Yu-Jung "Jenny" Wei

Yu-Jung "Jenny" Wei, Ph.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor

Department: Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy
Business Phone: (352) 294-5340
Business Email: jenny.wei@cop.ufl.edu

About Yu-Jung "Jenny" Wei

Yu-Jung “Jenny” Wei received her Ph.D. in 2012 and was subsequently appointed as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at University of Maryland Baltimore. She trained as a pharmacoepidemiologist with expertise in large-scale data analysis on medication-related issues in geriatric populations. Her research interests include medication-taking behaviors, medication prescribing quality, and the subsequent influence on patient and healthcare utilization outcomes. Wei has initiated projects focusing on nursing home residents and Medicare populations with chronic conditions, such as neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders. Her recent work examines psychopharmacological medications and their comparative safety profile among dementia patients with neuropsychiatric symptoms. She has a strong interest in developing algorithms to define populations, treatments, and outcomes in claims data. As a junior researcher, she has authored a number of articles in high-impact journals, including Medical Care, Parkinsonism and Related Disorders and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Research Profile

Pharmacoepidemiology, geriatric medication use and medication prescribing and safety in nursing homes


Sep 2019 ACTIVE
Prescription Opioid Use Trajectories and Risk Factors Associated with Opioid-Related Hospitalizations in Older Adults
Aug 2017 ACTIVE
Pharmacological Management of Pain in Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia
NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Principal Investigator
Mar 2016 – May 2017
Medicaid Drug Therapy Management Program for Behavioral Health
UNIV OF SOUTH FLORIDA · Principal Investigator


2012 · University of Maryland
2000 · National Taiwan University

Contact Details

(352) 294-5340

Recent news

UF study examines trends in prescription opioid use and dose trajectories

Dr. Yu-Jung “Jenny” Wei and co-authors were published in the PLOS Medicine Special Issue in November.

Dr. Jenny Wei receives $100,000 grant to study opioid-related hospitalizations in elderly

Opioid-related hospitalizations among older adults have been increased by more than 50 percent over the past decade.

Study finds moderate reduction carisoprodol use following DEA Schedule IV classification

UF researchers reviewed more than 13 million patients using carisoprodol, a powerful muscle relaxant.

UF study questions accuracy of CMS opioid safeguards

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services criteria are used to flag high-risk patients for opioid abuse and overdose.