Yeqing Yuan
Yeqing Yuan, PhD
University of Alaska Anchorage - Assistant Professor
PhD, Social Work, NYU Silver School of Social Work
MSW, Boston College School of Social Work
BSW, Eastern New Mexico University
Research Interests
Serious mental illness, substance use, housing stability, homelessness
Yequing Yuan’s research focuses on understanding and improving housing stability as a means to improve mental health and substance use outcomes. Her dissertation research, funded by National Association of Social Work Foundation, used a community-engaged, multi-method approach to develop a novel conceptual framework of subjective housing stability among individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. This framework expands the conventional understanding of housing stability to capture the experiential dimension of the construct. In her postdoctoral training, Dr. Yuan is further examining the experiential dimension of housing stability by focusing on loneliness among older adults experiencing recent homelessness. Her research aims to develop and implement an enhanced supportive housing services model relevant to various organizational contexts to improve behavioral health (i.e., mental health and substance use) and well-being outcomes. Dr. Yuan’s research program is informed and driven by her clinical social work experience providing behavioral health care to individuals with serious mental illness and substance use problems experiencing homelessness.


Chen Y, Yuan Y, Reed BG (2023).
Experiences of peer work in drug use service settings: A systematic review of qualitative evidence
International Journal of Drug Policy, 120, 104182. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2023.104182.

Yuan Y, Padgett D, Thorning H, Manuel J (2023).
“It’s stable but not stable”: A conceptual framework of subjective housing stability definition among individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders
Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 19 (2-3), 111-123. doi: 10.1080/15504263.2023.2225357.

Manuel JI, Nizza M, Herman DB, Conover S, Esquivel L, Yuan Y, Susser E (2023).
Supporting vulnerable people during challenging transitions: A systematic review of critical time intervention
Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 50 (1), 100-113. doi: 10.1007/s10488-022-01224-z. PMCID: PMC9832072.

Karadzhov D, Yuan Y, Bond L (2020).
Coping amidst an assemblage of disadvantage: A qualitative metasynthesis of first-person accounts of managing severe mental illness while homeless
Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 27 (1), 4-24. doi: 10.1111/jpm.12524.

Pahwa R, Smith ME, Yuan Y, Padgett D (2019).
The ties that bind and unbound ties: Experiences of formerly homeless individuals in recovery from serious mental illness and substance use
Qualitative Health Research, 29 (9), 1313-1323. doi: 10.1177/1049732318814250.

Dr. Yuan's Research Gate Profile