Julia Cen Chen, PhD, MPP

Dr. Priscah Mujura

Division of Intramural Research
Email: Julia.Chen@nih.gov
Phone: 301-827-0343

Dr. Julia Chen is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Intramural Program of the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). She is working on multiple research projects related to tobacco use patterns among vulnerable populations such as youth, young adults, and racial and ethnic minority groups. Dr. Chen is interested in investigating the use and perceptions of flavored tobacco products among vulnerable populations. Specifically, she is examining how flavored tobacco use may contribute to the progression of tobacco use behavior and the establishment of nicotine dependence among the vulnerable populations and the dual use of flavored e-cigarettes and combustible tobacco products among young adult smokers. Additionally, Dr. Chen is also interested in examining the impact of flavored tobacco sales restrictions on preventing and reducing tobacco use among vulnerable communities.

Dr. Chen is currently serving as the co-chair of the membership subcommittee, Adolescent Network at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT). She is also an associate editor for the journal of Tobacco Regulatory Science and serves as the ad-hoc reviewer for multiple research journals.

Dr. Chen previously worked as a research analyst at the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, Maryland Department of Health. For this position, she produced multiple reports highlighting the health disparities observed among the racial and ethnic minority groups in Maryland.

Dr. Chen received her Master of Public Policy degree in 2012 from School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University and her Ph.D. degree in behavioral and community health in 2018 from School of Public Health, the University of Maryland.

Selected Publications

  • Chen, JC., Das, B., Mead, EL, Borzekowski, DLG. (2017). Flavored E-cigarette and Cigarette Smoking Susceptibility Among Youth. Tobacco Regulatory Science, 3(1), 68-80.
  • Chen, JC. (2018). Current Flavored E-cigarette Use and Past-Year Cigarette Smoking Reduction and Cessation Among U.S. Young Adults. Substance Use and Misuse. 2018 Apr 6:1-15. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2018.1455704.
  • Borzekowski, DLG., Chen, JC. (2016). Tobacco Cues in India: An Ecological Momentary Assessment. Journal of Tobacco Induced Diseases. 14(16).
  • Soong, A., Chen, JC., Borzekowski, DLG. (2015). Using Ecological Momentary Assessment to Study Tobacco Behavior in Urban India: There’s an App for That. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 4(2).