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Prof. CHEN Xi, Celia

Prof. CHEN Xi, Celia

Assistant Professor





Tel: (852) 2616 7179
Fax: (852) 2456 0737

WYL319, Dorothy Y L Wong Building
Department of Sociology and Social Policy
Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong


Dr. Chen obtained her P.h.D. degree in Sociology from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). She joined Lingnan University in September 2022. Prior to that, she worked as Research Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Fellow at the JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, CUHK. She was a recipient of the Harvard-Yenching Institute Fellowship and was a visiting fellow at Harvard University from 2013-2014. Her research interests include social determinants of health, mental health, substance abuse, health communication, and health inequality. She received the Asian Journal of Criminology Best Article Award in 2021 for the article "School Characteristics, Strain, and Adolescent Delinquency: a Test of Macro-Level Strain Theory in China" (co-authored with Dr. Yuet-wah Cheung).

Areas of Interest 

  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Health Inequality
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Quantitative Methods


BLaw (Fudan); Ph.D. (CUHK)

Selected Research Grants

Principal Investigator. “Predictors of drug abuse and relapse among ethnic minorities in Hong Kong: A prospective longitudinal study.” Beat Drugs Fund, Narcotics Division, Security Bureau of Hong Kong, 2023-2025, HK$805,483.

Principal Investigator. “A socioecological model of cyber victimization among adolescents in Asia.” Harvard-Yenching Institute Cross-National Interdisciplinary Research Grant, 2023-2024, US$35,000.

 Co-investigator. “Health support pilot program for South Asian ethnic groups.” The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, 2021-2024. HK$18,914,000. 

Principal Investigator. “Intergenerational political differences and psychological well-being in Hong Kong.” Direct Grant, Lingnan University, 2023-2024. HK$100,000.

Principal Investigator. “Perceived ageism and well-being among older people in China.” Faculty Research Grant, Lingnan University, 2023-2025. HK$50,000. 

Selected Publications (*= as a corresponding author; IF = impact factor 2022)

  1. Jiang, Z., Chen, Z., & Chen, X.* (2023). Candidate gene-environment interactions in substance abuse: A systematic review. PLoS One, 18(10): e0287446. [SCI; 2022 IF: 3.7; 5-year IF: 3.8; 26/73 (top 35%) in Multidisciplinary Sciences]

  1. Chen, X., Liu, Y., & Zhong, H. (2023). Generalized trust among rural-to-urban migrants in China: Role of relative deprivation and neighborhood context. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 94, 101784. [SSCI; IF: 2.8; 33/110 (top 30%) in Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary]

  1. Han, Y., Chen, X., & Chung, R. Y. N. (2023). Sense of control as a mediator of the association between social capital and health inequality in China. Preventive Medicine, 166, 107382. [SSCI; IF: 5.1; 46/207 (top 22%) in Public, Environmental & Occupational Health]

  1. Chen, X., Lin, F., & Cheng, E.W. (2022). Stratified impacts of infodemic during the COVID-19 pandemic: Cross-sectional survey in 6 Asian jurisdictions. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 24(3): e31088. [SCI; IF: 7.4; 3/105 (top 4%) in Health Care Sciences & Services]

  1. Chen, X., Lin, F., Gao, H., & Zou, Y. (2022). Stratified changes in emotional distress during the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from a longitudinal survey of residents in Hubei province, China. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 110959. [SSCI; IF: 4.7; 40/144 (top 28%) in Psychiatry]

  1. Lin, F., Chen, X., (co-first), Cheng, E.W. (2022). Contextualized impacts of an infodemic on vaccine hesitancy: Evidence from six societies. Information Processing and Management. 59(5):103013. [SSCI; IF: 8.6; 4/84 (top 5%) in Information Science & Library Science].

  1. Jin, L., Chen, X.*, Lin, F., Zou, Y., & Gao, H. (2022). Does education matter for psychological recovery amidst the COVID-19 pandemic? Evidence from a panel survey in Hubei, China. Anxiety, Stress & Coping, 35(1):101-110. [SSCI; IF: 3.7; 38/147 (top 26%) in Psychology, Multidisciplinary]

  1. Chen, X.*, Zou, Y., & Gao, H. (2021). Role of neighborhood social support in stress coping and psychological wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from Hubei, China. Health & Place69, 102532. [SSCI; IF: 4.8; 34/180 (top 19%) in Public, Environmental, and Occupational Health]

  1. Chen, X., Mo, P.K, Li, J., & Lau, J.T.F (2020). Factors associated with drug use among HIV-Infected men who have sex with men in China. Aids and Behavior, 24(6):1612-1620. [SSCI; IF: 4.4; 6/45 (top 13%) in Social Sciences, Biomedical]

  1. Chen, X., & Cheung, Y. W. (2020). School characteristics, strain, and adolescent delinquency: A test of macro-level strain theory in China. Asian Journal of Criminology, 15(1), 65-86. [SSCI; IF: 1.9; 31/69 (top 45%) in Criminology & Penology]

     *2021 Asian Criminological Society Best Article Award

Teaching Subjects

Academic Year:  2023 - 2024

1st Term: 


Quantitative Research Methods

  SOC3330 Crime and Delinquency
2nd Term SOC4103 Social Issues in Contemporary Chinese Societies
SOC4329 Global Health

Co Supervisor:  Ms. YUNCG Qi Xuan (PhD student)