Dr. Chen’s research fields include health care disparities, health care delivery system and policy, behavioral health, aging, and economic evaluation. Her work uses a multidisciplinary perspective and involves collaboration with clinical leaders, community partners, and organizational decision makers. Her current research focuses on the integration of healthcare organizations, promoting behavioral health of vulnerable populations and mental health among older adults. 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. 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 fifteen 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.
- R56AG062315 (Chen, PI): Effect of Hospital and Community Care Coordination on Health Care Access, Quality, and Equity among Individuals with Risk Factors or Diagnosis of ADRD 09/30/2018-06/30/2020
- R01MD011523 (Chen, PI): Effects of Hospital-Community-Public Health Integration on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health 07/12/2017-2/28/2022
- 3R01MD011523-03S1 (Chen, PI): Explore the Impact of Hospital Payment Models and Care Coordination on ADRD Prevention and Treatment 2019-2020
- R21MH1068131 (Chen, PI): Effect of Local Health Departments on Health Care Disparities for Individuals with Mental Health Disorders 01/01/2016-12/31/2018
- R24HS022135 (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): Health Matters: Navigating an Enhanced Rural Health Model for Maryland, Lessons Learned from the Mid-Shore Counties 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
2019: 40 Under Forty Stony Brook University
2017: Research and Development Award, School of Public Health, University of Maryland
2015 - 2017, 2019: 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 100+ publications:
Wang N*, Albaroudi A*, Chen J. Decomposing Urban and Rural Disparities of Preventable ED Visits among Community-dwelling Patients' with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias --- Evidence of the Availability of Health Care Resources. Journal of Rural Health. In Press.
Benjenk I*, Shields M, Chen J. Exploring the Association between “30-Day All-Cause Unplanned Readmission after Psychiatric Hospitalization” Rates and Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Care Coordination Measures. Psychiatric Services. In Press.
Barath D*, Chen J. Integrating Local Health Departments to Reduce Suicide-Related Emergency Department Visits Among People with Substance Use Disorders. Preventive Medicine. In Press.
Benjenk I*, Chen J, Franzini L. The Impact of Hospital-Based Care Coordination Strategies on Hospital Overall (Star) Ratings. Medical Care. In Press.
Park S, Chen J, Roby D, Ortega A. Disparities in Health Care Expenditures among Non-Latino White and Asian American Subethnicities Vary along the Distribution of the Expenditures. Medical Care Research and Review. In Press.
Park S, Roby DH, Kemmick Pintor J, Stimpson JP, Chen J, McKenna RM, Ortega AN. Insurance Coverage and Health Care Utilization among Asian American Children before and after the Affordable Care Act. Academic Pediatrics. In Press.
Novak P*, Chen J, Ali M. Health Care Access among Adults with Chronic Conditions and Co-Occurring Serious Psychological Distress. Medical Research Archives. 2019; 7(7). doi: https://doi.org/10.18103/mra.v7i7.1947.
Novak P*, Bloodworth R*, Green K, Chen J. Strengthening the Public Health Impact: Local Health Departments Activities to Reduce Emergency Visits for Substance Use Disorders. Journal for Healthcare Quality. 2019; 41(3): 134-145.
Sanmartin M, Ali M, Chen J, Dwyer D. Mental Health Treatment and Unmet Mental Health Care Need among Pregnant Women with Major Depressive Episode in the U.S. Psychiatric Services. Published Online:10 Apr 2019 https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201800433.
Novak P*, Feder K, Ali M, Chen J. Treatment Utilization and Barriers to Treatment among Individuals with Co-Occurring Opioid Use Disorder and Mental Illness in the United States. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 2019 (98): 47-52.
Sanmartin M, Ali M, Novak P*, and Chen J. Sources and Main Motivations for Prescription Opioids Misuse among Reproductive-Aged Parenting Women in the United States. Substance Use and Misuse. 2019 Mar 12:1-5. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2019.1580294. [Epub ahead of print].
Vargas A, Chen J, McKenna R, Ortega A. Health Care Access and Utilization among U.S. Immigrants before and after the Affordable Care Act. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2019; 21(2): 211-218.
Sanmartin M, Ali M, Novak P*, Chen J. Polysubstance Use among Reproductive-Aged Parenting Women Who Misused Prescription Opioids in the United States. Journal of Addictive Diseases. 2019 Jun 24:1-4. doi: 10.1080/10550887.2019.1630237. [Epub ahead of print].
Linman S*, Benjenk I*, Chen J. The Medical Home Functions of Primary Care Practices That Care for Adults with Psychological Distress: A Cross-Sectional Study. BMC Health Services Research. 2019 (19): 21.
Kozhimannil K, Dowd B, Novak P*, Chen J, Ali M. Substance Use Disorder Treatment Admissions and State-Level Prenatal Substance Use Policies: Evidence from a National Treatment Database. Addictive Behaviors. 2019; 90:272-277.
Chen J, DuGoff E, Novak P, Wang M. Adoption of Care Coordination Strategies and Innovative Delivery Models among US Hospitals. Health Care Management Review. 2018 Nov 27.
Bloodworth R, Chen J, Mortensen K. Effect of Medicaid Cost-Sharing Policy and Medicaid Expansion Status on Preventive Care Use. Preventive Medicine. 2018; 15:97-103.
Chen J, Novak P, Goldman H. Public Health System Delivered Mental Health Preventive Care Links to Significant Reduction of Health Care Costs. Population Health Management. 2018; 21(6): 462-468.
Benjenk I, Chen J. Variation of Follow-Up Rate after Psychiatric Hospitalization by Hospital Characteristics and Social Determinants of Health. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2019; 27(2):138-148.
Novak P, Andrew A, Chen J. Changes in Health Insurance Coverage and Barriers to Health Care Access among Individuals with Serious Psychological Distress following the Affordable Care Act. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. 2018; 45(6): 924-932.
Chen J, Novak P, Barath D, Goldman H, and Mortenson K. Local Health Departments' Promotion of Mental Health Care and Reductions in 30-Day All-Cause Readmission Rates in Maryland. Medical Care. 2018;56(2):153-161.
Chen J, Bloodworth R, Novak P, Cook B, Goldman H, Rendall M, Thomas S, and Reynolds C. Reducing Preventable Hospitalization and Disparity: Association with LHD Mental Health Promotion Activities. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2018;54(1):103-112.
Chen J, Vargas-Bustamante A, Novak P. Reducing Young Adults’ Health Care Spending through the ACA Expansion of Dependents’ Coverage. Health Services Research. 2017; 52(5): 1835-1857.
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. 2017;74(4): 404-430.
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;67(9):977-982.
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.
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.
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.