Faculty and Staff

Yen-Tyng Chen

Professor • Department of Public Health

Dr. Chen (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from Emory University and a master’s degree in Epidemiology from the National Taiwan University. Dr. Chen is a behavioral scientist and her research interests include HIV risk and prevention, substance use, network epidemiology, and place-based multilevel research. She was a past ORISE research fellow with the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination at the University of Chicago and the Spatial Epidemiology Lab at Columbia University. Dr. Chen teaches Health Research Methods I and Epidemiology.


PhD Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Emory University Atlanta, GA

MS Epidemiology , National Taiwan University Taipei, Taiwan

BS Public Health, National Taiwan University Taipei, Taiwan


Place-based research, network epidemiology, sexual health, substance use

Representative Publications

A. Social-environmental resilience, PrEP uptake, and viral suppression among young black men who have sex with men and young black transgender women: The neighborhoods and networks (N2) study in Chicago. ; , Journal of Urban Health.; 2020

Neighborhoods, networks, and pre-exposure prophylaxis awareness: A multilevel analysis of a population-based sample of young black men who have sex with men; , Sexually Transmitted Infections; Volume 95, 2019

Residential environments, alcohol advertising, and initiation and persistence of alcohol consumption among adolescents in urban Taiwan: A prospective multilevel study; , Social Science and Medicine-Population Health; 2016

Sex partner behavior variation related to network position of and residential proximity to sex partners among young black men who have sex with men; , AIDS and Behavior; 2020

Surveillance Among Men Who have Sex with Men in the United States: A Comparison of Web-Based and Venue-Based Samples; , AIDS and Behavior; Volume 22, 2018

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