Lei Chen is a second-year Ph.D. 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 (quantitative/qualitative studies). She obtained her BA in Sociology from Nanjing University (China), MS in Demography from Fudan University (China) and Master of Social Policy from Washington University in St. Louis.
Before joining the Ph.D. program in UCLA, she worked for the Center for Health Economics and Policy at Washington University in St. Louis as a research assistant. She has two papers in progress related to health system comparison between the U.S. and China, and rural pension participation in China. Apart from that, she had multiple research experiences in international organizations/companies, and universities both in China and the U.S., including United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), McKinsey & Company, Fudan University (Mainland China), Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong), Washington University in St. Louis(U.S.) and University of California in Los Angeles (U.S.).
Her current research focuses on understanding the determinants, implications, and consequences of family planning policies globally and its implications for aging societies, which is a comparitive study among countries in Asia, America and Europe. She also works on a quantitative study focusing on understanding the relationships between understanding the psychological well-being and support from children for the one-child generation’s parents in Rural China.