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Bo Xie, PhD | Associate Professor

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Phone: 512 232-5788

Office: NUR 4.148 (faculty office) | NUR 3.438 (research office)
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
1710 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701

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.

Principal Investigator

  • “Improving older adults’ e-health literacy with collaborative versus individualistic computer training,” (R01 AG041284). Funded by NIA, August 2011 – July 2014.
  • “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. 
  • Watkins, I. & Xie, B. (in press). Examining the effects of jigsaw- and constructive controversy-based collaborative learning strategies on older adults’ eHealth literacy. Gerontechnology Journal.
  • Nellsch, E. R., Walker, L. O., Xie, B., & Vaughan, M. W. (in press). What new mothers’ favorite websites and features tell us about designing Web-based health promotion: a content analysis. Telemedicine and e-Health.
  • Xie, B., Wang, M., Feldman, R., & Zhou, L. (in press). Exploring older and younger adults’ preferences for health information and participation in decision-making using the Health Information Wants Questionnaire (HIWQ). Health Expectations.
  • 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.