Laura Chyu, Assistant Professor, Population Health Sciences Department

Laura Chyu

Assistant Professor, Master of Public Health (MPH)

Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-4746 Cowell 425

Biography

Dr. Chyu is an assistant professor in the MPH program, and her research interests lie in women's health and wellbeing over the course of a lifetime. As a health demographer, she focuses on how social contexts and exposures are embodied physiologically and translate to health disparities in the greater population. Her research examines the interplay of biological and social processes at different life stages to better understand how chronic stress impacts health and aging trajectories. Dr. Chyu completed her PhD in the Department of Community Health Sciences at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and also holds degrees in human biology (BA) and anthropological sciences (MA) from Stanford University.

Education
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Northwestern University, Cells to Society Center on Social Disparities and Health at the Institute for Policy Research
Ph.D., Public Health, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
M.A., Anthropological Sciences, Stanford University
B.A., Human Biology, Stanford University
Expertise
Women's health
Health and aging over the life course
Social demography
Stress biomarkers
Health equity
Public health ethics
Selected Publications

Saxton, K., & Chyu, L. (2019). Does early life adversity increase sensitivity to later life stress? An investigation of interactive effects in the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. In press.

Burn, B. M., Merritt, J., Chyu, L., & Gil, R. (2019). The Implementation of Mindfulness-Based, Trauma-Informed Parent Education in an Underserved Latino Community: The Emergence of a Community Workforce. American Journal of Community Psychology. Epub ahead of print.

Chyu, L., & Upchurch, D. M. (2018). A Longitudinal Analysis of Allostatic Load Among Midlife Women: Findings from the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation. Women’s Health Issues, 28(3):258-266.

Upchurch, D. M., Rainisch, B. W., & Chyu, L. (2015). Greater Leisure Time Physical Activity Is Associated with Lower Allostatic Load in White, Black, and Mexican American Midlife Women: Findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999 through 2004. Women's Health Issues, 25(6):680-687.

Upchurch, D. M., Stein, J., Greendale, G. A., Chyu, L., Tseng, C. H., Huang M. H., … Seeman, T. (2015). A Longitudinal Investigation of Psychosocial Mediators of Allostatic Load in Midlife Women: Findings from the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation. Psychosomatic Medicine, 77(4):402-412. doi:10.1097/PSY.0000000000000175

Dowd, J. B., Palermo, T., Chyu, L., Adam, E. K., & McDade, T. W. (2014). Socioeconomic status, stress, and immune function in The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Social Science & Medicine, 115:49-55.

McDade, T. W., Metzger, M. W., Chyu, L., Duncan, G. J., Garfield, C., & Adam, E. K. (2014). Long-term effects of birth weight and breastfeeding duration on inflammation in early adulthood. Proceedings Biological Sciences / The Royal Society, 281(1784). 

Research

Women's health

Health and aging over the life course

Social demography

Health equity

Stress biomarkers

Public health ethics

Publications

Chyu, L., & Upchurch, D. M. (2017). A Longitudinal Analysis of Allostatic Load Among Midlife Women: Findings from the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation. Women’s Health Issues, 28(3):258-266.

Upchurch, D. M., Rainisch, B. W., & Chyu, L. (2015). Greater Leisure Time Physical Activity Is Associated with Lower Allostatic Load in White, Black, and Mexican American Midlife Women: Findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999 through 2004. Women's Health Issues, 25(6):680-687.

Upchurch, D. M., Stein, J., Greendale, G. A., Chyu, L., Tseng, C. H., Huang M. H., … Seeman, T. (2015). A Longitudinal Investigation of Psychosocial Mediators of Allostatic Load in Midlife Women: Findings from the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation. Psychosomatic Medicine, 77(4):402-412.

Dowd, J. B., Palermo, T., Chyu, L., Adam, E. K., & McDade, T. W. (2014). Socioeconomic status, stress, and immune function in The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Social Science & Medicine, 115:49-55.

McDade, T. W., Metzger, M. W., Chyu, L., Duncan, G. J., Garfield, C., & Adam, E. K. (2014). Long-term effects of birth weight and breastfeeding duration on inflammation in early adulthood. Proceedings Biological Sciences / The Royal Society, 281(1784).

Chyu, L., McDade, T. W., & Adam, E. K. (2011). Measured Blood Pressure and Hypertension Among Young Adults: A Comparison Between Two Nationally Representative Samples. Biodemography and Social Biology, 57:184-199.

Chyu, L. & Upchurch, D. M. (2011). Racial and Ethnic Patterns of Allostatic Load Among Adult Women in the US: Findings from the National Health & Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2004. Journal of Women’s Health, 20(4):575-583.

McDade, T. W., Chyu, L., Duncan, G., Hoyt, L. T., Doane, L. D., & Adam, E. K. (2011). Expectations for the Future Predict Health Behaviors over the Transition from Adolescence to Young Adulthood. Social Science and Medicine, 73(3):391-398.

Adam, E. K., Chyu, L., Hoyt, L. T., Doane, L. D., Duncan, G. J., Chase-Lansdale, L., … Thomas McDade. (2011). Adverse Relationship Histories and Young Adult Health: Cumulative Effects of Low Parent Support, Intimate Partner Violence, Relationship Instability, Loneliness, and Loss. Journal of Adolescent Health, 49(3):278-286.

Dowd, J. B., Aiello, A., Chyu, L., Huang, J., & McDade, T. W. (2011). Cytomegalovirus Antibodies in Whole Blood Spots: A Minimally Invasive Method for Assessing Stress, Immune Function, and Aging. Immunity and Ageing, 8(3):1-7.

Upchurch, D. M., Chyu, L., Dye, C., Gold, E. B., & Greendale, G. A. (2010). Demographic, Behavioral, and Health Correlates of Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Prayer Use Among Midlife Women: 2002. Journal of Women’s Health, 19(1):23-30.