His research generally focuses on application of quantitative methodology in examining behaviors including patient healthcare utilization and physician decision making, as well as patient health outcomes and effectiveness of medical care delivery. Dr. Lin is also interested in how policies may influence substance use/misuse behaviors, including e-cigarette vaping, marijuana use, as well as physicians’ prescribing and patients’ use/misuse of prescription opioids. His work also focuses on adopting innovative methods to address complex health issues, such as using big data methods to deal with high-dimensional quantitative data in policy and genetics to study their influences on substance use/misuse behaviors.

Research Areas:

  • Global health; public health and healthcare systems in East Asian countries; mental health policy; obesity; chronic diseases; medication utilization; health outcomes research; pharmacoepidemiology

Research Interests

  • Vaping and smoking behaviors
  • Prescription medication misuse
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Health services and outcomes research
  • Health economics and policy
Asian Studies, Allied Health
PhD, University of Michigan, Health Policy and Pharmacy Administration, 2010
MA, University of Michigan, Applied Economics, 2007
MA, National Taiwan University, Economics, 2004
BA, National Taiwan University, Economics and Sociology, 2002