Jiao Yu

Jiao Yu

Postdoctoral Associate

Yale University

I am Jiao Yu. I am currently a postdoctoral associate at the Yale University, School of Public Health. My research focuses on examining the social determinants of health over the life course, with a particular interest in the intersection of environment, aging, and health disparities. My current research investigates how reproductive history patterns shape old age health outcomes and how bio-physiological and contextual factors affect health disparities among older adults. I utilize contemporary statistical methods and machine learning methods — particularly longitudinal trajectory models and sequence analysis to draw inferences from nationally representative longitudinal surveys — in my research.

Previously, I worked at the University of Minnesota’s population center studying environmental impacts on women’s health and contribute to the IPUMS PMA Data Analysis Hub, which provides hands-on R tutorials on data visualization and analysis.

  • Aging and Life Course
  • Health Disparities
  • Reproductive Health
  • Statistical Methodology
  • Computational Methods
  • PhD in Sociology, 2021

    Case Western Reserve University

  • MA in Sociology, 2014

    Peking University

  • BA in Sociology and Finance, 2011

    Central University of Finance and Economics


Sequence Analysis
Data Visualization
Machining Learning