About

Dr. Li received a Bachelor of Medicine from Tianjin Medical University in China in 2008, and a PhD in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016. Prior to joining Emory, she was a post-doctoral associate in the University of Florida, College of Nursing.

Dr. Li’s research is aimed at uncovering knowledge related to nursing workforce, as well as the costs and quality of care at both the national and international levels. Dr. Li has an interdisciplinary education and training in medicine, nursing, economy, business, and sociology. She also has extensive background and experience in data management and analysis, especially using large datasets. Her dissertation used an economic theory to examining the primary care nurses’ contributions to the quality of primary care and their economic returns. Currently funded studies focus on developing a business case for employment of hospital-based advanced practice registered nurses and examining how nursing licensure compact may improve the response to natural disaster (both funded by NCSBN).

Areas of Expertise

Data Science
Global Health
Health Policy
Health Services Research

Publications

1. Li, Y., Holmes, G. M., Fraher, E. P., Mark, B. A., & Jones, C. B. (2018). Differences in Primary Care Nurse Practitioners’ Wages by Employment Setting. Nursing Outlook. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.outlook.2018.06.009
2. Spetz, J., Fraher, E. P., Li, Y., & Bates, T. (2015). How Many Nurse Practitioners Provide Primary Care? It Depends On How You Count Them. Medical Care Research and Review. DOI: 10.1177/1077558715579868
3. Li, Y., & Jones, C. B. (2013). An Integrative Literature Review of Nursing Turnover Costs. Journal of Nursing Management, 12(3), 405-418.

Teaching

Dr. Li has experience in teaching health care policy and regulations, quantitative research design and measurement in nursing, as well as statistics for both undergraduates and graduates.

Research

Awards

1. James and Patricia Leak Fund (1st recipient), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012)
2. Mary P. Speight Scholarship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012)
3. Glaxo Fellowship Fund Scholarship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2011)
4. Kellet Scholarship, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2010)
5. Kellet Scholarship, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2009)
6. Johnston Foundation, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2008)