Dr. CHEN Yu-Chih

Yu-Chih Chen’s research focuses on social determinants of healthy aging, with an emphasis on how economic and social/productive behavioral factors shape well-being and physical, mental, and cognitive health in later life. Guided by the life course perspective and cumulative model, Dr. Chen examines how these determinants contribute to inequality and disparity of health across a life course. Methodologically, he uses quantitative and cross-national/cultural comparative approach to examine the connections between social determinants, health, and life course, with a current project focusing on how longitudinal trajectory and patterns of activity vary by China, Korea, and US. Dr. Chen is an Assistant Professor in Social Work and Social Administration at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Prior to joining HKU, he earned his PhD from Washington University in St. Louis and MSW/BSW from National Taiwan University.

  • Room no. CJT-505
  • E: yuchih@hku.hk
  • T: (852) 39172079
  • Position: Assistant Professor
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Chen, Y. C., Putnam, M., Lee, Y. S., & Morrow-Howell, N. (2019). Activity patterns and health outcomes in later life: The role of nature of engagement. The Gerontologist, 59(4), 698–708. doi: 10.1093/geront/gny23
Halvorsen, C. & Chen, Y. C. (2019). The diversity of interest in later-life entrepreneurship: Results from a nationally representative survey of Americans aged 50 to 70. PLoS One, 14(6), e0217971. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0217971
Chen, Y. C., Wang, Y., Cooper, B., McBride, T., Chen, H., Wang, D., Lai, C. Y., Montemuro, L. C., & Morrow-Howell, N. (2018). A research note on challenges of cross-national aging research: An example of productive activities across three countries. Research on Aging, 40(1), 54–71. doi:10.1177/0164027516678997
Wang, Y., Chen, Y. C., Shen, H. W., & Morrow-Howell, N. (2018). Neighborhood and depressive symptoms: A comparison of rural and urban Chinese older adults. The Gerontologist, 58(1), 68–78. doi:10.1093/geront/gnx063
Chao, S. F. & Chen, Y. C. (2018). Environment patterns and mental health of older adults in long-term care facilities: The role of activity profiles. Aging & Mental Health, Advanced online publication.