Yafan Chen is a 6th-year Ph.D. candidate with research expertise in child exposure to domestic violence and domestic violence in Asian American communities. She has practice experience in the field of mental health and violence against women and children. She has done research in the area of the impacts of exposure to domestic violence on child and adolescent well-being and domestic violence among Asian immigrants.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Rutgers University, School of Social Work (expected May 2024)  
  • Master of Social Work, Rutgers University, School of Social Work (May 2017)  
  • Bachelor of Art in Editing and Publishing Science, South China University of Technology, Guangdong, China (2015)

Research Experience

  • Doctoral Research Associate (01/2022-present) for the project on examination of key elements to successful implementation of services for youth with problematic sexual behavior: A New Jersey research partnership (PI: Dr. Jacquelynn Duron).
  • Doctoral Research Assistant (09/2021-04/2022) for the project on trauma services in the juvenile justice system (PI: Dr. Paul Boxer).
  • Graduate Assistant (09/2018-05/2021) at Huamin Research Center
  • Research Assistant at Huamin Research Center for projects on mindfulness intervention for immigrant children in New Jersey (06/2017-05/2018), mindfulness, life skills, resilience, and emotional and behavioral problems for gifted low-income adolescents in Social Work Intern (09/2015-04/2016) at Huamin Research Center.