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  • Chai, Hong, MD, PhD

    Resident Pgl-4

    Lab: Temple, Thomas
    Phone: 409.747.9667


    Dr. Chai received his medical degree from Zhejiang Medical University in 1995. He also received a Ph.D. degree in neuroscience from the University of Hong Kong in 2000. He worked in the field of neuroscience and cardiovascular system for the next ten years as an instructor and senior scientist in Baylor College of Medicine and Stanford University. He has over 70 peer review publications. He finished his general psychiatry residency training from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and joined the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at UTMB in 2014. He is currently working with Drs. Thomas and Temple to explore possible translational research projects during his fellowship training.

    • M.D., 1995, Zhejiang Medical University, Hangzhou, Zhejian Province, China
    • Ph.D., 2000, University of Hong Kong, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong


    • 2004-2006, Young Investigator Research Award,
    • 2004-2006, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine,
    • 2012-2013, American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education/Janssen Resident Psychiatric Research Scholars,
    • 2013-2014, Excellent Resident of the Year for Outpatient Psychiatry Service,
  • Choi, Hye Jeong, PhD

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Lab: Temple
    Phone: 409.772.3987


    Hye Jeong Choi graduated in 2008 from Michigan State University and received her Ph.D. in 2013 from Penn State University, where she received specialized training in the social network analysis and health communication under the supervision of Drs. Michael Hecht and Rachel Smith. Hye Jeong is currently researching teen dating violence and substance abuse as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for behavioral Health and Research at the University of Texas Medical Branch under the direction of Dr. Jeff R. Temple.

    • M.A., 2008, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
    • Ph.D., 2013, Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania

    Temple, J. R., & Choi, H. J. (2014). Longitudinal association between teen sexting and sexual behavior. Pediatrics. 134, e1287-92

    Choi, H. J., & Smith, R. (2013). Members, Isolates, and Liaisons: Meta-analysis of adolescents’ network positions and their smoking behavior. Substance Use & Misuse. 48, 612-622.

    Choi, H. J., Krieger, J., & Hecht, M. (2013). Reconceptualizing efficacy in substance use prevention research: Refusal response efficacy and drug resistant self-efficacy in adolescent substance use. Health Communication, 28, 40-52.

  • Le, Vi Donna, MPH

    Donna Le
    Doctoral Student

    Lab: Temple
    Phone: 409.772.1980


    Vi received her MPH from The University of Texas Health Science Center in 2012, where she focused on Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences. Her master’s thesis was conducted with Dr. Jeff Temple’s longitudinal study on adolescent risk behaviors and focused on coping behaviors and substance use. She is currently in the Population Health Sciences Ph.D. Program under the mentorship of Dr. Jeff Temple and Dr. Susan Weller. Her dissertation research is focused on the longitudinal effects of changes in impulsivity and adolescent substance use.

    • B.S., 2010, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
    • MPH, 2012, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
    • 2013, GSBS University Federal Credit Union Scholarship,
    • 2013, Jason E. Perlman Research Award,
    • 2014, Field Epidemiology Course in Peru Scholarship,

    Temple, J.R., Le, V.D., van den Berg, P., Ling, Y., Paul, J.A., Temple, B.W. (2014). Brief Report: Teen sexting and psychosocial health. Journal of Adolescence, 37(1), 33-36.

    Temple, J.R., Shorey, R.C., Fite, P.J., Stuart, GL., & Le, V.D. (2013). Substance Use as a Longitudinal Predictor of the Perpetration of Teen Dating Violence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42, 596-606.

    Temple, J.R., Le, V.D., Muir, A., Goforth, L., & McElhany, A.L. (2013). The Need for School-Based Teen Dating Violence Prevention. Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at   Risk, 4, Iss.1, Article 4.

  • Torres, Elizabeth, MPH, CHES

    Elizabeth Torres
    Senior Research Clinical Coordinator

    Lab: Temple
    Phone: 409.772.1980


    Liz Torres works under the general direction of Principal Investigator, Dr. Jeff Temple, to provide overall coordination of a significant multi-funded and multi-site research projects focusing on adolescent health behaviors, women’s health, mental health, and teen parenting to name a few. Her key responsibilities include data collection and management, coordinating with partner agencies or institutions, developing reports, and project team management. Liz has previous public health experience in health promotion, as she served as the Galveston County Coordinator for the federally funded Transforming Texas grant focusing on reducing chronic disease through active living, health eating, and tobacco-free living in the community.

    • B.S., 2009, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
    • 2013, MPH, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas

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