Caitlin Chan

Job title: 
Berkeley Computational Social Science Fellow
Epidemiology, Public Health, UC Berkeley

Caitlin Chan is a PhD student in the division of epidemiology at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, under the mentorship of Dr. Jennifer Ahern. Her research seeks to explore the epidemiological underpinnings of transmission of trauma through communities by untangling the relationships between violence, trauma, economic adversity, and institutional marginalization. She is particularly interested in understanding who is most likely to be missing from conventional sources of epidemiological data on violence, and how to improve public health surveillance of these vulnerable individuals. Her previous and ongoing research includes projects on gender-based violence, PTSD, early childhood development, abortion access, homelessness, and racialized violence. She has experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, and prior to entering academia, was a community health navigator and advocate. Caitlin holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, and an S.M. in Epidemiology from the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.


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Research interests: 

Intimate partner violence, Gender-based violence, Social epidemiology, Causal inference, Economic empowerment