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Yisheng Li, Ph.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Division of Quantitative Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Pressler St
Unit Number: 1411
Houston, TX 77030
Room Number: FCT4.6086
Phone: (713) 563-4267
Fax: (713) 563-4243
Email: ysli@mdanderson.org

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2003 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, PHD, Biostatistics
1998 University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, MS, Statistics
1994 Zhongshan University, Guangzhou, China, MS, Probability & Statistics
1991 Beijing University, Beijing, China, BS, Probability & Statistics

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Hsu C-H, Long Q, Li Y, Jacobs B. A nonparametric multiple imputation approach for data with missing covariate values with application to colorectal adenoma data. Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics. In Press.
2. Stewart DW, Adams CE, Cano M, Correa-Fernandez V, Li Y, Waters AJ, Wetter DW, Vidrine JI. Associations between health literacy and established predictors of smoking cessation. American Journal of Public Health. In Press.
3. Basen-Engquist K, Carmack CL, Li Y, Brown J, Jhingran A, Hughes DC, Perkins HY, Scruggs S, Harrison C, Baum G, Bodurka DC, Waters AJ. Social cognitive theory predictors of exercise behavior in endometrial cancer survivors. Health Psychology. In Press.
4. Reitzel LR, Li Y, Stewart DW, Cao Y, Wetter DW, Waters AJ, Vidrine JI. Race moderates the effect of menthol cigarette use on short-term smoking abstinence. Nicotine Tob Res. e-Pub 1/3/2013. PMID: 23288873.
5. Reitzel, LR, Lahoti S, Li Y, Cao Y, Wetter DW, Waters AJ, Vidrine JI. Neighborhood vigilance, health locus of control, and smoking abstinence. American Journal of Health Behavior 37(3):334-341, 2013.
6. Sofuoglu M, Herman AI, Li Y, Waters AJ. Galantamine attenuates some of the subjective effects of intravenous nicotine and improves performance on a Go No-Go task in abstinent cigarette smokers: a preliminary report. Psychopharmacology (Berl) 224(3):413-20, 12/2012. e-Pub 6/15/2012. PMID: 22700039.
7. Reitzel LR, Kendzor DE, Castro Y, Cao Y, Businelle MS, Mazas CA, Cofta-Woerpel L, Li Y, Cinciripini PM, Ahluwalia JS, Wetter DW. The relation between social cohesion and smoking cessation among black smokers, and the potential role of psychosocial mediators. Ann Behav Med. e-Pub 11/8/2012. PMID: 23135831.
8. Reitzel LR, Vidrine JI, Businelle MS, Kendzor DE, Cao Y, Mazas CA, Li Y, Ahluwalia JS, Cinciripini PM, Cofta-Woerpel L, Wetter DW. Neighborhood perceptions are associated with tobacco dependence among African American smokers. Nicotine Tob Res 14(7):786-793, 7/2012. e-Pub 12/16/2011. PMCID: PMC3390547.
9. Parker PA, Swartz R, Fellman B, Urbauer D, Li Y, Pisters LL, Rosser CJ, Wood CG, Matin SF. Comprehensive assessment of quality of life and psychosocial adjustment in patients with renal tumors undergoing different surgical procedures. J Urol 187(3):822-826, 3/2012. e-Pub 1/15/2012. PMID: 22245327.
10. Waters AJ, Burgess A, Hughes DL, Jovanovic JL, Miller EK, Li Y, Basen-Engquist KM. Outcome expectancies and expectancy accessibility in exercise behavior. Journal of Applied Social Psychology 42(2):414-439, 2/2012.
11. Long Q, Hsu CH, Li Y. Doubly robust nonparametric multiple imputation for ignorable missing data. Stat Sin 22(1):149-172, 2012. PMCID: PMC3280694.
12. Reitzel LR, Nguyen N, Cao Y, Vidrine JI, Daza P, Mullen PD, Velasquez MM, Li Y, Cinciripini PM, Cofta-Woerpel L, Wetter DW. Race/ethnicity moderates the effect of prepartum menthol cigarette use on postpartum smoking abstinence. Nicotine Tob Res 13(12):1305-1310, 12/2011. e-Pub 5/26/2011. PMCID: PMC3223573.
13. Heppner WL, Ji L, Reitzel LR, Reitzel L, Castro Y, Correa-Fernandez V, Vidrine JI, Li Y, Dolan-Mullen P, Velasquez MM, Cinciripini PM, Cinciripini P, Cofta-Woerpel L, Cofta-Woerpel L, Greisinger A, Wetter D. The role of prepartum motivation in the maintenance of postpartum smoking abstinence. Health Psychol 30(6):736-45, 11/2011. PMCID: PMC3221324.
14. Hsu C-H, Li Y, Long Q, Zhao Q, Lance P. Estimation of recurrence of colorectal adenomas with dependent censoring using weighted logistic regression. PLoS One 6(10):e25141, 10/2011.
