Prof. Dr. Edith Chen

Edith Chen is currently the Canada Research Chair in Health and Society, and Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. This summer she will be moving to Northwestern University to begin a joint appointment as Professor of Psychology and Fellow of the Institute for Policy Research. Dr. Chen received a B.A. from Harvard University, her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in clinical psychology, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. She has received numerous honors, including the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Health Psychology, the Young Investigator Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the Donald K. Routh Early Career Award from the Society of Pediatric Psychology. Dr. Chen’s research seeks to understand why poverty is associated with poor physical health outcomes in children, with a focus on the psychological and biological mechanisms that explain these relationships.