Wenjie Gong

Wenjie Gong

Institute of Applied Health Research
Honorary Senior Research Fellow
Associate Professor of Central South University, China. Adjunct Associate Professor of University of Rochester, US.

Contact details

Public Health Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Wenjie Gong, BM, PhD, is an associate professor at the Department of Maternal and Child Health of Central South University (CSU) in China, adjunct associate professor of University of Rochester in US and the founding executive deputy director of H.E.R.(Health, Education & Research for women) Centre at the Hunan Provincial Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital. Dr. Gong practiced medicine for several years as an obstetrician & gynecologist and later became a maternal health researcher. She also received fellowship training at the Global Health Department of University of Washington and the Psychiatric Department of the University of Rochester.  Dr. Gong's primary research interests focus on health system/service response to maternal health and mental health for women, particularly for the underserved and vulnerable population. She is the principal investigator of three competitive grants awarded by the China Medical Board and National Science Foundation of China.


  • 2015 -  PhD of Social Medicine, School of Public Health, Central South University
  • 2006 -  Master of Reproductive Medicine, Human Reproduction and Stem Cell Engineering Centre, Central South University
  • 2002 -  Bachelor of Clinical Medicine, Central South University


Dr. Gong started her work as a gynaecologist at Xiangya Third hospital of the Central South University (CSU) from 2006 to 2008. She later shifted her focus from the clinical work to public health research. She is currently conducting three projects (including a randomized trial) that look at health system innovations in maternal and child care. She is particularly interested in health system innovations to address perinatal depression (PND) and reproductive health. Along with colleagues from China, she is developing and validating the method of using standardized patients (SP) to make unannounced visits to primary maternal care workers to assess the clinical quality, cost and patient experiences. Dr. Gong has a bachelor’s degree in clinical medicine, a master’s degree in female reproductive engineering, and a PhD in social medicine from Central South University. She also received postdoctoral training at the department of psychiatry and behavioral health of the University of Rochester and also a fellowship in the global health department at the University of Washington (Seattle).


Maternal health in CSU.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr. Gong has supervised 6 medical postgraduate students in maternal health in Central South University.


  • PI of “Exploration of the mechanism of perinatal depression (PND) on child health – a prospective cohort study” supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China.
  • PI of “Development of a dynamic predictive model of perinatal depression integrating social-environmental, psychological and biological factors: a prospective cohort study” supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China.
  • PI of “Village doctor-assisted case management for patients with schizophrenia in rural communities: A randomized control study” supported by China Medicine Board.
  • PI of “Salary Survey of health professionals of public hospitals in Hunan province” supported by the Hunan Provincial Department of Health.
  • PI of “Study on the Correlation and Mechanism of Perinatal Depression and Impaired Mother-Infant interaction” supported by Biostime Institute 2018 Nutrition & Care Fund.
  • Core member of “Unannounced Standardized Patient (USP) and Virtual Patient (VP) to Measure Quality of Primary Care”supported by China Medicine Board.

Research groups and centres: Women’s health group in BCTU

  • Participant of “Evaluate the impact of folic acid education for rural women on the implementation of ‘Supplementing Folic Acid to Prevent NTD’ program in rural villages”, supported by CMB Young Faculty Health Policy and System Science seed Grants.

Other activities

Founding executive deputy director of H.E.R (Health, Education & Research for women) Centre at the Hunan Provincial Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital.


Gong W, Xu D R, Caine E D. Challenges arising from China's two-child policy[J]. Lancet (London, England), 2016, 387(10025): 1274. 

Xu D R, Gong W*, Caine E D, et al. Lay health supporters aided by a mobile phone messaging system to improve careof villagers with schizophrenia in Liuyang, China: protocol for a randomisedcontrol trial[J]. BMJ open, 2016, 6(1): e010120. 

Gong W, Xu D, Zhou L, et al. Village doctor-assisted case management of rural patients with schizophrenia: protocol for a cluster randomized control trial[J]. Implementation Science, 2014, 9(1): 13. 

Xu DR, Gong W*, Gloyd S, Caine ED, Simoni J, Hughes JP, Xiao S, He W, Dai B, Lin M, Nie J. Measuring adherence to antipsychotic medications for schizophrenia: Concordance and validity among a community sample in rural China. Schizophrenia research. 2018 May 26. 

Mo Y, Gong W*, Wang J, et al. Use of Antenatal Care Smartphone Applications in Pregnant Women and Its Association with Antenatal Depression: A Cross-Sectional Study[J]. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 2018. doi: 10.2196/11508 

Gong W, KANG M, XIAO S, et al. Research Progress on the Help SeekingBehavior of Infertility Patients[J]. Reproduction & Contraception, 2012, 32(8): 553-557. [in Chinese]

Wang Hui, Xiao Shuiyuan, Xu Dong, Li Quanlei, Nie Juan, Yuan Yeqing, Hou Fengsu, Gong Wenjie*. A qualitative study on experienceof using SMS services among schizophrenia patients and their families in rural communities[J]. Journal of Nursing Science, 2017, 32(8):89-92. [in Chinese]

Lin Q, Li F, Hu XY, Deng J, Shi JC, Gong WJ. Awareness, Knowledge AndBehavior Of Using Folic Acid Supplementation To Prevent Ntds Among Rural Women In Central South China. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism. 2013 Sep 1;63:461.

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