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Bo Xie, PhD | Professor

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Phone: 512 232-5788

Office: NUR 4.148 (faculty office) | NUR 3.208 (research office)
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
1710 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78712

Dr. Xie received her PhD 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. She holds a joint appointment in the School of Information. Click here to view Dr. Bo Xie's School of Information Faculty Page.

Principal Investigator

  • “Developing an eHealth Tutorial for Older Adults to Use Online Health Resources” (R21AG052761). Funded by the National Institute on Aging, NIH. September 2017-May 2019. Role: Principal Investigator.
  • “Boosting Older Adults' Cognition by Training Real-World eHealth Skills” (1R21AG052060-01). Funded by the National Institute on Aging, NIH. September 2016 – May 2018. Role: Principal Investigator.
  • “Manual and automatic analysis of patients' values and preferences using Seton's Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) surveys”. Funded by Seton Healthcare Family and the UT Center for Health and Social Policy, August 2015 – July 2016. Role: Co-Principal Investigator.
  • “Personally identifiable information and human values in patient portals: a systematic review of older adult-oriented studies”. Funded by the Center for Identity, UT Austin, June 2015 – August 2015. Role: Co-Principal Investigator.
  • “RAPID: Collaborative Research: Ebola-related information obtained by healthcare providers: effects of formal and informal communication channels and organizational structure,” (NSF#1521089). Funded by the National Science Foundation, March 2015 – March 2016. Role: Principal Investigator.
  • “Developing an eHealth tutorial for older adults to use online health resources”. Funded by St. David’s Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations (CHPR), School of Nursing, UT Austin. February 2013 – August 2014. Role: Principal Investigator.
  • “Improving low-SES older adults’ ability to evaluate the quality of online health information”. Funded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, National Library of Medicine, NIH. May 2013 – April 2014. Role: Co-Principal Investigator.
  • “Improving older adults’ e-health literacy with collaborative versus individualistic computer training,” (R01 AG041284). Funded by NIA, August 2011 – May 2016. Role: Principal Investigator.
  • “Developing effective H1N1 influenza vaccine risk communication messages to improve vaccine uptake among older adults,” funded by NSF, May 2011-April 2012. Role: Co-Principal Investigator on an ADVANCE Interdisciplinary and Engaged Research Seed Grant.
  • “Meeting older adults’ health information needs through peer computer training: An innovative public library approach to lifelong learning and volunteering in later life.” Early Career Development Award from Institute of Museum and Library Services. Funded July 2009-June 2012.
  • “Collaborative computer training to improve older adults’ e-health literacy: A pilot study.” Funded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, NIH. Funded July 2009 – June 2010.
  • “George Washington University Health Information Partners.”  Funded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, NIH. Funded May 2009 – April 2010.
  • “Improving older adults’ e-health literacy: A pilot study.” Funded by Maryland Population Research Center under Grant # 2 R24 HD4104, May 2009 – April 2010.
  • “Promoting Health Literacy among Older Adults: Computer Training in Public Libraries.” Funded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, NIH. Funded July 2007 – June 2009.
  • “Community Partners Program Grant: Training Older Adult Patrons of Public Libraries to Use Online Health Information.” Funded by University of Maryland, College Park, June 2007 – May 2008. 
  • Xie, B., Zhou, L., Yoder, L., Johnson, K., Garcia, A., Kim, M. (in press). Ebola-related health information wanted and obtained by hospital and public health department employees: effects of formal and informal communication channels. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.
  • Walker, L. O., Sterling, B. S., Becker, H., Hendrickson, S., & Xie, B. (in press). Development and evaluation of a mother-centered toolkit for postpartum behavioral and psychosocial health. Journal of Behavioral Medicine.
  • Xie, B., Berkley, A., Kwak, J., Fleischmann, K. R., Champion, J. D., & Koltai, K. (2018). End-of-life decision making by family caregivers of persons with advanced dementia: a systematic reviewSage Open Medicine6: 1-9.
