Qing Li, MA, MEd

Scientist, Economic & Health Policy Research

What Inspired me to study cancer

“My childhood role model was a Wall Street elite. She was killed by cancer before turning 40, leaving a 5-year-old and 3-year-old behind her. Right after she died, I followed in her footsteps and joined a department of economics. My hope is that my cancer research can help similar stories have different endings.”

At ACS since 2015

Qing Li, MA, MEd, ensures data quality by sifting through vast data sources from economics, marketing, health systems, epidemiology, geography, policy, and demographics. Then she translates that data into scholarly analyses focusing on health policy.

Li pursues her research interests in economics of tobacco control, behavioral economics on long-term weight maintenance, and measurement issues in health behavior surveys.

Research focus and accomplishments

Li’s working on her PhD in Public Health at University of Haifa in Israel. She is actively collaborating with experts on research projects about healthy eating and active living. For example, she’s currently working with an NIH-funded team of investigators to examine the health and wealth of smallholder tobacco farmers in 5 low- and middle- income countries. She's also working closely with her colleague, Dr. Nigar Nargis, on various projects on tobacco control.


Here’s an overview of recent projects and publications Li contributed to and co-wrote.

2019-Present: Investigator of “The political economy of tobacco farming in Mozambique and Zimbabwe,” PI: Raphael Lencucha, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

2015-Present: Investigator of “The political economy of tobacco farming in low- and middle-income countries,” PI: Jeffrey Drope, U.S. National Institutes of Health

2015-2016: Primary Investigator of “Evidence from South Asian Region: Marketing and Packaging Policies on Smokeless Tobacco Initiation, Use and Risk Perception,” PI: Qing Li, Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science, Georgia State University

2016: Co-investigator of “Tobacco Farming and Kretek Rolling Study in Indonesia,” PI: Jeffrey Drope, World Bank

For a full list of Li's publications, vist her ResearchGate page



Work before ACS

  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Research Assistant

Professional organizations

  • American Cancer Society Speakers Club, Toastmasters, Club President


  • MEd: Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics and Assessment, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2015
  • MA: Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2013
  • BBA: Business Economics, East Tennessee State University, 2011
  • BA: International Economics and Trade, North China University of Technology, 2011

Personal life 

I live in Doraville, Georgia, and I have a Great Pyrenees named Tofu.