Faculty ProfilesIrene Yen, PhD, MPH
3333 Calif. St,Laurel Heights
San Francisco, CA 94118
Interdisciplinary research collaboration, Social determinants, aging, children, city and transportation planning, epidemiology, food environment, life course, mentoring junior faculty or trainees, obesity, older adults policy advocacy, survey tool development, youthFeatured Videos
Recent Articles (69)
Fleming MD, Shim JK, Yen IH, Thompson-Lastad A, Rubin S, Van Natta M, Burke NJ. Patient engagement at the margins: Health care providers' assessments of engagement and the structural determinants of health in the safety-net. Soc Sci Med. 2017 Jun; 183:11-18.
Conroy SM, Shariff-Marco S, Koo J, Yang J, Keegan TH, Sangaramoorthy M, Hertz A, Nelson DO, Cockburn M, Satariano WA, Yen IH, Ponce NA, John EM, Gomez SL. Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Impact of Neighborhood Social and Built Environment on Breast Cancer Risk: The Neighborhoods and Breast Cancer Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 Apr; 26(4):541-552.
Young CA, Stookey J, Patel AI, Chan C, Evans J, Cohn K, Agana L, Yen IH, Fernandez A, Cabana MD. San Francisco childcare centers' preparedness in the prevention and management of asthma among preschool-aged children. J Asthma. 2016 Sep; 53(7):691-8.
Mosadeghi S, Ren H, Catungal J, Yen I, Liu B, Wong RJ, Bhuket T. Utilization of fecal occult blood test in the acute hospital setting and its impact on clinical management and outcomes. J Postgrad Med. 2016 Apr-Jun; 62(2):91-5.
Young CA, Chan C, Stookey J, Patel AI, Evans J, Cohn K, Agana L, Yen IH, Fernandez A, Cabana MD. Development of a Tool to Evaluate Asthma Preparedness and Management in Child-Care Centers. Pediatr Allergy Immunol Pulmonol. 2015 Jun 1; 28(2):121-128.
Gomez SL, Shariff-Marco S, DeRouen M, Keegan TH, Yen IH, Mujahid M, Satariano WA, Glaser SL. The impact of neighborhood social and built environment factors across the cancer continuum: Current research, methodological considerations, and future directions. Cancer. 2015 Jul 15; 121(14):2314-30.
Hoyt LT, Kushi LH, Leung CW, Nickleach DC, Adler N, Laraia BA, Hiatt RA, Yen IH. Neighborhood influences on girls' obesity risk across the transition to adolescence. Pediatrics. 2014 Nov; 134(5):942-9.
Anderson LA, Slonim A, Yen IH, Jones DL, Allen P, Hunter RH, Goins RT, Leith KH, Rosenberg D, Satariano WA, McPhillips-Tangum C. Developing a framework and priorities to promote mobility among older adults. Health Educ Behav. 2014 Oct; 41(1 Suppl):10S-8S.
Sutton P, Kavanaugh-Lynch MH, Plumb M, Yen IH, Sarantis H, Thomsen CL, Campleman S, Galpern E, Dickenson C, Woodruff TJ. California Breast Cancer Prevention Initiatives: Setting a research agenda for prevention. Reprod Toxicol. 2015 Jul; 54:11-8.
Deierlein AL, Galvez MP, Yen IH, Pinney SM, Biro FM, Kushi LH, Teitelbaum S, Wolff MS. Local food environments are associated with girls' energy, sugar-sweetened beverage and snack-food intakes. Public Health Nutr. 2014 Oct; 17(10):2194-200.
Yen IH, Fandel Flood J, Thompson H, Anderson LA, Wong G. How design of places promotes or inhibits mobility of older adults: realist synthesis of 20 years of research. J Aging Health. 2014 Dec; 26(8):1340-72.
Shariff-Marco S, Yang J, John EM, Sangaramoorthy M, Hertz A, Koo J, Nelson DO, Schupp CW, Shema SJ, Cockburn M, Satariano WA, Yen IH, Ponce NA, Winkleby M, Keegan TH, Gomez SL. Impact of neighborhood and individual socioeconomic status on survival after breast cancer varies by race/ethnicity: the Neighborhood and Breast Cancer Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 May; 23(5):793-811.
Yen IH, Gregorich S, Cohen AK, Stewart A. A community cohort study about childhood social and economic circumstances: racial/ethnic differences and associations with educational attainment and health of older adults. BMJ Open. 2013; 3(4).
Yen IH, Leung CW, Lan M, Sarrafzadeh M, Kayekjian KC, Duru OK. A pilot study using global positioning systems (GPS) devices and surveys to ascertain older adults' travel patterns. J Appl Gerontol. 2015 Apr; 34(3):NP190-201.