  • Xie, B., Su, Z., Zhang, W., & Cai, R. (2017). Chinese cardiovascular disease mobile apps’ information types, information quality, and interactive functions for self-management: systematic review. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 5(12):e195.
  • Xie, B., Su, Z., Liu, Y., Wang, M., & Zhang, M. (2017). Health information sources for different types of information used by Chinese patients with cancer and their family caregivers. Health Expectations. 20(4): 665-674.
  • Kim, H. & Xie, B. (2017). Health literacy in the eHealth era: A systematic review of the literature. Patient Education and Counseling. 100(6):1073-1082.
  • Lazard, A., Watkins, I., Mackert, M., Xie, B., Stephens, K. K., & Shalev, H. (2016). Design simplicity influences patient portal use: role of aesthetic evaluations for technology acceptance. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 23(e1):e157-61.
  • Walker, L. O., Murphey, C. L., & Xie, B. (2016). Missed opportunities for postpartum behavioral and psychosocial healthcare and acceptability of screening options. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 45, 614-624.
  • Walker, L. O., Xie, B., Hendrickson, S., & Sterling, B. S. (2016). Behavioral and psychosocial health of new mothers and associations with contextual factors and perceived health. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. 45(1): 3-16.
  • Nie, L., Xie, B., Yang, Y., & Shan, Y. (2016). Characteristics of Chinese mHealth applications for diabetes self-management. Telemedicine and e-Health. 22(7): 614-619.
  • Xie, B., Su, Z., Liu, Y., Wang, M., & Zhang, M. (2015). Health information wanted and obtained from doctors/nurses: a comparison of Chinese cancer patients and family caregivers. Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer. 23(10): 2873-2880.
  • Walker, L. O., Gao, J., & Xie, B. (2015). Postpartum psychosocial and behavioral health: a systematic review of self-administered scales validated for postpartum women in the United States. Women's Health Issues. 25(5):586-600.
  • Radhakrishnan, K., Xie, B., Jacelon, C. (2015). Unsustainable telehealth program: a Texas qualitative study. The Gerontologist. DOI: 10.1093/geront/gnv050 [E-publication ahead of print, April 2015].
  • Radhakrishnan, K., Xie, B., Kim, M., Ellis, A. (2015). Barriers and facilitators for sustainability of tele-homecare programs: a systematic review. Health Services Research Journal. 51(1): 48-75.
  • Zhang, Y., Sun, Y., Xie, B. (2015). Quality of health information for consumers on the Web: a comprehensive review of indicators, criteria, tools, and evaluation results. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. 66(10): 2071-2084.
  • Watkins, I., & Xie, B. (2015). Older adults' perceptions of using iPads for improving fruit and vegetable intake: implications for using touchscreen tablets for eHealth interventions. Care Management Journals. 16(1): 2-13.
  • Yoon, H., Jang, Y., & Xie, B. (2015). Computer use and computer anxiety in older Korean Americans. Journal of Applied Gerontology. DOI: 10.1177/0733464815570665
  • Watkins, I. & Xie, B. (2014). eHealth literacy interventions for older adults: A systematic review of the literature. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 16(11): e225.
  • Watkins, I., Kules, B., Yuan, X., & Xie, B. (2014). Heuristics evaluation of healthy eating apps for older adults. Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet. 18(2): 105-127.
  • Xie, B., Wang, M., Feldman, R., & Zhou L. (2014). Exploring older and younger adults’ preferences for health information and participation in decision-making using the Health Information Wants Questionnaire (HIWQ). Health Expectations. 17(6):795-808.
  • Watkins, I., & Xie, B. (2013). Examining the effects of jigsaw- and constructive controversy-based learning strategies on older adults’ eHealth literacy. Gerontechnology, 12(1), 44-54.
  • Nellsch, E. R., Walker, L. O., Xie, B., & Vaughan, M. W. (2013). What new mothers’ favorite websites and features tell us about designing Web-based health promotion: a content analysis. Telemedicine and e-Health. 19(11): 875-878.
  • Xie, B., Wang, M., Feldman, R., & Zhou, L. (2013). Internet use frequency and patient-centered care: Measuring patient preferences for participation using the Health Information Wants Questionnaire. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 15(7): e132.
  • Nan, X., Xie, B., &Madden, K. (2012). Acceptability of the H1N1 vaccine among older adults: the interplay of message framing and perceived vaccine safety and efficacy. Health Communication, 27(6), 559-568.
