RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Area(s) of Expertise:
Minority Health, Health Disparities, Social Determinants
Dr. David H. Chae is a social epidemiologist who studies health disparities and the implications of stressors experienced by minorities. A particular focus of his research is on discrimination, a qualitatively unique form of psychosocial stress that has been associated with poor mental health, harmful health behaviors, and indicators of chronic disease risk. Dr. Chae examines pathways linking discrimination and health, including family and relationship dynamics, dimensions of group identity, and implicit in-group bias. He examines these processes in relation to indicators of physiologic dysregulation, including inflammation, endocrine stress markers, and cellular aging. Dr. Chae also studies how social factors at the area-level generate population patterns in health. Dr. Chae received his Doctor of Science degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Society, Human Development and Health, with a major in Social Epidemiology and interdisciplinary concentration in Women, Gender, and Health. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago and Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Columbia University. He was previously a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar, a W.K. Kellogg Predoctoral Fellow in Health Policy, and Research Fellow at the Cambridge Center for Multicultural Mental health Studies.