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Kevin W. Chen, PhD, MPH

Academic Title:

Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:

Family & Community Medicine

Secondary Appointment(s):



520 W. Lombard Street, East Hall, Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone (Primary):

(410) 706-6188


(410) 706-6214

Education and Training

The People’s University of China (Beijing, China) 1982, B.A.  Major in philosophy and minor in psychology.

Peking University (Beijing, China) 1985, M.A.  Major in Social Psychology. 

Pennsylvania State University, (University Park, PA), 1991.  Ph.D of Sociology.  Major in Social Psychology, & minor in Statistics.

School of Public Health, Columbia University (New York, NY) 1995, Master of  Public Health, in Health Services and Management. 

Other Professional Training

  • Certificate of Medical Qigong Instructor, 2001, the World Institute for Self Healing, Inc. (New Jersey, USA)
  • Certificate of Completion, Foundations of Positive Psychology, 2010, University of Pennsylvania, College of Liberal & Professional Studies.


University Appointments:

08/06—Now   Associate Professor, Center for Integrative Medicine, Department of Family and Community Health, and Department of Psychiatry,  University of Maryland School of Medicine,

07/04—07/06 Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)— RobertWoodJohnsonMedicalSchool.                  

07/02—07/04 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UMDNJ— RobertWoodJohnsonMedicalSchool.

2000--06         Faculty for the UMDNJ Complementary & Alternative Medicine Seminars -- teaching introduction to qigong therapy – UMDNJ School of Health-Related Professions.

1/98 – 6/02     Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UMDNJ— New Jersey Medical School,

7/96-- 2/98      Assistant Professor of Clinical Public Health in Psychiatry (socio-medical sciences), College of Physicians and Surgeons & School of Public Health, Columbia University (New York, NY). 

9/91--7/96       Senior Staff Associate, and then Associate Research Scientist at Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.   


Research/Clinical Keywords

Research design and methodology; Epidemiology of substance abuse and mental health; Stress management with mindfulness; Qigong therapy and mind-body integrative medicine; Self-healing method for cancer survival and recovery; Treatment of addiction, anxiety and depression;

Highlighted Publications


Chen KW, Beger CC, Manheimer E, Forde D, Magidson J. Dachman L, Lejuez CW, 2012. Meditative therapies for reducing anxiety: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.  Depression and Anxiety. 29:545-562.

Chen  KW, Berger, CC, Gandhi D., Weintraub E. & Lejuez, CW. 2013. Adding integrative meditation with ear acupressure to outpatient treatment of cocaine addiction: a randomized controlled pilot study. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 19(3): 204-210. 

Chen KW, Berger CC, Forde DP, D’Adamo C. Weintraub E, Gandhi D. 2011.  Benzodiazepine use and misuse among patients in a methadone program.  BMC Psychiatry, 2011, 11:90.  

Chen KW, Banducci AN, Guller L, Macatee RJ, Lavelle A, Daughters SB, Lejuez CW, 2011. An examination of psychiatric comorbidities as a function of gender and substance type within an inpatient substance use treatment program.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence.  118(2-3): 92-99.

Chen KW, Comerford A, Shinnick P, Ziedonis DM, 2010.  Introducing Qigong meditation into residential addiction treatment: A pilot study where gender makes a difference.  The Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine. 16(8): 875-882.

Chen KW, Perlman A, Liao J, Lam A, Staller J, Sigal L. 2008. "Effects of external qigong therapy on osteoarthritis of the knee:  A randomized controlled trial" Clinical Rheumatology; 27(12):1497-505

Additional Publication Citations

Selected Other Peer-Reviewed Publications (in chronological order)

Chen, K. and Kandel, D. 1995. "The natural history of drug use in a general population sample from adolescence to the mid-thirties." American Journal of Public Health 85(1):41-47.

Firebaugh, G. and Chen, K. 1995. "Vote turnout of Nineteenth Amendment women: The enduring effect of disenfranchisement." American Journal of Sociology, 100(4):972-996.

Chen, K. Scheier, L. & Kandel, D. 1996. "Chronic cocaine and physical health problem: A longitudinal study of the general population." Drug and Alcohol Dependence 43:23-37.

Chen, K., 1996. How Sampling Works by Maisel and Persell, Journal of Official Statistics. 12:317-319.

Kandel, D.B., Chen, K., Warner, L., Kessler, R. & Grant, B. 1997. "Prevalence and demographic correlates of symptoms of dependence on cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana and cocaine in the U.S. population." Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 44:11-29.

Chen K., Kandel DB & Davies M. 1997. "Relationships between frequency/quantity of marijuana use and last year dependence among adolescents and adults in the U.S." Drug & Alcohol Dependence. 46: 53-67.

Chen K. and Kandel, D.B. 1998. "Predictors of cessation of marijuana use: An event history analysis. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 50:109-121.

Chen K. & Cheng, X. 1999. "A negative life event with positive consequences?"  American Sociological Review. Vol. 64: 37-40.

Kandel DB and Chen K. 2000. "Types of marijuana users by longitudinal course: A cluster analysis" Journal of Studies on Alcohol 61(3):367-378.

