David Chae SC.D.


David H. Chae, Sc.D.

Human Sciences Associate Professor & Director, Center for Health Ecology and Equity Research
Sc.D., Harvard University, 2007
(334) 844-3321 | Center for Health Ecology and Equity Research
david.chae@auburn.edu

Research Projects:

Psychosocial Stress and Lupus Among African American Women
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Principal Investigator: Chae, David H.

The purpose of this study is to study the impact of stress on disease progression and severity among African American women with lupus. This study examines the role of racism-related factors in exacerbating SLE in this population, in addition to identifying social factors and psychological resources that are protective or buffer the effects of stress on SLE outcomes. As part of this research, psychobiological pathways engaged by stress are explored, in particular those related to inflammation and the telomere maintenance system.

Psychobiology of Racial Minority Stress and Cellular Aging
National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging
Principal Investigator: Chae, David H.

This project aims to integrate research on biomarkers of inflammation, endocrine stress markers, and leukocyte telomere length (LTL) in epidemiologic studies of racial minority stress and health. The aims of this project are: (1) to identify inflammatory and endocrine markers of stress that cluster with LTL and subsequently predict aging-related health outcomes; (2) examine whether racial discrimination is associated with LTL shortening; and (3) explore additional psychosocial factors, such as affective and cognitive responses to racial discrimination, coping, racial identity, and implicit in-group racial bias, which may moderate such associations.