David H. Chae, Sc.D., M.A.


David H. Chae is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. He is a social epidemiologist with a background in sociology and psychology. Chae received his doctorate from the Harvard School of Public Health in social epidemiology, his master’s from Columbia University in psychology, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago in psychology and sociology. Prior to joining the faculty at Emory University, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco site. Chae was also a doctoral Kellogg Fellow in Health Policy Research and a Research Fellow at the Cambridge Center for Multicultural Mental Health Studies.

Research Interests and Projects

Chae studies determinants of minority health by identifying psychological and biological pathways that link broader social hazards and disease risk. In particular, he investigates the influence of racism, structural and interpersonal forms of discrimination, and racial/ethnic identity on health. This line of research includes studies on the effects of social stressors on mental health and health behaviors among predominantly immigrant groups, including Latino and Asian Americans. In his work, Chae has found evidence of the deleterious effect of discrimination on mental health and substance abuse. His findings suggest that policies that address systematic discrimination should be developed and enforced in order to improve health outcomes in these populations.

Contact Information: david.chae@emory.edu


Chae, D.H., Gavin, A.R., Takeuchi, D.T. (2006) Smoking prevalence among Asian Americans: Findings from the National Latino and Asian American Study (NLAAS). Public Health Rep. 121: 755-63.

Chae, D.H., Takeuchi, D.T., Barbeau, E.M., Bennett, G.G., Lindsey, J., Krieger, N. (2008) Unfair treatment, racial/ethnic discrimination, ethnic identification, and smoking among Asian Americans in the National Latino and Asian American Study. Am J Public Health. 98: 485-92.

Chae, D.H., Takeuchi, D.T., Barbeau, E.M., Bennett, G.G., Lindsey, J.C., Stoddard, A., Krieger, N. (2008) Alcohol disorders among Asian Americans: Associations with unfair treatment, racial/ethnic discrimination, and ethnic identification. J Epidemiol Community Health. 62: 973-9.

Chae, D.H., Ayala, G. (2010) Sexual orientation and sexual behavior among Latino and Asian Americans: Implications for unfair treatment and psychological distress. J Sex Res. 47: 451-9.