Akihiro Nishi, Ph.D.

Akihiro Nishi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Room 73-265 CHS

Dr. Akihiro Nishi is an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He is a social epidemiologist specializing in network sciences and evolutionary game theory (see Nishi, Social Science & Medicine, 2015).

His areas of focus include the improvement of economic inequality and the inequality of well-being in online social networks (e.g. Nishi et al, Nature, 2015); examining health consequences of nationwide policies in aging countries such as Japan (e.g. Tamiya et al, Lancet, 2011); promoting motorcycle helmet use in Thailand (e.g. Nishi et al, Bulletin of WHO, 2018); and developing network interventions to address the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g. Nishi et al, PNAS, 2020: link below).

His research has had broad media attention, including the New York Times, CNN, NBC, PBS NewsHour, NHK News 7, and others. His papers are available through Google Scholar or PubMed (links below). He teaches Intro and Intermediate R (EPI 407A and B) as well as Social Network Analysis (EPI217). Nishi Research Lab is currently looking for creative researchers (postdocs, graduate, undergraduate, and high school students) and collaborators from around the world. Dr. Nishi is also actively looking for new research contracts, donations, and collaborations.