David Takeuchi

Professor at Boston College

Associate Dean for Research

Dorothy Book Scholar


David T. Takeuchi, PhD, is Professor and the inaugural Dorothy Book Scholar at Boston College School of Social Work. He is also the School’s Associate Dean for Research. Dr. Takeuchi is a sociologist with postdoctoral training in epidemiology and health services research. His research focuses on the social, structural, and cultural contexts that are associated with different health outcomes, especially among racial and ethnic minorities. He also examines the use of health services in different communities. 


Dr. Takeuchi has published in a wide range of journals including the American Journal of Psychiatry, American Journal of Public Health, Archives of General Psychiatry, American Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Medical Care, Social Science and Medicine, Sociology of Education, and Social Forces. He has received funding for his work from the National Institutes of Health, W.T. Grant Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 


Dr. Takeuchi received the Legacy Award from the Family Research Consortium for his research and mentoring and the Innovations Award from the National Center on Health and Health Disparities for his research contributions. Prior to coming to Boston College, he was at the University of Washington for thirteen years. He was honored with the University of Washington 2011 Marsha Landolt Distinguished Mentor Award. In 2012, he was elected into the Washington State Academy of Sciences and the Sociological Research Association, an honor society of the nation’s top sociologists. He currently serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Health Statistics and the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Program.
















Samuel Noh

Professor Emeritus at University of Toronto

Co-Director of Equity, Gender and Population Division


Dr. Noh is a social and cultural epidemiologist, and his research focuses on the critical issues of understanding health disparities by studying the ways social status and context exert effects as major determinants of health and health disparities. Using the stress and life course perspectives, his research has illustrated that the combination of personal resources and social capital account for a large proportion of the class-distress association. While his early research produced findings virtually identical to classic studies of social distributions and social consequences of mental disorders since 1990, Dr. Noh has been investigating diverse issues concerning the social determinants of health and health disparity in immigrant and racial and ethnic minority groups. Recent publications report the first comprehensive analysis of racial/ethnic distribution of depression in Canadian population, psychosocial processes of discrimination and mental health, confluence of race, family and neighborhood ecology on adolescent depression, and mental health service use among immigrants in Toronto.