Lu Dong

Lu Dong
Behavioral Scientist; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in clinical psychology, Emory University; M.H.S. in mental health, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health; B.A./B.S., Peking University


Lu Dong (she/her) is a behavioral scientist at RAND and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Also a clinical psychologist with expertise in evidence-based psychological treatments for youth and families, her research aims to address mental health and health-related disparities within minoritized populations. She is committed to promoting health equity through the development, testing, and dissemination of culturally congruent interventions among individuals from racial, ethnic, and other marginalized communities. Grounded in community-based participatory research principles, her work delves into the intricate intersectionality of racial and ethnic minority status with other stigmatized social identities. She utilizes a variety of research methods, including quantitative techniques like multilevel modeling and structural equation modeling, qualitative approaches, mixed-methods investigations, and both observational and clinical trial designs. Prior to joining RAND, Dong was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, where she worked on several National Institutes of Health-funded randomized controlled trials testing transdiagnostic interventions. Dong holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Emory University, an M.H.S. in Mental Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and bachelor's degrees from Peking University.

Recent Projects

  • Development of an Online Provider Intervention to Address Intersectional Stigma and Medical Mistrust in People Living with HIV
  • Identifying Information Gaps in Addressing Anti-Asian Racism

Selected Publications

Lu Dong, Laura M. Bogart, Matt G. Mutchler, Sean J. Laurence, David J. Klein, Mahlet Gizaw, Glenn J. Wagner, "Perceived discrimination, adherence to antiretroviral therapy, and HIV care engagement among HIV-positive black adults: the mediating role of medical mistrust," Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 45, 2022

Lu Dong, Laura M Bogart, Priya Gandhi, James B Aboagye, Samantha Ryan, Rosette Serwanga, Bisola O Ojikutu, "A qualitative study of COVID-19 vaccine intentions and mistrust in Black Americans: Recommendations for vaccine dissemination and uptake," PloS One, 17(5), 2022

Dong, L., D'Amico, E. J., Dickerson, D. L., Brown, R. A., Palimaru, A. I., Johnson, C. L., & Troxel, W. M., "Bidirectional Associations Between Daily Sleep and Wake Behaviors in Urban American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Youth. ," Journal of Adolescent Health, 2023 (forthcoming)

Dong, L., D'Amico, E. J., Dickerson, D. L., Brown, R. A., Palimaru, A. I., Johnson, C. L., & Troxel, W. M., "Food insecurity, sleep, and cardiometabolic risks in urban American Indian/Alaska Native youth. ," Sleep Health, 9(1), 2023

Dong, L., Gumport, N. B., Martinez, A. J., & Harvey, A. G., "Is improving sleep and circadian problems in adolescence a pathway to improved health? A mediation analysis.," Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 87(9), 2019

Lu Dong; Jennifer Bouey, "Public Mental Health Crisis during COVID-19 Pandemic, China," Emerging Infectious Diseases, 26(7), 2020

Dong, Lu, Jennifer Bouey, Douglas Yeung, Peggy G. Chen, and Priya Gandhi, Addressing Anti-Asian Racism in the Era of COVID-19: Next Steps for a Research Agenda, RAND Corporation (RR-A1594-1), 2021

Honors & Awards

  • Child Intervention, Prevention & Services (CHIPS) Research Training Institute Fellow, National Institute of Mental Health
  • Mental Health Service Research Conference New Investigator Workshop Award, National Institute of Mental Health
  • Sleep Research Program for Advancing Careers (SOAR) Fellow, American Academy of Sleep Medicine Foundation


Chinese (Mandarin)