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Lawrence Yang

Dr. Lawrence Yang is currently an assistant professor in Epidemiology at the School of Public Health at Columbia University. He received his PhD from Boston University with a specialization in Clinical Psychology, completing his clinical internship at Massachusetts Mental Health Center/ Harvard Medical School. A recipient of multiple fellowships during his graduate career, Dr. Yang also received the National Security Education Plan- Graduate International Fellowship to study schizophrenia in families in Beijing, China from 1998-2000. He received two outstanding dissertation awards from the American Psychological Association for this work and has published the major results in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. After completing a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program at Columbia University, he received a five-year mentored research scientist award (K-01) from the National Institutes of Mental Health to examine how sociocultural factors-- in particular, family environment and stigma-- relate to course of schizophrenia in Chinese immigrant populations. This work ties closely to his role in the “Center for the Study of Social Inequalities and Health” at Columbia as well as to his role in the “National Asian American Center on Disparities Research” at UC Davis. Additionally, he has been co-investigator on three other NIH grants examining the topics of stigma and/or schizophrenia. Specifically, he is a junior investigator on the NIH-funded project entitled "Famine, De Novo Mutations and Schizophrenia" (PI: Ezra Susser), which seeks to identify the genetic mechanisms that mediate how prenatal effects of exposure to famine among pregnant mothers result in greater risk of developing schizophrenia among their adult offspring. The study has taken place in Wuhu (Anhui Province), China, with the period of famine exposure occurring during the Cultural Revolution (1959-1961). Dr. Yang has authored or co-authored 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in these areas, and has won Early Career Awards from both the Asian American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association.