Serena Xiong, PhD, MPH

Serena Xiong, PhD, MPH

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Division of Public Health Sciences


Ph.D., University of Minnesota School of Public Health
M.P.H., University of Minnesota School of Public Health
B.A., St. Olaf College


Dr. Serena Xiong is a cancer disparities, implementation science scholar. Her research interests are in dissemination and implementation science, cancer disparities, immigrant and minority health, health disparities/health equity, evaluation, e-health/mhealth, and health policies. She is a community researcher with the Somali, Latino, and Hmong Partnership for Health and Wellness (SoLaHmo), a community-based research group based in Minnesota. In this unique role, she has been consistently implementing culturally-responsive initiatives to address health inequities in Minnesota. Some of her contributions include developing culturally-appropriate Hmong lifestyle guidelines for health practitioners, optimizing communication strategies for reaching at-risk Somali, Latinx, and Hmong elders with timely COVID-19 information, and leading the design of a website to educate Hmong parents and teens about the HPV vaccine. She is a strong proponent of community-based participatory research and is passionate about advancing the literature and practices in how to democratize the research process between universities and marginalized communities.