Yin Ling Irene Wong, PhD

Senior Fellow

Associate Professor

Public Health Interests

Behavioral Health, Community Engagement, Global Health, Mental Health, Mixed Methods Research



Current Public-Health Related Activities

Professor Yin-Ling Irene Wong is Associate Professor at the School of Social Policy & Practice. She also holds a secondary appointment as Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania. She has more than thirty years of experience as a social work practitioner, educator and researcher, with an interdisciplinary focus that spans the fields of community development, housing and homelessness, and mental health services research. Since coming to Penn in 1995, Dr. Wong has been principal investigator and investigator of numerous research projects in the areas of mental health, homelessness, housing, and community integration. With more than 50 publications to her credit, she publishes widely in interdisciplinary and mental health journals including Social Science and Medicine, Social Service Review, Psychiatric Services, Schizophrenia Research, Health and Place, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, and Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. Professor Wong’s recent research focuses on understanding the cultural manifestation of stigma of mental illness in Chinese society and developing innovative interventions to reduce stigma among persons with psychiatric disabilities and their family members. She is passionate about changing the general public’s perception of mental illness, a medical condition that affects 173 million people in China. She has developed this research agenda with an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural team of researchers from the United States and China.

Wong, Y.-L.I., Huangfu, Y., & Hadley, T. (2018). Place and community inclusion: Locational patterns of supportive housing for people with intellectual disability and people with psychiatric disorders. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 83, 108-119.

Ran, M. S., Wong, Y.-L. I., Yang, S. Y., Ho, P. S., Mao, W. J., Li, J., & Chan, C. L. W. (2017). Marriage and outcomes of people with schizophrenia in rural China: 14-year follow-up study. Schizophrenia Research, 182, 49-54.

Lee, S., Wong, Y.-L. I., & Rothbard, A. (2014). Effects of social networks on physical health among people with serious mental illness. Psychiatric Quarterly, 85(4), 453-465.