Emily Marie Yette

2016 Hellman Graduate Awardee


4th Year Student in Epidemiology PhD
UC Berkeley

Emily Yette is a doctoral student in Epidemiology at the School of Public Health. She earned a BA in human biology with a concentration in adolescent development from Stanford University. After college, Emily served youth and families at a mental health nonprofit in San Diego and then completed a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Washington. Before enrolling at Berkeley, she worked with soldiers recovering from traumatic brain injuries, with a research team at the Washington State Department of Corrections, and with the community and school-based partnerships unit at Public Health – Seattle & King County.

Emily’s dissertation research focuses on the health of black women who identify as lesbian or bisexual. Specifically, she is investigating health-related quality of life, alcohol consumption, and the relationship between structural stigma and health inequalities by sexual orientation among women. Emily enjoys the ocean, unsalted vegetables, and laughing.

“I am very honored and grateful to receive a Hellman Graduate Award. I am privileged to be in the position to do this work and I intend to use my privilege and opportunities to serve others.”