Laura Chen

Laura Chen, BA

Laura Chen (she/her) is a Population Health Sciences PhD student in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She is a social epidemiologist passionate about studying how systems of power and oppression shape population health in the US in order to better advocate for health equity and social justice. Currently, her research interests surround social and racialized stressors across the life course and chronic disease inequities, particularly thinking about the role of structural violence and policy.

Laura grew up in the Chicago area as well as in Taipei, Taiwan, and prior to joining the PhD program she received her B.A. in Biology and Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago.