2013- Associate Professor, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2007-2013 Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2013- RSW Registered Social Worker, Social Workers Registration Board, Hong Kong
2007 PhD in Social Work and Political Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2002 MSW Master of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2000 MA in Political Science, Peking University, Beijing
1997 BA in Political Science and Law, Peking University, Beijing
Migration and urbanization; health and mental health; help seeking and service use; community governance; social service provision; poverty and welfare reform; survey research.
PI, Structural Inadequacies or Cultural Constraints? Deciphering Barriers to Seeking Help for Mental Health Problems in Urban China (Funded by the General Research Fund (GRF), the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, HK$598,659, 2013-2015): A study based on longitudinal surveys and focus group interviews that analyzes Chinese patterns of seeking help for emotional and mental problems, and the structural and cultural barriers that limit the use of professional mental health or medical services.
PI, Migration Dynamics and Migrant Integration: Reaching the Migrant Population through a National Longitudinal Survey in Mainland China (Funded by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK$150,000, 2010-2012, and the General Research Fund (GRF), the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, HK$518,560, 2011-2012): A longitudinal study with three waves of national household survey that details the social, economic, and political behaviors of migrants and their families, and the ways in which they differ from both rural and urban non-migrants and their families.
PI, Migration Dynamics and Migrant Integration: Constructing Longitudinal Multi-Level Data on Mainland China (Funded by the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, US$42,500, 2010-2012): A multi-level analysis requiring construction of multi-level datasets that identifies how community-level variations condition individuals’ migration experience, settlement pattern, and socio-psychological well-being.
Co-I, Hong Kong Panel Study of Social Dynamics (HK-PSSD) (Funded by the Strategic Public Policy Research (SPPR), the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong, HK$3,960,000, 2009-2014; PI: Wu Xiaogang, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology): A household panel survey that tracks social and economic changes in Hong Kong and their impact on individuals’ lives.
Co-I, Changing Chinese Attitudes toward Inequality and Distributive Injustice: A 5-Year Follow-up Survey (Funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation, US$119,439, 2009-2011; PI: Martin K. Whyte, Harvard University): A second wave of a national household survey that explores patterns of continuity and change in the attitudes of ordinary Chinese citizens toward inequality and distributive injustice.
PI, Patterns of Help Seeking and Barriers to Service Use in Urban China—A Pilot Survey in Beijing (Funded by the Departmental General Research Grant, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK$99,973, 2009-2010): A pilot survey with 1,474 respondents in Beijing that details patterns of help seeking and identifies barriers to service use.
Co-I, Families in Transition: Investigating New Family Models and Family Dynamics in Mainland China (Funded by the Large Scale Research Grant, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK$1 million, 2008-2010; PI: Sung Chan Po-lin Pauline, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University): A pilot study based on participant observations and in-depth interviews in Beijing that investigates models and dynamics of migrant families.
J., Chen, S., Landry, P.F., & Davis, D.S. (accepted). How Dynamics of Urbanization Affect Physical and Mental Health in Urban China.
Wu, K., Chen,
J., & Sung, P. (accepted). Articulating a "Sub-urban" Citizenship: Family and Parenting among Rural Migrants in Beijing.
J. (2013). Chronic Conditions and Receipt of Treatment among Urbanized Rural Residents in China.
J., Chen, S., & Landry, P.F. (2013). Migration, Environmental Hazards, and Health Outcomes in China.
J. (2013). Perceived Discrimination and Subjective Well-being among Rural-to-Urban Migrants in China.
Zhu, S. & Chen,
J. (2013). The Digital Divide in Individual E-commerce Utilization in China: Results from a National Survey.
Kim, I., Chen,
J., & Spencer, M.S. (2012). Social Determinants of Health and Mental Health among Asian Americans in the United States.
J., Wu, K.,
& Sung, P. (2012). Families on the Move in China: Challenges, Strategies, and
J. (2012). Seeking Help for
Psychological Distress in Urban
Chen, J. (2011). Internal Migration and Health:
Re-examining the Healthy Migrant Phenomenon in
Chen, J. & Takeuchi, D.T. (2011). Intermarriage,
Ethnic Identity, and Perceived Social Standing among Asian Women in the
Spencer, M.S., Chen, J., Gee, G.C., Fabian, C., & Takeuchi, D.T. (2010). Discrimination and Mental Health-Related Service Use in a National Study of Asian Americans. American Journal of Public Health, 100(12), 2410-2417. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.176321.
