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Chuan-Yu Chen, Ph.D.

Associate Investigator
Institute of Population Health Sciences


- Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health (Mental Health, Drug Dependence Epidemiology),M.D. U.S.A.,2003
- M.Sc., National Taiwan University, College of Public Health (Epidemiology), Taiwan, 1995
- B.S., National Taiwan University, College of Medicine (Nursing), Taiwan, 1993


- 2007/08-present Affiliated Assistant Professor, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
- 2005/08-present Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute of Public Health and Department of Social Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan
- 2004/12-present Assistant Investigator, Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Research, National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan
- 2003/04-2004/11 Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA (major: Neurodevelopmental disorders)


Dr. Chen has been engaged in epidemiological research of substance abuse and adolescent mental health problems for about 10 years. Her research interests mainly focus on (1) drug dependence epidemiology; and (2) neurodevelopmenetal disorders in childhood. Dr. Chen’s current research projects include (1) epidemiology of child and adolescent mental disorders in Taiwan (Primary Projects of NHRI); and (2) early life’s alcohol offers, use and expectancy in the context of development and family (the NSC Project).


In the past five years, Dr. Chen has been productive in the areas of research on adolescent drug use behaviors and problems. As demonstrated by a number of scientific articles published in several peer-reviewed journals on substance use and public health, one official report published by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), and two book chapters. Her work has appeared in Addiction, American Journal of Epidemiology, American Journal of Public Health, Pediatrics, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, among others.


- Development Award, Johns Hopkins University Center for Adolescent Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, 2003-2004.
- The Morton Kramer Award for the Application of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in Research on the Prevention and Control of Mental Disorders, Department of Mental Health, 2003.
- Introduced to Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 2003.
- Master Thesis Award, Health Education and Promotion, Taiwan Public Health Association October 1996, Taiwan.


1. Chen CY, Liu CY, Su WC, Huang SL, Lin KM. Factors associated with the diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders: A population-based longitudinal study. Pediatric 2007;119: 435-443.

2. Chen CY, Lawlor J, Duggan AK, Hardy JB, Eaton WW. Mild cognitive impairment in early life and mental health condition in adulthood. American Journal of Public Health 2006; 96:1772-1778.

3. Chen CY, Chen WC, Lew-Ting CY, Lee CM, Yen CF, Chen DR, Hsiao CK, Lin CC, Yang MJ, Lai TJ, Chen WJ. Employment experience in relation to alcohol, tobacco, and betel nut use among youth in Taiwan. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2006; 84: 273-280.

4. Chen CY, Storr CL, Anthony JC. Parenting Practices and The First Chance to Try Cannabis. Pediatrics 2005, 115:1631-1639.

5. Chen CY, Dormitzer CM, Bejarano J, Anthony JC. Religiosity and the Earliest Stages of Adolescent Drug Involvement in Seven Countries of Latin America. American Journal of Epidemiology 2004, 159:1180-1188.

6. Chen CY, Dormitzer CM, Vittetoe K, Gutierrez U, Gonzales G, Anthony JC. The Adolescent Behavioral Repertoire as a Context for Drug Exposure: Behavioral Autarcesis at Play. Addiction 2004, 99: 897-906.

7. Storr CL, Chen CY, Anthony JC. ‘Unequal Opportunity’ — Neighborhood Disadvantage and the Chance to Buy Illegal Drugs. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2004, 58: 231-237.

8. Chen CY, Anthony JC. Epidemiological Estimates of Risk in the Process of Becoming Dependent upon Cocaine: Cocaine Hydrochloride Powder vs. Crack Cocaine. Psychopharmacology 2004, 172: 78-86.