Dr. Jie Chen is an associate professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the School of Public Health, University of Maryland at College Park. Dr. Chen’s research fields include (1) health care disparities; (2) health care delivery system and policy; (3) behavioral health; and (4) economic evaluation. Her work uses a multidisciplinary perspective and involves collaboration with clinical leaders, community partners, and organizational decision makers. Her research seeks to inform the organization and allocation of health care resources to improve health care access. Most recently she has conducted research on patient-centered medical homes, including designing personalized patient activation and empowerment strategies to encourage and sustain patients’ involvement in their treatment. Her research on behavioral health focuses on the integration of health care organizations to promote behavioral health of vulnerable populations. Dr. Chen is also interested to study the impact of health policy initiatives and changing economic conditions on health care access, utilization, and health disparities. Her recent studies suggest that the Affordable Care Act can significantly improve health care access and reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. An additional field of her research involves economic evaluation, including cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis of community intervention and state/federal policies. Dr. Chen has more than ten years of research experience developing, refining, and applying analytical methods to evaluate the impact of health policy and the health care delivery system on population health outcomes.
- R01MD011523 (Chen, PI): Effects of Hospital-Community-Public Health Integration on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health 07/12/2017-2/28/2022
- R21MH106813-01 (Chen, PI): Effect of Local Health Departments on Health Care Disparities for Individuals with Mental Health Disorders 01/01/2016-12/31/2017
- 5R24HS022135-02 (Mullins, PI; Chen, Pilot PI): Personalized Strategies to Activate and Empower Patients in Health and Health Care 09/30/2013- 09/29/2018
- 5R01MD010255-03 (Slade, PI; Chen, co-I): Impact of Payment Reform on Racial Disparities in Hospital Psychiatric Care 03/1/2017-2/28-2018
- Maryland Health Care Commission (Franzini, PI; Chen, co-I): Evaluation of Freestanding Medical Facilities in Rural Maryland 08/2016-10/2017
- Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene and the Community Health Resources Commission: Prince George’s County Health Enterprise Zone Capitol Heights 20743 (Carter, PI; Chen, health economist) 07/01/2013 – 06/30/2017
2008: Ph.D., Department of Economics, State University of New York, Stony Brook
2006: M.A., Department of Economics, State University of New York, Stony Brook
2001: B.S., Department of Management Information System, School of Business, Shanghai University, China
HLSA601 Introduction to Health Care Systems
HLSA711 Health Economics and Analysis
HLSA709 Current Topics in Health Services Research
HLSA765 Oral and Written Communication (co-teaching)
HLSA791 Advanced Research Seminar II
HLSA899 Doctoral Dissertation Research
HLSA898 Pre-candidacy research
HLSA799 Master’s Thesis Research
HLSA786 Capstone Project in Public Health
2017: Research and Development Award, School of Public Health, University of Maryland
2015 - 2017: Honoree, University of Maryland Ninth Annual Celebration of Scholarship and Research
2014: Delta Omega Gamma Zeta Chapter the Honorary Society in Public Health
2013: Recipient of the Research and Scholarship Award at the University of Maryland
2012: Minority Scholarship for Travel, National Institute of Aging
Selected from 60+ publications:
Chen J, Vargas-Bustamante A, Novak P. Reducing Young Adults’ Health Care Spending through the ACA Expansion of Dependents’ Coverage. Health Services Research In Press.
Novak P, Williams K, Chen J. Racial and Ethnic Disparities among the Remaining Uninsured Young Adults after The ACA Expansion of Dependent Coverage. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities In Press.
Cook BL, Zuvekas SH, Chen J, Progovac A, Lincoln AK. Assessing the Individual, Neighborhood, and Policy Predictors of Disparities in Mental Health Care. Medical Care Research and Review 2016 May.
Ali M, Chen J, Mutter R, Novak P, Mortensen K. The ACA's Dependent Coverage Expansion and Out-of-Pocket Spending by Young Adults with Behavioral Health Conditions. Psychiatric Services 2016 May 16.