J., Gee, G.C., Spencer, M.S.,
Danziger, S.H., & Takeuchi, D.T. (2009). Perceived Social Standing among
Asian Immigrants in the
J. (2009). Coordinating Community
Organizations in Urban
Yang, M. & Chen, J. (2009). The “Rule of Law” in
Gee, G.C., Spencer, M.S., Chen, J., Yip, T., & Takeuchi, D.T. (2007). The Association between Self-Reported Racial Discrimination and 12-Month DSM-IV Mental Disorders among Asian Americans Nationwide. Social Science & Medicine, 64(10), 1984-1996. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2007.02.013.
Gee, G.C., Spencer, M.S., Chen, J., & Takeuchi, D.T. (2007). A Nationwide Study of Discrimination and Chronic Health Conditions among Asian Americans. American Journal of Public Health, 97(7), 1275-1282. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2006.091827.
Gee, G.C., Chen, J., Spencer, M.S., See, M.S., Kuester, O.A., Tran, D., & Takeuchi,
D.T. (2006). Social Support as a Buffer for Perceived Unfair Treatment among
Filipino Americans: Differences between
Spencer, M.S. & Chen, J. (2004). Effect of Discrimination on Mental Health Service Utilization among Chinese Americans. American Journal of Public Health, 94(5), 809-814.
Chen, J. Neighborhood Effects on Mental Health in Urbanizing China. Paper presented at the Asia Mental Health Conference, Hong Kong, 22 November, 2013.
Chen, J. Chronic Conditions, Health Insurance and Receipt of Treatment in China. Paper presented at the 17th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Diego, CA, USA, January 16-20, 2013.
J., Chen, S., & Landry, P.F.
Inequality in Exposures to Environmental Hazards and Resulting Health Outcomes
J. The Experience and Consequences of
Perceived Discrimination among Rural-to-Urban Migrants in
J. The Healthy Migrant Paradox?
Internal Migration and Health in
J. Challenges and Strengths of
Families on the Move in
J., Wu, K.,
& Sung, P. Families on the Move in
J., Wu, K.,
& Sung, P. Families on the Move in
J., Wu, K.,
& Sung, P. The Concept of “家 (jia)” among Migrant Populations in
Urban China. Paper presented at the
International Conference on Gender Studies,
J. & Gallagher, M.E. Social Insurance Provision in Urban China:
Variations according to Region and Workplace Ownership. Paper
presented at the APPAM International Conference “Asian Social Protection
in Comparative Perspective,”
Chen, J. Who Is
Faring Better? Who Is Feeling Better? A Comparison of Objective vs. Subjective
Economic Well-being among Asian Immigrants in the
Post-1965 Asian Immigrants to the
J. & Spencer, M.S. Barriers to Mental Health
Service Utilization among Chinese Americans. Paper presented at the
Patterns of Help Seeking and Barriers to Service Use: Results of a Pilot Survey
Chen, J. Asian Intermarriage, Ethnic Identity, and Perceived
Social Standing. Paper presented at the
Center for Demography and Sustainable
Chen, J. Are We
Achieving the American Dream? Asian Immigrant Women and Perceived Social
Mobility. Paper presented at the
Institute for Research on Women and Gender,
PhD: LU Wei, Chief Supervisor (2009-2013)
MPhil: HO Wai-lun David, Chief Supervisor (2008-2010)
Philosophies and Paradigms in Social Work Research (DSW)
Guided Study: Research Methodology (Research Student)
Social Policy and Social Services in
Dissertation Workshops and Seminars (MSW
Integrative Project (MSW & MA in Social Work)
Practice-based Project (MA in Social Work)
Practice Research (MA in Social Work)
Government and Public Administration (BA in Social Policy)
Civil Society and Governance (BA in Social Policy)
Social Policy and Decision Making (BA in Social Policy)
Doing Policy Research (BA in Social Policy)
Social Policy (BA in Social Work & BA in Social Policy)
Introduction to Social Welfare Policy and Services (MSW)
Statistical and Programming Consulting (Political Science)
Contemporary Issues in American Politics (Political Science)
Introduction to American Politics (Political Science)
Editorial Board Member:
Ad Hoc Journal Reviewer:
American Journal of Public Health
Asian Social Work and Policy Review
British Medical Bulletin
Chinese Sociological Review
Journal of Asian Public Policy
Journal of Family Social Work
Journal of Marriage and Family
Journal of Urban Affairs
Population Research and Policy Review
Social Indicators Research
Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Social Science and Medicine
Social Service Review
Social Transformations in Chinese Societies
Member, Departmental Research Committee (2013- )
Member, Departmental Staff Development Committee (2012- )
Program Tutor, Master of Social Work (2012- )
Member, Doctor of Social Work Program Planning Committee (2007-2008)
Other Professional Activities:
Faculty Member, Yale-CUHK Summer Seminar: Assessing the Penalties of Rural Birth (May-Jun 2012)
Last update: October 30, 2013.