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Joanne Chen


Health Journalism


Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Yale University


I’m a longtime editor and writer who loves poring over scientific papers and talking to the authors about their work. My mission is to seek out the latest trends in health and wellness and translate them into lively, informative stories that inspire readers to live a happier, healthier life.

— Joanne Chen


Joanne has covered health and lifestyle topics as a journalist for more than 15 years. She has been an editor at a range of iconic magazines, including Vogue, LIFE, and Martha Stewart Living. Her work as a freelance writer has appeared in the Daily Beast, the New York Times,, and other publications. Her book, The Taste of Sweet: Our Complicated Love Affair with our Favorite Treats (Crown), was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Summer 2008 selection.


Joanne has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a bachelor's degree in biology and in English from Yale University.

Verywell Health Editorial Process

Verywell Health is an award-winning online resource for reliable, understandable, and up-to-date health information on the medical topics that matter most to you. We take a human approach to health and wellness content and reach more than 300 million readers annually.

Our editorial team includes writers, editors, and fact checkers who make sure our information is clear, accurate, and useful so you can make confident choices about your health.

Our writers are notable voices in their respective disciplines, from physicians to medical journalists to patients/patient advocates. These individuals are specifically selected for their extensive knowledge and real-world experience, as well as their ability to communicate complex information in a clear, helpful, and unbiased way.

Our team of qualified and experienced fact checkers provide a critical step in our commitment to content integrity. Fact checkers rigorously review articles for accuracy, relevance, and timeliness. We use only the most current and reputable primary references, including peer-reviewed medical journals, government organizations, academic institutions, and advocacy associations.

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