Bo Xie


Dr. Bo Xie received her Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, her MS in Psychology from Peking University, and her B.Med.Sci. from the West China School of Medicine in Chengdu, China. Her research reflects her interdisciplinary training in Medicine, Psychology, and Science and Technology Studies. She focuses on health informatics interventions that can promote older adults' use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for health information and decision-making (i.e., e-health literacy) that may have important implications for patient-provider relationships and health outcomes. Dr. Xie has joint appointments in the School of Nursing and School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. For more information, see my website


  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, New York
    Science and Technology Studies (STS)
    Ph.D.: May 2006

  • Peking University, Beijing, China Psychology M.S.: 1998

  • West China University of Medical Sciences, Chengdu, Sichuan, China Medicine B. Med. Sci.: 1995

Areas Of Specialization

Health Information Systems
Health Informatics

Recent Publications

Su, Z., & Xie, B. (2018). Factors Influencing Female Chinese Cancer Patients' Health Information Preferences and Behaviors. In JOURNAL OF WOMENS HEALTH (Vol. 27, No. 4, pp. 7-8).

Xie, B., Zhou, L., Yoder, L., Johnson, K., Garcia, A., & Kim, M. (n.d.). Ebola-Related Health Information Wanted and Obtained by Nurses and Public Health Department Employees: Effects of Formal and Informal Communication Channels. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 1-10. doi:10.1017/dmp.2019.45

Watkins, I. & Xie, B. (2015) Older adults' perceptions of using iPads for improving fruit and vegetable intake: An exploratory study. Care Management Journals, 16, 2-13. doi:10.1891/1521-0987.16.1.2.

Xie, B., Berkley, A. S., Kwak, J., Fleischmann, K. R., Champion, J. D., & Koltai, K. S. (2018). End-of-life decision making by family caregivers of persons with advanced dementia: A literature review of decision aids. SAGE Open Medicine.

Shovkun, M., Fleischmann, K. R. and Xie, B. ( 2018). Computational Social Science Using Topic Modeling: Analyzing Patients' Values Using a Large Hospital Survey. In L. Freund (Ed.), Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology (pp. 890 891.) Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

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Recent Awards

  • Best Paper with Mo Wang and Robert Feldman at the iConference
  • Fellow, Gerontological Society of America

Recent Courses

YearSemesterCourse NumberCourseSyllabusNotes
2023FallINF 385VHealth Informatics
2022FallINF 385VHealth Informatics
2021SpringINF 385VHealth Informatics
2017FallINF 385VHealth Informatics