Chan, Keith | LMSW | PhD

Associate Professor
Phone: (617) 818-7255
Office: 428

Areas of Expertise:
Social determinants of health, Asian Americans, Older adults, Immigrants, Mental Health, Disability, Substance Use, Population Health

B.A., Brown University
MSW, Boston College
PhD, Boston College

Social Work Research I & II
The Aging Process: Clinical Issues in Social Work Practice with the Aged

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Chan, K. & Marsack-Topolewski, C. (2022). Ethnic and neighborhood differences in poverty and disability among older Asian Americans in New York City. Social Work in Public Health, 37(30), 258-273.

Nguyen, T. N., Chen, S., Chan, K, Ngoc, M. T., & Hinton, L. (2022). Cognitive functioning and nail salon occupational exposure among Vietnamese immigrant women in Northern California. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(8), 4634.

Kaplan, D. B., Silverstone, B., Chan, K., & Spishak-Thomas, M. (2022). NASW’s Supervisory Leaders in Aging: One-year practice change outcomes of an innovative training program for social work supervisors. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education.

Chan, K., Marsack-Topolewski, C., LaFave, S., Ratnayake, M., Graves, J., Fenske, D., & Jones, L. (2022). Teaching note: Supporting homebound older adults and caregivers through integrative service learning. Journal of Social Work Education.

Tran, T. V., & Chan, K. T. (2021). Applied Cross-Cultural Data Analysis. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780190888510.
U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Ways and Means, Democratic Staff. (2022). Health Care and the Climate Crisis: Preparing America's Health Care Infrastructure.


Dr. Keith Chan's research examines social determinants of physical and mental health for vulnerable populations, in particular Asian Americans, immigrants and older adults, as well as the impact of the opioid epidemic across the lifespan. He is currently PI on a NIH/NIA-funded pilot study as an Asian RCMAR Scientist, and co-Investigator on a community-based project to improve outcomes for older adults through the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. He currently also serves as Co-Investigator on the NIMHD/P50-funded Center for Asian Health Promotion and Equity, Community Engagement Core through a multi-institutional collaboration with Rutgers and NYU. In addition, he provides his research expertise as Congressional Fellow to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Health, Democratic Staff, on issues related to mental health, substance use, disability, and population health data with a focus on health equity for under-served communities.