Nancy Chin, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Nancy Chin, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Contact Information

Public Health Sciences
265 Crittenden Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-9780

Research Bio

Nancy Perini Chin is an anthropologist with training in population health. Her work examines the relationships between society, culture, and health with special attention to the effects of gender dynamics. She has developed expertise in ethnographic, qualitative research with the goal of better understanding the links between higher order social and political processes and community health. Professor Chin has used this approach to contribute to studies on tobacco control in the Dominican Republic, gender and health in Antarctica, child health in Bolivia, community breastfeeding support in Rochester, NY's low-income neighborhoods, and women's health in Ladakh and Tibet.

Currently, she directs a community-based participatory project in Ladakh, India on tobacco control among adolescents, in collaboration with the Leh Department of Health. This project also provides the opportunity to offer a mentored field experience to University of Rochester undergraduate public health majors, as well as Ladakhi high school graduates.
More recently, Professor Chin has been working with communities and students to develop a new line of community health research focused on community trauma recovery after a natural disaster. Two mountain communities, one in the Italian Dolomites, the other in Western Himalayas of Ladakh, provide the venues for understanding the processes and elements of successful recovery after catastrophic landslides. During her sabbatical (January-June 2013), Professor Chin will conduct field work at both sites using theoretical insights from anthropology, psychology, and public health.
Follow her current field work at:

Awards & Honors (Local)

The Story of the Boar (Reader) at the Annual Boar's Head Feast | University of Rochester 2013
Best Undergraduate Social Science Teacher | University of Rochester | Rochester, NY 2011
Kluge Trauma and Emergency Services Award | Publication Award to Contributors of Emergency Services 2008
Teaching Award: Hoffman Faculty Mentor 2007
Teaching Award: Hoffman Faculty Mentor 2001
Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology 2000 - Present

Recent Journal Articles

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Fernandez, I.D., Chin N.P., Devine C.M., Dozier A.M, Martina C.A., McIntosh S., Thevenet-Morrison K, Yang H. "Images of a Healthy Worksite: A Group-Randomized Trial of Worksite Multiple-Component Interventions for Weight Gain Prevention with Employee Participation in Intervention Design". American Journal of Public Health. 2014; : NIHMSID: NIHMS646361.
2013 Apr
Johnson NE, Luebbe E, Eastwood E, Chin N, Moxley RT 3rd, Heatwole CR. "The impact of congenital and childhood myotonic dystrophy on quality of life: A qualitative study of associated symptoms." J Child Neurol. 2013; : [Epub ahead of print].
Chin NP, Cuculick J, Starr M, Panko T, Widanka H, Dozier A. "Deaf mothers and breastfeeding: Do unique features of deaf culture and language support breastfeeding success?". J Hum Lact. 2013; : PMCID PMC4112581. Link
Jee S, Salter M, Chin NP. "Latino foster parent health preceptions of chronic conditions. A qualitative exploration". Jounal of Child and Family Studies. 2013; : (in press).
2012 Nov
Cerulli C, Poleshuck E, Raimondi C, Veale S, Chin N. "What fresh hell is this? Victims of intimate partner violence describe their experiences of abuse, pain and depression". J Fam Violence. 2012; 27(8): 773-781 PMCID:PMC3512568.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Public Health Sciences (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Medical Humanities and Bioethics (SMD)
Associate Professor (Part-Time) - Center for Community Health


PhD | Anthropology | University of Rochester1998
MPH | Public Health | University of Rochester1993
MA | Anthropology | University of Rochester1989
BS | Medical Technology | SUNY College at Buffalo1978