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Bridging science, population health, and art through creative practices, technology and interdisciplinary research

Mary L. Peng ©

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  • Explore population health and health justice through technological, artistic, and design strategies

  • Investigate human responses to sensory and emotional stimuli 

  • Examine the interaction between light / photo-energy and human health

  • Explore social phenomenon through the interfacing of sensorial experiences


  • Create interactive data artwork and installations to promote well-being and health justice

  • Design human-centric therapeutic spaces

  • Develop interactive public VR-Art spaces (exhibitions, installations) to promote mental health

Selected Art Bibliography


  • “While We are Dreaming”. Visionary Projects X The Yard. Flatiron North: 246 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001, USA. June 16 - September 8 2023.

  • “Body Euphoria”. Borders Art Fair 2023: Future Landscapes. Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello, Venice, Italy. July 21 - Aug. 08, 2023.

  • “Ineffable”. The Factory, 21-31 Shacklewell Ln, London, E8 2DA, UK. 19 June - 19 July 2023.

  • “Dimension Chi”. Art on Loop. 72 Warren St, Tribeca, New York, NY 10007, USA. Oct 13 - 15 2023.

  • “Rhythm of the Sky & the Grass”. Art on Loop. The Holy Art Gallery.

    • Sarphatipark 116, 1073 EC, Amsterdam, Netherlands. July 20 – 22 2023.

    • Rue Ernest Allard 17, 17 Rue Ernest Allard 1000, Brussels, Belgium. July 25 – 27 2023.

    • 14 Rue Jean-Macé , 14 Rue Jean-Macé 75011, Paris, France. July 30 - Aug 1 2023.


• Commissioned digital painting on canvas. “The Mind in the Digital Age”. Yale Consumer Health Informatics Lab, Yale Center for Medical Informatics. Mar. 2023.

• Commissioned projection art. “The Breathing Body, The Breathing Mind”. Yale Schwarzman Center Inaugural Exhibition: Desire lines. Nov. 2022.

• Solo Exhibition (installation art, oil and acrylic on canvas, digital paintings, virtual reality art, digital sculpture). “Chroma”. Studio I. Sep. 2022.

• Solo Exhibition. “Mindful Energy”. Yale School of Public Health. 2021-Present.


• “The edge”. Adobe Photoshop. Sep. 2021. 

• “In My Life”. Visual Spirits. March 2023. 

• “I Wonder”. Arts Compass. July 2021. Visual Spirits. June 2022. | Third Eye Kingdom. June 2022. | Amazing Space. Oct 2021. | Daily Collage. July 2021. 

• “Leave the World Behind”. Trippy Park. Jan. 2022 & Dec. 2021.

• “Sightseeing”. Trippy Park. Nov. 2021. 

• “Off You Go”. Trippy Sanctuary. Nov. 2021. 

• “Surfer”. Soul Light Movement. Oct 2021. 

•“Solitude”. GM of Photoshop. Oct 2021.Visual Spirits. Oct 2021.

• “Child”. Collage Worldwide. Sep. 2021. 


• Guest Speaker. “Integrating Artistic, Design, and Medical Thinking”. CDE 570b, Humanities, Arts, and Public Health. Yale School of Public Health. April 2023

• Artist and Speaker. “The Power of Data Art”. Yale Alumni Event the Humanities, Arts, and Public Health Practice at Yale (HAPPY) Initiative on the power of the arts, humanities, and storytelling to promote the health of communities, New York, NY, Oct 2022



• Gallerium Art Prize (GAP) 2023 (with exhibition)

• Teravarna International Juried Art Competition 2023, Open Category Talent Prize Award, Still Life Category Finalist Award

• Yale Program for Humanities for Medicine Health Professions Creative Medical Writing and Art Contest 2023 3rd Place

• Yale Schwarzman Center Inaugural Exhibition Artist Award 2022

• Yale Healthcare and Life Sciences Creation Award 2021

• University of Virginia Raven Literary and Arts Competition 2021, 1st Place​​


• Peng ML. Physical-Virtual Co-existence: The New Mind. 2023. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine.

• Peng ML. Collido-scope, Exposed?. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine. 2022.


Selected Experiences

  • Researcher at the Social Gerontology and Health Lab (2022-2023) 

    • Thesis: Examining the impact of psychedelic art on people's emotional, physiological, cognitive responses: A randomized controlled trial​

  • Consumer Health Informatics x Digital Health Researcher at  Yale Center for Medical Informatics (2022-2023) 

    • Manuscript: LGBT veteran mental health and tele-mental health service usage Pre-Peri the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • mHealth Researcher at Frederick Altice’s Lab (2021-Present)

  • Implementation Science Researcher at  Yale Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science (2021-2023)

    • Co-authored paper: "Qualitative Methodology in Implementation Science Research: A Systematic Scoping Review" to be presented at the15th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation

  • Research Assistant at Yale School of Medicine Medical Oncology and Computer Science

    • Survey: "The Considerations for and validation of the next generation of clinical biomarkers (CLARITY)" (PI: Dr. Kim Blenmanwill serve as a blueprint for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Q-Submission on hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) by considering that morphological biomarkers, including machine learning biomarker validation on H&E-slides, could serve as a new paradigm for the FDA and global regulatory agencies

  • Medical Cost-effectiveness Research Assistant at Yale School of Medicine (2021)

    • Project: Cost-effectiveness analysis of total hysterectomy with sacrocolpopexy versus supracervical hysterectomy with sacrocervicopexy 

  • Telehealth Researcher at University of Virginia School of Medicine (2020-2021)

    • Poster presentation: "Patient acceptability of telepsychiatry during COVID-19" at the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center Summit 2021 

  • Socio-cultural Ethnographer at University of Virginia

    • Projects: 1) Race Relation and Social Equity Ethnography ​on the intersectionality between microaggression and multidimensional identities culminating presented as online ethnographic portfolio on the contemporary racialized experience of social power dynamics; 2) Biopolitical determinant of social belonging: sex, sexuality, identities


Art for Public Health

Teaching & Social Work​

  • Founder & Director of VoiceBridge, International Rescue Committee - Charlottesville Refugee Education Program (2020-2021)

  • Course Developer & Instructor of ANTH 4993: The Politics of Belonging & the Refuge Experience (Fall 2020) 

  • Special Need Childcare Program Developer at Crystal Bird Mental Rehabilitation Center, Xi’an, China (2018)

  • Peer Health Educator and Child Protection Campaign Director at Mary Faith Rescue Center, Nairobi, Kenya (2015)


2021-2023     Yale University | Master of Public Health | Social and Behavioral Sciences                             New Haven, CT, USA

2018-2021     University of Virginia | Bachelor of Arts | Global Studies, Anthropology, Philosophy            Charlottesville, VA, USA

2019              University of Oxford | 19th Century American and British Literary Encounters                                         Oxford, UK

2018-2021     St. Joseph's Institution | The International Baccalaureate Diploma, IBDP Bilingual Diploma                     Singapore

2014-2016     Crescent Girls' School | GCE O' Level                                                                                                         Singapore


University of Cambridge Functional Neuroanatomy Certificate. Certified July 2022

Academic Bibliography & Honors

Media Features

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