Yiyen “Star” Chen

Degrees:  BA; MPH, 2012, Johns Hopkins University; M.A., Psychology, University of Connecticut, 2014; Ph.D. expected, 2018
Blair T. Johnson
Lab webpage:
SHARP Research Laboratory
Research Interests:
  • Behavioral strategies to reduce HIV risk and enhance AIDS care
  • Multivariate models
Research Synopsis: My research interest broadly defined is anything related to the reduction of HIV transmission through social and behavioral approaches. It could be related to enhancing medication adherence among HIV infectors, reducing sexual risks among HIV sero-discordant couples, or statistical modeling of the pattern of psycho-social constructs and risk behaviors. My very recent research is focused on HIV infectivity beliefs and sexual risk behaviors.
Representative Publications:
Chen ,Y., Chen, K., Kalichman, S.C. (2017) Barriers to HIV Medication Adherence as a Function of Regimen Simplification. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 51(1):67-78.

Chen, Y., Li, X., Shen, Z., Zhou, Y., Tang, Z., Huedo-Medina, T.B.  (2015). Contextual Influence on Condom Use in Commercial Sex Venues: a Multi-level Analysis among Female Sex Workers and Gatekeepers in Guangxi, China. Social Science Research, 50(5):642-52.

Chen, Y., Li, X., Shen, Z., Zhou, Y., Tang, Z. (2015). Drinking Reasons and Alcohol Problems by Work Venue among Female Sex Workers in Guangxi, China. Substance Use and Misuse, 52:124-31.

Chen, Y., Kalichman, S. C. (2015). Synergistic effects of food insecurity and drug use on medication adherence among people living with HIV infection. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 38(3):397-406.

Chen, Y., Li, X., Zhou, Y., Shen, Z., Tang, Z. (2013). Alcohol and sexual risk: an event-level analysis in commercial sex setting. Addictive Behaviors, 38(12): 2888–92.

Chen Y, Li X, Zhou Y, Wen X, Wu D. (2013). Perceived peer engagement in HIV-related sexual risk behaviors and self-reported risk-taking among female sex workers in Guangxi, China. AIDS Care, 25(9):1114-21.

Chen, Y. (2013). Treatment-Related Optimistic Beliefs and Risk of HIV Transmission: A Review of Recent Findings (2009-2012) in an Era of Treatment as Prevention. Current HIV/AIDS Reports, 10(1):79-88.

Chen, Y., Li, X., Zhang, C., Hong, Y., Zhou, Y., Liu, W. (2013). Alcohol Use and Sexual Risks: Use of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) Among Female Sex Workers in China. Health Care for Women International. 34(2):122-38.

Chen, Y., Latkin, C., Celentano, D.D., Yang, X., Xia, G., Li, X., Miao, J., Surkan, J.P. (2012). Delineating interpersonal communication networks: A study of the diffusion of an intervention among female entertainment workers in Shanghai, China. AIDS Behavior,16(7):2004-14.

Chen, Y., Li, X., Fang, X., Lin, X., Chen, W., Guo, W. (2012). Alcohol Consumption in Relation to Work Environment and Key Social Demographic Characteristics among Female Sex Workers in China. Substance Use and Misuse, 47(10):1086-99.

Zhang, C., Li, X., Stanton, B., Hong, Y., Chen, Y., Shan, Q., Liu, W., Zhou, Y. (In press). Alcohol use and client-perpetrated sexual violence against female sex workers in China. Psychology, Health & Medicine.

Zhang, C., Li, X., Hong, Y., Chen, Y., Liu, W., Zhou, Y. (2012). Partner Violence and HIV Risk Among Female Sex Workers in China. AIDS Behavior. 16(4):1020-30.

Zhang C, Li X, Hong Y, Stanton B, Chen Y, Zhou Y, Liu W. (2012). Pro-alcohol-use social environment and alcohol use among female sex workers in China: beyond the effects of serving alcohol. World Health and Population,13(4):15-27.

Chen, Y. (2007) Does Social Education Start from Breaking Ideals? Social Outlook, 11: 38.