Dr. Chen is a Senior Research Scientist at the Carolina Population Center (CPC) of UNC-Chapel Hill. She is deeply involved in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health), a longitudinal study of more than 20 thousand teens who are being followed from early adolescence into adulthood and signature national research project.

She specializes in conducting multidisciplinary research to understand social, environmental, behavioral, and biological linkages in developmental and health trajectories from adolescence into adulthood. She has been involved in the social science and population disciplines, working on research projects bridging social and biomedical sciences to advance knowledge on the development of health disparities across the life course.

She is interested in taking an integrative approach to study the social, behavioral, and biological linkages in mental health across the individual life course.

She is an applied advanced statistician with proficients skills in statistical modelling of longitudinal and multilevel models.

She is a survey methodologist who is involved in survey questionnaire design and data collection for national longitudinal studies, and specialized in complex survey data analysis with weights, and weight construction.

She is a scholar of immigration studies striving to understand the assimilation processes and experiences of immigrants and their descendants of first, second, third-plus generations.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, music, philosophical thinking, prose writing.

Primary Research Interests:

  • Social, Behavioral, Biological Linkages of Mental Health across the Life Course
  • Social and Behavioral Linkages in Health
  • Stratification and Health Disparities
  • Well-Being of Immigrants and Immigrant Descendants
  • Life Course and Aging Study
  • Applied Statistics of Longitudinal and Multilevel Models
  • Complex Survey Methodology