MyDzung T. Chu
MyDzung T. Chu, PhD, MSPH, is a Faculty Researcher in the Center for Community-Engaged Medicine, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts Medical Center. She is also the Director of the ADAPT (Addressing Disparities in AsianPopulations through Translational Research) Coalition at Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute. As an environmental and occupational epidemiologist, she is invested in community-engaged research on social-contextual and environmental determinants of health for Asian and immigrant populations, particularly in the built environment. Her current community-engaged research includes investigating the influence of acculturation and environmental risk factors on gestational diabetes risk for Chinese foreign-born women; evaluating cultural responsiveness of the Mental Health First Aid for Asian populations in Greater Boston; and assessing the impact of administrative burdens in affordable housing access on health. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the George Washington University examining the impact of federal housing assistance on residential environmental exposures, specifically blood lead levels. Dr. Chu received her PhD in Population Health Sciences from Harvard University, MSPH in Environmental Health and Epidemiology from Emory University, and BA in Neuroscience from Smith College. She is first-generation Vietnamese American, an Agents of Change in Environmental Justice Fellow, and a Gates Millennium Scholar.
In 2022-2023 she is a Tisch Faculty Fellow at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. Her project is "Assessing the Impact of Culturally-Responsive Family Social Services on Civic Engagement, Protective Social Factors, and Health Indicators: A Case Study at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center." The project, in partnership with the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center and the Tisch College Research Center, will investigate the impact of participation in BCNC’s Family Services on parental civic engagement, protective social factors,and adult health and psychological distress. Additionally, it will look at the role of civic engagement and protective social factors as mediators of adult health and psychological distress.