Chenglin Hong

Chenglin Hong is a PhD Candidate in Social Welfare at UCLA. Trained as a social worker, Chenglin’s research focuses on addressing health inequities among sexual and gender minority and other LGBTQ+ populations. His work is centered primarily on the development and testing of interventions that aim to improve sexual health and mental health outcomes among gay, bisexual, and other sexual minority men (SMM), with a particular focus on HIV and intimate partner violence (IPV) in the U.S. and globally. Chenglin’s work lies at the intersection of social work, public health, psychology, and data science, with the aim of developing interventions that disrupt violence, stigma, HIV, and other syndemic conditions among the SMM communities. He is particularly interested in examining the feasibility and acceptability and developing and testing eHealth, mHealth, and other technology-based interventions and data science approaches (e.g., machine Learning, natural language processing) to promote IPV help-seeking and HIV prevention services such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among SMM.

Chenglin’s mixed-method dissertation titled “Utilizing Machine Learning and Technology-Based Intervention for IPV and HIV Prevention among SMM” was funded by the American Psychological Association (APA) Science Directorate, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), the UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship program, and received honorable mention in the inaugural Grand Challenges for Social Work Doctoral Award.

Since he started the Ph.D. program, Chenglin has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and presented more than 40 abstracts at leading national and international conferences. As a global health researcher, he has established collaborations with researchers from the University of Michigan, the University of Washington, Emory University, and collaborators in China, Ukraine, and Kenya. His current work also includes community engagements with providers and partners in community organizations such as the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Before UCLA, he received his Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH) from the University of Washington (Seattle).

Selected Publications: 

Hong, C., Flinn, R.E., Miyashita, A., John, S.A., Garth, G, & Holloway, I.W. (in press). Internalized homophobia and social well-being among Black sexual minority men with HIV: The mediating role of LGBT community connectedness and racial and sexual identity integration. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity

Hong, C. (2023). Mpox on Reddit: a Thematic Analysis of Online Posts on Mpox on a Social Media Platform among Key Populations. Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 10.1007/s11524-023-00773-4. Advance online publication.

Hong, C. (2023). Characterizing the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on HIV PrEP care: A Review and Synthesis of the Literature. AIDS and behavior27(7), 2089–2102.

Hong, C., Queiroz, A., & Hoskin, J. (2023). The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health, associated factors and coping strategies in people living with HIV: a scoping review. Journal of the International AIDS Society26(3), e26060.

Hong, C., Hoskin, J., Berteau, L. K., Schamel, J. T., Wu, E. S. C., King, A. R., Randall, L. A., HBOU Study Team, Holloway, I. W., & Frew, P. M. (2023). Violence Victimization, Homelessness, and Severe Mental Illness Among People Who Use Opioids in Three U.S. Cities. Journal of interpersonal violence38(19-20), 11165–11185.

Hong, C., Ochoa, A. M., Wilson, B. D. M., Wu, E. S. C., Thomas, D., & Holloway, I. W. (2023). The associations between HIV stigma and mental health symptoms, life satisfaction, and quality of life among Black sexual minority men with HIV. Quality of life research : an international journal of quality of life aspects of treatment, care and rehabilitation32(6), 1693–1702.

Hong, C., Holloway, I. W., Graham, S. M., Simoni, J. M., Yu, F., Xue, H., Zhang, D., & Mi, G. (2023). Awareness of and Willingness to Use On-Demand HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Among Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men Using a Gay Social Networking App in China. AIDS patient care and STDs37(4), 155–158.

Hong, C., Holloway, I. W., Bednarczyk, R., Javanbakht, M., Shoptaw, S., & Gorbach, P. M. (2023). High Vaccine Confidence Is Associated with COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men Who Use Substances. LGBT health10(6), 480–485.

Hong, C. (2023) The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health in social work students: A scoping review and call for research and action, Social Work in Mental Health, 21:3, 329-346, DOI: 10.1080/15332985.2023.2196361

Hong, C., & Graff, N. R., Guthrie, B., Micheni, M., Chirro, O., Wahome, E., van der Elst, E., Sanders, E. J., Simoni, J. M., & Graham, S. M. (2023). The Effect of the Shikamana Peer-and-Provider Intervention on Depressive Symptoms, Alcohol Use, and Other Drug Use Among Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men in Kenya. AIDS and Behavior.

Hong, C., Yu, F., Xue, H., Zhang, D., & Mi, G. (2022). The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on mental health in gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men in China: Difference by HIV status. Journal of psychiatric research154, 198–202.

Hong, C., Huh, D., Schnall, R., Garofalo, R., Kuhns, L. M., Bruce, J., Batey, D. S., Radix, A., Belkind, U., Hidalgo, M. A., Hirshfield, S., & Pearson, C. R. (2023). Changes in high-risk sexual behavior, HIV and other STI testing, and PrEP use during the COVID-19 pandemic in a longitudinal cohort of adolescent men who have sex with men 13 to 18 years old in the United States. AIDS and Behavior27(4), 1133–1139.

Hong, C., Stephenson, R., Santos, G. M., Garner, A., Howell, S., & Holloway, I. (2022). Intimate Partner Violence Victimization During the COVID-19 Pandemic Among a Global Online Sample of Sexual Minority Men. Journal of family violence, 1–10. Advance online publication.

Hong, C., Yu, F., Xue, H., Zhang, D., & Mi, G. (2022). HIV Testing Among Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men During the COVID-19 Pandemic in China: Implications for Promoting HIV Self-Testing Among Key Populations. AIDS patient care and STDs36(12), 451–457.

Hong, C., Abrams, L. S., & Holloway, I. W. (2022). Technology-Based Interventions to Promote the HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Care Continuum: Protocol for a Systematic Review. JMIR research protocols11(3), e33045.

Hong, C., Feinstein, B. A., Holloway, I. W., Yu, F., Huang, W., Sullivan, P. S., Siegler, A. J., & Mi, G. (2022). Differences in Sexual Behaviors, HIV Testing, and Willingness to Use PrEP between Gay and Bisexual Men Who Have Sex with Men in China. International Journal of Sexual Health, 0(0), 1–8.

Hong, C., Puttkammer, N., Riabokon, S., Germanovich, M., Shost, A., Parrish, C., Shapoval, A., & Dumchev, K. (2022). Patient-Reported Treatment Satisfaction and Quality of Life Among People Living with HIV Following the Introduction of Dolutegravir-Based ART Regimens in Ukraine. AIDS and Behavior26(4), 1056–1073.

Hong, C., Horvath, K. J., Stephenson, R., Nelson, K. M., Petroll, A. E., Walsh, J. L., & John, S. A. (2022). PrEP Use and Persistence Among Young Sexual Minority Men 17-24 Years Old During the COVID-19 Pandemic. AIDS and Behavior26(3), 631–638.