Ivan Wu

Ivan Wu, PhD

Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health


PhD, Clinical Psychology, Michigan State University
MA, Clinical Psychology, Michigan State University
BA, Psychology, University of San Francisco


As a trained clinical psychologist, my research seeks to understand the mechanisms underlying social determinants of minority-related stress, lifestyle behaviors, and health to inform culturally appropriate and sensitive community-based behavioral interventions drawing upon principles of community-based participatory research. Before coming to Minneapolis, I worked in the Department of Health Disparities Research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center examining how interpersonal and neighborhood-related stressors impact physical activity and sleep, and the role of cancer stigma and culture in survivors' quality of life.


Health disparities, cultural psychology, community-based participatory research methods, racial and gender-based discrimination, stigma, cancer prevention and control, and lifestyle behaviors (i.e., sleep and physical activity).

Awards and Recognition

  • NIMHD K99/R00 Pathways to Independence Award

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