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South Carolina: Alumna Wins Young Scholar Award to Study PTSD, Social Vulnerability and Dementia Among Earthquake Survivors

Dr. Yu-Hsiu Lin, a 2015 graduate of the PhD in Health Services Policy and Management (HSPM) program at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, has received the Young Scholar Fellowship from the Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology’s Einstein Program. The fellowship program awards funding to early career faculty at Taiwanese universities to support projects led by researchers with high potential to make an impact in their fields.

An assistant professor at National Chung Cheng University, Dr. Lin will lead a project that focuses on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social vulnerability and dementia among survivors of the 921 earthquake, a 7.3 earthquake that struck central Taiwan in 1999. Also known as the Jiji earthquake, this natural disaster was the second-deadliest quake in the country’s history, killing 2,415 people, injuring more than 11,000 individuals and causing $10 billion worth of damage.

“I would like to track the earthquake survivors’ mental status and associations with dementia,” says Dr. Lin, who plans to build machine learning predicted models using data from a national longitudinal study. “Based on my training at UofSC, this study is not only explored at the individual-level but also at the area-level. Furthermore, I also want to create a Taiwanese social vulnerability index with this project.”

She earned associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from the Chungtai Institute of Health Sciences and Technology and the National Taipei College of Nursing, respectively, and then completed a Master of Business Administration in Health Care at Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology.

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