Position: Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1998
Professor Chen’s research focuses on adult age differences in social judgment and decision-making. Specifically, I am interested in how people of different age groups differ in making judgments about other people (e.g., impression formation and causal attribution) and decisions about important choices in their lives (e.g., financial decisions and retirement investment). Instead of simply documenting age differences, I also attempt to address the underlying cognitive and social emotional influences that contribute to these age differences.
Chen, Y., Peng, Y., Ma, X., & Dong, X. (2017). Conscientious Moderates the Relationship Between Perceived Stress and Depressive Symptoms among U.S. Chinese Older Adults. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 72(1), S108-S112. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glw172
Chen, Y., Peng, Y., & Fang, P. (2016). Emotional Intelligence Mediates the Relationship Between Age and Subjective Well-Being among Chinese Workers. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 83(2), 91-107. doi: 10.1177/0091415016648705
Kirk, R., & Chen, Y. (2016). Aging and ageism: The Roles of Identity Processing Styles and Self-Consciousness. In Stereotypes and stereotyping: Misperceptions, perspectives and role of social media. Nova Science Publishers.
Ma, X., & Chen, Y. (2015). Age Differences in Trade-Off Decisions: Different Strategies but Similar Outcomes. Canadian Journal on Aging, 34, 1-10. doi: 10.1017/S0714980815000033
Chen, Y., Wang, J., Kirk, R. M., Pethtel, O., & Kiefner, A. E. (2014). Age Differences in Adaptive Decision Making: The Role of Numeracy. Educational Gerontology, 40, 825-833.
Pethtel, O., & Chen, Y. (2014). Life regrets and life satisfaction in mature adults. The Journal of Happiness and Well-Being, 2, 63-74.
Ye, M. & Chen, Y. (2014). The Influence of Domestic Living Arrangement and Neighborhood Identity on Mental Health among Urban Chinese Elders. Aging and Mental Health, 18, 40-50.
Horhota, M., Mienaltowski, A., & Chen, Y. (2014). Causal attributions across the adult lifespan. In P. Verhaeghen & C. Hertzog (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Emotion, Social Cognition, and Everyday Problem Solving during Adulthood. Oxford University Press: New York, NY.