Nhung Nguyen, PhD, PharmD

Assistant Professor
School of Medicine
530 Parnassus Ave, #368
San Francisco, CA 94143
Nhung Nguyen
Education and Training

Hanoi University of Pharmacy, Vietnam, BS - 2008 Pharmacy

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, PhD - 2014 Epidemiology

University of California, Los Angeles, 2021 mHealth Training Institute

University of California, San Francisco, 2022 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, 2023 Innovations for Substance Use Disorders

Awards and Honors

Predoctoral Fellowship, Vietnam Education Foundation, 2010-2012

International Fellowship, American Association of University Women, 2012

T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Cancer Institute, 2018-2020

Meritorious Abstract Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2021

NIDA Diversity Scholars Network Program, National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2021

Emerging Health Equity Scholar Award, UCSF Multiethnic Health Equity Research Center, 2023

Outstanding Abstract Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2023

Diversity Institute for Emerging Leaders, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2024
Dr. Nguyen is a behavioral scientist whose research program focuses on substance use and related health disparities among priority populations (e.g., youth and young adults, sexual minorities, people with substance use disorders). Her work provides actionable insights and novel solutions to reduce substance use, promote public well-being, and advance health equity. She has employed a variety of research methods (e.g., human-centered design, daily diaries, ecological momentary assessment, population-based surveys, longitudinal surveys, focus groups, in-depth interviews, mixed-methods). Her current projects focus on applying mobile health technology, machine learning, and implementation science to address the co-use of tobacco and cannabis.

Dr. Nguyen founded and leads the smartphone-based research lab on tobacco and substance use for health equity - the HEARTY lab (https://heartylab.ucsf.edu).