Dr. Y. Hswen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Bakar Computational Health Institute at the University of California San Francisco. She holds an Adjunct Faculty Position in the Computational Epidemiology Lab at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hswen graduated with a Doctoral Degree in social and computational epidemiology at the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health where she focused on leveraging online big data to uncover social patterns of disease and to inform the development of interventions to improve the health and well-being of the most marginalized subgroups of the population.
Dr. Y. Hswen is in the pursuit of detecting uncomfortable truths. Dr. Y. Hswen’s current research seeks to identify authentic attitudes, feelings, and beliefs that influence population behavior and health. Through the collection of unconventional and underground online social networks, Dr. Y. Hswen captures unfiltered conversations to further understand the connections between social experiences and health.