Guest Speaker Bio - Dr. Chau Trinh-Shevrin

Dr. Chau Trinh-Shevrin is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Population Health and Medicine at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Working with academic and community partners in New York City, Dr. Trinh-Shevrin founded and established the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH) in 2003 with funding from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

For more than a decade, Dr. Trinh-Shevrin has served as CSAAH's director and Scientific Principal Investigator, developing its research agenda, and expanding national collaborations with academic, community and government partners serving the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations. Currently, Dr. Trinh-Shevrin is Principal Investigator of the NIMHD Center of Excellence grant that supports CSAAH's research infrastructure. She is also a co-investigator on several NIH and CDC-funded grants that aim to understand and reduce health disparities in Asian American and other underserved communities. In 2009, CSAAH was the first academic recipient to receive the prestigious Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health's Leadership Award for its contributions in addressing health disparities.

Dr. Trinh-Shevrin also serves as director of large research initiatives for the Department of Population Health, forging large research collaborations across NYU and with academic and community partners, and leads the Department's Section on Health Equity. She directs the Office of Community Engagement for the NYU-Health and Hospitals Corporation Clinical and Translational Science Institute, developing community-engaged research and research training initiatives.

Dr. Trinh-Shevrin is a social epidemiologist with a doctorate in public health from Columbia University, and a master’s degree in health policy and management from the State University of New York at Albany. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Chinatown YMCA and on the New York State's Medicaid Redesign Team Health Disparities Workgroup. Dr. Trinh-Shevrin previously served four years on the board of directors for the Public Health Association of New York City. She has co-edited two textbooks Asian American Communities and Health (Jossey Bass Publishers, 2009) and Empowerment and Recovery: Confronting Addiction during Pregnancy with Peer Counseling (Praeger Press, 1998).