Juan Chen

 

Associate Professor

Department of Applied Social Sciences

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

 

Phone: (852) 3400 3689

E-mail: ssjuanc@polyu.edu.hk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

 

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


PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

 

2013-        RSW Registered Social Worker, Social Workers Registration Board, Hong Kong   

 

education

 

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

 

academic focus

 

Migration and urbanization; health and mental health; help seeking and service use; community governance; social service provision; poverty and welfare reform; survey research.

 

Research Projects

 

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.

 

publications

 

Journal Articles:

 

Chen, J., Chen, S., Landry, P.F., & Davis, D.S. (accepted). How Dynamics of Urbanization Affect Physical and Mental Health in Urban China. China Quarterly.

Wu, K., Chen, J., & Sung, P. (accepted). Articulating a "Sub-urban" Citizenship: Family and Parenting among Rural Migrants in Beijing. Ethnology.

Chen, J. (2013). Chronic Conditions and Receipt of Treatment among Urbanized Rural Residents in China. BioMed Research International, 2013, Article ID 568959, 8 pages. DOI: 10.1155/2013/568959.

Chen, J., Chen, S., & Landry, P.F. (2013). Migration, Environmental Hazards, and Health Outcomes in China. Social Science & Medicine, 80, 85-95. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.12.002.

Chen, J. (2013). Perceived Discrimination and Subjective Well-being among Rural-to-Urban Migrants in China. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 40(1), 131-156.

Zhu, S. & Chen, J. (2013). The Digital Divide in Individual E-commerce Utilization in China: Results from a National Survey. Information Development, 29(1), 69-80. DOI: 10.1177/0266666912450168.

Kim, I., Chen, J., & Spencer, M.S. (2012). Social Determinants of Health and Mental Health among Asian Americans in the United States. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 3(4), 346-361. DOI: 10.5243/jsswr.2012.21.

Chen, J., Wu, K., & Sung, P. (2012). Families on the Move in China: Challenges, Strategies, and Implications. China Journal of Social Work, 5(2), 109-122. DOI: 10.1080/17525098.2012.669724.

Chen, J. (2012). Seeking Help for Psychological Distress in Urban China. Journal of Community Psychology, 40(3), 319-341. DOI: 10.1002/jcop.20513.

Chen, J. (2011). Internal Migration and Health: Re-examining the Healthy Migrant Phenomenon in China. Social Science & Medicine, 72(8), 1294-1301. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.02.016.

Chen, J. & Takeuchi, D.T. (2011). Intermarriage, Ethnic Identity, and Perceived Social Standing among Asian Women in the U.S. Journal of Marriage and Family, 73(4), 876-888. DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2011.00853.x.

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.

Chen, J. & Corcoran, M.E. (2010). Temporary Employment and the Transition from Welfare to Work. Social Service Review, 84(2), 175-200. DOI: 10.1086/653457.

Chen, J., Gee, G.C., Spencer, M.S., Danziger, S.H., & Takeuchi, D.T. (2009). Perceived Social Standing among Asian Immigrants in the U.S.: Do Reasons for Immigration Matter? Social Science Research, 38(4), 858-869. DOI: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2009.06.003.

Chen, J. (2009). Coordinating Community Organizations in Urban China. International Journal of Social Welfare, 18(4), 385-394. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2008.00613.x.

Yang, M. & Chen, J. (2009). The “Rule of Law” in China: If It Has Been Built, Do People Know about It? The China Review, 9(1), 123-145.

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 San Francisco and Honolulu. American Journal of Public Health, 96(4), 677-684. DOI:10.2105/AJPH.2004.060442.

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.

 

Book Chapters:

 

Chen, J., & Gallagher, M.E. (2013). Urban Social Insurance Provision: Regional and Ownership Variations. In D. Besharov & K. Baehler (Eds.), Chinese Social Policy in a Time of Transition, (pp. 86-100), New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

 

Presentations

 

Conference Presentations:

 

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.

Chen, J., Chen, S., & Landry, P.F. Inequality in Exposures to Environmental Hazards and Resulting Health Outcomes in China. Paper presented at the 2nd Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: Action and Impact, Stockholm, Sweden, July 8-12, 2012.

Chen, J. The Experience and Consequences of Perceived Discrimination among Rural-to-Urban Migrants in China. Paper presented at the 2nd Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: Action and Impact, Stockholm, Sweden, July 8-12, 2012.

Chen, J. The Healthy Migrant Paradox? Internal Migration and Health in China. Paper presented at the 15th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Tampa, FL, USA, January 12-16, 2011.

Chen, J. Challenges and Strengths of Families on the Move in China. Paper presented at the Coping Resilience & Hope Building, Asia Pacific Regional Conference, Brisbane, Australia, July 9-11, 2010.

Chen, J., Wu, K., & Sung, P. Families on the Move in China: Challenges, Strategies, and Implications for Policy and Practice. Paper presented at the 2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: The Agenda, Hong Kong, June 10-14, 2010.

Chen, J., Wu, K., & Sung, P. Families on the Move in China: Challenges, Strategies, and Implications for Policy and Practice (in Chinese). Paper presented at the Li & Fung China Social Policy Summit: China's Social Policy and Development in Reform Period, the PolyU-PKU China Social Work Research Centre, Beijing, China, March 11-12, 2010.

Chen, J., Wu, K., & Sung, P. The Concept of “ (jia)” among Migrant Populations in Urban China. Paper presented at the International Conference on Gender Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, June 26-29, 2009.

Chen, 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,” Singapore, January 7-9, 2009.

Chen, J. Who Is Faring Better? Who Is Feeling Better? A Comparison of Objective vs. Subjective Economic Well-being among Asian Immigrants in the U.S. Paper presented at the 15th International Consortium for Social Development, Hong Kong, July 16-20, 2007.

Chen, J. Post-1965 Asian Immigrants to the U.S.: Gender Differences and Effects of Immigration Policy. Paper presented at the 2006 Policy Conference “Shifting the Tide: Challenges for Policy Practice,” Washington, D.C., USA, June 16-19, 2006.

Chen, J. & Corcoran, M.E. Temporary Employment and Welfare-to-Work. Paper presented at the 9th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Miami, FL, January 13-16, 2005.

Chen, J. & Spencer, M.S. Barriers to Mental Health Service Utilization among Chinese Americans. Paper presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 11-15, 2002.

 

Invited Lectures/Seminars:

 

Chen, J., Patterns of Help Seeking and Barriers to Service Use: Results of a Pilot Survey in Beijing. Paper presented at the Research Seminar Series, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, March 22, 2010.

Chen, J. Asian Intermarriage, Ethnic Identity, and Perceived Social Standing. Paper presented at the Center for Demography and Sustainable Development, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, November 5, 2008.

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, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, November 1, 2006.

 

Research Mentorship

 

PhD:    LU Wei, Chief Supervisor (2009-2013)

 

MPhil: HO Wai-lun David, Chief Supervisor (2008-2010)

 

courses taught

 

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University:

 

Postgraduate:

Philosophies and Paradigms in Social Work Research (DSW)

Guided Study: Research Methodology (Research Student)

Social Policy and Social Services in China (MSW China)

Dissertation Workshops and Seminars (MSW China)

Integrative Project (MSW & MA in Social Work)

Practice-based Project (MA in Social Work)

Practice Research (MA in Social Work)

 

Undergraduate:

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)

 

University of Michigan:

 

Postgraduate:

Introduction to Social Welfare Policy and Services (MSW)

Statistical and Programming Consulting (Political Science)

 

Undergraduate:

Contemporary Issues in American Politics (Political Science)

Introduction to American Politics (Political Science)

 

Professional & Community Services

 

Professional Services:

 

Editorial Board Member:                                            

China Journal of Social Work (2008-    )

 

Ad Hoc Journal Reviewer:

American Journal of Public Health

Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development

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

The China Review

The Lancet

 

University/Faculty/Department Services:

 

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.