Zoua Vang, PhD

Dr. Vang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and an Associate Member of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGill University. She is also the founding Director of the Indigenous Maternal Infant Health & Well-being (IMIHW) Lab at McGill. She earned her BA in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and MA and PhD in Sociology from Harvard University. Dr. Vang acquired additional training in racial/ethnic health disparities and maternal child health as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral research fellow at the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Vang’s current research in the area of Indigenous perinatal health entails (i) the effects of childbirth evacuation on perinatal depression and infant growth/development among the Inuit in Nunavik, (ii) the cross-cultural adaptation and validation of culturally appropriate perinatal mental health screening tools, and (iii) discrimination and settler colonialism as barriers to Indigenous women’s access to culturally safe healthcare. Her research in the area of immigrant and refugee perinatal health explores the impact of gender inequality, race/ethnicity, and pre-migration factors (e.g., exposure to trauma) on post-migration maternal and infant morbidity and mortality. Dr. Vang’s other research interests include the healthy immigrant effect and racism/discrimination as social determinants of health.

zoua.vang [at] mcgill.ca (Email)


Selected Publications

Vang, Zoua M. & Chang, Yvonne. 2019. "Immigrants' Experiences of Everyday Discrimination in Canada: Unpacking the Contributions of Assimilation, Race, and Early Socialization." International Migration Review, 53(2): 602-631.

Vang, Zoua M., Hou, Feng, & Elder, Katharine. 2019. “Perceived Religious Discrimination, Religiosity, and Life Satisfaction.” Journal of Happiness Studies 20(6): 1913-1932.

Vang, Zoua M., Gagnon, Robert, Lee, Tanya, Jimenez, Vania, Navickas, Arian, Pelletier, Jeannie, & Shenker, Hannah. 2018. “Interactions between Indigenous Women Awaiting Childbirth Away from Home and Their Southern, Non-Indigenous Healthcare Providers.” Qualitative Health Research, 28(12): 1858-1870.

Vang, Zoua M., Sigouin, Jennifer, Flenon, Astrid, & Gagnon, Alain. 2017. "Are Immigrants Healthier than Native-born Canadians? A Systematic Review of the Healthy Immigrant Effect in Canada." Ethnicity & Health, 22(3):209-241.

Shor, Eran, Roelfs, David, & Vang, Zoua M. 2017. "The 'Hispanic Mortality Paradox' Revisited: Meta-analysis and Meta-regression of Life-Course Differentials in Latin American and Caribbean Immigrants' Mortality." Social Science & Medicine 186:20-33.

Khan, Mushira, Kobayashi, Karen, Vang, Zoua M., & Lee, Sharon M. 2017. "Are Visible Minorities Invisible in Canadian Health Data and Research? A Scoping Review." International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 13(1): 126-143.

Vang, Zoua M. 2016. "Infant Mortality among the Canadian-born Offspring of Immigrants and Non-immigrants in Canada: A Population-based Study." Population Health Metrics 14:32.

Urquia, Marcelo L., Vang, Zoua M., & Bolumar, Francisco. 2015. "Birth Outcomes of Latin Americans in Two Countries with Contrasting Immigration Admissions Policies: Canada and Spain." PLoS One 10(8): e0136308.

Vang, Zoua M., Elo, Irma T., & Nagano, Makoto. 2015. "Preterm Birth among the Hmong, Other Asian Subgroups and Non-Hispanic Whites in California." BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth 15:1-10.