Welcome to our research lab

Hello, I'm Dr. Irene Yen

I'm the Principal Investigator and Director of the Lab. I'm a social epidemiologist, a public health professor at the University of California, Merced and a Robert Wood Johnson Interdisciplinary Research Leadership fellow. My research is currently centered on the question of how place influences health. That is, how things like housing, opportunity, place and education affect health.

  Irene Yen

We Investigate Social Factors Influencing Health and Well-Being

The Housing, Opportunity and Place (HOPe) Lab is a research group at the University of California, Merced investigating key social factors affecting health and health inequities in California's Central Valley, the heart of California.

Email: Hopelab@ucmerced.edu | iyen@ucmerced.edu