Saint Louis University

Hong Xian, PhD

Professor of Biostatistics

 Hong Xian

Research Interests: Longitudinal study; Clinical, psychiatric and Genetic epidemiology; Latent variable analysis; Functional data analysis.

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Courses: PUBH-201-02 Theory of Biostatistics (BST-502); Public Health Undergraduate Course

Education History: PhD, Mathematics, Washington University in St. Louis
MSc, Western Illinois University
Wuhan University, China                                                                                                       Hainan University, China

SLU faculty since: 2012, (served as an Adjunct Professor prior to full-time appointment)

Salus Center, 482

(314) 977-4051


Hong Xian, PhD is a professor in the Department of Biostatistics. After obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. Xian received his Post-Doctoral training in Statistical Genetics and Psychiatric Epidemiology in Washington University School of Medicine, and then joined the faculty of the Department of Medicine in 1997. He was also appointed to the position of Health Science Specialist at St. Louis Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center Since 2004.

Dr. Xian is the PI of three projects funded by NIH/NIDA and American Cancer Society Institutional Research studying the impact of nicotine withdrawal and dependence on failed smoking cessation, and the risk factors to adolescent and young adult smoking in a genetically informative design. 

He is key personnel in a number of psychiatric and genetic epidemiology studies funded by NIH/NIDA, NIMH, NIAAA and NIA, and clinical trial and outcomes research projects funded by VA. Dr. Xian has also been devoting his research efforts to develop and apply methods in functional data analysis for analyzing medical research data.

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