CAI Yong


Vice Dean of School of Public Health, Shanghai Jiao  Tong University

Tel: +8621-63846590-776198

Email: caiyong@shsmu.edu.cn

Research Interests: Infectious Disease Prevention and Control; Behavioral Sciences and Psychosocial Health; Design and Evaluation of Clinical Research


Yong Cai, Vice dean of School of Public Health,Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and Professor, is a leading scholar in Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, Behavioral Sciences and Psychosocial Health. He is the standing member of the Behavioral Health Branch of the Chinese Society of Preventive Medicine. He also has extensive experience in the field of clinical study design and evaluation.

Yong Cai has been professor of epidemiology at SJTU since 2018 and was an outstanding subject leader and investigator of public health in Shanghai focusing on the prevention and control strategies of major infectious diseases, the applicant has conducted multidisciplinary cross-fertilization research in epidemiology, health policy and social psychology, and provided evidence-based basis for government decision-making with the theoretical framework of "from data to strategy".

He has extensive training and project writing/revision experience in RCT studies and real-world studies. In the past 5 years, he has been awarded one project (Real World Study on the Effectiveness of Chinese and Western Medicine Treatment for Lung Cancer) by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China and two NSF surface projects as the PI of a major R&D program.

In the field of chronic infectious disease AIDS prevention, Prof. Cai innovated a comprehensive AIDS psycho-behavioral intervention strategy for the high-risk hidden population; filled the research gap of AIDS transmission in transgender women in China, and took the lead in revealing the significant infection and transmission risk of this population, and formed policy recommendations to be submitted to relevant government departments for decision making. In the field of acute infectious disease control of Newcastle disease, he has innovated a phased prediction model of infectious disease based on transmission dynamics, accurately assessed the spatial and temporal direction of the epidemic in different regions, and provided an evidence-based basis for prevention and control strategies such as resumption of work and production, and the related results have been affirmed and adopted by national government.

He has published more than 100 papers in authoritative journals in his field, such as Journal of the AIDS Society, Cell Discovery, and Lancet Global Health, including two ESI highly cited papers. He was selected as one of Shanghai's Pujiang talents and outstanding discipline leaders in public health, edited national planning textbooks, and received the Baosteel Outstanding Teacher Award.


  1. Liu Y, Wang R, Chang R, Wang H, Xu L, Xu C, Yu X, Liu S, Chen H, Chen Y, Jin L, Wang Y and Cai Y (2022) Perceived Burdensomeness, Thwarted Belongingness, and Social Exclusion in Transgender Women: Psychometric Properties of the Interpersonal Needs Questionnaire. Front. Psychol. 13:787809.

  2. Ruijie Chang, Chengbo Zeng#, Shan Qiao, Huwen Wang, Chen Xu1, Xiaoyue Yu1, Tiecheng Ma, Ying Wang*, Xiaoming Li and Yong Cai.The Mediating Effect of Depression on the Relation Between Interpersonal Needs and Suicidal Ideation Among Chinese Transgender Women. Front. Public Health,2022,9:764198.

  3. Rusi Long, Hui Chen, Tian Hu, Yaqi Chen, Bolin Cao, Rongxi Wang, Fan Hu, Chen Xu, Xiaoyue Yu, Yujie Liu, Shangbin Liu, Kechun Zhang, Huachun Zou4, Zixin Wang, Wenjie Xue and Yong Cai. The association between entrapment and depression among migrant workers in China: a social rank theory based study. BMC Psychiatry (2022) 22:17

  4. Zihe Peng, Hui Chen, Wei Wei, Yuelin Yu, Yujie Liu, Rongxi Wang, Xiaoyue Yu, Chen Xu, Rusi Long, Yongchun Hou, Zhenyu Sun, Ying Wang, Zhang Lin, Zhou Ying, Kechun Zhang, Huachun Zou,Yong Cai: The information-motivation-behavioral skills (IMB) model of antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence among people living with HIV in Shanghai, AIDS Care, 2021 Dec 28;1-6

  5. Hui Chen, Rusi Long, Tian Hu, Yaqi Chen, Rongxi Wang, Yujie Liu, Shangbin Liu, Chen Xu, Xiaoyue Yu, Ruijie Chang, Huwen Wang, Kechun Zhang, Fan Hu, Yong Cai; A model to predict adherence to antiretroviral therapy among people living with HIV. Sex Transm Infect. 2021 Dec 6; sextrans-2021-055222.

