Researcher biography

Associate Professor Xiang-Yu (Janet) Hou is a Principal Research Fellow in the UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health. Janet was trained as a doctor in China and an epidemiologist in Australia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine from Shandong University, Master of Medicine from Peking University, and a PhD from Queensland University of Technology. Janet has worked as an academic researcher in universities in Australia and overseas, as an Academic Dean in a private university in NSW, as a Medical Affairs Director in a USA company, and as a Program Manager in Queensland Health DG’s Office.

Janet has published over 100 research papers and book chapters. Her research interests include behavioural epidemiology, social epidemiology, health system research, health program evaluation, emergency medicine, paramedicine, and mental health. Her current research focus, as a team member of the Research Alliance for Urban Goorie Health (RAUGH), is to substantially accelerate the progress towards closing the gap in life expectancy and achieving health equality for urban First Peoples in greater Brisbane north.

Janet is a friendly, supportive, and experienced supervisor in training Higher Degree Research (HDR) students and early-stage researchers in epidemiology. She is currently available to supervise new HDR students in health research regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples living in urban, regional, and remote Australia.