Chen J, Vargas-Bustamante A, Mortensen K, Ortega A. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care Access and Utilization under the Affordable Care Act. Medical Care 2016; 54(2):140-146.
Ammerman R, Chen J, Mallow P, Rizzo J, Folger A, Van Ginkel J. Annual Direct Health Care Expenditures and Employee Absenteeism Costs in High-Risk, Low-Income Mothers with Major Depression. Journal of Affective Disorders 2016; 190:386-394.
Kim T, Dagher R, Chen J. Racial/Ethnic Differences in Unintended Pregnancy: Evidence from a National Sample of U.S. Women. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2016; 50:427-435.
Chen J, Mullins D, Novak P, Thomas S. Personalized Strategies to Activate and Empower Patients in Health Care and Reduce Health Disparities. Health Education & Behavior 2016; 43(1): 25-34.
Chen J, O’Brien M, Mennis J, Alos V, Grande D, Roby DH, Ortega AN. Latino Population Growth and Hospital Uncompensated Care Cost. American Journal of Public Health 2015; 105:1710-1717.
Chen J, Vargas-Bustamante A, Tom S. Health Care Spending and Utilization by Race/Ethnicity under the Affordable Care Act’s Dependent Coverage Expansion. American Journal of Public Health 2015; 105:S499-507.
Tilert T, Chen J. Smoking-Cessation Advice to Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2015; 48(6):683-693.
Holden C, Chen J, Dagher R. Preventive Care Utilization among the Uninsured by Race/Ethnicity and Family Income. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2015; 48(1):13-21.
King C, Chen J, Dagher R, Holt C, Thomas S. Decomposing Differences in Medical Care Access among Cancer Survivors by Race and Ethnicity. American Journal of Medical Quality 2015; 30(5):459-469.
Chen J, Mortensen K, Bloodworth R. Exploring Contextual Factors and Patient Activation: Evidence from a Nationally Representative Sample of Patients with Depression. Health Education & Behavior 2014; 41(6): 614-624.
Bustamante A, Chen J. The Great Recession and Health Spending among Uninsured U.S. Immigrants: Implications for the Affordable Care Act. Health Services Research 2014; 49(6):1900-1924.
Mortensen K, Perman C, Chen J. Innovative Payment Mechanisms in Maryland Hospitals: An Empirical Analysis of Readmissions under Total Patient Revenue. Health Care: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation 2014; 2(3):177-183.
King C, Chen J, Garza M, Thomas S. Breast and Cervical Screening by Race/Ethnicity: Comparative Analyses before and during the Great Recession. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2014; 46(4): 359-367.
Chen J, Vargas-Bustamante A, Mortensen K, Thomas S. Using Quantile Regression to Examine Health Care Expenditures during the Great Recession. Health Services Research 2014; 49(2): 705-730.
Chen J, Vargas-Bustamante A, Ortega A. Health Care Expenditures among Asian Americans. Medical Care Research and Review 2013; 70(3): 310-339.
Mortensen K, Chen J. The Great Recession and Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Services Utilization. JAMA Internal Medicine 2013; 173(4): 315-317.
Vargas-Bustamante A, Chen J. Health Expenditure Dynamics and Years of U.S. Residence: Analyzing Spending Disparities among Latinos by Citizenship/Nativity Status. Health Services Research 2012; 47 (2): 794-818.
Rodriguez H, Chen J, Edusei K, Suh A, Bekemeier B. Local Public Health System Influences on the Incidence of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. American Journal of Public Health 2012; 9 (102): 1773–1781.
Chen J, Rizzo J. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Antidepressant Drug Use. Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics 2008; 11:155-165.
Chen J, Fang H, Vargas-Bustamante A, Rizzo J, Ortega AN. Latino Disparities in Prescription Drug Use and Expenditures: A Nationally Representative Analysis. The Annals of Pharmacotherapy 2010; 44: 57-69.
Chen J, Rizzo J. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Psychotherapy Services--Evidence from U.S. National Survey Data. Psychiatric Services 2010; 61: 364-372.