Irene Yen

Dr. Irene Yen, MPH, PhD, is Professor in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts' (SSHA) Department of Public Health since January 2018. She is a social epidemiologist with research expertise in survey design and development and qualitative research methods. Her research focuses on the social determinants of health with emphases on how neighborhood environment influences health behaviors and health status and the intersections of race/ethnicity and social class. She has also led a variety of research projects that investigate neighborhood environment and health. Dr. Yen is a Robert Wood Johnson Interdisciplinary Research Leadership fellow alumna.


Dr. Irene Yen is the Principal Investigator of the Housing, Opportunity, and Place (HOPe) Lab. The HOPe Lab is dedicated to examining social factors such as housing structural conditions or the built environment and their relation to health in the Central Valley.