Laura Chyu, Assistant Professor, Population Health Sciences Department

Laura Chyu

Associate Professor

Program Director
Full-Time Faculty


As a health demographer, Dr. Chyu studies how social factors and chronic stressors are embodied physiologically and shape women’s health over the life course. Her research examines the dynamic interplay of biological and social processes to better understand how chronic stress impacts health and aging trajectories. She is also interested in the effects of positive and adverse childhood experiences on physical and mental health later in life.


  • Women's health
  • Biodemography
  • Chronic and toxic stress

Research Areas

  • Women's health and aging over the life course
  • Stress biomarkers
  • Positive and adverse childhood experiences
  • Gender, racial/ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in health


  • Program Director, Master of Public Health Program


  • Northwestern University, Cells to Society Center on Social Disparities and Health at the Institute for Policy Research, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, PhD in Public Health
  • Stanford University, MA in Anthropological Sciences
  • Stanford University, BA in Human Biology

Selected Publications