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Keng-Yen Huang, PhD, MPH, CPH

Associate Professor (Research) Population Health and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Keng-Yen Huang, PhD, MPH, CPH

Keng-Yen Huang, PhD, MPH, CPH is an Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Institute for Prevention Science. Dr. Huang's research interests include investigating mechanisms of health disparities; testing cost-effective family and system approaches of preventive strategies to address health disparities; and broadening evidence-based program implementation and dissemination in underserved populations.  She is a principal investigator and co-investigator on numerous early childhood prevention and developmental research projects that focus on vulnerable children both in the US and in the international contexts.

Dr. Huang is currently the principal investigator (PI) on a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) R21 to study cost-effective strategies to implement a school-based mental health prevention program in Uganda.  She was also a PI on three research projects that investigated patterns and mechanisms of health disparities in East, South Asian American and Ugandan children, in comparison to African American and Latino children. In addition, she served as co-investigator on several federally and regionally funded projects that evaluate impacts of ParentCorps (a population-level family-centered, school-based intervention that aims to attenuate the adverse effects of poverty on child development) and investigate the roles of culture, family, school and neighborhood contexts on Latino youths’ development.

Dr. Huang earned her MA and PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and an MPH in Global Health Policy and Management from New York University. She earned a BS in Clinical Psychology from Kaohsiung Medical College in Taiwan. She completed a postdoctoral training in statistic/quantitative analyses and psychiatric epidemiology at the Child Study Center.

Prior to joining the Child Study Center, she served as a research analyst and senior research assistant at the Department of Population and Family Health Sciences, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. She was involved in the  National Longitudinal Evaluation of the Healthy Steps for Young Children Program, an integrated approach of pediatric care for promoting infant-toddler development and health.

Dr. Huang is also a Faculty Affiliate at the Global Institute of Public Health at New York University, and a research fellow at the Implementation Research Institute. Her dissertation was honored with the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Psychological Association, and her work has been published in several scientific journals including Journal of Pediatrics, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Pediatrics, Child DevelopmentArchives of General Psychiatry, Public Health Report and Applied Developmental Psychology. She is a member of the Society for Research in Child Development, the Society for Prevention Research, and the American Public Health Association.