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Chunling Lu, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine

Dr. Lu studied international relations (BA) and political science (MA) at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and sociology (MA) and applied statistics (MS) at Syracuse University, where she also received her PhD in economics. She received postdoctoral training on health care policy analysis at the Harvard Medical School’s Department of Health Care Policy, and joined the School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine in 2008 after three-years work at the Harvard Institute for Global Health as Senior Research Associate.


Dr. Lu’s research centers around three foci: (1) tracking and analyzing resources invested in global health and evaluating their effectiveness for improving health care coverage and health outcomes among the vulnerable populations; (2) conducting economic evaluation on policy or medical interventions that aim at reducing health inequality and achieving universal health coverage; and (3) assessing inequalities in early childhood development and adolescent health and development. Currently, Dr. Lu is leading economic analysis on community interventions for maternal and child health in Ethiopia and mental health in India. She is also leading a global assessment of young children exposed to risk factors of poor development as well as global investments in young children’ development.

Economic Evaluations of Internet-Based Psychological Interventions for Anxiety Disorders and Depression: A Systematic Review.
Authors: Authors: Mitchell LM, Joshi U, Patel V, Lu C, Naslund JA.
J Affect Disord
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Digital training for non-specialist health workers to deliver a brief psychological treatment for depression in India: Protocol for a three-arm randomized controlled trial.
Authors: Authors: Naslund JA, Tugnawat D, Anand A, Cooper Z, Dimidjian S, Fairburn CG, Hollon SD, Joshi U, Khan A, Lu C, Mitchell LM, Muke S, Nadkarni A, Ramaswamy R, Restivo JL, Shrivastava R, Singh A, Singla DR, Spiegelman D, Bhan A, Patel V.
Contemp Clin Trials
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Assessment of Knowledge of HIV/AIDS and Association With Socioeconomic Disparities Among Young Women in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, 2003 to 2018.
Authors: Authors: Yang F, Li Z, Subramanian SV, Lu C.
JAMA Netw Open
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Cost of delivering 12-dose isoniazid and rifapentine versus 6 months of isoniazid for tuberculosis infection in a high-burden setting.
Authors: Authors: Yuen CM, Majidulla A, Jaswal M, Safdar N, Malik AA, Khan AJ, Becerra M, Keshavjee S, Lu C, Hussain H.
Clin Infect Dis
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Data for action on early childhood development.
Authors: Authors: Richter LM, Cappa C, Issa G, Lu C, Petrowski N, Naicker SN.
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Financing Adolescent Health in China: How Much, Who Pays, and Where It Goes.
Authors: Authors: Zhang Y, Chai P, Huang X, Wan Q, Tian X, Guo F, Narayan A, Goss J, Lu C.
J Adolesc Health
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Maternal healthcare coverage for first pregnancies in adolescent girls: a systematic comparison with adult mothers in household surveys across 105 countries, 2000-2019.
Authors: Authors: Li Z, Patton G, Sabet F, Subramanian SV, Lu C.
BMJ Glob Health
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Decisions to use antibiotics for upper respiratory tract infections across China: a large-scale cross-sectional survey among university students.
Authors: Authors: Lin L, Fearon E, Harbarth S, Wang X, Lu C, Zhou X, Hargreaves JR.
BMJ Open
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Economic evaluation and costs of telepsychiatry programmes: A systematic review.
Authors: Authors: Naslund JA, Mitchell LM, Joshi U, Nagda D, Lu C.
J Telemed Telecare
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Measuring early childhood development with The Early Human Capability Index (eHCI): a reliability and validity study in China.
Authors: Authors: Zhao J, Brinkman SA, Zhang Y, Song Y, Lu C, Young ME, Zhang Y, Ip P, Shan W, Jiang F.
BMC Pediatr
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