David H. Chae, ScD


David H. Chae, ScD
David H. Chae, ScD, is a Robert Wood Johnson Heath and Society Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and University of California, San Francisco site. He will be joining the faculty of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University in Fall 2009. Dr. Chae’s research focuses on the health implications of socially oppressive systems, expressed in processes such as discrimination and dimensions of self- and group-identity. Using a socio-psychobiological framework, he examines how racism, structural and interpersonal forms of discrimination, and dimensions of racial/ethnic identity impact health via psychological and biological processes. Dr. Chae is the principal investigator of a study examining psychobiological stress mechanisms involved in cardiovascular health among African American young adult men.

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 where he majored in Psychology; and Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College. He was also a W.K. Kellogg Fellow in Health Policy, a Research Fellow at the Cambridge Center for Multicultural Mental Health Studies, and a researcher at the University of Washington.


2007:   Doctor of Science, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts; Major: Social Epidemiology; Minors: Health Disparities, Social Psychology; Interdisciplinary Concentration in Women, Gender and Health
2000:   Master of Arts, Psychology, Columbia University, Teachers College, New York, New York
1999:   Bachelor of Arts, with Honors in Psychology, Completion of all requirements for Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL


Discrimination, Identity, and Health
Psychobiological Stress Mechanisms
Context, Place, and Health

Cross-National Initiative on Place, Migration, & Health
Sexual Minority Assessment and Research Team
American Public Health Association
American Psychosomatic Society

2003 – 2004:   Research Fellow, Collaborative Opportunities Program
2003 – 2007:   Fellow, WK Kellogg Fellowship in Health Policy
2006:               Best Student Abstract Award, American Public Health Association, API Caucus
2007 – 2009:   Postdoctoral Fellow, Health & Society Scholars Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
2007 – 2009:   National Institutes of Health, Loan Repayment Program, Health Disparities Research, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
2008:               Summer Workshop on African American Aging Research, Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research
2008:               Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, American Legacy Foundation Scholarship to Increase Diversity in Nicotine and Tobacco Research


  1. Chae DH, Ayala G. Measurement of sexuality among Latinos and Asians in the USA: Implications for unfair treatment and psychological distress. J Sex Res. In press.
  2. Chae DH, Krieger N, Bennett GF, Lindsey JC, Stoddard AM, Barbeau EM. Implications of discrimination based on sexuality, gender, and race for psychological distress among working class sexual minorities: The United for Health Study, 2003-2004. Int J Health Services. In press.
  3. Gavin AR, Chae DH, Mustillo S, Kiefe CI. Prepregnancy depressive mood and preterm birth in Black and White women: Findings from the CARDIA Study. J Womens Health. In press.
  4. Chae DH, Walters KL. Racial discrimination and actualization in relation to self-rated health and physical pain/impairment among two-spirit American Indians and Alaska Natives. Am J Public Health. 2009;99:S144-51.
  5. Chae DH, Takeuchi DT, Barbeau EM, Bennett GG, Lindsey J, Stoddard AM, Krieger N. Alcohol disorders among Asian Americans: associations with unfair treatment, racial/ethnic discrimination, and ethnic identification. J Epidemiol Comm Health. 2008;62:973-9.
  6. Chae DH, Yoshikawa H. Perceived group prejudice, depression, and HIV risk behavior among Asian gay men. Health Psychol. 2008;27:140-8.
  7. Chae, DH, Takeuchi DT, Barbeau EM, Bennett GG, Lindsey J, Krieger N. Unfair treatment, racial/ethnic discrimination, ethnic identification, and smoking among Asian Americans in the National Latino and Asian American Study (NLAAS). Am J Public Health. 2008;98: 485-92.
  8. Chae DH, Gavin AR, Takeuchi DT. Smoking prevalence among Asian Americans: findings from the National Latino and Asian American Study (NLAAS). Public Health Rep. 2006;121:755-63.

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