15. Cofta-Woerpel L, McClure JB, Li Y, Urbauer D, Cinciripini PM, Wetter DW. Early cessation success or failure among women attempting to quit smoking: Trajectories and volatility of urge and negative mood during the first post-cessation week. J Abnorm Psychol 120(3):596-606, 8/2011. PMCID: PMC3153568.
16. Li Y, Mueller P, Lin X. Center-adjusted inference for a nonparametric Bayesian random effect distribution. Statistica Sinica 21(3):1201-1223, 7/2011.
17. Reitzel LR, McClure JB, Cofta-Woerpel L, Mazas CA, Cao Y, Cinciripini PM, Vidrine JI, Li Y, Wetter DW. The efficacy of computer-delivered treatment for smoking cessation. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 20(7):1555-1557, 7/2011. PMCID: PMC3132322.
18. Reitzel LR, Businelle MS, Kendzor DE, Li Y, Cao Y, Castro Y, Mazas CA, Cofta-Woerpel L, Cinciripini PM, Wetter DW. Subjective social status predicts long-term smoking abstinence. BMC Public Health 11:135, 2011.
19. Reitzel LR, Cromley EK, Li Y, Cao Y, Dela Mater R, Mazas CA, Cofta-Woerpel L, Cinciripini PM, Wetter DW. The effect of tobacco outlet density and proximity on smoking cessation. American Journal of Public Health 101(2):315-320, 2011.
20. Ji Y, Liu P, Li Y, Bekele BN. A modified toxicity probability interval method for dose-finding trials. Clin Trials 7(6):653-663, 12/2010. PMID: 20935021.
21. Kendzor DE, Businelle MS, Costello TJ, Castro Y, Reitzel LR, Vidrine JI, Li Y, Mullen PD, Velasquez MM, Cinciripini PM, Cofta-Woerpel LM, Wetter DW. Breast feeding is associated with postpartum smoking abstinence among women who quit smoking due to pregnancy. Nicotine Tob Res 12(10):983-8, 10/2010. PMCID: PMC2948049.
22. Vidrine JI, Rabius V, Alford MH, Li Y, Wetter DW. Enhancing dissemination of smoking cessation quitlines through T2 translational research: A unique partnership to address disparities in the delivery of effective cessation treatment. J Public Health Manag Pract 16(4):304-308, Jul-Aug, 7/2010. PMID: 20520368.
23. Bekele BN, Li Y, Ji Y. Risk-group-specific dose finding based on an average toxicity score. Biometrics 66(2):541-548, 6/2010. PMID: 19645698.
24. Businelle MS, Kendzor DE, Reitzel LR, Costello TJ, Cofta-Woerpel L, Li Y, Mazas CA, Vidrine JI, Cinciripini PM, Greisinger AJ, Wetter DW. Mechanisms linking socioeconomic status to smoking cessation: A structural equation modeling approach. Health Psychol 29(3):262-73, 5/2010. PMCID: PMC2922845.
25. Reitzel LR, Mazas CA, Cofta-Woerpel L, Li Y, Cao Y, Businelle MS, Cinciripini PM, Wetter DW. Subjective social status affects smoking abstinence during acute withdrawal through affective mediators. Addiction 105(5):928-36, 5/2010. PMCID: PMC2857594.
26. Kendzor DE, Businelle MS, Costello TJ, Castro Y, Reitzel LR, Cofta-Woerpel LM, Li Y, Mazas CA, Vidrine JI, Cinciripini PM, Greisinger AJ, Wetter DW. Financial strain and smoking cessation among racially/ethnically diverse smokers. Am J Public Health 100(4):702-706, 4/2010. PMCID: PMC2836332.
27. Reitzel LR, Vidrine JI, Businelle MS, Kendzor DE, Costello TJ, Li Y, Daza P, Mullen PD, Velasquez MM, Cinciripini PM, Cofta-Woerpel L, Wetter DW. Preventing postpartum smoking relapse among diverse, low income women: A randomized clinical trial. Nicotine Tob Res 12(4):326-35, 4/2010. PMCID: PMC2847071.
28. Li Y, Lin X, Müller P. Bayesian inference in semiparametric mixed models for longitudinal data. Biometrics 66(1):70-78, 3/2010. PMCID: PMC3081790.
29. Reitzel LR, Mazas CA, Cofta-Woerpel L, Vidrine JI, Businelle MS, Kendzor DE, Li Y, Wetter DW. Acculturative and neighborhood influences on subjective social status among Spanish-speaking Latino immigrant smokers. Soc Sci Med 70(5):677-83, Mar, 2010. PMID: 20044186.
30. Waters AJ, Miller EK, Li Y. Administering the Implicit Association Test in an Ecological Momentary Assessment study. Psychological Reports 106(1):31-43, 2010.
31. Castro Y, Reitzel LR, Businelle MS, Kendzor DE, Mazas CA, Li Y, Cofta-Woerpel L, Wetter DW. Acculturation differentially predicts smoking cessation among Latino men and women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 18(12):3468-3475, 12/2009. PMCID: PMC2798575.
