Dr. Xi Chen was a Research Assistant Professor in the J.C. School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). She obtained a Bachelor degree from Fudan University, China and a Ph.D. degree in Sociology from CUHK. She was a recipient of the Harvard-Yenching Institute Fellowship and was a visiting fellow at Harvard University from 2013-2014. Her work falls into two areas: the social determinants of health and the etiology of substance abuse and addiction. In the first area, she has examined how resources embedded in social networks may affect health-related outcomes. She has published papers assessing how different types of social support affect psychological wellbeing and how different types of social ties influence the wellbeing of rural-to-urban migrants adolescents. In the area of substance abuse, she has investigated the psychosocial factors associated with drug use among the general population and men who have sex with men. She is also interested in the interactive effects between genes and environment (G×E) on addictive behaviors. She has been working on a research project on G×E effects on substance and behavioral addictions among the Chinese population.
Health risk behavior
Interaction between genes and environment
Recent Funded Research Projects
Co-I, Health Support Pilot Programme for South Asian Ethnic Groups, Funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (HK$18,914,000).10/2021—09/2024
(*= corresponding author)
1. Jin, L., Chen, X.*, Lin, F., Zou, Y., & Gao, H. (Forthcoming). Does education matter for psychological recovery amidst the COVID-19 pandemic? Evidence from a panel survey in Hubei, China. Anxiety Stress & Coping.
2. Chen, X. *, Zou, Y., & Gao, H. (2021). Role of neighborhood social support in stress coping and psychological wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from Hubei, China. Health & Place, 69, 102532.
3. Chen, X. * (2021). Strain, school type, and delinquent behavior among migrant adolescents in China. Asian Journal of Criminology, 1-20.
4. Chen, X., Gao, H., Zou, Y., & Lin, F. (2020). Changes in psychological well-being, attitude and information-seeking behaviour among people at the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic: A panel survey of residents in Hubei province, China. Epidemiology and Infection, 148, E201.
5. Gao, H., Zou, Y., & Chen, X. * (2020). A comparative study of residents’ responses between the epicenter and the surrounding areas in Hubei Province during the COVID-19 outbreak. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, 32(8), 447-449.
6. Chen, X., Mo, P.K, Li, J., & Lau, J.T.F (2020). Factors associated with drug use among HIV-Infected men who have sex with men in China. Aids and Behavior, 24(6):1612-1620.
7. Mo, P. K., Chen, X., Lam, E. H., Li, J., Kahler, C. W., & Lau, J. T. (2020). The moderating role of social support on the relationship between anxiety, stigma, and intention to use illicit drugs among HIV-positive men who have sex with men. Aids and Behavior, 24(1):55-64.
8. Chen, X. *, & Cheung, Y. W. (2020). School characteristics, strain, and adolescent delinquency: a test of macro-level strain theory in China. Asian journal of criminology, 15(1), 65-86.
--Winner of 2021 Asian Journal of Criminology Best Article Award
9. Fong, E., Shibuya, K., & Chen X. (2019). Migration among East and Southeast Asian Economies. International Migration, 58 (4): 69-84.
10. Cheung, N.W.T., Cheung, Y. W., & Chen, X. (2016). Permissive attitude towards drug use, life satisfaction, and continuous drug use among psychoactive drug users in Hong Kong. East Asian Archives of Psychiatry, 26(2), 60-69.
Last Updated: 15 September 2021