Juan Chen

 

Associate Professor

Department of Applied Social Sciences

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

 

Phone: (852) 3400 3689

E-mail: ssjuanc@polyu.edu.hk



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

 

2013-         Associate Professor, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

2016-         Associate Head, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

2007-2013  Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

 

Professional Qualifications


2013-        RSW Registered Social Worker, Social Workers Registration Board, Hong Kong   

 

education

 

2007         PhD in Social Work and Political Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor           

2002         MSW Master of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2000         MA in Political Science, Peking University, Beijing

1997         BA in Political Science and Law, Peking University, Beijing

 

academic focus

 

Migration and urbanization; health and mental health; help seeking and service use; community governance; social service provision; poverty and welfare reform; survey research.

 

Research Projects

 

As Principal Investigator (PI):

 

Beyond Hukou: Integration into Urban Life of In-situ Urbanized Rural Residents in Chinese Cities, funded by the General Research Fund (GRF), the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, HK$1,020,000, 2017-2019.

 

Research on Social Policy and Social Change, funded by the Li & Fung China Social Policy Research Fund, Victor and William Fung Foundation Limited, HK$2,728,000, 2016-2019.

 

Seeking Help for Mental Health Problems in Hong Kong: The Influence of Family, funded by the General Research Fund (GRF), the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, HK$988,500, 2015-2017.

 

Structural Inadequacies or Cultural Constraints? Deciphering Barriers to Seeking Help for Mental Health Problems in Urban China, funded by the General Research Fund (GRF), the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, HK$598,659, 2013-2015. 

Migration Dynamics and Migrant Integration: Constructing Longitudinal Multi-Level Data on Mainland China, funded by the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, US$42,500, 2010-2012.

 

Migration Dynamics and Migrant Integration: Reaching the Migrant Population through a National Longitudinal Survey in Mainland China, funded by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK$150,000, 2010-2012, and the General Research Fund (GRF), the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, HK$518,560, 2011-2012.

 

Patterns of Help Seeking and Barriers to Service Use in Urban China¡ªA Pilot Survey in Beijing, funded by the Departmental General Research Grant, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK$99,973, 2009-2010.
 

As Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI):

 

Community and Population Aging in Hong Kong: An Extension of the Hong Kong Panel Study of Social Dynamics (HKPSSD), funded by the Collaborative Research Fund (CRF), the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, HK$4,939,971, 2017-2020; PI: Wu Xiaogang, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

 

From Prevention to Community Integration:  Service Models, Intervention Strategies, and Outcome Evaluation for Recovery from Severe Mental Illness in Chinese Communities (Hong Kong and Beijing), funded by Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK$1,407,947, 2017-2019; PI: Hector Tsang, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

 

As Co-Investigator (Co-I):

 

Social and Cultural Capital in the Creation of Human and Health Capital: A Mixed Methods Comparative Study of Cross-border, Immigrant, Native-born Children in Hong Kong and HK-born Children in the Mainland, funded by the General Research Fund (GRF), the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, HK$649,500, 2016-2018; PI: Wu Qiaobing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

 

Childrearing at a Distance: Development of an Evidence-Based Parent Support Group and Education Program for Migrant Mothers of Left-behind Children in China, funded by the General Research Fund (GRF), the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, HK$ 536,140, 2016-2017; PI: To Siu-ming, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

 

Social and Cultural Capital in the Creation of Human and Health Capital: A Comparative Study of Cross-border, Immigrant and Local Students in Hong Kong, funded by the Social Science Collaborative Research Fund, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HK$159,684, 2014-2016; PI: Wu Qiaobing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

 

The Attitudes of Local Residents toward Rural Labor Migrants in Pearl River Delta, China, funded by the Faculty of Social Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HK$124,287, 2014-2015; PI: Tong Yuying, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

 

Hong Kong Panel Study of Social Dynamics (HK-PSSD), funded by the Strategic Public Policy Research (SPPR), the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong, HK$3,960,000, 2009-2014; PI: Wu Xiaogang, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

 

Changing Chinese Attitudes toward Inequality and Distributive Injustice: A 5-Year Follow-up Survey, funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation, US$119,439, 2009-2011; PI: Martin K. Whyte, Harvard University.

