Dejun Su, PHD


Center for Reducing Health Disparities
Associate Professor
Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health
College of Public Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Professional Summary

  • 2012- Associate Professor, Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
  • 2010-2012 Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA), Edinburg, TX
  • 2009-2012 Director of the CDC-Sponsored South Texas Border Health Disparities Center, UTPA, Edinburg, TX
  • 2006-2010 Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, UTPA, Edinburg, TX
  • 2007-2009 Graduate Advisor in the Sociology Master Program at the Department of Sociology, UTPA, Edinburg, TX


  • Ph.D. Sociology University of Chicago 2006
  • M.A.  Demography Peking University, China 1999
  • B.A.  Sociology Peking University, China 1996

Research Interests
Social Demography, Medical Sociology, Health Research and Policy

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Su, D., Wen, M., Markides, K. (2013) “Is Self-Rated Health Comparable Across Racial and Ethnic Groups? Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study” Journal of Gerontology: Social Science, 68(4): 622-32. [PMID:15868773]
  • Stimpson JP, Wilson FA, Su D. (2013) Health Care Spending by Unauthorized Immigrants is Lower Than Other Immigrants and US Natives. Health Affairs. 32(7): 1313-8.
  • Su, D., Esqueda O., Li L., Pagan J. A. (2012) “Income Distribution and Obesity Prevalence: Evidence from 31 OECD Countries.” Journal of Biosocial Science 44, 417–432. [PMID: 22214551]
  • Su, D. and Wang D. (2012) “Acculturation and Cross-Border Utilization of Health Services”. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 14:563–569. DOI 10.1007/s10903-011-9518-x. [PMID: 21874358]
  • Su, D., Richardson C., Wen M., Pagán J. A. (2011) “Cross-Border Utilization of Health Care: Evidence from a Population-Based Study in South Texas” Health Services Research 46 (3):859-876. [PMID: 21158855]
  • Su, D. and Li L. (2011) “Trends in the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the United States: 2002-2007” Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 22 (1) 296-310. [PMID: 21317523]
  • Su, D., Richardson C., Wang G. (2010) “Assessing Cultural Assimilation among Mexican Americans: How Fast Do Their Gender-Role Attitudes Converge to the U.S. Mainstream?” Social Science Quarterly 91 (3) 762-776. DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6237.2010.00718.x
  • Pagán, J.A., Su, D., Li L., Armstrong K., Asch D.A. (2009). “Explaining disparities in genetic testing awareness for cancer risk across U.S. ethnic/racial groups.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine 37 (6): 524-530. [PMID: 19944919]
  • Su, D. (2009). “Occupational Career and Risk of Mortality among Union Army Veterans.” Social Science and Medicine 69 (3): 460-468. [PMID: 19552993]
  • Su, D. (2009). “Risk Exposure in Early Life and Mortality at Older Ages: Evidence from Union Army Veterans.” Population and Development Review 35 (2): 275-295. [PMID: 20209063]

Professional Affiliations
American Public Health Association
Population Association of America
American Sociological Association

Contact Dejun Su

984340 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4340
Phone: (402) 552-2359
Fax: (402) 559-6493