Xi Chen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and Assistant Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Economics

Research Interests

Aging; Air Pollution; Child; Cognition; Economics; Pensions; Social Behavior; Climate Change; Social Networking

Public Health Interests

Aging; Air Pollution; Child health; Developing Countries (health); Fetal/Infant Development; Global Health; Health behavior; Health Economics; Nutrition; Obesity; Smoking/Tobacco Control; Social inequalities; Social networks

Research Organizations

School of Public Health: YSPH Global Health Concentration

MacMillan Center

Yale Institute for Global Health

Research Summary

Dr. Chen’s research fields involve fetal and early childhood development, population aging and public policies, climate change and health, and quality of life.

Extensive Research Description

Professor Chen currently works on six main projects:

  • Leading a research team to better understand the long lasting impact of air pollution on happiness, mental health, cognitive functioning, productivity, and the economy;
  • Leading investigations on social security reform and healthy aging;
  • Co-leading a team to explores the  linkage between the two ends of life to better understand how early childhood circumstances determine health disparities in old age;
  • Evaluating major medical reforms in China that affect behavior and well-being of 1.4 billion population;
  • Working on a novel transdisciplinary project, the CHALLENGE (China Longitudinal Environmental, Genetic, and Economic Cohort), that studies 30,000 children aged 0-6 years old who were recruited at conception;
  • Co-leading a longitudinal household survey in rural China with a unique social network data collection to better understand social networks and health behaviors.

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