Thu Nguyen, ScD, MSPH

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Family Community Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1001 Potrero Ave
San Francisco CA 94110
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0003-1185-045X Additional info
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    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthScD, Social Epidemiology2014Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public HealthMSPH, Epidemiology2009Department of Epidemiology
    Stanford University BA2005Human Biology
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    American Heart Association2016  - 2018American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship
    National Institute On Minority Health And Health Disparities2018  - 2019K99 National Institutes of Health Pathway to Independence Award
    National Institute On Minority Health And Health Disparities2019  - 2022R00 National Institutes of Health Pathway to Independence Award
    UCSF2020  - 2021Population Health and Health Equity Scholar
    National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities2017  - 2020NIH Loan Repayment Program

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    Thu Nguyen, ScD, MSPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on the impact of modifiable social factors on minority health and health disparities. Dr. Nguyen uses a variety of different data sources (including Big Data) and approaches (including quantitative and qualitative research methods) to advance our understanding of social determinants of health. She is the principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health Pathway to Independence Award to create a novel state and county-level indicator of racial attitudes and bias using Twitter data and to examine its associations with birth outcomes and racial/ethnic disparities in birth outcomes.

    Dr. Nguyen received her BA in Human Biology from Stanford University, her MSPH in Epidemiology from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and her ScD in Social Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

    Research Interests:
    •Social media, big data, machine learning
    •Discrimination and racism and its impact on health
    •Social determinants of health
    •Race and socioeconomic health disparities

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    Place-level discrimination and birth outcomes
    NIH/NIMHD R00MD012615Apr 1, 2018 - Oct 30, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Place-level discrimination and birth outcomes
    NIH/NIMHD K99MD012615Apr 1, 2018 - Mar 31, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. State School Policies as Predictors of Physical and Mental Health: A Natural Experiment in the REGARDS Cohort. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 05 05; 189(5):384-393. Brenowitz WD, Manly JJ, Murchland AR, Nguyen TT, Liu SY, Glymour MM, Levine DA, Crowe M, Hohman TJ, Dufouil C, Launer LJ, Hedden T, Eng CW, Wadley VG, Howard VJ. PMID: 31595946.
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    2. Twitter-Characterized Sentiment Towards Racial/Ethnic Minorities and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Outcomes. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2020 Oct; 7(5):888-900. Huang D, Huang Y, Adams N, Nguyen TT, Nguyen QC. PMID: 32020547.
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    3. Educational attainment and cardiovascular disease in the United States: A quasi-experimental instrumental variables analysis. PLoS Med. 2019 06; 16(6):e1002834. Hamad R, Nguyen TT, Bhattacharya J, Glymour MM, Rehkopf DH. PMID: 31237869.
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    4. Quality and quantity: The association of state-level educational policies with later life cardiovascular disease. Preventive Medicine. 2019; 126(105750). Hamad R, Nguyen TT, Glymour MM, Vable AM, Manly JJ, Rehkof DH.
    5. Differential associations between state-level educational quality and cardiovascular health by race: Early-life exposures and late-life health. SSM Popul Health. 2019 Aug; 8:100418. Vable AM, Nguyen TT, Rehkopf D, Glymour MM, Hamad R. PMID: 31249857.
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    6. Pride, Love, and Twitter Rants: Combining Machine Learning and Qualitative Techniques to Understand What Our Tweets Reveal about Race in the US. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 05 18; 16(10). Nguyen TT, Criss S, Allen AM, Glymour MM, Phan L, Trevino R, Dasari S, Nguyen QC. PMID: 31109051.
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    7. Discrimination in health care and biomarkers of cardiometabolic risk in U.S. adults. SSM - Population Health. 2019 Apr 1; 7(Am Heart J 156 6 2008):100306. Thu T. Nguyen, Anusha M. Vable, M. Maria Glymour, Amani M. Allen. .
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    8. Trends for Reported Discrimination in Health Care in a National Sample of Older Adults with Chronic Conditions. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 03; 33(3):291-297. Nguyen TT, Vable AM, Glymour MM, Nuru-Jeter A. PMID: 29247435.
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    9. Comparing Alternative Effect Decomposition Methods: The Role of Literacy in Mediating Educational Effects on Mortality. Epidemiology. 2016 09; 27(5):670-6. Nguyen TT, Tchetgen Tchetgen EJ, Kawachi I, Gilman SE, Walter S, Glymour MM. PMID: 27280331.
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    10. Are self-reported neighbourhood characteristics associated with onset of functional limitations in older adults with or without memory impairment? J Epidemiol Community Health. 2016 10; 70(10):1017-23. Nguyen TT, Rist PM, Glymour MM. PMID: 27154180.
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    11. Modifiable risk factors for nursing home admission among individuals with high and low dementia risk. Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2016 Jul-Aug; 65:140-5. Rist PM, Nguyen TT, Whitmer RA, Glymour MM. PMID: 27023177.
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    12. Instrumental variable approaches to identifying the causal effect of educational attainment on dementia risk. Ann Epidemiol. 2016 Jan; 26(1):71-6.e1-3. Nguyen TT, Tchetgen Tchetgen EJ, Kawachi I, Gilman SE, Walter S, Liu SY, Manly JJ, Glymour MM. PMID: 26633592.
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    13. Genetic vulnerability to diabetes and obesity: Does education offset the risk. Soc Sci Med. 2015; (127):150-8. Liu SY, Walter S, Marden J, Rehkopf DH, Kubzansky LD, Nguyen TT, Glymour MM. View Publication.
    14. Current state of US breastfeeding laws. Matern Child Nutr. 2013 Jul; 9(3):350-8. Nguyen TT, Hawkins SS. PMID: 22236439.
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    15. Self-reported daily stress, squelching of anger, and the management of daily stress and the prevalence of uterine leiomyomata: the ultrasound screening study. Stress and Health. 2011; 3(27):188-194. Vines A, Nguyen TT, Ta M, Esserman, D, Baird D.
    16. Race, medicine, and the science behind BiDil: how ACE-Inhibition took the fall for the first ethnic drug. The Review of Black Political Economy. 2010; (37):115-130. Kaufman JS, Nguyen TT, Cooper RS.
    17. Response to “Calcium Channel Blocker Therapy in Black Hypertensive Patients”. American Journal of Hypertension. 2010 Mar 1; 23(3):219-219. Thu T. Nguyen, Jay S. Kaufman, Richard S. Cooper. .
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    18. Race, Medicine, and the Science behind BiDil: How ACE-Inhibition Took the Fall for the First Ethnic Drug. The Review of Black Political Economy. 2010 Jan 1; 37(2):115-130. Jay S. Kaufman, Thu T. Nguyen, Richard S. Cooper. .
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    19. Racial differences in blood pressure response to calcium channel blocker monotherapy: a meta-analysis. Am J Hypertens. 2009 Aug; 22(8):911-7. Nguyen TT, Kaufman JS, Whitsel EA, Cooper RS. PMID: 19498341.
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