Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science
Adjunct Associate Professor
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Shih-Fan “Sam” Lin completed his doctorate degree in health promotion and education from Loma Linda University in 2009. Following his graduate training, he joined Dr. Brian Finch’s research center, Center for Health Equity Research and Policy (CHERP) in the summer of 2011. His post-doctoral training focused on demography with an emphasis in social determinants of health. Sam worked on a NIMHD-funded study which investigates the temporal trends of racial health disparities on various health outcomes. His research focuses on age, period, and cohort trends of racial disparities in disabilities among U.S. older adults using the advanced statistical (cross-classified random effect) model. Following the completion of the post-doctoral training, he joined Dr. Ayala’s team to help with data management, data analysis and manuscript writing with the following three projects: El Valor de Nuestra Salud (The Value of Our Health), Our Choice/Nuestra Opcion, and Kids’ Choice Restaurant Program. The goal for these studies is to reduce obesity among Hispanic population.
In addition to the research interest in population health, data analysis, and data management, he is also interested in falls prevention among older adults. His dissertation centers on older adults’ attitudes and beliefs about strength and balance training program that is conducive to falls prevention.