32. Waters AJ, Reitzel LR, Cinciripini PM, Li Y, Marcus M, Vidrine JI, Wetter DW. Associations between mindfulness and implicit cognition and self-reported affect. Subst Abus 30(4):328-337, Oct-Dec, 10/2009. PMID: 19904668.
33. Vidrine JI, Businelle MS, Cinciripini PM, Li Y, Marcus M, Waters AJ, Wetter DW. Associations of mindfulness with nicotine dependence, withdrawal, and agency. Subst Abus 30(4):318-327, Oct-Dec, 10/2009. PMID: 19904667.
34. Shinn EH, Taylor CL, Kilgore K, Valentine A, Bodurka DC, Kavanagh J, Sood A, Li Y, Basen-Engquist K. Associations with worry about dying and hopelessness in ambulatory ovarian cancer patients. Palliat Support Care 7(3):299-306, 9/2009. PMID: 19788771.
35. Businelle MS, Kendzor DE, Costello TJ, Cofta-Woerpel L, Li Y, Mazas CA, Vidrine JI, Reitzel LR, Cinciripini PM, Ahluwalia JS, Wetter DW. Light versus heavy smoking among African-American men and women. Addict Behav 34(2):197-203, 2009. PMCID: PMC2614080.
36. Reitzel LR, Costello TJ, Mazas CA, Vidrine JI, Businelle MS, Kendzor DE, Li Y, Cofta-Woerpel L, Wetter DW. Low-level smoking among Spanish-speaking Latino smokers: Relationships with demographics, tobacco dependence, withdrawal, and cessation. Nicotine Tob Res 11(2):178-84, 2009. PMCID: PMC2658909.
37. Kendzor DE, Businelle MS, Mazas CA, Cofta-Woerpel LM, Reitzel LR, Vidrine JI, Li Y, Costello TJ, Cinciripini PM, Ahluwalia JS, Wetter DW. Pathways between socioeconomic status and health behavior among African American smokers. J Behav Med 32(6):545-557, 2009. PMID: 19757014.
38. Huang X, Ning J, Li Y, Estey E, Issa J-P, Berry DA. Using short-term response information to facilitate adaptive randomization for survival clinical trials. Stat Med 28(12):1680-1689, 2009. PMID: 19326367.
39. Li Y, Bekele BN, Ji Y, Cook JD. Dose-schedule finding in phase I/II clinical trials using a Bayesian isotonic transformation. Stat Med 27(24):4895-913, 2008. PMID: 18563789.
40. Waters AJ, Li Y. Evaluating the utility of administering a reaction time task in an ecological momentary assessment study. Psychopharmacology (Berl) 197(1):25-35, 2008. PMID: 18064440.
41. Kendzor DE, Costello TJ, Li Y, Vidrine JI, Mazas CA, Reitzel LR, Cinciripini PM, Cofta-Woerpel LM, Businelle MS, Wetter DW. Race/ethnicity and multiple cancer risk factors among individuals seeking smoking cessation treatment. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 17(11):2937-45, 2008. PMID: 18990734.
42. Kendzor DE, Cofta-Woerpel LM, Mazas CA, Li Y, Vidrine JI, Reitzel LR, Costello TJ, Businelle MS, Ahluwalia JS, Cinciripini PM, Wetter DW. Socioeconomic status, negative affect, and modifiable cancer risk factors in African-American smokers. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 17(10):2546-54, 2008. PMCID: PMC2602870.
43. Leventhal AM, Waters AJ, Breitmeyer BG, Miller EK, Tapia E, Li Y. Subliminal processing of smoking-related and affective stimuli in tobacco addiction. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol 16(4):301-12, 2008. PMCID: PMC2677753.
44. Canada AL, Schover LR, Li Y. A pilot intervention to enhance psychosexual development in adolescents and young adults with cancer. Pediatric Blood and Cancer 4(6):235-244, 2007. PMID: 17226851.
45. Ji Y, Li Y, Yin G. Bayesian dose finding in phase I clinical trials based on a new statistical framework. Statistica Sinica 17(2):531-547, 2007. PMID: Not in PubMed.
46. Ji Y, Li Y, Nebiyou Bekele B. Dose-finding in phase I clinical trials based on toxicity probability intervals. Clinical Trials 4(3):235-44, 2007. PMID: 17715248.
47. Wetter DW, Mazas C, Daza P, Nguyen L, Fouladi RT, Li Y, Cofta-Woerpel L. Reaching and treating Spanish-speaking smokers through the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service: a randomized controlled trial. Cancer 109(2 suppl):406-13, 2007. PMID: 17149758.
48. Reitzel LR, Vidrine JI, Li Y, Mullen PD, Velasquez MM, Cinciripini PM, Cofta-Woerpel L, Greisinger A, Wetter DW. The influence of subjective social status on vulnerability to postpartum smoking among young pregnant women. American Journal of Public Health 97(8):1476-1482, 2007. PMCID: PMC1931465.
49. Yin G, Li Y, Ji Y. Bayesian dose-finding in phase I/II clinical trials using toxicity and efficacy odds ratios. Biometrics 62(3):777-787, 2006. PMID: 16984320.