 

Families in Transition: Investigating New Family Models and Family Dynamics in Mainland China, funded by the Large Scale Research Grant, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK$1 million, 2008-2010; PI: Sung Chan Po-lin Pauline, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

 

publications

 

Journal Articles:

 

Chen, J. (forthcoming). Some People May Need It, But Not Me, Not Now: Seeking Professional Help for Mental Health Problems in Urban China. Transcultural Psychiatry.

Chen, J. & Zhu, S. (2016). Online Information Searches and Help Seeking for Mental Health Problems in Urban China. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 43(4), 535-545. DOI: 10.1007/s10488-015-0657-6.

Zhu, S. & Chen, J. (2016). E-commerce Use in Urbanizing China: The Role of Normative Social Influence. Behaviour & Information Technology, 35(5), 357-367. DOI: 10.1080/0144929X.2016.1160286.

Chen, J., Davis, D.S., Wu, K., & Dai, H. (2015). Life Satisfaction in Urbanizing China: The Effect of City Size and Pathways to Urban Residency. Cities, 49, 88-97. DOI: doi:10.1016/j.cities.2015.07.011.

Chen, J., Chen, S., & Landry, P.F. (2015). Urbanization and Mental Health in China: Linking the 2010 Population Census with a Cross-sectional Survey. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(8), 9012-9024. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph120809012.

Chen, J. & Chen, S. (2015). Mental Health Effects of Perceived Living Environment and Neighborhood Safety in Urbanizing China. Habitat International, 46, 101-110. DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2014.11.002.

Chen, J., Chen, S., Landry, P.F., & Davis, D.S. (2014). How Dynamics of Urbanization Affect Physical and Mental Health in Urban China. China Quarterly, 220, 988-1011. DOI: 10.1017/S0305741014001465.

Chen, J. (2013). Chronic Conditions and Receipt of Treatment among Urbanized Rural Residents in China. BioMed Research International, 2013, Article ID 568959, 8 pages. DOI: 10.1155/2013/568959.

Chen, J., Chen, S., & Landry, P.F. (2013). Migration, Environmental Hazards, and Health Outcomes in China. Social Science & Medicine, 80, 85-95. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.12.002.

Chen, J. (2013). Perceived Discrimination and Subjective Well-being among Rural-to-Urban Migrants in China. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 40(1), 131-156.

Zhu, S. & Chen, J. (2013). The Digital Divide in Individual E-commerce Utilization in China: Results from a National Survey. Information Development, 29(1), 69-80. DOI: 10.1177/0266666912450168.

Kim, I., Chen, J., & Spencer, M.S. (2012). Social Determinants of Health and Mental Health among Asian Americans in the United States. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 3(4), 346-361. DOI: 10.5243/jsswr.2012.21.

Chen, J., Wu, K., & Sung, P. (2012). Families on the Move in China: Challenges, Strategies, and Implications. China Journal of Social Work, 5(2), 109-122. DOI: 10.1080/17525098.2012.669724.

Chen, J. (2012). Seeking Help for Psychological Distress in Urban China. Journal of Community Psychology, 40(3), 319-341. DOI: 10.1002/jcop.20513.

Chen, J. (2011). Internal Migration and Health: Re-examining the Healthy Migrant Phenomenon in China. Social Science & Medicine, 72(8), 1294-1301. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.02.016.

Wu, K., Sung-Chan, P., & Chen, J. (2011). Re-uniting Family among Rural Migrants in Beijing. Ethnology, 50(4), 305-317.

Chen, J. & Takeuchi, D.T. (2011). Intermarriage, Ethnic Identity, and Perceived Social Standing among Asian Women in the U.S. Journal of Marriage and Family, 73(4), 876-888. DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2011.00853.x.

Spencer, M.S., Chen, J., Gee, G.C., Fabian, C., & Takeuchi, D.T. (2010). Discrimination and Mental Health-Related Service Use in a National Study of Asian Americans. American Journal of Public Health, 100(12), 2410-2417. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.176321.

Chen, J. & Corcoran, M.E. (2010). Temporary Employment and the Transition from Welfare to Work. Social Service Review, 84(2), 175-200. DOI: 10.1086/653457.

Chen, J., Gee, G.C., Spencer, M.S., Danziger, S.H., & Takeuchi, D.T. (2009). Perceived Social Standing among Asian Immigrants in the U.S.: Do Reasons for Immigration Matter? Social Science Research, 38(4), 858-869. DOI: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2009.06.003.

Chen, J. (2009). Coordinating Community Organizations in Urban China. International Journal of Social Welfare, 18(4), 385-394. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2008.00613.x.

