College of Health Professions
School of Health Sciences
Ph.D. Public Health
Dr. Kuo received an SM (Master of Science) in Epidemiology from Harvard University's School of Public Health and a Ph.D. from the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. His dissertation research looked at mortality and risk factors for suicidal behaviors in Baltimore's Epidemiologic Catchment Area Program to identify and determine the psychosocial risk factors for suicidal behavior. After obtaining his doctorate, Dr. Kuo completed an Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine (ATPM) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) co-sponsored fellowship in STD/HIV prevention, which was based in both the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health at State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center and CDC's National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention.
After finishing the ATPM fellowship at CDC, he started a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) sponsored research fellowship on Behavioral Science Training (BST) in Drug Abuse at the National Development and Research Institutes (NDRI) in New York City. Dr. Kuo also worked as a part-time research scientist at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's (NYCDOHMH) Bureau of TB Control, assisting in translating questionnaires and interviewing monolingual Chinese-speaking TB patients. He led a couple of expanded contact investigation (ECI) and wrote several internal reports.
Dr. Kuo has published a number of articles and presented in numerous national and international conferences. His research interests include: epidemiological methodology, suicidal behavior, depression, drug abuse, HIV/STD, and immigrant and refugee health. In 2017, he has co-published two papers with his former Walden University dissertation advisees.
After teaching in the Department of Natural Sciences and Public Health, College of Arts and Sciences, Zayed University in United Arab Emirates for several years, he left this position recently. Currently, he works as a consultant and divides his time residing in Taipei, Taiwan, and New York City in US.
PUBH 8145 - Epidemiology
PUBH 8245 - Applied Research in Public Health
RSCH 8110 - Research Theory
RSCH 8201 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
PUBH 8310 - Social and Behavioral Epidemiology
PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
MS, Harvard University School of Public Health
BPH, National Taiwan University
Awards / Honors
Travel allowance awarded from National Institute o, 2003
Research fellowship awarded for Behavioral Science, 2002
Research fellowship awarded for HIV/STD prevention, 2000
Small Research Grant from American Foundation for, 1999
Akinola, O., Kuo, W. (2017). Regional Variation in Attitude of Mental Health Professionals Towards Tackling Illicit Drug-use and Drug-related Disorders. International Journal of Public Health Science (IJPHS).
Obisesan, O., Kuo, W. (2017). Predictors of Obesity among Native Nigerian Immigrants in the United States.(In Press), Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.
Akinola, O., Kuo, W. (2015). Mental health professionals' attitude and perception of their role in tackling substance abuse and related disorders in Nigeria. American Public Health Association,.
Obisesan, O., Kuo, W. (2015). redictors of Obesity among Nigerian Immigrants in the United States. American Public Health Association.