Invited Articles

1. Li Y. Statistical power analysis for the behavioral sciences. Encyclopedia of Research Design, 2010.

Letters to the Editor

1. Reitzel LR, Costello TJ, Mazas CA, Vidrine JI, Businelle MS, Kendzor DE, Li Y, Cofta-Woerpel L, Wetter DW. Response to Dr. DiFranza's letter. Nicotine Tob Res 11(9):1124-1125, 2009. PMID: 19654235.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: An Academic-Industry Dream Team Capitalizing on the Phosphatidylinositide 3 Kinase (PI3K) Pathway as a Target in Women’s Cancers
Funding Source: AACR (Subcontract from Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center)
Role: Mentee
Principal Investigator: Lewis C. Cantley
Duration: 11/1/2009 - 10/31/2013
 
Title: Reducing Tobacco Related Health Disparities
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: David W. Wetter
Duration: 9/1/2009 - 8/31/2014
 
Title: Intensive Smoking Cessation Intervention for Head and Neck Cancer Patients
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Investigator
Principal Investigator: Janice Blalock
Duration: 8/1/2009 - 7/31/2013
 
Title: Social contextual and environmental predictors of PA in sedentary minority adults
Funding Source: NIH/NINR
Role: Investigator
Principal Investigator: Lorna Haughton McNeill
Duration: 7/22/2009 - 6/30/2014
 
Title: Determinants of ST Cessation Among American Indians
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Investigator
Principal Investigator: David W. Wetter
Duration: 7/1/2009 - 6/30/2014
 
Title: Take Heart: Exercise & Diet Intervention for Heart Failure in Cancer Survivors
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Statistician
Principal Investigator: Karen Basen-Engquist
Duration: 3/13/2009 - 2/28/2012
 
Title: UPRCCC/MDACC: Partners for Excellence in Cancer Research (PC-D)
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Investigator
Principal Investigator: Raymond Dubois
Duration: 9/29/2008 - 8/30/2010
 
Title: Efficacy of cancer support programs: a social comparison theory analysis
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Statistician
Principal Investigator: Cindy L. Carmack-Taylor
Duration: 9/15/2008 - 8/31/2011
 
