Ha Ngan (Milkie) Vu
Assistant Professor in the Division of Behavioral Medicine, Northwestern University

Ha Ngan (Milkie) Vu, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Behavioral Medicine (Department of Preventive Medicine) at Northwestern University. Dr. Vu is a mixed-methods researcher with over a decade of experience conducting community-engaged research to promote health equity. She is interested in leveraging implementation science and community engagement to implement evidence-based programs, particularly in underserved communities or low-resource settings. Currently, she is leading the development of culturally-relevant interventions to increase HPV vaccine confidence and uptake among Asian Americans and immigrant populations. Additionally, her research also focuses on understanding and addressing food insecurity in diverse populations. Dr. Vu’s research has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, American Psychological Foundation, American Association for Cancer Education, Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance, and other sources. She is currently a recipient of the KL2 fellowship from Northwestern University Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute. Dr. Vu has also been selected for several prestigious national fellowships, including the National HPV Vaccination Roundtable Emerging Leaders Program and the Health Equity Fellowship for Trainees (Health Affairs). She received her undergraduate degree in History and Cultural Anthropology from Duke University, her master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and her PhD degree in Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences from Emory University. She completed her postdoctoral training through the NCI-funded T32 fellowship in Cancer Prevention & Control at Northwestern University.

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