Dr. David Huang

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David Huang, Dr.P.H.

Yu-Chuang (David) Huang, Dr.P.H, M.P.H., is currently serving as senior statistician at the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs. For the past ten years, he has been actively involved in large health education and epidemiological research projects at UCLA. He has provided statistical support on several multi-center longitudinal studies examining health care for drug abuse patients in treatment institutes, and is responsible for planning and conducting all data management and statistical analysis, especially in choosing appropriate methods for multivariate analysis. Recently, he has also expanded his research in conducting quantitative analyses of long-term follow-up data for adolescents and for drug users and has made a contribution to the “Center for Advancing Longitudinal Drug Abuse Research” project, which extensively explores life course trajectories of drug use and risky health behaviors as well as the impact of mental disorders and chronic diseases. Recently, he had served as a Principal Investigator in two studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development that examine developmental trajectories of obesity and risk-taking behaviors during adolescence as well as their interrelationships.

Education and Training

  • National Taiwan University, B.S., Public Health, 1985
  • University of California, Los Angeles, M.P.H., Epidemiology, 1990
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Dr.P.H., Biostatistics, 1996


  • Research and Statistical Methods, especially for longitudinal analysis on substance use.

  • Analytical methods for investigation of developmental pathways of multiple risk behaviors in adolescence

Contact Info

UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs
11075 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Selected Publications

  1. Huang, D.Y.C., Lanza, H.I., & Anglin, M.D. (2014). Trajectory of adolescent obesity: Exploring the impact of prenatal to childhood experiences. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 23(6), 1090-1101. NIHMS: 481609.
  2. Huang, D.Y.C., Lanza, H.I., Wright-Volel, K. & Anglin, M.D. (2013). Developmental trajectories of childhood obesity and risk behaviors in adolescence. Journal of Adolescence, 36, 139-148. PMCID: PMC3530618. NIHMS: 422091.
  3. Huang, D.Y.C., Lanza, H.I., & Anglin, M.D. (2013). Association between adolescent substance use and obesity in young adulthood: A group-based dual trajectory analysis. Addictive Behaviors, 38, 2653-2660. PMCID: PMC3777808. NIHMS: 510476.
  4. Hara, M., Huang, D.Y.C., Weiss, R.E., & Hser, Y.I. (2013). Concurrent life-course trajectories of employment and marijuana-use: Exploring interdependence of longitudinal outcomes. Journal of Substance Abuse. PMCID: PMC3773247. NIHMS: 494132.
  5. Lanza, H.I., Huang, D.Y.C., Murphy, D.A., & Hser, Y.I. (2013). A latent class analysis of maternal responsiveness and autonomy-granting in early adolescence: Prediction to later adolescent sexual risk-taking. Journal of Early Adolescence, 33(3), 404-428. PMCID: PMC3697916. NIHMS: 472444.
  6. Huang, D.Y.C., Murphy, D.A., & Hser, Y.I. (2012). Developmental trajectory of sexual risk behaviors from adolescence to young adulthood. Youth and Society, 44(4), 479-499. PMCID: PMC3663329. NIMHS: 290394.
  7. Huang, D.Y.C., Lanza, H.I., Murphy, D.A., & Hser, Y.I. (2012). Parallel development of risk behaviors in adolescence: Potential pathways to co-occurrence. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 36(4), 247-257. PMCID: PMC3904442. NIHMS: 377038.
  8. Huang, D.Y.C., Murphy, D.A., & Hser, Y.I. (2011). Parental monitoring during early adolescence deters adolescent sexual initiation: Discrete-time survival mixture analysis. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 20(4), 511-520. PMCID: PMC3133706. NIHMS: 234642.
  9. Huang, D.Y.C., Evans, E., Hara, M., Weiss, R.E., & Hser, Y.I. (2011). Employment trajectories: Exploring gender differences and impacts of drug use. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 79(1), 277-289. PMCID: PMC3134335. NIHMS: 259090.
  10. Huang, D.Y.C., Brecht, M.L., Hara, M., & Hser, Y.I. (2010). Influence of covariates on growth mixture modeling. Journal of Drug Issues, 40(1), 173-194. PMCID: PMC3153912. NIHMS: 194465.
  11. Hser, Y. I., Huang, D., Brecht, M.-L., Li, L., & Evans, E. (2008). Contrasting trajectories of heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine use. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 27(3), 13-21. PMCID: PMC2821675.
  12. Hser, Y. I., Evans, E., Huang, D., Brecht, M.-L., & Li, L. (2008). Comparing the dynamic course of heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine use over 10 years. Addictive Behaviors, 33(12), 1581-1589. PMCID: PMC2819270.
  13. Brecht, M.-L., Huang, D., Evans, E., & Hser, Y. I. (2008). Polydrug use and implications for longitudinal research: Ten-year trajectories for heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine users. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 96, 193-201. PMCID: PMC3566664.
  14. Prendergast, M., Huang, D., & Hser, Y. I. (2008). Patterns of crime and drug use trajectories in relation to treatment initiation and five-year outcomes: An application of growth mixture modeling across three datasets. Evaluation Review, 32(1), 59-82. PMCID: PMC3430469.
  15. Hser, Y., Huang, Y.C., Chou, C. P., & Anglin. M. D. (2007). Trajectories of heroin addiction: Growth mixture modeling results based on a 33-year follow-up study. Evaluation Review, 31(6), 548-563.

Last updated - 01/21/2015

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