Title: Dissemination of a Smoking Quitline to the Underserved
Funding Source: CDC/NCCDPHP
Role: Investigator
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Irvin Vidrine
Duration: 9/1/2008 - 8/31/2012
 
Title: Cancer Center Support Grant - Biostatistics Shared Resource (PPSR-21)
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Statistician
Principal Investigator: Ronald DePinho
Duration: 7/1/2008 - 6/30/2013
 
Title: The influence of HIV disease events/stages on smoking attitudes and behaviors
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Investigator
Principal Investigator: Damon J. Vidrine
Duration: 7/1/2008 - 5/31/2013
 
Title: Ecological Monetary Assessment of Smoking Cessation in Spanish-Speaking Smokers
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Investigator
Principal Investigator: Carlos A. Mazas
Duration: 6/16/2008 - 5/31/2009
 
Title: M.D. Anderson Education Program in Cancer Prevention
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Co-mentor
Principal Investigator: Shine Chang
Duration: 9/14/2007 - 8/31/2012
 
Title: Social Cognitive Theory and PA after Endometrial Cancer
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Karen M. Basen-Engquist
Duration: 9/1/2007 - 8/31/2008
 
Title: The effects of neighborhood characteristics on smoking cessation
Funding Source: NIH/NCCDPHP
Role: Co-Mentor
Principal Investigator: Lorraine R. Reitzel
Duration: 8/31/2007 - 1/31/2011
 
Title: Literacy and smoking risk communications
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Investigator
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Irvin Vidrine
Duration: 4/1/2007 - 2/28/2011
 
Title: Interactive CD-ROM on cancer genetics for Hispanics
Funding Source: NIH/NHGRI
Role: Investigator
Principal Investigator: Susan K. Peterson
Duration: 9/15/2006 - 8/31/2009
 
Title: Smoking cessation intervention for depressed smokers: treatment development
Funding Source: NIH/NIMH
Role: Investigator
Principal Investigator: Janice Blalock
Duration: 9/12/2006 - 7/31/2009
 
Title: An innovative telephone intervention for HIV+ smokers
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Investigator
Principal Investigator: Ellen R. Gritz
Duration: 2/1/2006 - 6/7/2010
 
Title: Weight gain prevention for breast cancer survivors
Funding Source: Lance Armstrong Foundation
Role: Statistician
Principal Investigator: Karen M. Basen-Engquist
Duration: 1/1/2006 - 12/31/2008
 
Title: Cognitive processes in smoking cessation
Funding Source: NIH/NIDA
Role: Investigator
Principal Investigator: Paul Cinciripini
Duration: 9/30/2005 - 8/31/2009
 
Title: Interactive Media on Banking Sperm before Cancer Therapy
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Paul Martinetti
Duration: 9/1/2005 - 8/31/2006
 
Title: Group therapy for nicotine dependence
Funding Source: NIH/NIDA
Role: Investigator
Principal Investigator: David W. Wetter
Duration: 9/30/2004 - 8/31/2009
 
Title: Health communications and risk processing among smokers
Funding Source: NIH/NCCDPHP
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Irvin Vidrine
Duration: 9/30/2004 - 9/29/2008
 
Title: Pharmacogenetics, emotional reactivity and smoking cessation
Funding Source: NIH/NIDA
Role: Investigator
Principal Investigator: Paul M. Cinciripini
Duration: 7/15/2004 - 4/30/2011
 
Title: Project EXPORT - A Center of Excellence (PEACE) Shared Resource Core (PC-C)
Funding Source: NIH/NCMHD
Role: Director, Shared Resources (Biostatistics and Data Management) Core
Principal Investigator: Lovell Jones
Duration: 9/30/2003 - 4/30/2012
 
Title: A Sexual Counseling Intervention for Prostate Cancer Survivors
Funding Source: American Cancer Society (ACS)
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Leslie Schover
Duration: 7/1/2002 - 6/30/2008
 
Title: Smoking relapse prevention among postpartum women
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: David W. Wetter
Duration: 2/1/2002 - 1/31/2009
 
Title: Treatment of Nicotine Dependence Among African Americans
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: David W. Wetter
Duration: 9/30/2001 - 8/31/2007
 
Title: Race/Ethnicity and the Process of Smoking Cessation
Funding Source: NIH/NIDA
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: David W. Wetter
Duration: 9/30/2001 - 8/31/2007

Last updated: 1/29/2013