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Lu Hu

Lu Hu, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health

mobile health, digital intervention, social media based intervention, health disparities research, Asian American health, immigrant health, diabetes, obesity, chronic disease management, community-based participatory research , lifestyle intervention , access to care

Dr. Lu Hu is a behavioral scientist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Health. Her research primarily focuses on developing and testing innovative, sustainable, and scalable technology-based interventions to increase access to care and reduce health disparities in underserved populations with chronic conditions. 

Dr. Hu received a NIH funded K99/R00 award to examine the feasibility, acceptability, and potential efficacy of a culturally and linguistically tailored social media-based intervention to improve care access and reduce health disparities in low-income Chinese immigrants with type 2 diabetes (T2D). She is also leading another extramurally funded P30 pilot award to examine the feasibility of a family-based mobile health (mHealth) intervention in Chinese immigrants with T2D. 

In addition, Dr. Hu has extensive experience in serving as a co-investigator or collaborator on multiple NIH or foundation supported grants. For example, she was a co-investigator on an Aetna-funded study involving the use of a mHealth intervention (e.g., text messages) to remotely titrate the insulin regimen in underserved low-income patients with uncontrolled T2D. Dr. Hu has been also actively collaborating in a recently completed R01 study that aimed to evaluate the efficacy of 3 different technology-supported approaches to engaging individuals with T2D and concurrent chronic kidney disease in making lifestyle changes. More recently, she has been collaborating in two R01 level initiatives to examine the effect of a machine learning based personalized nutrition intervention on weight loss and diabetes management. 

Dr. Hu’s work has been recognized by multiple awards and honors, including a 2021 American Diabetes Association Young Investigator Award, a 2017 NYU Grossman School of Medicine Outstanding Postdoc Award, and a 2016 NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar. 

In summary, Dr. Hu has extensive experience in improving access to chronic disease care, digital/mHealth interventions, health disparities research, lifestyle intervention, and immigrant health. She has methodological expertise in cultural adaptation of evidence-based interventions, clinical trials, mixed methods, community-based participatory research, and systematic review and meta-analysis.



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PhD from University of Pittsburgh

NYU Grossman School of Medicine , Department of Population Health

Shi, Yun; Lenze, Eric J; Mohr, David C; Lee, Jin-Moo; Hu, Lu; Metts, Christopher L; Fong, Mandy W M; Wong, Alex W K

Archives of physical medicine & rehabilitation. 2023 Oct 24;

Woo, Lena; Yi, Stella S; Park, Agnes; Hu, Lu; Thorpe, Lorna E; Rummo, Pasquale E; Beasley, Jeannette M

Archives of public health = Archives belges de sante publique. 2023 Aug 11; 81(1):145

Kharmats, Anna Y; Popp, Collin; Hu, Lu; Berube, Lauren; Curran, Margaret; Wang, Chan; Pompeii, Mary Lou; Li, Huilin; Bergman, Michael; St-Jules, David E; Segal, Eran; Schoenthaler, Antoinette; Williams, Natasha; Schmidt, Ann Marie; Barua, Souptik; Sevick, Mary Ann

American journal of clinical nutrition. 2023 Aug; 118(2):443-451

Johnston, Emily A.; Park, Agnes; Hu, Lu; Yi, Stella S.; Thorpe, Lorna E.; Rummo, Pasquale E.; Beasley, Jeannette M.

BMJ nutrition, prevention & health. 2023 Jan 01; ?-?

St-Jules, David E; Hu, Lu; Woolf, Kathleen; Wang, Chan; Goldfarb, David S; Katz, Stuart D; Popp, Collin; Williams, Stephen K; Li, Huilin; Jagannathan, Ram; Ogedegbe, Olugbenga; Kharmats, Anna Y; Sevick, Mary Ann

Journal of renal nutrition. 2023 Jan; 33(1):35-44

Yeh, Ming-Chin; Lau, Wincy; Keady, Claire Anselmo; Horlyck-Romanovsky, Margrethe; Tung, Ho-Jui; Hu, Lu; Ma, Grace X; Wylie-Rosett, Judith

Frontiers in public health. 2023 May; 11:1199746

Hu, Lu; Islam, Nadia; Zhang, Yiyang; Shi, Yun; Li, Huilin; Wang, Chan; Sevick, Mary Ann

JMIR research protocols. 2022 Oct 28; 11(10):e42554