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David Chin

Assistant Professor

I focus on two health care domains: (1) quality, value, and safety measurement using electronic health records to improve health care delivery, (2) analyses of geospatial data to quantify the impact on health care access and health outcomes among marginalized communities. My current research focuses on developing data integrations products in collaboration with health system partners and providing digital tools to quantify health care access to inform and empower policy makers.  

Academic Background

  • 2016  Postdoctoral Scholar | UCDHS Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
  • 2013 PhD, Epidemiology | Health Services Research and Health Economics University of California Davis, CA
  • 2000 BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California Santa Cruz, CA

Research Interests

I am a health services researcher and measurement scientist who develops and applies data-driven methods to promote health equity among underrepresented and vulnerable populations. My research focuses on measuring the relationship between the social determinants of health (SDH):

  • the economic, educational, social, cultural, and physical environments in which patients live
  • and their impact on health outcomes with the ultimate goal of eliminating health inequality by improving the quality of care, informing health policy and shaping clinical practice standards (Shetty 2024, JAMIA; Chin, 2020 J Med Syst).

As a faculty member in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at UMass Amherst, my research approach is founded upon transdisciplinary collaborations extending beyond the traditional boundaries of medicine or public health disciplines. My active collaborations –with computer scientists, and clinicians in nursing, medicine, and pharmacy – illustrate my strong belief that transformational impact on population health requires multidisciplinary expertise.

Shetty VA, Durbin S, Weyrich MS, Martínez AD, Qian J, Chin DL. A scoping review of empathy recognition in text using natural language processing. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2023 Dec 13;. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocad229. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 38092686.
Chin DL, Wilson MH, Trask AS, Johnson VT, Neaves BI, Gojova A, Hogarth MA, Bang H, Romano PS. Repurposing Clinical Decision Support System Data to Measure Dosing Errors and Clinician-Level Quality of Care. J Med Syst. 2020 Sep 8;44(10):185. doi: 10.1007/s10916-020-01603-9. PMID: 32897483.
Chin DL, Bang H, Manickam RN**, Romano PS. Rethinking Thirty-Day Hospital Readmissions: Shorter Intervals Might Be Better Indicators Of Quality Of Care. Health Affairs. 2016;35(10):1867-1875. PMID: 27702961.
Contact Info

Health Policy and Management
School of Public Health and Health Sciences
331 Arnold House
715 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-9292

(413) 545-4415