  •  Xie, B., Watkins, I., Golbeck, J., & Huang, M. (2012). Understanding and changing older adults’ perceptions and learning of social media. Educational Gerontology, 38(4), 282-296.
  • Chen, Y., Wen, J.,& Xie, B. (2012). “I communicate with my children in the game”:  mediated intergenerational family relationships through a social networking game. Journal of Community Informatics, 8(1),
  • Xie, B., Druin, A., Fails, J., Massey, S., Golub, E., Franckel, S., & Schneider, K. (2012). Connecting generations: developing co-design methods for older adults and children. Behaviour & Information Technology, 31(4), 413-423.
  • Xie, B. (2012). Improving older adults' e-health literacy through computer training using NIH online resources. Library & Information Science Research, 34, 63-74.
  • Xie, B. (2011). Effects of an e-health literacy intervention for older adults. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 13(4):e90. Full text:
  • Xie, B. (2011). Experimenting on the impact of learning methods and information presentation channels on older adults’ e-health literacy. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), 62(9), 1797-1807.
  • Xie, B. (2011). Older adults, e-health literacy, and collaborative learning: An experimental study. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), 62(5): 933-946.
  • Xie, B. (2009). Older adults' health information wants in the Internet age: Implications for patient-provider relationships. Journal of Health Communication, 14(6), 510-524.
  • Xie, B., & Bugg, J. M. (2009). Public library computer training for older adults to access high-quality Internet health information. Library & Information Science Research, 31, 155-162.
  • Alpay, L., Verhoef, J., Xie, B., Te’eni, D., & Zwetsloot-Schonk, J. H. M. (2009). Current challenge in consumer health informatics: Bridging the gap between access to information and information understanding. Biomedical Informatics Insights, 2, 1-10.
  • Piper, D., Palmer, S., & Xie, B. (2009). Services to older adults: Preliminary findings from  three Maryland public libraries. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 50(2), 107-118.
  • Druin, A., Jaeger, P. T., Fleischmann, K. R., Golbeck, J., Lin, J., Qu, Y., Wang, P., & Xie, B. (2009). The Maryland Modular Method: An approach to doctoral education in information studies. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 50(4), 293-301.
  • Jaeger, P. T., & Xie, B. (2009). Developing online community accessibility guidelines for persons with disabilities and older adults. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 20, 55-63.
  •  Kazmer, M. M., & Xie, B. (2008). Qualitative interviewing in Internet studies: Playing with the media, playing with the method. Information, Communication and Society, 11(2), 115-136.
  • Xie, B., & Jaeger, P. T. (2008). Older adults and political participation on the Internet: A cross-cultural comparison of the United States and China. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 23, 1-17.
  • Xie, B., & Jaeger, P. T. (2008). Computer training programs for older adults at the public library. Public Libraries, 47(5), 42-49.
  • Xie, B. (2008). Multimodal computer-mediated communication and social support among older Chinese. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(3), 728-750.
  • Xie, B. (2008). The mutual shaping of online and offline social relationships. Information Research, 13(3), paper350. [This is an online-only journal. Full text of this paper is available at]
  • Xie, B. (2008). Civic engagement among older Chinese Internet users. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 27(4), 424-445.
  • Xie, B. (2007). Using the Internet for offline relationship formation. Social Science Computer Review, 25(3), 396-404.
  • Xie, B. (2007). Information technology education for older adults as a continuing peer-learning process: A Chinese case study. Educational Gerontology, 33(5), 429-450.
  • Xie, B. (2007). Older Chinese, the Internet, and well-being. Care Management Journals: Journal of Long Term Home Health Care, 8(1), 33-38.
  • Xie, B. (2006). Perceptions of computer learning among older Americans and older Chinese. First Monday, 11(10). [This is an online-only journal. Full text:]
  • Xie, B. (2003). Older adults, computers, and the Internet: Future directions. Gerontechnology, 2(4), 289-305.
  • Xie, B., & Qian, M. (2000). Phenomenological differences between shame and guilt among Chinese college students. Chinese Journal of Psychology, 32(1), 105-109.