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John Fu, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor; Biostatistics
College for Public Health and Social Justice

Courses Taught

Principles of Biostatistics; Survival Data Analysis; Categorical Data Analysis; Longitudinal and Multi-Level Data Analysis


  • M.D., Southern Medical University, China
  • Ph.D., University of Alabama

Research Interests

Categorical data analysis; longitudinal study; twin and family study; psychiatric epidemiology.

He is interested in statistical modeling of genetic and environmental effects on the co-morbidity of substance abuse and psychiatric disorders, with particular emphasis on latent variable models. Fu is currently investigating genetic and environmental risk factors for smoking behaviors and suicidality using a large national sample of identical and fraternal twins and their offspring derived from the Vietnam Era Twin Registry.

Professional Organizations and Associations

Fu has been principal investigator and co-investigator on the research projects funded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Alzheimer's Association and the National Cancer Institute at National Institutes of Health. He has collaborated with researchers at the Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research (CECCR), and the Midwest Alcoholism Research Center (MARC) at Washington University as well as St. Louis VA Medical Center.