Frankie Wong

Frankie Wong

Contact Information

Office Location
INRHE Center
Resume / CV



2020-present              Founding Director, Center for Population Sciences and Health Equity

                                    (C-PHSE) College of Nursing, Florida State University


  • Overseeing a transdisciplinary research center promoting health equity


2018-2020                   Acting Associate Director, Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity (INRHE), College of Nursing, Florida State University


  • Assisting the Director in all aspects of operation and research development as well as promoting the mission of the Center




2018-present              Professor (tenured), College of Nursing, Florida State University

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


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 Hawaii at Mānoa

2016-present              Concurrent Professor (highest level of appointment for a non-Chinese national in recognition for contributions to the University), Fudan University, Shanghai, China

2015-present              Adjunct Professor (courtesy), Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Fudan University, Shanghai, China




  • 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




Study Populations


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




  • Intersectionality of clinical and macrosocial determinants on physical, psychosocial, and mental health


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




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




Florida State University



2020-present              Member, Council of Associate Dean for Research

2020-present              Executive Committee Member, United Faculty of Florida/FSU Chapter

2020                            Member, Faculty Merger Committee (College of Nursing & College of Human Sciences), Florida State University

2019-2020                   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              Founder, Viet Nam Initiative (Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs)

2018-2020                   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:


2018-2020                   Mentor, Grantwriting Unconvered: Maximizing Strategies, Help, Opportunities, Experiences (GUMSHOE) of the National Research Mentoring Network (University of Hawai I, Washington State University) funded by the National Institutes of Health

2018-2020                   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 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 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).  


Peer-reviewed Articles and Contributions (2017-present)


h-index: 30


i-10index: 64


*Mentee and/or Student

** Junior colleague


  1. Wang L*, Barile JP**, Simoni JM, Harris R*, Yue Q, Fu J, Huang Z, Ning Z**, Wong FYIntimate partner violence among transwomen in Shanghai, China: Associations with sexual risk behaviors and HIV testing.  Sexually Transmitted Diseases, in press.
  2. 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.
  3. 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, ChinaInternational Journal AIDS & STD, 31(10): 939-949.  doi: 10.1177/0956462420909733 
  4. 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, Published Online: 14 Jul 2020.  doi: 10.1089/tmj.2020.0065
  5. Ding Y**, MaZ, 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
  6. 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
  7. 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 
  8. 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 
  9. Moritsugu J, Vera E, Wong FY, Duffy KD.  Community psychology (6th ed.).  New York: Routledge.  2019.  
  10. Moritsugu J, Vera E, Wong FY, Duffy KD.  Community psychology (5th ed. in Chinese).  Boston, MA: Pearson, 2019. 
  11. 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 
  1. 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
  2.  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  
  1. 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 
  2. 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 
  3. Ding Y*, Lin H, Liu X, Zhang Y, Wong FY, Sun YV, Marconi VC, He N.  Hypertension in HIV-infected adults compared with similar but uninfected adults in China: body mass index-dependent effects of nadir CD4 count.  AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, 2017; 33(11): 1117-1125.  doi: 10.1089/AID.2017.0008  



FUNDED GRANTS: Ongoing Research Support


  • 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

  • Identifying the Influence of Genetic and Social Epigenomic Factors on Long-term Comorbid Outcomes on Depression and Cardiovascular Disease; Health Data Science Institute, Office of Research, Florida State University: Co-I (PI: Eugenia Millender)

2020 to 2022