Team on Health Equity and Accessibility (THEA) is a research lab motivated by two broad goals:

  1. Deepen evidence-based understanding about social and cultural drivers of health disparities
  2. Advance health equity and accessibility, particularly among marginalized populations

Designs and approaches used in past projects include: qualitative interviews, interrupted time-series, discrete choice experiments, GEE & mixed models, longitudinal observational cohort, randomized control trial, and causal mediation.

Students, researchers, and community groups interested in working with THEA are encouraged to contact Dr. Stephen W. Pan, assistant professor in the UTSA Department of Public Health.

Stephen Pan


Stephen Pan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Public Health

Current projects (as of March 29, 2024)
  1. Mpox vaccine preferences in Bexar County, Texas
  2. Healthcare preferences among recent Chinese immigrants in the United States
  3. Healthcare preferences among older Hispanic residents in Texas
Select publications

* denotes student co-author

Pan SW, Hall BJ, Wang W*. Religious activity and psychological distress among college students in East China: a longitudinal causal mediation analysis | Poster presentation at the 2023 meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research | Portland, Oregon, USA | June 13, 2023

Li B*, Wu C*, Liu Z, Pan SW. Leveraging behavioral sciences to augment voluntary blood donation in China: a randomized control trial and latent class analysis | Poster presentation at the 2023 meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research | Portland, Oregon, USA | June 15, 2023

Pan SW, Fairley CK, Chow EPF, Zhang Y, Tieosapjaroen W, Lee D, Ong JJ. Supernatural beliefs, religious affiliations, and HIV testing among recently arrived Asian-born men who have sex with men in Australia. AIDS Care, 2023. 35(9):1285-1290.

Wang J*, Wanger AL, Chen Y, Jaime E*, Hu X*, Wu S*, Lu Y, Ruan Y, Pan SW. Would COVID-19 vaccination willingness increase if mobile technologies prohibit unvaccinated individuals from public spaces? A nationwide discrete choice experiment from China. Vaccine, 2022. 40 (51); 7466-7475.

Hu X*, Wang J*, Jaime E*, Wu S*, Pan SW. Health implications of religious, spiritual, and supernatural (RSS) beliefs among college students in China: a qualitative study. Oral presentation at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine | Virtual online conference | April 12-16, 2021

He S*, Pan SW. Breast cancer screening trends among lower-income women of New York: a time-series evaluation of a population-based intervention. European Journal of Breast Health, 2020. 16 (4); 255-261.