Professor, Department 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: Room 244, Psychology Building
Lab Page: N/A

Taking Graduate Students? Yes
Sponsoring Undergraduate Research? Yes

Research Interests:

I have three lines of research.  First, I study age-related differences in cognitive and socio-emotional processes and how these differences may impact adult decision making.  For example, my graduate student Jennifer Crawford examines how discrete emotions may influence monetary decisions of young and older adults.  My second line of research focuses on stress, coping, and psychological well-being of adults, especially minority adults.  I have published extensively on PWB of Chinese American elderly as well as international students.  Third, my colleagues and I currently work with Bowling Green K-12 school teachers to investigate educators’ emotional labor before and after the pandemic.

Selected Publications:

Chen, Y., Liang, Y., Zhang, W., Crawford, J., Sakel, K. L., & Dong, X. (2019). Perceived Stress and Cognitive Decline among U.S. Chinese Elderly. Journal of American Geriatric Society, 67, S519-S524. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.15606

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 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

Updated: 05/18/2021 06:12PM