Karen Shiu-Yee

Karen Shiu-Yee

Research Interests


Shiu-Yee’s interests focus on the impact of patient-physician relationship on the level of engagement and retention in care of HIV-infected substance users. Specifically, her research uses the sociological concept of habitus to better understand physicians’ practices in the managing the health of HIV-infected substance users. Shiu-Yee has over 8 years of experience in HIV prevention research, including an undergraduate honors thesis on the economic impacts of HIV-related orphanhood in sub-Saharan Africa and a Master’s thesis on the impact of HIV-related stigma on HIV prevention services utilization in Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Oakland, California. Prior to starting the PhD program in Sociomedical Sciences, she worked for a local health department and a non-profit organization in California evaluating various reproductive health, sexually transmitted disease, and HIV prevention programs.


  • MPH, Infectious Disease and Vaccinology, University of California–Berkeley (2011)
  • BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California–Davis (2009)
  • BA, Economics (Highest Honors), University of California–Davis (2009)