Biobehavioral Health Alumni Profile: Jian Ding, Ph.D.

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B.Med. 2003, Preventive Medicine, Peking University, China
M.S. 2006, Environmental Sciences, Peking University, China
M.A.S. 2010, Applied Statistics, The Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D. 2010, Biobehavioral Health, The Pennsylvania State University

On the Ph.D. program, in her words:

“This program provided me comprehensive knowledge of health related issues from diverse perspectives and offered me a solid training in research methodology. The interdisciplinary education together with expertise on a particular field made me well prepared for my career.”

“I enjoy the comfortable and supportive BBH atmosphere. The faculty members are always ready to help and care about their students. They guided me through each step in completing my PhD study. Also, the kindness, warmth and caring of the staffs in the department always made me feel at home. I feel so lucky and proud to be a member of the BBH family.”

Current areas of professional interest are

Prescription drug use/misuse among the elderly; pharmacoepidemiology; research methodology; and environmental health

Current Position

Research Associate
The Pennsylvania State University,
University Park, PA

Ph.D. Thesis Title

"Predictors and Health Outcomes of Medication Non-Adherence across Multiple Therapeutic Classes among Elderly"

Brief description: Describing and evaluating medication use status, prevalence of medication non-adherence, predictors and health outcomes of medication non-adherence in a multiple therapeutic class setting in an elderly population.

Ph.D. advisor

Dr. Frank M. Ahern