Our Team

Yang Claire Yang

Ph.D. Senior Scientist

Claire brings to LSI expertise in all aspects of mortality and survival estimation based on the integration of demography, genetic epidemiology and medical sociology. Her knowledge on statistical methodologies involving the use of cohort analysis uniquely qualifies her to develop and test all new applications associated with life and health estimation. Claire is internationally recognized as having created the statistical tools required to conduct age-period-cohort analyses, which is a way of exploring how the historical circumstances in a person’s life, when combined with personal history, can be used to improve and enhance estimates of length and quality of life.

Claire is currently a full professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the Department of Sociology, the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Carolina Population Center.

Claire received her B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from Beijing University, M.A. in Sociology in from the Ohio State University, M.S. in Statistics and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University.