Qi Chen is a Ph.D. student at The University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work. She completed her Bachelor of Philosophy from Sun Yat-sen University, China. She was a licensed psychological counselor in China and practiced counseling with college students at Sun Yat-sen University Student Education and Counseling Center prior
to coming came to the United States.

Chen earned her Master of Social Work with a concentration in direct practice from the University of Pittsburgh. She worked as a project coordinator on several NIH- and NIDA- funded Randomized Clinical Controlled Trials with patients who misused opioid pain medication and with advanced cancer patients in the School of Social Work and School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh after graduation. This work provided her with the opportunity to publish in high impact journals including the Journal of Behavioral Health, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, and Journal of Pharmacist Association.

Chen”s current research focus is to 1) understand dyadic functioning and coping for cancer patients and their family caregivers and 2) develop effective couple intervention for cancer patients regarding communication and intimacy. Her post-MSW experience working with various health professionals such as pharmacists, psychologists, psychiatrists and nurses in the hospital and community setting also intrigued her interests in interprofessional collaboration and education.

Chen is working with professors  Barbara Jones, Mary Velasquez and Kirk von Sternberg on different projects in the LiveStrong Cancer Institutes, Department of Health Social Work and Health Behavior Research and Training Institute.

Professional Interests

Dyadic coping and functioning for cancer patients and their family caregivers; reproductive health service and effective couple intervention for young adult cancer patients; communication in cancer care and interprofessional education