Chen K. 2000. "Etiology of adolescent substance use and abuse." Chinese Journal of Drug Dependence. 9(2):54-57.

Kandel DB and Chen, K. 2000. "Extent of smoking and nicotine dependence in the United States: 1991-1993" Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2(3): 263-274.

Li M, Chen K, & Mo Z, 2002, "Detoxification with Qigong therapy for heroin addicts." Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 8(1):50-59.

Chen K. and Kandel DB. 2002. "Relationship between extent of cocaine use and dependence among adolescents and adults in the United States." Alcohol and Drug Dependence. 68: 65-85.

He B & Chen K, 2002. "Integrative Tumor Board for Advanced Breast Cancer: Qigong Analysis" Integrative Cancer Care, 1(2):200-202.

Chen K, & Yeung R, 2002. "A review of qigong therapy for cancer treatment." Journal of International Society of Life Information Science. 20 (2): 532-542

Lin Z & Chen K, 2002. "Exploratory studies of external qi in China." Journal of International Society of Life Information Science. 20 (2): 457-461.

Chen K., Shiflett S, Ponzio N, He B, Elliott D, Keller SE, 2002. "A preliminary study of the effect of external qigong on lymphoma in mice." Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 8(5): 615-621.

Chen K. & Marbach JJ, 2002. "External qigong therapy for chronic orofacial pain." Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 8(5): 532-534.

Chen K, & Yeung R, 2002. "Exploratory studies of qigong therapy for cancer in China." Integrative Cancer Therapies. 1(4): 345-370.

Mo X, Chen K, Li M & Ou W, 2003. "Benefits of external qi therapy on morphine abstinent mice and rats." The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 9(6): 827-835.

Chen K, He BH, Rihacek G & Sigal LH. 2003. "A pilot study of external qigong therapy for arthritis pain." Journal of Clinical Rheumatology. 9(5): 332-335.

Chen K, Sheth AJ, Elliott DK & Yeager A. 2004. Prevalence & correlates of past-year substance use, abuse and dependence in a suburban community sample of high school students. Addictive Behaviors 29(2): 413-423

Chen K, & Turner FD, 2004. â?oA case study of simultaneous recovery from multiple physical symptoms with medical qigong therapy.â? The Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine. 10(1): 159-162.

Chen K, 2004. "An analytic review of studies on measuring effects of external qi in China."  Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 10(4): 38-50.

Chen K, & Liu TJ, 2004. "Effects of qigong therapy on arthritis: A review and report of a pilot trial." Medical Paradigm. 1(1): 36-48.

Chen K, Killeya-Jones LA, 2004. "Epidemiology of co-occurring substance abuse and psychiatric disorders among adolescents in the United States." Chinese Journal of Drug Dependence. 13(4): 245-249.

Chen K, Sidorov L, Dossey L, 2005. "Effects of intent and mental state on the biological subjects: A review and its implications to medical research." Medical Paradigm. 1(2),

Chen K, Killeya-Jones LA, Vega WA, 2005. "Prevalence and co-occurrence of psychiatric symptom clusters among U.S. adolescents using DISC predictive scale." Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health. 1:22. (Accessible through:

Chen K & Killeya-Jones LA, 2006. "Understanding differences in marijuana use between urban Black and suburban White students in two community samples in the U.S." Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 5(2): 51-73.

Chen K, Hassett, AL, Hou F, Staller J, Litchbroun AS. 2006. "A pilot study of external qigong therapy for patients with fibromyalgia." The Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine. 12(9): 851-856.

Kim SS, Ziedonis D, Chen K,  2007. "Tobacco use and dependence in Asian Americans: A review of the literature." Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 9(2): 169-184.

Steinberg ML, Krejci JA, Collett K, Brandon TH, Ziedonis DM and Chen K, 2007. Relationship between self-reported task persistence and history of quitting smoking, plans for quitting smoking, and current smoking status in adolescents. Addictive Behaviors (In Press).

Kim SS, Ziedonis D, Chen K, 2007. "Tobacco use and dependence in Asian Americans Adolescents: A review of the literature." Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 6(3) (in press)

Vega WA, Chen KW, William J. 2007. "Smoking, drugs and other behavioral health problems among multiethnic adolescents in the NHSDA." Addictive Behaviors, 32(9):1949-56  

Lee MS, Chen KW,  Sancier K, Ernst E. 2007. "Qigong for cancer treatment: A systematic review of controlled trails." ACTA Oncologica2007;46(6):717-22

Chen KW, 2008. "Inhibitory effects of bio-energy therapies on cancer growthâ?"An overview of recent laboratory studies in the U.S. and its implications in cancer treatment." World Sciences and Technologies - Modernization of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Materia Medica; 10(4):144-152 

Shao LX, Zhang JP, Chen L, Zhang XF, Chen KW, 2009. Effects of external qi or qigong with opposing intentions on proliferation of E-coli.The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 15(5): 567-571 

Chen KW, Liu TJ. Zhang HB, Ling ZP. 2009. An analytical review of the Chinese literature on Qigong therapy for diabetes mellitus.American Journal of Chinese Medicine. 37(3): 439-457

Chen KW, Banducci AN, Guller L, Macatee RJ, Lavelle A, Daughters SB, Lejuez CW, 2011. An examination of psychiatric comorbidities as a function of gender and substance type within an inpatient substance use treatment program.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence.  118(2-3): 92-99.

