芝加哥大学Chapin Hall 儿童研究中心高级研究人员
Dr. Lijun Chen is a Senior Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and the Part-time Researcher at the Institute of Governance in ShanDong University.
His research interests focus on three areas: (a) the development and general wellbeing of vulnerable children from disadvantaged backgrounds in developing countries such as China, (b) the experiences of children involved in the child welfare system in the US and other developed countries, and (3) evaluation of the performance of service providers and child welfare agencies in the US state child welfare systems. His current work includes a longitudinal study of child wellbeing in different domains in China based on a national family panel survey data and the predictive modeling of the probability of foster care placement after investigation and discharge from care for children in the child welfare systems of several US states.
Chen is proficient in statistical modeling and analysis of longitudinal and survival data, and has worked with different survey and administrative data sets from China and the US to understand the effects of personal attributes, contextual and policy factors on the wellbeing of children. Among the highlights of his prior work are a longitudinal study of NSCAW (National Survey of Child and Adolescent Wellbeing) survey to examine the developmental trajectories of children involved in the child welfare system, and a cross-national study of child disciplinary practices of parents in 30 nations based on UNICEF’s Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS).
Dr. Chen holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago and M.A. in English literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University. He has published in Social Service Review and Children and Youth Service Review.
Wu, X.L., Yang, D.L. & Chen, L. (2017). The Politics of quality-of-life issues: food safety and political trust in China. Journal of Contemporary China 26(106), 601-615.
Chen, L., Yang, D.L., & Ren, Q. (2016). The State of children in China. Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press (China).
Chen, L. &Yang, D.L. (2012). Old age care concerns and state-society relations in China: public anxiety and state paternalism. Journal of Asian Public Policy 5(2), 136-154.
Wulczyn, F., Chen, L., Collins, L. & Ernest, M. (2011). The foster care baby boom revisited: what do the numbers tell us? Zero to Three 31(3), 4-10.
Wulczyn, F., Chen, L., & Courtney, M. (2011). Family reunification in a social structural context. Children and Youth Services Review 33(3), 424-430.
Fluke, J., Wulczyn, F., Casillas, K., Chen, L., & Cappa, C. (2010). Child disciplinary practices at home: Evidence from a range of low and middle-income countries. New York, NY: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Division of Policy and Practice. Available online at http://www.childinfo.org/files/report_Disipl_FIN.pdf.
Wulczyn, F. & Chen, L. (2010). Placement stability and movement trajectories. In Barth, R. & Fernandez E. (Eds.) How does foster care work? International evidence on outcomes. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Wulczyn, F., Chen, L., & Britany, O. (2009). Evaluating contract agency performance in achieving reunification. Children and Youth Services Review 31(5), 506-512.
Wulczyn, F., Smithgall, C., & Chen, L. (2009). Child well-being: the intersection of schools and child welfare. Review of Research in Education 33, 35-62.
Wulczyn, F., Chen, L., & Hislop, K.B. (2006). Adoption dynamics and the Adoption and Safe Families Act. Social Service Review 80(4), 585-608.
Chapin Hall Publications / Chapin Hall研究中心报告
Chen, L., Yang, D.L., & Ren, Q. (2015). Report on the state of children in China. Chicago, IL: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.
Available online at htttps://www.chapinhall.org/research/report/report-state-children-china
Wulczyn, F., Chen, L., & Hislop, K.B. (2007). Foster care dynamics 2000-2005: a Report from the Multistate Foster Care Data Archive. Chicago, IL: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Available online at www.chapinhall.org.
Wulczyn, F., Hislop, K.B., & Chen, L. (2005). Adoption dynamics: an update on the impact of the Adoption and Safe Families Act. Chicago, IL: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Available online at www.chapinhall.org.
Chen, L. & Wulczyn, F. (June 29, 2017). Developmental disparities between urban and rural children in China. Paper presented at the 6th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI), Montreal, Canada.
Chen, L. (March 14, 2016). Findings of the report on the state of children in China. Paper presented at the 中国儿童福利和发展研讨会（Seminar on Child Wellbeing and Development in China）, Beijing, China.
Wulczyn, F., & Chen L. (November 8, 2008). Transition to school: The impact of child welfare services on school readiness. Paper presented at the 30th Annual Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
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