Yang, M. & Chen, J. (2009). The ¡°Rule of Law¡± in China: If It Has Been Built, Do People Know about It? The China Review, 9(1), 123-145.

Gee, G.C., Spencer, M.S., Chen, J., Yip, T., & Takeuchi, D.T. (2007). The Association between Self-Reported Racial Discrimination and 12-Month DSM-IV Mental Disorders among Asian Americans Nationwide. Social Science & Medicine, 64(10), 1984-1996. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2007.02.013.

Gee, G.C., Spencer, M.S., Chen, J., & Takeuchi, D.T. (2007). A Nationwide Study of Discrimination and Chronic Health Conditions among Asian Americans. American Journal of Public Health, 97(7), 1275-1282. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2006.091827.

Gee, G.C., Chen, J., Spencer, M.S., See, M.S., Kuester, O.A., Tran, D., & Takeuchi, D.T. (2006). Social Support as a Buffer for Perceived Unfair Treatment among Filipino Americans: Differences between San Francisco and Honolulu. American Journal of Public Health, 96(4), 677-684. DOI:10.2105/AJPH.2004.060442.

Spencer, M.S. & Chen, J. (2004). Effect of Discrimination on Mental Health Service Utilization among Chinese Americans. American Journal of Public Health, 94(5), 809-814.

 

Book Chapters:

 

Chen, J. (forthcoming). Migration and Urban Mental Health in China. In Niels Okkels, Christina B. Kristiansen, and Povl Munk-Jørgensen (Eds.), Mental Health and Illness Worldwide: Mental Health and Illness in Urban Living, Springer.

Chen, J. (forthcoming). Rural-to-urban Migrants: Access to Welfare Services and Integration into Urban Life. In Beatriz Carrillo Garcia, Johanna Hood, & Paul Kadetz (Eds.), Handbook of Welfare in China, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

Chen, J., & Gallagher, M.E. (2013). Urban Social Insurance Provision: Regional and Ownership Variations. In D. Besharov & K. Baehler (Eds.), Chinese Social Policy in a Time of Transition (pp. 86-100), New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


Policy Papers:

 

Chen, J., Davis, D.S., & Landry, P.F. (2017). Beyond Hukou Reform: Enhancing Human-Centered Urbanization in China (in both English and Chinese). Paulson Policy Memoranda (February 23, 2017), Paulson Institute.

 

Presentations

 

Conference Presentations:

 

Chen, J. The Influence of Family in Mental Health Help Seeking and Service Use: A Systematic Review. Paper presented at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, Seoul, Korea, June 27-30, 2016.

Chen, J. Somebody May Need It, But Not Me, Not Now: Developing Professional Mental Health Services in Urban China. Paper presented at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, Seoul, Korea, June 27-30, 2016.

Chen, J. Not Me, Not Now: Seeking Professional Help for Mental Health Problems in Urban China. Paper presented as the International Symposium on Migrant Health Policy and Research in China, Guangzhou, China, September 6-8, 2015.

Chen, J. Preferences of Family, Community, and Residential Elder Care in Urban China. Paper presented at the 19th International Symposium of the International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD), Singapore, July 7-10, 2015.

Chen, J. Urbanization and Subjective Well-being: Exploring County-level Variations in China. Paper presented at the 19th International Symposium of the International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD), Singapore, July 7-10, 2015.

Chen, J. Online Information Search and Help Seeking for Mental Health Problems in China. Paper presented at the 19th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), New Orleans, LA, USA, January 14-18, 2015.

Chen, J. Stigma or Privilege? Perceptions of Residential Elder Care in China. Paper presented at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, Melbourne, Australia, July 9-12, 2014.

Chen, J. Seeking Help for Psychological Distress on the Internet: The Case of China. Paper presented at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, Melbourne, Australia, July 9-12, 2014.

Chen, J. Neighborhood Effects on Mental Health in Urbanizing China. Paper presented at the Asia Mental Health Conference, Hong Kong, 22 November, 2013.

Chen, J. Chronic Conditions, Health Insurance and Receipt of Treatment in China. Paper presented at the 17th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Diego, CA, USA, January 16-20, 2013.

Chen, J., Chen, S., & Landry, P.F. Inequality in Exposures to Environmental Hazards and Resulting Health Outcomes in China. Paper presented at the 2nd Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: Action and Impact, Stockholm, Sweden, July 8-12, 2012.

