Keith T. Chan

Keith T. Chan

Acculturation, Immigrant Health, Asian Elderly, Racism, Food Insecurity, Community Organizing

The World Within Reach
Keith T. Chan
Assistant Professor

School of Social Welfare

Richardson 277



B. A. (1999) Brown University
MSW (2006) Boston College
Ph. D. (2013) Boston College

Research Interests

Acculturation, Immigrant Health, Asian Elderly, Racism, Food Insecurity, Community Organizing

Additional Information

Keith Chan is Assistant Professor in the School of Social Welfare at University at Albany SUNY, a Hartford Geriatric Doctoral Fellow, and an alumnus from the CSWE Minority Fellowship Program. The primary focus of his research is on the Asian elderly. He studies Asians because despite being the largest immigrant group since 2009, they are usually left out of the discussion regarding social justice. He studies elderly, because disadvantages accumulate over the life course, and it is only when folks are older that we see some of the disparities in health for this population. His research projects have examined how Asians elderly experiences differences in health outcomes such as disability, mental health and chronic illnesses as they become older.

Dr. Chan has almost 15 years of direct practice experience working with minority and immigrant populations, primarily in the Greater Boston area. His research expertise is in quantitative research, and applying these methods to examine population health outcomes. Dr. Chan has published his research in peer-reviewed journals in social work and other disciplines, as well as a book on cross-cultural measurement with his co-authors He has collaborated with scholars in social work, gerontology, sociology and nursing, producing research with large scale population-based data as well as primary data on innovative interventions for populations of color and other disadvantaged groups.

Dr. Chan works actively with Food Not Bombs Albany, a grassroots, community activist organization that addresses food insecurity by disrupting capitalist systems in food distribution Dr. Chan also volunteers and has taught martial arts to young children, adults, and older adults in the Albany community since 2013.