Dr. Chen received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001 and was trained in social demography at the Carolina Population Center. Her research crosscuts a range of areas in demography, family sociology, aging, and quantitative methodology. Four of her major lines of work include women's work and family, intergenerational relations, population aging and health, and simulation studies of structural equation models. Her work has been published in the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Demography, Population Studies, and Sociological Methods and Research. She has received five years of funding for research on grandparents' caregiving in China as a Mentored Research Career Award (K01) from the National Institute of Health (NIH).
Demography, Family and Life Course, Aging, Research Methods and Statistics, Gender and Inequality, esp. in China