Edith Chen Professor; Director of Graduate Studies

Program Area(s):

Personality and Health; Clinical

Interest(s):

Health psychology; socioeconomic status and health

Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding the psychosocial and psychobiological pathways that explain relationships between low socioeconomic status and physical health outcomes in childhood.

Selected Publications

Chen, E., Miller, G. E., Brody, G. H., & Lei, M. (in press).  Neighborhood poverty, college attendance, and diverging profiles of substance use and allostatic load in rural, African American youth.  Clinical Psychological Science.

Chen, E., McLean, K. C., & Miller, G. E. (2015). Shift-and-Persist strategies:  Associations with socioeconomic status and the regulation of inflammation among adolescents and their parents.  Psychosomatic Medicine, 77, 371-382.

Schreier, H. M. C., Schonert-Reichl, K. A., & Chen, E. (2013).  Effect of volunteering on risk for cardiovascular disease in adolescents:  A randomized control trial.  JAMA – Pediatrics, 167, 327-332.

Chen, E., Lee, W. K., Cavey, L., & Ho, A. (2013).  Role models and the psychological characteristics that buffer low socioeconomic status youth from cardiovascular risk.  Child Development, 84, 1241-1252.

Chen, E. & Miller, G. E. (2012).  “Shift-and-Persist” strategies:  Why being low in socioeconomic status isn’t always bad for health.  Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7, 135-158.