  6. Kechun Zhang, Chen Xu, Yinghuan Zhang, Rongxi Wang, Xiaoyue Yu, Tian Hu, Yaqi Chen, Zixin Wang , Bolin Cao, Hui Chen, Yujie Liu, Shangbin Liu, Huachun Zou and Yong Cai. The Mental Health and Syndemic Effect on Suicidal Ideation among Migrant Workers in China: A Cross-Sectional Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2021, 18, 11363.

  7. Fan Hu, Ruijie Gong, Yexin Chen , Jinxin Zhang, Tian Hu, Yaqi Chen, Kechun Zhang*,Meili Shang* and Yong Cai. Prediction Model for COVID-19 Vaccination Intention among the Mobile Population in China: Validation and Stability. Vaccines 2021, 9, 1221.

  8. Yu, X.; Xu, C.; Ni, Y.; Chang, R.; Wang, H.; Gong, R.; Wang, Y.; Wang, S.; Cai, Y. Pre‐Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Adherence Questionnaire: Psychometric Validation among Sexually Transmitted Infection Patients in China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2021, 18, 10980.

  9. Gong, R.; Zhang, Y.; Long, R.; Zhu, R.; Li, S.; Liu, X.; Wang, S.; Cai, Y. The Impact of Social Network Site Addiction on Depression in Chinese Medical Students: A Serial Multiple Mediator Model Involving Loneliness and Unmet Interpersonal Needs. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,2021, 18, 8614.

  10. Rongxi Wang, Yexin Chen, Fan Hu#, Zixin Wang, Bolin Cao, Chen Xu, Xiaoyue Yu, Ruijie Chang, Huwen Wang, Hui Chen, Yujie Liu, Shangbin Liu, Tian Hu, Yaqi Chen, Kechun Zhang*, Huachun Zou, and Yong Cai. Psychometric Properties of Interpersonal Needs Questionnaire-15 for Predicting Suicidal Ideation among Migrant Industrial Workers in China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2021, 18,7583.

  11. Yujie Liu, Ruijie Gong, Yuelin Yu, Chen Xu, Xiaoyue Yu, Ruijie Chang, Huwen Wang, Suping Wang, Qian Wang, Yong Cai. Longitudinal predictors for incidence of internet gaming disorder among adolescents: The roles of time spent on gaming and depressive symptoms. Journal of Adolescence,2021,92:1-9.

  12. Chen Xu, Xiaoyue Yu, Lhakpa Tsamlag, Shuxian Zhang, Ruijie Chang, Huwen Wang, Shangbin Liu, Ying Wang and Yong Cai. Evaluating the validity and reliability of the Chinese entrapment scale and the relationship to depression among men who have sex with men in Shanghai, China. BMC Psychiatry (2021) 21:328.

  13. Yang Ni, Hengan Liu, Ruijie Gong,Me Shi, Shuxian Zhang, Suping Wang* and Yong Cai*(通讯作者). The role of sexual compulsivity in unprotected intercourse among STI patients in Shanghai, China. BMC Public Health (2021) 21:141.

  14. Huwen Wang; Chengbo Zeng; Xiaoming Li; Ruijie Chang; Xiaoyue Yu; Chen Xu; Tiecheng Ma; Ying Wang; Shan Qiao; Yong Cai; Violence Victimization and Condomless Anal Intercourse Among Transgender Women in China: Mediating Role of Depression. AIDS and Behavior 25, 1597–1605 (2021).

  15. XiaoYue Yu; Chen Xu; HuWen Wang; RuiJie Chang; YinQiao Dong; Lhakpa Tsamlag; ShuXian Zhang; YueLin Yu; RuSi Long; Hui Wang; Yong Cai; Effective mitigation strategy in early stage of COVID-19 pandemic in China, Infectious Diseases of Poverty, 2020, 9(1):141.

  16. 16. Yinghui Sun; Hui Li; Ganfeng Luo; Xiaojun Meng; Wei Guo; Thomas Fitzpatrick; Yunlong Ao; Anping Feng; Bowen Liang; Yuewei Zhan; Amakobe Sande; Feng Xie; Ying Wang; Han‐Zhu Qian; Yong Cai; Huachun Zou; Antiretroviral treatment interruption among people living with HIV during COVID‐19 outbreak in China: a nationwide cross‐sectional study, Journal of the International AIDS Society, 2020, 23:e25637.

  17. Chen Xu; Yinqiao Dong; Xiaoyue Yu; Huwen Wang; Lhakpa Tsamlag; Shuxian Zhang; Ruijie Chan#; Zezhou Wang; Yuelin Yu; Rusi Long; Ying Wang; Gang Xu; Tian Shen; Suping Wang; Xinxin Zhang; Hui Wang; Yong Cai; Estimation of Reproduction Numbers of COVID-19 in Typical Countries and Epidemic Trends Under Different Prevention and Control Scenarios, Frontiers of Medicine, 2020,14(5):613-622.

