Wenrui Chen is a human behavior and culture expert with a decade of experience in health and culture research, mental health and psychotherapy in India and China, and ethnographic documentary film. She received her PhD and MA in Anthropology from New York University and BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Her doctoral research draws on ethnographic fieldwork at the Beijing Family Therapy Center and explores the unique problems Chinese families face in contemporary China and the ramifications of learning to understand and manage familial problems in psychotherapeutic terms. As a Scholar-Leader Fellow at the India China Institute, her research focuses on comparing and contrasting mental health and psychotherapy in India and China.
Her publications can be found journals such as Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, The Family Journal. She has previously lectured at Brooklyn College, Emmanuel College and New York University. She was awarded the Annette B. Weiner Fellowship in Cultural Anthropology from 2012-13 and the New York University MacCracken Fellowship for Doctoral Students from 2008-2015.