Kersten E, Laraia B, Kelly M, Adler N, Yen IH. Small food stores and availability of nutritious foods: a comparison of database and in-store measures, Northern California, 2009. Prev Chronic Dis. 2012; 9:E127.
Tester JM, Yen IH, Pallis LC, Laraia BA. Healthy food availability and participation in WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) in food stores around lower- and higher-income elementary schools. Public Health Nutr. 2011 Jun; 14(6):960-4.
Leung CW, Gregorich SE, Laraia BA, Kushi LH, Yen IH. Measuring the neighborhood environment: associations with young girls' energy intake and expenditure in a cross-sectional study. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2010; 7:52.
Michael YL, Yen IH. Invited commentary: built environment and obesity among older adults--can neighborhood-level policy interventions make a difference? Am J Epidemiol. 2009 Feb 15; 169(4):409-12; discussion 413-4.
Yen IH, Hammond WP, Kushel MB. From homeless to hopeless and healthless?: the health impacts of housing challenges among former foster care youth transitioning to adulthood in California. Issues Compr Pediatr Nurs. 2009; 32(2):77-93.
Leu J, Yen IH, Gansky SA, Walton E, Adler NE, Takeuchi DT. The association between subjective social status and mental health among Asian immigrants: investigating the influence of age at immigration. Soc Sci Med. 2008 Mar; 66(5):1152-64.
Yen IH, Stewart AL, Scherzer T, Pérez-Stable EJ. Older adults' perspectives on key domains of childhood social and economic experiences and opportunities: a first step to creating a multidimensional measure. Epidemiol Perspect Innov. 2007; 4:14.
Yen IH, Scherzer T, Cubbin C, Gonzalez A, Winkleby MA. Women's perceptions of neighborhood resources and hazards related to diet, physical activity, and smoking: focus group results from economically distinct neighborhoods in a mid-sized U.S. city. Am J Health Promot. 2007 Nov-Dec; 22(2):98-106.
Kushel MB, Yen IH, Gee L, Courtney ME. Homelessness and health care access after emancipation: results from the Midwest Evaluation of Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007 Oct; 161(10):986-93.
Yen IH, Yelin E, Katz P, Eisner MD, Blanc PD. Impact of perceived neighborhood problems on change in asthma-related health outcomes between baseline and follow-up. Health Place. 2008 Sep; 14(3):468-77.
Gillen M, Yen IH, Trupin L, Swig L, Rugulies R, Mullen K, Font A, Burian D, Ryan G, Janowitz I, Quinlan PA, Frank J, Blanc P. The association of socioeconomic status and psychosocial and physical workplace factors with musculoskeletal injury in hospital workers. Am J Ind Med. 2007 Apr; 50(4):245-60.
Yen IH, Yelin EH, Katz P, Eisner MD, Blanc PD. Perceived neighborhood problems and quality of life, physical functioning, and depressive symptoms among adults with asthma. Am J Public Health. 2006 May; 96(5):873-9.
Blanc PD, Yen IH, Chen H, Katz PP, Earnest G, Balmes JR, Trupin L, Friedling N, Yelin EH, Eisner MD. Area-level socio-economic status and health status among adults with asthma and rhinitis. Eur Respir J. 2006 Jan; 27(1):85-94.
Gordon DR, Ames GM, Yen IH, Gillen M, Aust B, Rugulies R, Frank JW, Blanc PD. Integrating qualitative research into occupational health: a case study among hospital workers. J Occup Environ Med. 2005 Apr; 47(4):399-409.
Blanc PD, Eisner MD, Katz PP, Yen IH, Archea C, Earnest G, Janson S, Masharani UB, Quinlan PJ, Hammond SK, Thorne PS, Balmes JR, Trupin L, Yelin EH. Impact of the home indoor environment on adult asthma and rhinitis. J Occup Environ Med. 2005 Apr; 47(4):362-72.
Rugulies R, Braff J, Frank JW, Aust B, Gillen M, Yen IH, Bhatia R, Ames G, Gordon DR, Janowitz I, Oman D, Jacobs BP, Blanc P. The psychosocial work environment and musculoskeletal disorders: design of a comprehensive interviewer-administered questionnaire. Am J Ind Med. 2004 May; 45(5):428-39.
Cisternas MG, Blanc PD, Yen IH, Katz PP, Earnest G, Eisner MD, Shiboski S, Yelin EH. A comprehensive study of the direct and indirect costs of adult asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2003 Jun; 111(6):1212-8.
Yen IH, Ragland DR, Greiner BA, Fisher JM. Racial discrimination and alcohol-related behavior in urban transit operators: findings from the San Francisco Muni Health and Safety Study. Public Health Rep. 1999 Sep-Oct; 114(5):448-58.