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Kevin W. Chen, PhD, MPH

Academic Title:

Associate Professor (Adjunct Faculty I)

Primary Appointment:

Family & Community Medicine

Kevin W Chen, PhD, MPH

Academic Title:

Adjunct (volunteer) Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:

Department of Family & Community Medicine

Additional Title:

Adjunct (volunteer) Associate Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine


Dr. Chen is an adjunct (volunteer) associate professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM). Dr. Chen worked full-time with the Center for Integrative Medicine at SOM from August 2006 until August 2017.  While at SOM, he was an NIH-funded investigator who conducted research on integrative meditation and other therapies for substance abuse, treatment for addiction and arthritis. He was also involved in clinical studies investigating the clinical feasibility and efficacy of Chinese energy therapy for treating osteoarthritis and addiction.

With advanced training in research methodology and statistics, Dr. Chen has 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. 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 is 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 atitude, behavior pattern and lifestyle.  He is currently working with health and wellness innovators in China.