Professor Wenjie Gong

Wenjie Gong

Institute of Applied Health Research
Honorary Senior Research Fellow

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110 Xiangya Road

Wenjie Gong, BM, PhD, is Professor at the Department of Maternal and Child Health of Central South University and the founding Executive Deputy director of H.E.R (Health, Education & Research for Women) Center at the Hunan Provincial Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital. 

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-7943-4041

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  • PhD in Social Medicine, Central South University, 2015
  • MSc in Reproductive Health, Central South University,  2006
  • Bachelor in Clinical Medicine, Central South University, 2002


Wenjie Gong, BM, PhD, is Professor at the Department of Maternal and Child Health of Central South University and the founding Executive Deputy director of H.E.R (Health, Education & Research for Women) Center at the Hunan Provincial Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital. Dr Gong practiced medicine for several years as an obstetrician & gynaecologist before becoming a maternal health researcher. She had fellowship training at the Global Health Department of University of Washington, the Department of Psychiatry of University of Rochester and the Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit.  Dr Gong's primary research interests are on health system/service response and delivery for women’s health, particularly for the underserved and vulnerable population.


 Current projects

1. Assessing the quality of care in Direct-to-Consumer Telemedicine (DTCT) for common obstetric and gynecologic conditions in China using standardized patients (2021-2023) PI; Funding body: China Medical Board, US

2. Development and assessment of strategies to improve the uptake of referral among women at high risk of perinatal depression using a conceptual framework of complex interventions (2020-2023) PI; Funding body: Natural Science Foundation of China

3. An investigation of the relationship between women’s social media posts and perinatal mental health (2019-2021) PI; Funding body: Natural Science Foundation of Hunan Province

4. Exploration of the mechanism of perinatal depression (PND) on child health – a prospective cohort study (2018-2021) PI; Funding body: Natural Science Foundation of China


1. Xu D, Pan J*, Dai XC, Hu MY, Cai YY, He H, Zhang YG, Liao J, Chen YL,Gong WJ, Zhou ZL, Zhang N, Wang XH, Chan KCG, Ying XH, Cai Y, Wang RX, Xue QP, Yip CM.(2021), Comparing quality of primary healthcare between public and private providers in China: study protocol of a cross-sectional study using unannounced standardised patients in seven provinces of China. BMJ Open. 11(1):e040792.

2. Cai YY#, Gong WJ#, He H, Hughes JP, Simoni J, Xiao SY, Gloyd S, Lin MJ, Deng, XL, Liang ZC, He WJ, Dai BF, Liao J, Hao YT*, Xu D#.(2020), Mobile Texting and Lay Health Supporters to Improve Schizophrenia Care in a Resource-Poor Community in Rural China (LEAN Trial): Randomized Controlled Trial Extended Implementation. J Med Internet Res. 22(12):e22631.

3. Gong WJJin X; Cheng KK, Caine ED, Lehman R, Xu D*.(2020), Chinese Women's Acceptance and Uptake of Referral after Screening for Perinatal Depression.Int J Environ Res Public Health. 17(22):8686.

4. Zhang WN, Liu L, Cheng QJ, Chen Y, Xu D, Gong WJ*.(2020), The Relationship Between Images Posted by New Mothers on WeChat Moments and Postpartum Depression: Cohort Study.J Med Internet Res. 22(11):e23575

5. Xue WQ, Cheng KK, Xu D, Jin X, Gong WJ*.(2020), Uptake of referrals for women with positive perinatal depression screening results and the effectiveness of interventions to increase uptake: a systematic review and meta[1]analysis. Epidemiol Psychiatr Sci ,29:e143.

6. Hou FS, Zhang XY, Cerulli C, He WJ, Mo YS, Gong WJ*.(2020), The impact of intimate partner violence on the trajectory of perinatal depression: a cohort study in a Chinese sample. Epidemiol Psych Sci,29, e133, 1-

7. Yu M, Li H, Xu DR, Wu Y, Liu H, Gong WJ*. (2020), Trajectories of perinatal depressive symptoms from early pregnancy to six weeks postpartum and their risk factors-a longitudinal study. J Affect Disord, ,275:149-156. 

8. Yu M, Gong WJ*, Taylor B, Cai YY, Xu D.(2020), Coping Styles in Pregnancy, Their Demographic and Psychological Influences, and Their Association with Postpartum Depression: A Longitudinal Study of Women in China. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 17(10):3654

9. Zhang WN, Liu H, Silenzio VM, Qiu P, Gong WJ*.(2020),  Machine Learning Models for the Prediction of Postpartum Depression: Application and Comparison Based on a Cohort Study. JMIR Medical Informatics, 8(4):e15516. 

10. Gong WJ, Zhang C, Xu DR, Xiao S*, Yu Y, Caine ED.(2020), The association between a free medicine program and functioning in people with schizophrenia: a cross-sectional study in Liuyang, China. PeerJ, 24;8:e8929.

11. Xu DR, Xiao SY, He H, Caine ED, Gloyd S, Simoni J, Hughes JP, Nie J, Lin MJ, He WJ, Yuan YP, Gong WJ*.(2019), Lay health supporters aided by mobile text messaging to improve adherence, symptoms, and functioning among people with schizophrenia in a resource-poor community in rural China (LEAN): A randomized controlled trial. PLOS Medicine, 23,16(4):e1002785. 

12. Xu DR, Hu MY, He WJ , Liao J, Cai YY, Sylvia SY, Hanson K, Chen YL, Pan J, Zhou ZL, Zhang N, Tang CX, Wang XH, Rozelle S, He H, Wang H, Chan G, Melipillan R, Zhou W, Gong WJ*.(2019), Assessing the Quality of Primary Health Care in 7 Chinese Provinces with Unannounced Standardized Patients: Protocol of a Cross-sectional Survey. BMJ Open, 0:e023997. 

13. Liao J, Chen YL, Cai YY, Zhan N, Sylvia S, Hanson K, Wang H, Wasserheit JN, Gong WJ, Zhou ZL, Pan J, Wang XH, Tang CX, Zhou W, Xu D*.(2018), Using smartphone-based virtual patients to assess the quality of primary healthcare in rural China: protocol for a prospective multicentre study. BMJ Open, 8(7).

14. Xu DR, Gong WJ*, Gloyd S, Caine ED, Simoni J, Hughes JP, Xiao S, He W, Dai B, Lin M, Nie J.(2018), Measuring adherence to antipsychotic medications for schizophrenia: concordance and validity among a community sample in rural China. Schizophrenia research, 1;201:307-14.

15. Mo YS, Gong WJ*, Wang J, Sheng XQ, Xu DR.(2018), The association between the use of antenatal care smartphone apps in pregnant women and antenatal depression: cross-sectional study. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 6(11):e11508.

16. Gong WJ, Xu DR*, Caine ED.(2016), Challenges arising from China's two-child policy. Lancet, 387(10025):1274.

17. Xu D, Gong WJ*, Caine ED, Xiao SY, Hughes JP, Ng M, Simoni J, He H, Smith KL, Brown HS, Gloyd S. (2016),  Lay health supporters aided by a mobile phone messaging system to improve care of villagers with schizophrenia in Liuyang, China: protocol for a randomised control trial. BMJ open, 6(1): e010120.

18Gong WJ, Xu D, Zhou L, Brown HS, Smith KL, Xiao SY*. (2014), Village doctor-assisted case management of rural patients with schizophrenia: protocol for a cluster randomized control trial. Implementation Science, 9(1): 13. 

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