  18. Shuxian Zhang; Zezhou Wang; Ruijie Chang; Huwen Wang; Chen Xu; Xiaoyue Yu; Lhakpa Tsamlag; Yinqiao Dong; Hui Wang; Yong Cai; COVID-19 Containment: China Provides Important Lessons for Global Response, Frontiers of Medicine, 2020,14(2):215-219.

  19. Ruijie Chang; Huwen Wang; Shuxian Zhang; Zezhou Wang; Yinqiao Dong; Lhakpa Tsamlag; Xiaoyue Yu; Chen Xu; Yuelin Yu; Rusi Long; Ning-Ning Liu; Qiao Chu; Ying Wang; Gang Xu; Tian Shen; Suping Wang; Xiaobei Deng; Jinyan Huang; Xinxin Zhang; Hui Wang; Yong Cai; Phase- and epidemic region-adjusted estimation of the number of coronavirus disease 2019 cases in China, Frontiers of Medicine, 2020,14(2):199-209.

  20. Wang Huwen; Chang Ruijie; Shen Qiuming; Tsamlag Lhakpa; Zhang Shuxian; Shi Yue; Ma Tiecheng; Wang Zixin; She Rui; Lau Joseph T. F.; Wang Ying; Cai Yong;Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills model of consistent condom use among transgender women in Shenyang, China, BMC Public Health, 2020, 20(1):0-394.

  21. Zihe Peng; Yuelin Yu; Wei Wei; Yongchun Hou; Zhenyu Sun; Ying Wang; Lin Zhang;  Ying Zhou; Qian Wang*; Yong Cai*; Reliability and Validity of the LifeWindows Information–Motivation–Behavioral Skills Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence Questionnaire Among HIV+ Patients in Shanghai, Patient Preference and Adherence, 2020:14 507–515.

  22. Huwen Wang; Zezhou Wang; Yinqiao Dong; Ruijie Chang; Chen Xu; Xiaoyue Yu; Shuxian Zhang; Lhakpa Tsamlag; Meili Shang; Jinyan Huang; Ying Wang; Gang Xu; Tian Shen; Xinxin Zhang; Yong Cai; Phase-adjusted estimation of the number of Coronavirus Disease 2019 cases in Wuhan, China, Cell Discovery, 2020,6(10):1-8.

  23. Lhakpa Tsamlag; Huwen Wang; Qiuming Shen; Yue Shi; Shuxian Zhang; Ruijie Chang; Xiyu Liu; Tian Shen; Yong Cai; Applying the information–motivation– behavioral model to explore the influencing factors of self-management behavior among osteoporosis patients, BMC Public Health, 2020,20:198.

  24. Xu Zijun,Wang Huwen,Shi Yue,Shen Qiuming,Tsamlag Lhakpa,Wang Zezhou,Yu Shoukai,Shen Tian,Wang Ying,Cai Yong. Impact of Calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin K, Estrogen, Isoflavone, and Exercise on Bone Mineral Density for Osteoporosis Prevention in Postmenopausal Women: A Network Meta-Analysis. British Journal of Nutrition, 2020, 123(1): 84-103.

  25. Wang Qian; Chang Ruijie; Wang Ying; Jiang Xueqin; Zhang Shuxian; Shen Qiuming; Wang Zixin; Ma Tiecheng; Lau Joseph T. F.; Cai Yong. Correlates of alcohol and illicit drug use before commercial sex among transgender women with a history of sex work in China, Sexual Health, 2020, 17(1):45-52.

  26. Shen Qiuming; Shi Yue; Zhang Shuxian; Tsamlag Lhakpa; Wang Huwen; Chang Ruijie; Peng Zihe; Wang Ying ; Shang Meili; Cai Yong; How involuntary subordination and social support influence the association between self-esteem and depression: a moderated mediation model, BMC Psychiatry, 2019, 19(1):0-390.

  27. Zhang Shuxian; Wang Suping; Wang Zezhou; Wang Ying; Jiang Xueqin; Xu Gang; Cai Yong;The association between involuntary subordination and common mental disorders among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Shanghai, China, BMC Psychiatry, 2019, 19(1):0-369.

  28. Chang Ruijie; Wang Huwen; She Rui; Zhang Shuxian; Tsamlag Lhakpa; Shen Qiuming; Shi Yue; Wang Zixin; Lau Joseph T. F.; Wang Ying; Cai Yong; Feelings of Entrapment and Defeat Mediate the Association Between Self-Esteem and Depression Among Transgender Women Sex Workers in China, Frontiers in Psychology, 2019, 10:0-2241.