Chen, J. The Experience and Consequences of Perceived Discrimination among Rural-to-Urban Migrants in China. Paper presented at the 2nd Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: Action and Impact, Stockholm, Sweden, July 8-12, 2012.

Chen, J. The Healthy Migrant Paradox? Internal Migration and Health in China. Paper presented at the 15th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Tampa, FL, USA, January 12-16, 2011.

Chen, J. Challenges and Strengths of Families on the Move in China. Paper presented at the Coping Resilience & Hope Building, Asia Pacific Regional Conference, Brisbane, Australia, July 9-11, 2010.

Chen, J., Wu, K., & Sung, P. Families on the Move in China: Challenges, Strategies, and Implications for Policy and Practice. Paper presented at the 2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: The Agenda, Hong Kong, June 10-14, 2010.

Chen, J., Wu, K., & Sung, P. Families on the Move in China: Challenges, Strategies, and Implications for Policy and Practice (in Chinese). Paper presented at the Li & Fung China Social Policy Summit: China's Social Policy and Development in Reform Period, the PolyU-PKU China Social Work Research Centre, Beijing, China, March 11-12, 2010.

Chen, J., Wu, K., & Sung, P. The Concept of ¡°¼Ò (jia)¡± among Migrant Populations in Urban China. Paper presented at the International Conference on Gender Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, June 26-29, 2009.

Chen, J. & Gallagher, M.E. Social Insurance Provision in Urban China: Variations according to Region and Workplace Ownership. Paper presented at the APPAM International Conference ¡°Asian Social Protection in Comparative Perspective,¡± Singapore, January 7-9, 2009.

Chen, J. Who Is Faring Better? Who Is Feeling Better? A Comparison of Objective vs. Subjective Economic Well-being among Asian Immigrants in the U.S. Paper presented at the 15th International Consortium for Social Development, Hong Kong, July 16-20, 2007.

Chen, J. Post-1965 Asian Immigrants to the U.S.: Gender Differences and Effects of Immigration Policy. Paper presented at the 2006 Policy Conference ¡°Shifting the Tide: Challenges for Policy Practice,¡± Washington, D.C., USA, June 16-19, 2006.

Chen, J. & Corcoran, M.E. Temporary Employment and Welfare-to-Work. Paper presented at the 9th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Miami, FL, January 13-16, 2005.

Chen, J. & Spencer, M.S. Barriers to Mental Health Service Utilization among Chinese Americans. Paper presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 11-15, 2002.

 

Invited Lectures/Seminars:

 

Chen, J. Research on Help Seeking for Mental Health Problems among City Dwellers: Implications for Family and Community Service Development. The 7th Conference on MSW Education: Family Service and Community Development in Transitional China, PKU-PolyU China Social Work Research Centre, Peking University, Beijing, China, March 11-12, 2017.

Chen, J. Pathways to Urban Residency and Subjective Well-being in Beijing, China. From Chicago to Shenzhen: ¡®The City¡¯ at One Hundred, International Workshop on Urban Research and Theory, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, June 6-7, 2016.

Chen, J. Research Dissemination: Scientific Publication and Beyond. Symposium on Social Work Practice Research, PKU-PolyU China Social Work Research Centre, Peking University, Beijing, China, March 22-23, 2014.

Chen, J. Urbanization and Mental Health in China. Pearl River Delta Social Research Centre, Department of Sociology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, March 6, 2014.

Chen, J. The 7th Research Salon: Care for the Aging in the 21st Century¡ªfrom the Engineering to Social Aspects. Research Office, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, June 7, 2013.

Chen, J. Graduate Student Seminar: Doing Research in Social Work. College of Social Work, China Youth University for Political Sciences, Beijing, China, October 10, 2010.

Chen, J., Patterns of Help Seeking and Barriers to Service Use: Results of a Pilot Survey in Beijing. Paper presented at the Research Seminar Series, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, March 22, 2010.

Chen, J. Asian Intermarriage, Ethnic Identity, and Perceived Social Standing. Paper presented at the Center for Demography and Sustainable Development, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, November 5, 2008.

Chen, J. Are We Achieving the American Dream? Asian Immigrant Women and Perceived Social Mobility. Paper presented at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, November 1, 2006.

