2008 Ph.D. - Demography and Rural Sociology - Pennsylvania State University
2003 M.A. - Social Development and Policy - National Taiwan University
2001 B.S. - Rural Sociology - National Taiwan University, Taiwan.
Recent Research Projects
Professor Yang’s substantive research interests are spatial demography, mortality, and health disparities. Specifically, he investigates whether, and if so, how social and built neighborhood environment factors explain the gaps in a range of health outcomes across racial/ethnic, geographic, and socioeconomic dimensions.
His methodological interests focus on developing geographic information systems and spatial statistical methods. His current projects explore the determinants of breast and colorectal cancer patients’ care in Appalachia and investigate how an individual’s distrust of health care system and perceived discrimination contribute to health inequalities.
Echoing his methodological interests, he is developing a probability-based randomization method to address the data sharing/confidentiality issue in social sciences and a spatial quantile regression method that simultaneously explores both statistical and spatial heterogeneity.
Demography of health and mortality
Health disparities and medical sociology
Spatial analysis and geographic information systems (GIS)