Banducci AN, Dahne J, Magidson JF, Chen KW, Daughter SB, Lejuez CW. 2013. Clinical Characteristics as a function of referral status among substance users in residential treatment.  Addictive Behaviors. 36(4):1924-1930.

Lechner WV, Dahne J, Chen KW, Pickover A, Richards JM, Daughters SB, Lejuez CW, 2013.  The prevalence of substance use disorders and psychiatric disorders as a function of psychotic symptoms.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 131(1-2): 78-84. 

Chen KW, Hou F, Litchbroun AS, 2014. Two Cases of Complete Recovery from Fibromyalgia Syndrome after External Qigong Therapy, Journal of Alternative & Integrative Medicine, 2014, 3-4.

D’Adamo CR, McMillin CR, Chen KW, Lucas EK, Berman B. 2015. Supervised resistance exercise for patients with persistent symptoms of Lyme disease.  Medicine and science in sports and exercise. 2015, 47(11): 2291-8 

Research Interests

Dr. Chen is a NIH-funded investigator conducting research on substance abuse, treatment for addiction and arthritis. He is also involved in clinical studies investigating the clinical feasibility and efficacy of Chinese energy therapy for treating osteoarthritis and addiction. With intensive training in research methodology and statistics, Dr. Chen has had extensive experience in designing and implementing various research projects, including clinical trials and behavior therapy development studies, and has long been interested in the scientific study of qigong and its medical applications. As a long-time practitioner of qigong, Dr. Chen has observed many unexplained successes in qigong healing, and is willing to subject this ancient therapy to serious scientific examination. His major research interests include research methodology, epidemiology of substance abuse, stress management, and health applications of energy therapy and mind-body integrative medicine. Dr. Chen is among the few scientists who have both first-hand knowledge of qigong practice and active involvement in scientific research of Qigong in the U.S. His research includes both verification of qi energy through laboratory detectors, and medical application of qigong therapy in clinical settings. He has been involved in clinical trials to examine the feasibility and efficacy of adding qigong therapy in treating heroin and cocaine addiction, as well as osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, cancer and chronic pain.  He is the associate editor-in-chief of the English textbook "Chinese Medical Qigong" (2010) and actively involved in teaching medical Qigong to patients and general public.  Dr. Chen is passionate about the power of mind and self-healing, and is actively involved in helping cancer patients and their family recovery through self-healing methods and change of attitude, behaviors and lifestyle.  He is currently working on research projects that apply Qigong and meditative therapy and self-healing method in the treatment of addiction, cancer and other health problems.  

Clinical Specialty Details

Instructor of medical Qigong ;

Consultant on Qigong-induced health problems;

Stress and anxiety management;

Mind-body therapies for pain management and cancer recovery;

Grants and Contracts

2014-2017     Chen KW, Lejuez C, “Changing Impulsivity with Mindful Breathing Therapy to Reduce Problem Drinking.”  A R34 from NIAAA at NIH (R34AA022213)

2009-2012     Chen KW, Lejuez C, Gandhi D,  “Treatment of cocaine addiction with Integrative Meditation.” A R21 from NIDA at NIH.  (R21DA025149).

2009-2012     Chen KW, Independent Investigator Award, “Integrative Meditation for the treatment of co-occurring anxiety disorders among heroin dependent patients:-- a randomized controlled study to establish feasibility and efficacy.”  National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, New York. 

2008--09       Chen KW and Lejuez CW  “Integrative meditation as an adjunct therapy in treating cocaine addiction.” Funded by UMCP/UMB Seeding Grant Program 

2007—09      Chen, K. “A pilot study of Integrative Self-Empowerment Therapy (ISET) for the treatment of cocaine addiction.”  Partially funded by Rockefeller Philanthropy – Dr. Lucy Walentzky. 

2004--07       Chen, KW. and Sigal, LH. “Qigong Therapy for Osteoarthritis at Knees” funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of NIH. (R21 AT02531)

2006--08       Chen, KW. “A pilot study of auricular acupressure therapy for treating drug addiction.” A research funded by the Research Institute of Global Physiology, Behavior and Treatment, Inc. New York. 

1998--2004    Chen K. FIRST award from National Institute on Drug Abuse (R29 DA12257) “Delay of Gratification and Substance Use/Abuse/Dependence” 


In the News

Baltimore Sun,  June 17, 2015. Speical Report: Qigong Retreat for Cancer Patients in University of Maryland. 


Community Service

  • Kernan Hospital Ethic Committee (2010-15)
  • Mind-Body Week of Washington DC, organizing committee (2011-- )
  • Governor-appointed commissioner, Maryland Medical Marijuana Commission, (2013—2017) 

Links of Interest