 

Research Mentorship

 

PhD:                LI Ruozhu, Chief Supervisor (2014-present)

                        LU Wei, Chief Supervisor (2009-2013)

 

 MPhil:             HO Wai-lun David, Chief Supervisor (2008-2010)

 

Visiting PhD:   Marlon SEROR (France), Paris School of Economics (2015)
                        Malgorzata OSINSKA (Poland), Zhejiang University (2015)

 

courses taught

 

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University:

 

Postgraduate:

Philosophies and Paradigms in Social Work Research (DSW)

Guided Study: Research Methodology (Research Student)

Social Policy and Social Services in China (MSW China)

Dissertation Workshops and Seminars (MSW China)

Integrative Project (MSW & MA in Social Work)

Practice Research (MA in Social Work)

 

Undergraduate:

Research for Policy and Administration (BA in Social Policy and Administration)

Capstone Project (BA in Social Policy and Administration)

Social Planning and Policy Making Process (BA in Social Policy and Administration)

Civil Society and Governance (BA in Social Policy and Administration)

Government and Public Administration (BA in Social Policy and Administration)

Social Policy (BA in Social Work & BA in Social Policy and Administration)

 

University of Michigan:

 

Postgraduate:

Introduction to Social Welfare Policy and Services (MSW)

Statistical and Programming Consulting (Political Science)

 

Undergraduate:

Contemporary Issues in American Politics (Political Science)

Introduction to American Politics (Political Science)

 

Professional & Community Services

 

Professional Services:

 

Editorial Board Member:                                            

China Journal of Social Work (2008-present)

 

Ad Hoc Journal Reviewer:

Aging and Mental Health

American Journal of Public Health

Applied Research in Quality of Life

Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development

Asian and Pacific Migration Journal

Asian Population Studies

Asian Social Work and Policy Review

British Medical Bulletin

China Journal of Social Work

Chinese Sociological Review

Cities

Ethnicity and Health

International Journal of Social Psychiatry

Journal of Affective Disorders

Journal of Asian Public Policy

Journal of Family Social Work

Journal of Health and Social Behavior

Journal of Marriage and Family

Journal of Social Policy

Journal of Urban Affairs

Population and Environment

Population Research and Policy Review

Social Indicators Research

Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

Social Science and Medicine

Social Science Research

Social Service Review

Social Transformations in Chinese Societies

The China Review

The Lancet

 

Panel Member for HKCAAVQ Accreditation:

Master of Public Policy and Governance, Hong Kong Institute of Education (December 2015)

 

External Examiner for Academic Program:

Social Science Programmes, Community College at Lingnan University (2014-2017)

 

External Reviewer for Tenure Promotion:

Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, University of Hawaii at Manoa (October 2014)

 

External Examiner for MPhil/PhD Thesis:

PhD, Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (July 2016)

PhD, Division of Social Science, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (July 2016)

MPhil, Department of Sociology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (June 2014)

MPhil, School of Management, Australian School of Business, UNSW (May 2014)

 

University/Faculty/Department Services:

 

University Services:

Member, Committee on General University Requirements (CoGUR) (2015-2017)

Coordinator, Sub-committee on Human Nature, Relations and Development (HRD) (2015-2017)

Member, University Grievance and Appeal Committee (2014-2016)

 

Faculty Services:

Member, Faculty Research Committee (2016-present)

 

Department Committees:

Chair, Departmental Research Committee (2016-present)

Member, Departmental Staffing Committee (2015-present)

Member, China Research and Development Network Management Committee (2014-present)

Deputy Chair, Departmental Research Committee (2013-2016)

Member, Departmental Staff Development Committee (2012-2015)

 

Department Programmes:

Program Tutor, Doctor of Social Work (2015-present)

Member, BA in Applied Ageing Studies and Service Management Program Planning Committee (2015-present)

Deputy Chair, Working Group on Academic Development Proposals (2014-2015)

Program Tutor, Master of Arts in Social Work (Family) (2014-2015)

Program Tutor, Master of Social Work (2012-2014)

Member, Doctoer of Social Work Program Planning Committee (2007-2008)

 

Other Professional Affiliations/Activities:

 

Adjunct Research Fellow, The Research Center for Contemporary China, Peking University (2014-present)

External Member, Pearl River Delta Social Research Centre, Department of Sociology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2014-present)

Faculty Member, Yale-CUHK Summer Seminar: Assessing the Penalties of Rural Birth. Department of Sociology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (May-June 2012)

 

Last update: May 10, 2017.