Distinguished Visiting Global Health Scholar at the Dornsife School of Public Health



Professor Alaei (MD, Isfahan Medical University; MPH, Epidemiology, Tehran Medical University; MS, International Health, Harvard University; Dr Ph, Health Policy and Management, SUNY, University at Albany; MSt, International Human Rights Law, University of Oxford) is a Distinguished Visiting Global Health Scholar at the Dornsife School of Public Health and also a visiting academic (professor) at St. Antony College at University of Oxford. He is the Co-President of the Institute for International Health and Education, (IIHE) and was formerly the founding director of the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights and the Associate Dean for Global and Interdisciplinary Research at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany.

Along with his brother, he innovated the ‘Triangular Clinics’ which offered services for people living with HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and Injecting Drug Users (IDU) – a first in the Middle East region and one that was documented by the United Nations/World Health Organization as a ‘Best Practice.’ Among several awards, he received the Heinz R. Pagels Human Rights of Scientists Award from the New York Academy of Science (2009), the Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights from the Global Health Council (2011), and the Inaugural Elizabeth Taylor Award in Recognition of Efforts to Advocate for Human Rights in the field of HIV from AMFAR (2012) and Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the NECO (2015).

His diversified research interest includes health rights and HIV law; infectious chronic disease epidemiology and prevention; social and behavioral studies on people who inject drugs (PWID); health care delivery for PLWH; health economics and social rights; health devolution; global health and HIV policy; immigrant health; and health disparities among vulnerable populations such as PWID, sex workers, LGBTI, gang members and prisoners.



National Taiwan Normal University


Dr. Tony Szu-Hsien Lee is currently working as a Distinguished Professor at the Department of Health Promotion and Education, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan. He is the Chairperson of Research Ethics Committee of the university. He has been working as the Editor in Chief and Editor of some reputed journals. Prof. Lee was working as a visiting Professor of Yale Health Promotion and Education from 2013- 2017. As a distinguished professor, researcher, psychologist and a policy advocate for mental health promotion, education and human rights, he has devoted his expertise in the field of both clinical and non-clinical aspects of mental health, substance abuse/dependence, HIV/AIDS, and crime prevention in the Chinese society.

His work has involved integrating mental health education, HIV prevention and substance use treatment since 1996 with his doctoral dissertation. Trained as a psychologist, he regard addiction as a brain, treatable relapsing disease based on the evidence accumulated from physiological and psychological-social research, including medical and NIDA’s. He continued his work on research and educational collaboration with a focus on furthering this development particularly using psychological theories to assist patients with drug use building resilience in the community and personal strength. Along with designing effectiveness of harm reduction programs in Taiwan, his colleagues and he develop education curriculum with contents of life skills and cognitive-behavioral therapy underlying the philosophy of harm reduction for patients with substance use disorder in both prisons and clinics. Additionally, he evaluate the outcome effectiveness of methadone maintenance treatment which was launched in 2006 in Taiwan to stem the endemic of HIV/AIDS amongst injection drug users.


University Malaya submit abstracts


University of Malaya

Title: Mental Disorders as Growing Issue in The World


Dr. Wong Li Ping, received her Ph.D. in medical science (Epidemiology) from the University of Malaya in 2004. She takes part in the Faculty’s research methodology, epidemiology, and bio statistical teaching both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Wong’s research has centered almost exclusively on social and behavioral medicine. Dr. Wong is a highly funded researcher. She has successfully secured grants and funding on an enormous range of subjects includes: [1] research on risk behaviors, [2] research on preventive behaviors [3] behavioral responses to emerging infectious diseases, and [4] sexual reproductive health research. Dr. Wong’s research also extends beyond behavioral medicine to environmental health. She has acquired a grant to study health impact and needs assessment of urban heat island phenomenon of the city of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Dr. Wong is also engaged as a registered Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) consultant with the Department of Environment (DOE) Malaysia under the EIA Consultant Registration Scheme. She is a certified EIA Consultant since the year 2014 and has been consultants for various EIA projects in Malaysia.

Dr. Wong has published over 130 publications, over 80 of them indexed by the Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) and SCOPUS (Elsevier). Her publications also include Books and Book Chapters. Dr. Wong has supervised over 30 Master and Ph.D. thesis and currently supervises over 20 research students. She has acted as editor and reviewer to a number of journals and also has taught courses in Research Methodology. She has over 2778 citations for her publications, updated h-index of 29 and i10-index of 57.