  29. Ying Wang; Mengmen Jia; Dong Yuan; Ajuan Liang; Zhiruo Zhang; Xueqin Jiang; Yi Chen Wang; Huiyao Zhu; Mengyun Luo; Zezhou Wang; Yong Cai; Assessing consistent condom use among migrant men who have sex with men in Shanghai, China: validation of an information–motivation–behavioural skills model, BMC Infectious Diseases, 2019, 19:462.

  30. Qiuming Shen; Yichen Wang; Zezhou Wang; Ying Wang; Mengyun Luo; Suping Wang; Xueqin Jiang; Yinghua Yang; Yong Cai; Meili Shang; Understanding condom use among unmarried female migrants: a psychological and personality factors modified information-motivation-behavioral skills model, BMC Public Health, 2019,19:223.

  31. Tanwei Yuan; Thomas Fitzpatrick; Nai-Ying Ko, Yong Cai; Yingqing Chen; Jin Zhao; Linghua Li; Junjie Xu; Jing Gu; Jinghua Li; Chun Hao; Zhengrong Yang; Weiping Cai; Chien-Yu Cheng; Zhenzhou Luo; Kechun Zhang; Guohui Wu; Xiaojun Meng; Andrew E Grulich; Yuantao Hao*; Huachun Zou*; Circumcision to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in men who have sex with men: a systematic review and meta-analysis of global data, Lancet Global Health, 2019,7: e436–47.

  32. Xiaoting Shi, Sijia Wang, Shixian Liu, Tiancheng Zhang, Shuyang Chen & Yong Cai.Are procrastinators psychologically healthy? Association between psychosocial problems and procrastination among college students in Shanghai, China: a syndemic approach, Psychology, Health & Medicine,2018,Nov 13:1-8

  33. Mengyun Luo, Liping Zhu, Yuanyuan Dong, Zezhou Wang, Qiuming Shen, Dandan Mo, Li Du, Zhiruo Zhang, Yong Cai. Sexual compulsivity and its relationship with condomless sex among unmarried female migrant workers in Shanghai, China: a cross-sectional study. BMC Women's Health (2018) 18:181

  34. Wang Xin; Wang Zezhou; Jiang Xueqin; Li Rui; Wang Ying; Xu Gang ; Zou Huachun; Cai Yong; A cross-sectional study of the relationship between sexual compulsivity and unprotected anal intercourse among men who have sex with men in shanghai, China, BMC Infectious Diseases, 2018, 18(1):0-465.

  35. Mengyun Luo, Xueqin Jiang, Ying Wang, Zezhou Wang, Qiuming Shen, Rui Li, & Yong Cai. Association between induced abortion and suicidal ideation among unmarried female migrant workers in three metropolitan cities in China. BMC Public Health. 2018; 18:625.

  36. Qi Chen; Huwen Wang; Yichen Wang; Zezhou Wang; Daijun Zhao; Yong Cai; Exploring effects of self-management on glycemic control using a modified information–motivation–behavioral skills model in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients in Shanghai, China: A cross-sectional study, Journal of Diabetes, 2018:10 (9), 750–759.

  37. Wang Zezhou; Zhao Xu; Zhang Zhan; Luo Mengyun; Shen Qiuming; Dong Yuanyuan; Wang Ying; Cai Yong; Co-Occurring Psychosocial Problems and Multiple Sexual Partners among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Shanghai, China: A Syndemic Approach, The Journal of Sex Research, 2018, 55(7):892-901

  38. Wang Ying; Wang Zezhou; Jia Mengmeng; Liang Ajuan; Yuan Dong; Sun Zhe; Gan Feng; Wang Yichen; Cai Yong ; Zhang Zhiruo; Association between a syndemic of psychosocial problems and unprotected anal intercourse among men who have sex with men in Shanghai, China, BMC Infectious Diseases, 2017, 17:0-46.

  39. Rui Li; Yong Cai;Ying Wang; Feng Gan; Rong Shi*; Psychological pathway to suicidal ideation among men who have sex with men in Shanghai, China: a structural equation model, Journal of Psychiatric Research,2016,83:203-210.

  40. Cai Y; Wang Z; Lau JT; Li J; Ma T; Liu Y; Prevalence and associated factors of condomless receptive anal intercourse with male clients among transgender women sex workers in Shenyang, China, Journal of the International AIDS Society, 2016,19(3Suppl 2):20800.

  41. Li R; Cai Y; Wang Y; Sun Z; Zhu C; Tian Y; Jiang X; Gan F; Psychosocial Syndemic Associated with Increased Suicidal Ideation Among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Shanghai, China, Health Psychology, 2016,35(2):148-156.