Professor of Psychology 


B.A., M.A., Nanjing University,P.R. China: M.S., Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1998

Phone: (419) 372-2462

Email: ywchen@bgsu.edu

Office: Psychology Building 244

Taking Graduate Students:  Yes

Sponsoring Undergraduate Research:  Yes

Research Interests:

  • Cognitive Functions and Change in Late Adulthood
  • Cross-Cultural Difference in Values and Beliefs
  • Psychological Well-Being of Adolescents and Adults
  • Stress,Coping, and Emotion Regulation

Selected Publications:

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.

Chen, Y., Lee, Y., Pethtel, O., Gutowitz, M. S., & Kirk, R. M. (2012).  Age differences in goal concordance, time use, and well-being.  Educational Gerontology, 38, 342-352.

Chen, Y., Ma, X., & Pethtel, O. (2011).  Age differences in tradeoff decisions: Older adults prefer choice deferral.  Psychology and Aging, 26, 269-273.

Pethtel, O., & Chen, Y. (2010).  Cross-cultural aging in cognitive and affective components of subjective well-being. Psychology and Aging, 25, 725-729.

Chen, Y., & Ma, X. (2009).  Age differences in risky decisions:  The role of anticipated emotions.  Educational Gerontology, 35,575-586.

Courses Frequently Taught:

  • PSYC 3090. Psychology of Adult Development and Aging
  • PSYC 3100. Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 7360. Psychology of Adult Development and Aging
  • PSYC 7930. Developmental Forum