Chris Chanyasulkit

Course Designer

PhD in Political Science, Northeastern University
Master of Public Health, Boston University School of Public Health
Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Art History, Boston University

Chris Chanyasulkit PhD, MPH, serves as course designer for Social Determinants of Health and Health Policy Analysis and Change. Chanyasulkit comes to Simmons with a background in policy advocacy that is grounded in a strong belief in eliminating the structural barriers to equity for vulnerable populations. She holds leadership positions with local, state, regional, and national governance and civic engagement organizations, working to promote racial and gender equity and policy advocacy.

In addition to currently co-chairing the Brookline Commission for Women, Chanyasulkit was a gubernatorial appointee to both the Massachusetts Asian American Commission and the Commission on the Status of Women. In that capacity, she advocated for the needs of Asian Americans and women throughout the commonwealth.

Prior to joining Simmons University, Chanyasulkit served as the assistant director of the Brookline Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations. After earning her bachelor of arts at Boston University, with dual majors in biology and art history, she joined AmeriCorps and assisted nonprofits in developing and maintaining technological competency in the administration and delivery of services. Following her service in the nonprofit field, she returned to the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and completed a master’s degree in public health, concentrating in maternal and child health care. After graduating from BUSPH, she worked in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for over 10 years. She also holds a doctoral degree in political science with a concentration in public policy from Northeastern University, where she conducted research on health disparities. Chanyasulkit has taught courses in health disparities, American government, international affairs, and globalization at Bentley University, Northeastern University, and Babson College. She is a regular guest lecturer at local colleges, universities, and community groups.

In addition to serving on several state and national boards, Chanyasulkit also serves as:

  • An elected Brookline town meeting member
  • Trustee for the library board of Brookline
  • A Brookline Community Emergency Response Team member
  • A Brookline Medical Reserve Corps member
  • A steering committee member of the Brookline Asian American Family Network
  • A steering committee member of the West Suburban Community Health Network Area
  • A member of the community advisory board of the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston
  • A mentor mom for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Parent Connection program

With a proven public health background, Chanyasulkit served as chair of the education board, co-chair of the joint policy committee, and was recently elected to the executive board of the American Public Health Association. With a commitment to ending health disparities, she is also an appointed member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Health Equity Council for New England. When she’s not at Simmons, you can likely find her running around one of Brookline’s many parks with her husband and three young children.