Alice Tang, PhD, ScM



Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine


Tufts University School of Medicine
136 Harrison Avenue, MV246
Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617.636.2140
Fax: 617.636.3810


ScM, Harvard University, School of Public Health, Department of Biostatistics
PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology

Research Focus:

My research focuses largely on studying the causes and consequences of nutrition and metabolic abnormalities in people living with HIV, with a particular focus on substance users. Specific areas of interest include the effects of food insecurity on barriers to HIV treatment, the nutritional consequences of heavy alcohol use, and the effect of dietary quality on health outcomes in HIV infected patients. I am currently the Director of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Core of the Tufts Nutrition Collaborative Center for Drug Abuse and AIDS Research (TNC-CDAAR), a collaborative center between Tufts, Brown, and Johns Hopkins focusing on the nutritional and metabolic consequences of drug use, HIV, and Hepatitis. I am also the co-Director of the Biostatistics Core of the Tufts/Brown/Lifespan Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). Both of these NIH-funded Centers offer researchers statistical consultation and analytical support for their research studies related to HIV/AIDS. In addition, I and my team of programmers, have spearheaded the development of a unique computerized interviewing system, also known as ACASI (audio computer-assisted self-interview). We offer researchers at Tufts and other research institutions the service of turning their paper-based questionnaires into computerized ACASI systems for their studies (

Select Publications:

Tang AM, Bhatnagar T, Ramachandran R, Dong KR, Kumar MS, Skinner S, Wanke CA. Malnutrition in a cohort of HIV-positive and HIV-negative drug users in Chennai, South India. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2011;118(1):73-7. PMID: 21420798, PMCID: PMC3130882

Tang AM, Sheehan H, Jordan M, Duong DV, Terrin N, Dong K, Lien T, Trung NV, Wanke CA and Hien ND. Predictors of Weight Change in Male HIV-positive Injection Drug Users Initiating Antiretroviral Therapy in Hanoi, Vietnam. AIDS Research and Treatment. 2011;2011:890308. PMID: 21776380, PMCID: PMC3137978

McMahon JH, Wanke CA, Elliott JH, Skinner S, Tang AM. Repeated assessments of food security predict CD4 change in the setting of antiretroviral therapy. J Acquire Immune Defic Syndr. 2011;58(1):60-3. PMID: 21694604, PMCID: PMC3159819

Sheehan HB, Benetucci J, Muzzio E, Redini L, Naveira J, Segura M, Weissenbacher M, Tang AM. High rates of serum selenium deficiency among HIV and HCV infected and non-infected drug users in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Public Health Nutrition. 2012;15(3):538-545. PMID: 21740621, PMCID: PMC3280505

Hong SY, Jerger L, Jonas A, Badi A, Cohen S, Tang AM, Nachega JB, Parienti J, Wanke C, Terrin N, Pereko D, Blom A, Trotter A, Jordan MR. Medication Possession Ratio Associated with Short-term Virologic Response in Individuals Initiating Antiretroviral Therapy in Namibia. PLosOne 2013;8(2):e56307. PMID: 23509605, PMCID: PMC3585291

Volpe GE, Tang AM, Polak JF, Mangili A, Skinner SC, Wanke CA. Progression of carotid intima-media thickness and coronary artery calcium over 6 years in an HIV-infected cohort. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2013;64(1):51-7. PMID: 23945252, PMCID: PMC3815556

Tang, AM, Dong K, Deitchler M, Chung M, Maalouf-Manasseh Z, Tumilowicz A, Wanke C. Use of Cutoffs for Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) as an Indicator or Predictor of Nutritional and Health Related Outcomes in Adolescents and Adults: A Systematic Review. 2013. Washington, DC: FHI 360/FANTA.

Jordan M, Obeng-Aduasare Y, Sheehan H, Hong S, Terrin N, Duong D, Trung N, Wanke C, Kinh N, Tang A. Correlates of non-adherence to antiretroviral therapy in a cohort of HIV-positive drug users receiving antiretroviral therapy in Hanoi, Vietnam. Int J STD AIDS. 2013;25(9):662-668. PMID: 24352130, PMCID: PMC4062600

Hong SY, Fanelli TJ, Jonas A, Gweshe J, Tjituka F, Blom A, Sheehan HB, Wanke C, Terrin N, Jordan MR, Tang AM. Food insecurity associated with antiretroviral therapy adherence among HIV-infected patients in Windhoek, Namibia. J Acquire Immune Defic Syndr 2014;67(4):e115-22. PMID: 25356779, PMCID: PMC4215168

Tang AM, Quick T, Chung M, Wanke CA. Nutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (NACS) interventions to improve health-related outcomes in people living with HIV/AIDS: a systematic review of the literature. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2015;68:S340-349. PMID: 25768873, PMCID: PMC4397900.

Tang AM, Quick T, Chung M, Wanke C. Author’s Reply: Nutritional support to HIV patients starting ART. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015;70(2):e69-70. PMID: 26218413, PMCID: N/A

Smit E, Wanke C, Dong K, Grotheer A, Hansen S, Skinner S, Tang AM. Frailty, food insecurity and nutritional status in people living with HIV. J Frailty & Aging. 2015;4(4):191-197. PMID: 26689809, PMCID: PMC4682910

Kane JC, Murray LK, Sughrue S, DeMulder J, Skavenski van Wyk S, Queenan, J, Tang A, Bolton P. Process and implementation of Audio Computer Assisted Self-Interviewing (ACASI) assessments in low resource settings: A case example from Zambia. Glob Ment Health 2016; 3:e24.

Tang AM, Chung M, Dong K, Terrin N, Edmonds A, Assefa N, Chetty T, Ramlal R, Christian P, West K, Janjua N, Wanke C, Deitchler M, Maalouf-Manasseh Z. 2016. Determining a Global Mid-Upper Arm Circumference Cutoff to Assess Malnutrition in Pregnant Women. Washington, DC: FHI 360/Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III Project (FANTA).