Chenyi Ma, PhD, MSW

Chenyi Ma, MSW, PhD

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Penn SP2

  • Lecturer, MSW Program

  • Graduate, PhD in Social Welfare

  • Researcher, The US Census Bureau

Cohort: 2011-2012

Advisor: Dr. Roberta Iversen

Dissertation: Home recovery in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina

Research Interests

Social Epidemiology

Disaster Vulnerability and Urban Resilience

Chenyi Ma is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. He serves as a statistician at the research lab at SP2, led by Dr. Amy Castro Baker. Meanwhile, collaborating with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the US Census Bureau, he extends his dissertation into the area of disaster epidemiology with a focus on housing damage and recovery in relation to social vulnerability, economic mobility, and urban resilience.

Using social and spatial epidemiological approaches, Dr. Ma examines disaster recovery in the domain of public policy while focusing on social determinants of health and mental health outcomes with a particular focus on maladaptive behaviors among disaster survivors. He also studies philanthropic behaviors in response to disaster in relation to social capital and social cohesion. Dr. Ma teaches Program Evaluation to graduate students at Penn.

Chenyi has a PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. Before joining Penn, Chenyi worked as a Program Officer for Education for Sustainable Development at WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature).

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