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
Principal Investigator. Predictors of drug abuse and relapse among ethnic minorities in Hong Kong: A prospective longitudinal study, Beat Drugs Fund, Narcotics Division, Security Bureau of Hong Kong, 9/2022–11/2024, HK$805,483
Co-Investigator. Health support pilot program for South Asian ethnic groups, Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, 11/2021–10/2024, HK$18,914,000
(*= corresponding author)
1. Chen, X., Lin, F., & Cheng, E.W. (2022). Stratified impacts of infodemic during the COVID-19 pandemic: Cross-sectional survey in 6 Asian jurisdictions. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 24(3): e31088.
2. Chen X., Zhong, H., Zhang, Y. (2022). Local ties, trans-local ties, and substance use among rural-to-urban migrants in China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 19(7), 4233.
3. Jin, L., Chen, X.*, Lin, F., Zou, Y., & Gao, H. (2022). Does education matter for psychological recovery amidst the COVID-19 pandemic? Evidence from a panel survey in Hubei, China. Anxiety, Stress & Coping, 35(1):101-110.
4. Gao, H., Chen, X.*, & Zou, Y. (2022). Bull's eye or typhoon eye? Psychological distress and associated factors in Wuhan and surrounding areas during the COVID-19 pandemic. Global Mental Health. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/gmh.2022.18
5. 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.
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., Gao, H., Zou, Y., & Lin, F. (2020). Changes in psychological well-being, attitude and information-seeking behavior among people at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic: A panel survey of residents in Hubei province, China. Epidemiology and Infection, 148, E201:1-10.
9. 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.
—2021 Asian Journal of Criminology Best Article Award
10. Fong, E., Shibuya, K., & Chen X. (2019). Migration among East and Southeast Asian economies. International Migration, 58 (4): 69-84.
Last Updated: 8 April 2022