Helen Wu

Associate Professor


UConn Health: Psychiatry

Research Interests

My primary research interest relates to identifying epidemiological patterns of substance use and abuse among hard-to-reach populations. Published work to date centered on the investigation of factors that may impact the progression of substance use. I have also focused on whether and how stress may impact individuals’ health. Published work to date has centered on the investigation of a range of factors on various behaviors and health conditions.

In the past 2 decades, I have been conducting clinical and intervention research in addition to sciences, health disparities, geriatrics, epidemiology, and public health. I am an expert in primary data collection and am very efficient and effective in patient/subject recruitments and retention as well as managing my research team. My focus in InCHIP-related projects is to design and conduct pragmatic intervention trials in chronic diseases by promoting lifestyle changes. I will be collaborating with the School of Nursing and the Brain Institute at UConn Storrs.


PhD, University of Texas Medical Branch, 1998

Recent Publications

Duan Y, Grady JJ, Albertsen, PC, Wu ZH* Tamsulosin and the risk of dementia in older men with benign prostatic hyperplasia, Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, in print, Sept 2017

Duan YH, Barry L, Grady J, Wu ZH*. Acute Effects of Moderate Alcohol Consumption on Postural Stability in Older Adults. Perceptual and Motor Skills. In print, July 2017.

Baldwin JD, Cox J, Wu ZH, Kenny A, Angus S. Delivery and measurement of high value care in standardized patient encounters in an internal medicine residency program. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. 2017 (Oct):645-649

Naka F, Lu J, Porto A, Villagra J, Wu ZH, D Anderson. Impact of dermatology eConsults on access to care and skin cancer screening in underserved populations: A model for teledermatology services in community health centers. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. In print. Sept 2017.

Wu ZH*, Tennen H, Hosain GM, Coman E, Culum J, Berenson AB. Stress mediates the relationship between past drug addiction and current risky sexual behavior among low income women. Stress & Health, 2016 Apr; 32(2):138-44. doi: 10.1002/smi.2587

Jessica R. Hoag JR, Tennen H, Stevens RG, Coman E, ZH Wu*. Affect, emotion dysregulation and sleep quality among low-income women. Sleep Health, 2016 (Dec): 2(4): 283-288.

Hoag J, Wu ZH*, Grady JJ. Impact of childhood abuse on adult sleep quality among low-income women after Hurricane Ike. Sleep Health. 2015 (Dec);1(3):293-299.

Wu ZH*, Stevens R, Tennen H, North CS, Grady JJ, C Holzer C. Sleep quality among low income young women predicts changes in perceived stress before and after Hurricane Ike in Southeast Texas. Sleep, 2015 Jul 1;38(7):1121-8. doi: 10.5665/sleep.4826.

Wu ZH*, Temple JR, Shokar NK, Nguyen-Oghalai TU, Grady JJ. Differential racial/ ethnic patterns in substance use initiation among young low-income women. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 2010 Mar;36(2):123-9. PMID: 20337510.

Wu ZH*, Grady JJ, Rosale S, Berenson AB. Ecstasy use and its correlates among young, low-income women. Substance Use and Misuse. 2011; 46(4):404-10. Epub 2010 Aug 24. PMID: 20735212.

Baillargeon J, Giordano TP, Rich JD, Wu ZH, Wells K, Pollock BH, Parr DP. Accessing antiretroviral therapy following release from prison. JAMA. 2009 Feb 25;301(8):848-57. PMID: 19244192.

Nguyen-Oghalai TU, Ottenbacher KJ, Kuo YF, Wu H, Grecula M, Eschbach K, Goodwin JS. Disparities in utilization of outpatient rehabilitative care following hip fracture hospitalization with respect to race and ethnicity. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2009 Apr;90(4):560-3. PMID: 19345769.

Baillargeon JG, Paar D, Giordano TP, Zachariah B, Rudkin LL, Wu ZH, Raimer BG. Emergency department usage by uninsured patients in Galveston County, Texas. Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings. 2008, 21(3): 236-242.

Wu ZH*, Eschbach K, Grady JJ. Contextual influences on polydrug use among young, low income women: Effects of neighborhood and person networks. American Journal on Addictions. 2008;17:135-144.

Sunder P, Grady J, Wu ZH*. Individual and neighborhood-level predictors of drug use in low-income women. American Journal of Community Psychology. 2007;40:167-80.

Wu ZH*, Holzer CE, Breitkopf CR, Grady JJ, Berenson AB. Patterns and perceptions of ecstasy use among young, low-income women. Addictive Behaviors. 2006;31:676-685.

Wu ZH*. (2006), Epidemiology of club drug use in young, low income women. In William Sanders, ed., Drugs, Clubs, and Young People: Sociological and Public Health perspectives. Aldershot and Burlington, VT: Ashgate.

Greer A, Goodwin J, Freeman J, Wu ZH. Bringing the patient back in: Guidelines, practice variations and the social context of medical practice. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care. 2002;8:747-761.

Contact Information
Phone(860) 679-6070
Mailing Address195 Farmington Ave Farmington, CT 06312 United States
CampusUConn Health (Farmington)