Current PhD Students

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E-Shien Chang

E-Shien Chan
Year started: 2016

E-Shien (Iggy) Chang is a PhD student in Chronic Disease Epidemiology with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Iggy’s research interests are the psycho-social and cultural determinants of health in later life and community-engaged participatory research, with a focus on addressing health disparities in the aging population. Her research also encompasses minority aging in the areas of mental health, social relationships, and elder abuse, utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methods. Prior to coming to Yale, Iggy served as the research manager for the Chinese Health, Aging, and Policy Program, Rush University Medical Center, where she coordinated and conducted research in various social-behavioral, epidemiological, and intervention studies pertaining the psycho-social well-being of Chinese American families. Iggy holds a BA in Journalism from National Chengchi University, Taiwan, and a MA in Sociology from the University of Chicago. 

Selected publications: 

  • Chang ES., Beck T., Simon MA., Dong XQ. (2014) A psychometric assessment of the psychological and social well-being indicators in the PINE study. Journal of Aging and Health 26 (7): 1116-1136 
  • Chang ES, Dong XQ (2014). Understanding elder abuse in the Chinese community: the role of cultural, social and community factors. In: Taylor R., editor. Elder Abuse and Its Prevention. Washington DC: National Academies Press. 53-58.

Adam Viera

Adam Viera

Year started: 2017


My particular research interests are the design, adaptation, and evaluation of HIV prevention and harm reduction interventions targeting priority populations of people who use drugs. I have a particular interest in evaluating the effectiveness of peer-based recovery support services in reducing HIV risk behaviors.