional career delivering social and health prevention services that targeted under-served and vulnerable populations such as immigrants and refugees (in Boston) and ex-offenders (in New York City).  


Publications (2018-present)  
*Mentee and/or Student 
    Wong JA, Dang LH, Ngoc PT, Le T, Vu NC, Vu TD, James S, Katona P, Katona L, Rosen J, Wong FY, Nguyen CK.  Effectiveness of an automated errors checking and feedback system to improve text message reporting for disease surveillance in Vietnam.  Telemedicine and e-Health, in press.

    Millender E**, Barile JP**, Bagneris J*, Harris R*, De Faria L, Wong FY, Crusto C, Taylor JY.  Associations between social determinants of health, perceived discrimination, and body mass index on symptoms of depression among young African American mothers.  Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, in press.

    Hall CD*, Luu M*, Nehl E**, He N, Zheng T, Haardörfer R**, Wong FY.  Do the same socio-demographic variables predict testing uptake and sero-status?: HIV and syphilis among an observational sample of Chinese MSM in Shanghai, China.  International Journal AIDS & STD, in press.

    Ding Y**, Ma Z, He J, Xu X, Qiao S, Xu L, Shi R, Xu X, Zhu B, Li J, Wong FY, He N.  Evolving HIV epidemiology in mainland China: 2009-2018.  Current HIV/AIDS Reports; 2019; 16(6); 423-430.  doi: 10.1007/s11904-019-00468-z

    He N (corresponding author), Ding Y**, Li J, Yuan S, Xu L, Qiao S, Xu X, Zhu B, Shi R, Barile JP**, Wong FY (corresponding author).  HIV and aging in mainland China: Implications for control and prevention research.  Current HIV/AIDS Reports; 2019; 16(6): 439-447.  doi: 10.1007/ s11904-019-00473-2

    Hall CD*, Ibragimov U*, Luu M*, Wong FY.  “Actives,” passives, and power: Heteronormative gender norms and their implications for intimate partner violence among men who have sex with men in Tajikistan.  Culture, Health and Sexuality; published online June 11, 2019.  doi: 10.1080/ 13691058.2019.1623913

    Ibragimov U*, Cooper HL**, Haardöefer R**, Dunkle KL**, Zule WA, Wong FY.  Pharmacists’ attitudes and practices about selling syringes to people who inject drugs in Tajikistan: results of a syringe purchase audit and a survey.  The International Journal of Drug Policy, 2019; (71): 62-72.  doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.s019.06.009

    Ning Z**, Jie F**, Zhuang M, Park JA*, Ibragimov U*, He N, Wong FY (corresponding author).  HIV and syphilis epidemic among MSM and non-MSM aged 50 and above in Shanghai, China: A yearly cross-sectional study, 2008-2014.  Global Public Health, 2018; 13(11): 1625-1633.  doi: 10.1080/17441692.2018.1427271

    Liu Y, Zhang Y, Ning Z**, Zheng H, Ding Y**, Gao M, Wong FY, He N.  Intimate partner violence victimization and HIV infection among men who have sex with men in Shanghai, China.  BioScience Trends, 2018; 12(2): 142-148.  doi: 10.5582/bst.2018.01035

    MA GX, Tan Y, Lee M, Hanlon AL, Feng Z, Shireman TI, Rhee J, Wei Z, Wong FY, Koh HS, Kim C, York Q.  Efficacy of a community-based participatory intervention to enhance hepatitis B screening and vaccination in underserved Korean Americans.  Cancer, 2018; 124(5): 973-982.  doi: 10.1002/cncr.31134 

    Liu C, Ding Y**, Zhen N**, Gao M, Liu X**, Wong FY, He N.  Factors associated with uptake of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis: Some qualitative insights from an intervention study of men who have sex with men in China.  Sexual Health, 2018; 15(1): 39-45.  doi: 10.1071/ SH17075

    Ibragimov U*, Wong FY.  Qualitative examination of enacted stigma towards gay and bisexual men and related health outcomes in Tajikistan, Central Asia.  Global Public Health, 2018; 13(5): 597-611.  doi: 10.1080/17441692.2016.1224910



FUNDED GRANTS: Ongoing Research Support
A Fellowship as part of an R25 Program at the University of Washington with support from the National Institute of Mental Health: Mentor (Mentee is Melessa Kelley)     2019-2021.   The UKB Talking Circle for the Prevention of HIV and Associated Risk Factors among Native American Young Adults 


3R01MD013501-02S (Administrative Supplement to R01MD013501)     Wong (Contact PI)   2019 to 2020.  Disparities for HV-related Hypertension in African-American and Asian/Pacific-American MSM  


R01MD013501 (with an Impact Score of 20)     Wong (Contact PI)     2018 to 2023  
Disparities for HV-related Hypertension in African-American and Asian/Pacific American MSM