Dr. Chen earned her B.A. in Psychology at Hunter College (City University of New York), her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Educational Psychology with a supporting area in Developmental Psychology at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and completed post-doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.
Dr. Chen has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in Psychology for 14 years at various state and private college and university systems in CT.
When Dr. Chen first started college teaching many years ago for the state university system, her undergraduate students were all single, in the 18-21 age group, and lived in on-campus housing for the most part with very few living off campus. Her undergraduate and graduate students today span an age range of 40 years, most live off campus, all hold jobs, and most juggle raising children, working, and going to school. Both their learning styles and time restraints necessitate some creative teaching skills.
Her teaching philosophy in working with this wide age span of university learners has had to evolve to include both “content and process”. Dr. Chen wants her students to not only learn and apply the concepts and techniques of the subject matter, but also to assume the “mindset” of a human services professional with whomever (teacher, staff, parent, probation officer, attorney, community mental health professional, physician, psychiatrist, and the like) he or she is working with and in whatever context or setting (urban, suburban, rural, multicultural, non-profit, school, corporate) they find themselves. This “mindset” develops as a result of taking domain-specific knowledge acquired through training and integrating it with one’s interpersonal strengths to inspire one’s clients or colleagues toward positive outcomes and eventual systemic change for the better. Dr. Chen believes her students are the future of tomorrow.
During her career as a psychologist, Dr. Chen has authored many research articles, including textbook chapters, in the areas of learning and multi-cultural assessment, worked as an industrial psychologist in corporate management, research and development, customer service, and marketing functions, and, for over 25 years, has been a school psychologist practitioner, consultant, and graduate program internship supervisor in Connecticut. Dr. Chen has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of learning and social/emotional/behavioral difficulties among children, youth, and young adults from diverse backgrounds.
Dr. Chen was born and raised in New York City and has lived in rural CT for most of her life.
She has a son who graduated from college May 2011 and is working in Madison, WI. Dr. Chen’s interests include art, amateur photography, music, theater, reading, gourmet cooking, and travel. On her “to do” list - to take professional courses in photography, to take up cross-country skiing, and to “resurrect” her golf and tennis skills.