Edith Chen Professor

Program Area(s):

Clinical; Personality and Health


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. (2012). "Shift-and-Persist" strategies: Why being low socioeconomic status isn't always bad for health. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7, 135-158.

Chen E., Miller, G.E., Lachman, M.E., Gruenwald, T.L., & Seeman, T.E. (2012). Protective factors for adults from low childhood socioeconomic circumstances: The benefits of shift-and-persist for allostatic load. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74, 178-186.

Miller, G. E., Lachman, M. E., Chen, E., Gruenewald, T. L., Karlamangla, A. S., & Seeman, T. E. (2011). Pathways to resilience: Matenal nurturance as a buffer against the effects of childhood poverty on metabolic syndrome at midlife. Psychological Science, 22, 1591-1599.

Chen, E., Strunk, R. C., Trethewey, A., Schreier, H. M. C., Maharaj, N., & Miller, G. E. (2011). Resilience in low socioeconomic status children with asthma: Adaptations to stress. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 128, 970-976.

Miller, G. E., Chen, E., & Parker, K. J. (2011). Psychological stress in childhood and susceptibility to the chronic diseases of aging: Moving towards a model of behavioral and biological mechanisms. Psychological Bulletin, 137, 959-997.