Lei Chen is a third-year doctoral student of Social Welfare at Luskin School of Public Affairs, the University of California in Los Angeles. Her research interests include health and aging policy; older adults’ psychological well-being; social support for older adults; cross-cultural studies, and mixed methods. Her current research focuses on examining the impact of the population policy and related policies for older adults’ psychological well-being in rural China.
She is a graduate student researcher at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. She is currently involved in the Research on ImmiGrant HealTh and State policy (RIGHTS) Study, which examines how California’s immigrant policy environment influences access to health care by identifying how the state’s health and welfare, education, labor, and law enforcement policies shape Asian and Latino immigrants’ daily lives.
Before joining the Ph.D. program at UCLA, she was a research assistant for a number of companies, international organizations, and universities, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), McKinsey & Company, Fudan University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Washington University.