Menu UF Health Home Menu

Huang, I-Chan

Associate Professor
Phone: (352) 294-5969
Fax: (352) 294-5994

Faculty, Institute for Child Health Policy
University of Florida

CTRB Building
2004 Mowry Road, Suite 2251
PO Box 100177
Gainesville, FL 32610-0177




  • PhD and Post-doctoral fellowship in Quality and Outcomes Research (2005),
  • Department of Health Policy and Management,
  • Bloomberg School of Public Health, The Johns Hopkins University.

Professional Biography

Dr. I-Chan Huang specializes in health services and outcomes research with an emphasis on quality of health care and patient-reported/patient-centered outcomes (PROs/PCOs) measurement using qualitative and quantitative methodologies. As a doctoral student and a post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Huang focused on the use of psychometric methods to develop PRO instruments—especially health-related quality of life (HRQOL)—and tested their feasibility and effectiveness in clinical practice. Dr. Huang is committed to using modern test theory—e.g. item response theory (IRT)—combined with qualitative methodology to advance PROs/PCOs infrastructure for different populations, including children with chronic conditions, young adult cancer survivors, patients who receive palliative care, etc.

Dr. Huang is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Florida and he was a Visiting Professor at the Department of Epidemiology & Cancer Control at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis in 2011. Dr. Huang is a Co-Principle Investigator/University of Florida site Principle Investigator of the NIH U01 Roadmap Initiative—Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS)—which aims to test the extent to which the pediatric PROMIS instruments are sensitive enough to discriminate among people who experience changes in their asthmatic conditions. He is also involved in two NIH-funded R01 studies as a Co-Investigator. Dr. Huang has experience with involving patients in study design and data collection, emphasizing the perspectives of patients and caregivers. He has been awarded an NIH K23, a project that uses IRT to develop HRQOL instruments for adolescents and young adults and attempts to understand the barriers of using PROs/PCOs among physicians in clinical practice. Recently, Dr. Huang completed a project funded by Moffitt and the University of Florida Cancer Centers which involved developing initial item banks of HRQOL measure for young adult cancer survivors and examining the important themes of health services and HRQOL using qualitative methodology.

Dr. Huang has published more than 55 articles in peer-reviewed journals and currently serves as an Associate Editor for Quality of Life Research, a leading journal in PROs/PCOs research. Dr. Huang is the recipient of several significant awards relevant to PROs/PCOs research, including Excellence for Paper Competition, Health Policy Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association (ASA) (2003); New Investigator Award, International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) (2004); Top Poster Award in Theory and Method Section, ISOQOL Annual Meeting (2011); and most recently, the Meritorious Award for a study presented at the 6th Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference hosted by the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, LIVESTRONG, and CDC (2012). Additionally, Dr. Huang received Exemplary Teacher Awards from the College of Medicine, University of Florida in 2010, 2011, and 2012.


Health Outcomes Research; Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) Measurement; Item Response Theory (IRT); Patient-Centered Outcomes Research; Provider Profiling; Risk Adjustment.

Recent News


  • I-Chan Huang, Tara M. Brinkman, Kelly M. Kenzik, James G. Gurney, Kirsten K. Ness, Jennifer Lanctot, Elizabeth A. Shenkman, Leslie L. Robison, Melissa M. Hudson, Kevin R. Krull. Association between the prevalence of symptoms and health-related quality of life in adult survivors of childhood cancer: A report from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort study. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2013 (In Press).
  • I-Chan Huang, Mary Anderson, Pranav Gandhi, Sanjeev Tuli, Kevin Krull, Jin-Shei Lai, John Nackashi, Elizabeth Shenkman. The relationships between fatigue, quality of life, and family impact among children with special health care needs. Journal of Pediatric Psychology 2013; 38 (7): 722-31. PMID: 23584707.
  • Zheng, Li, I-Chan Huang* (Corresponding), Lindsay A. Thompson, Sanjeev Tuli, Shih-Wen Huang, Darren DeWalt, Dennis Revicki, Elizabeth Shenkman. The relationships between asthma control, daytime sleepiness, and quality of life among children with asthma: a path analysis.Sleep Medicine 2013; 14 (7): 641-7. PMID: 23684939.
  • Pranav K. Gandhi, Kelly M. Kenzik, Lindsay A. Thompson, Darren A. DeWalt, Dennis A. Revicki, Elizabeth A. Shenkman,I-Chan Huang* (Corresponding). Exploring factors influencing asthma control and asthma-specific health-related quality of life among children.Respiratory Research 2013; 14: 26. PMID: 23432913.
  • I-Chan Huang, Gwendolyn P. Quinn, Kevin R. Krull, Katie Z. Eddleton, Devin C. Murphy, Elizabeth A. Shenkman, Patricia D. Shearer. Head-to-head comparisons of quality of life instruments for young adult survivors of childhood cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer 2012; 20 (9): 2061-71. PMID: 22105163
  • I-Chan Huang, Gwendolyn P. Quinn, Pey-Shan Wen, Elizabeth A. Shenkman, Dennis A. Revicki, Kevin Krull, Zhushan Li, Patricia D. Shearer.  Using three legacy measures to develop a health-related quality of life tool for young adult survivors of childhood cancer.  Quality of Life Research 2012; 21 (8): 1437-50.  PMID: 22101901.
  • Chandylen L. Pendley, Gwendolyn P. Quinn, Elizabeth A. Shenkman, Barbara A. Curbow, Bradley J. Zebrack, I-Chan Huang* (Corresponding).  Quality of life of young adult survivors of childhood cancer: A review of qualitative studies.  Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology 2012; 1(3): 124-132. PMID: 23610733.
  • I-Chan Huang, Pey-Shan Wen, Dennis A. Revicki, Elizabeth A. Shenkman.  Quality of life measurement for children with life-threatening conditions: limitations and a new framework.  Child Indicators Research 2011; 4 (1): 145-160.  PMID: 21760876.
  • I-Chan Huang, Elizabeth A. Shenkman, Walter Leite, Caprice A. Knapp, Lindsay A. Thompson, Dennis A. Revicki. Agreement was not found in adolescents’ quality of life rated by parents and adolescents. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2009; 62 (3): 337-46. PMID: 18834712.
  • I-Chan Huang, Lindsay A. Thompson, Yueh-Yun Chi, Caprice A. Knapp, Dennis A. Revicki, Michael Seid, Elizabeth A. Shenkman. The linkage between pediatric quality of life and health conditions: establishing clinically meaningful cutoff scores for the PedsQL. Value in Health 2009: 12 (5): 773-81. PMID: 19508660.



Courses Taught

  • GMS 6822  Measuring & Analyzing Health Outcomes