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Chenkai Wu, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

Chenkai Wu, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.Department of Epidemiology and Community Health




School of Health Sciences and Practice
Department of Epidemiology and Community Health, 206
Valhalla, NY 10595


(914) 594-3883

Professional Interests:

Chenkai Wu, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S., is currently an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health in School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College. Dr. Wu received his B.S. in Psychology from Zhejiang University in 2011 and earned his M.P.H. in biostatistics, M.S. in Human Development and Family Sciences, and Ph.D. in Public Health/Epidemiology from Oregon State University from 2014 to 2017.

Dr. Wu has a strong background and experience in quantitative research methods, statistical and epidemiologic modeling and applications, and study design. He has a strong interest in many fields pertaining to aging research. Specifically, his main research focuses on prevention of cardiovascular disease, frailty, and disability and promotion of healthy aging and longevity with 3 foci:

  • Novel risk factors for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality (e.g., blood pressure variability, blood pressure trajectory)
  • Assessments, epidemiology, and etiology of frailty
  • Measurements and determinants of healthy aging and longevity

Another focus of Dr. Wu’s research is the health effects of neighborhood environment. He has been collaborating with researchers from City of Hope National Medical Center on projects focusing on the links between neighborhood environments and health behaviors among ethnic minority cancer survivors.

Dr. Wu’s work has been featured in major national and international media, including Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, and National Public Radio.

Education profile:

BS: Zhejiang University, Psychology, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
MPH: Oregon State University, Biostatistics, Corvallis, OR
MS: Oregon State University, Human Development and Family Sciences, Corvallis, OR
PhD: Oregon State University, Public Health/Epidemiology, Corvallis, OR

Select publications: peer-reviewed journals

Wu C, Smit E, Xue QL, Odden MC (2017). Prevalence and Correlates of Frailty among Community-Dwelling Chinese Older Adults: The China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences. Advance online publication. 

Wu C, Smit E, Sanders JL, Newman AB, Odden MC (2017). A Modified Healthy Aging Index and Its Association with Mortality among U.S. Older Adults: The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999-2002. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences. Advance online publication.

Wu C, Ashing-Giwa KT, Jones, VC, Barcelo L (2017). The Effect of Neighborhood Context on Health among Ethnic Minority Breast Cancer Survivors. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Advance online publication.

Wu C, Smit E, Peralta CA, Sarathy H, Odden MC (2017). Functional Status Modifies the Association of Blood Pressure with Death in Elders: Health and Retirement Study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2017;65:1482-1489.

Wu C, Shlipak MG, Stawski RS, Peralta CA, Psaty BM, Harris TB, Satterfield S, Shiroma EJ, Newman AB, Odden MC (2017). Visit-to-Visit Blood Pressure Variability and Mortality and Cardiovascular Outcomes among Older Adults: The Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study. American Journal of Hypertension, 30:151-158.

Odden MC, Wu C, Shlipak MG, Psaty BM, Katz R, Applegate WB, Harris T, Newman AB, Peralta CA (2016). Blood Pressure Trajectory, Gait Speed, and Outcomes: The Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 71:1688-1694.

Wu C, Odden MC, Fisher GG, Stawski RS (2016). Association of Retirement Age with Mortality: A Population-Based Longitudinal Study among Older Adults in the USA. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 70:917-923.

Select publications: Book chapters:

Stawski RS, Meghann FL, Wu C, Fisher GG (2017). Military Service and Changes in Memory Performance during Later Life. In Long-term Outcomes of Military Service: Perspectives on Health and Well-being. In press.

Selected Media Reports:

Solan, M (July, 2017). Elevated Blood Pressure May not Predict Early Death in Those with Weak Grip Strength. Harvard Men’s Health Watch. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blood-pressure/elevated-blood-pressure-may-not-predict-early-death-in-those-with-weak-grip-strength

Torres, N, Wu C (2016). Defend Your Research: You are Likely to Live Longer if You Retire after 65. Harvard Business Review, 10:28-29.

Lukits, A (May 2, 2016). Retiring After 65 May Help People Live Longer. The Wall Street Journal. https://www.wsj.com/articles/retiring-after-65-may-help-people-live-longer-1462202016 

Dillner, L (May 2, 2016). Does Early Retirement Mean an Early Death? The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/may/02/early-earlier-retirement-retire-death-risk-data-research-jobs

Neighmood, P (May 9, 2016). Working Past Retirement Benefits Your Health, Study Says. National Public Radio. http://www.npr.org/2016/05/09/477301458/working-longer-benefits-your-health-as-well-as-your-nest-egg-study-says