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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


Prof. Chen obtained her Ph.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 (2021-2022) and Postdoctoral Fellow (2017-2020) 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 (co-authored with Dr. Yuet-wah Cheung).

Areas of Interest 

  • Medical Sociology
  • Mental Health
  • Health Inequality
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Substance Abuse
  • Quantitative Methods


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

Selected Publications

  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. doi: 10.2196/31088 [IF: 7.093; 10/109 (top 9%) in Health Care Sciences & Services]
  2. 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. [IF: 3.813; 45/147 (top 30%) in Psychology, Multidisciplinary]
  3. Chen, X., Gao, H., & Shu, B. (2022). Effects of changes in physical and sedentary behaviors on mental health and life satisfaction during the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from China. PLoS One. [SCI; IF: 3.752; 29/73 (top 40%) in Multidisciplinary Sciences]
  4. Chen X., Zhong, H., Zhang, Y. (2022). Local ties, trans-local ties, and substance use among rural-to-urban migrants in China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(7), 4233. [IF: 4.614; 45/182 (top 25%) in Public, Environmental & Occupational Health].
  5. 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 & Place, 69, 102532. [IF: 4.931; 38/182 (top 20%) in Public, Environmental, and Occupational Health]
  6. Chen, X.* (2021). Strain, school segregation, and delinquency among migrant adolescents in China. Asian Journal of Criminology, 16, 357–376. [IF: 1.778; 40/69 (top 52%) in Criminology & Penology]
  7. Chen, X., & Zhong, H. (2021). Development and crime drop: A time-series analysis of crime rates in Hong Kong in the last three decades. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 65(4), 409-433. [SSCI; IF: 1.645; 48/69 (top 68%) in Criminology & Penology]
  8. 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: 4.852; 7/46 (top 15%) in Social Sciences, Biomedical]
  9. Mo, P. K., Chen, X., Lam, E. H., Li, J., Kahler, C. W., & Lau, J. T. (2020). The moderating role of social support on the relationship between anxiety, stigma, and intention to use illicit drugs among HIV-positive men who have sex with men. Aids and Behavior, 24(1):55-64.
  10. 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. (2021 Asian Journal of Criminology Best Article Award)


Teaching Subjects

Academic Year:  2022 - 2023

1st Term: 


Quantitative Research Methods

2nd Term SOC4103 Social Issues in Contemporary Chinese Societies


Co-supervisor: Mr. AGBADI Pascal (PhD Student)