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Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia

Dr. Frances Chen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Her research combines approaches from health psychology, social psychology, and neuroendocrinology to investigate how our social lives are connected to our mental and physical health. Her work examines how loneliness and social contact “get under the skin” to affect our physical health, and how hormonal changes during puberty affect teenagers’ social and emotional development.

Areas of Research: social connection, social support, stress, coping, conflict and negotiation, hormones, neuroendocrinology.


  • 2019–present
    Associate professor, University of British Columbia