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Department of Family Medicine

Ping-hsin Chen, Ph.D.


Behavioral Health Science Building (BHSB)
183 South Orange Avenue Room E1552

Phone: (973) 972-7351
Fax: (973) 972-7997



Dr. Chen has extensive experience in intimate partner violence (IPV) training and research in health care settings. She has received funding from the National Institute of Health and foundations for studies on aspects of intimate partner violence, including screening, long-term effects, and interventions.

In a recent update, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that clinicians screen women of childbearing age (14-46 years) for IPV and provide or refer women who screen positive for intervention. As the lead author, Dr. Chen and her colleagues wrote a four-part monograph on IPV for American Academy of Family Physicians FP Essentials, one of the largest educational activities of the American Academy of Family Physicians, to provide updated knowledge on IPV to family physicians nationally.
Dr. Chen developed a new IPV clerkship curriculum for 4th year medical students in 2012.

In collaboration with leading community domestic violence programs, she has trained future physicians in domestic violence screening and intervention in various health care settings. Through this clerkship, health care education was provided to residents of a domestic violence shelter, including victims with disabilities.



Ph.D., 2001, Rutgers University




Relevant Publications:

Chen P-H, Rovi SR, Pan KY, Johnson MS. Costs effectiveness of domestic violence screening in primary care settings: A comparison of 3 Methods. J Community Med Health Educ. 2013;3: 253. doi:10.4172/2161-0711.1000253
Chen P-H, Rovi S, Jacobs A. Intimate partner violence: office screening for victims and perpetrators of IPV. FP Essent. 2013; 412:11-7.
Chen P-H, Rovi S, Jacobs A. Intimate partner violence: counseling, community resources, and legal issues for IPV victims and perpetrators. FP Essent. 2013; 412:18-23.
Chen P-H, Rovi S, Jacobs A. Intimate partner violence: childhood exposure to domestic violence. FP Essent. 2013; 412:24-7.
Chen P-H, Rovi S, Jacobs A. Intimate partner violence: IPV in the LGBT community. FP Essent. 2013; 412:28-35.
Gandhi S, Rovi S, Vega M, Johnson MS, Ferrante J, Chen P-H. “Domestic violence and cancer screening compliance.” Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2010; 23: 343-353.
Rovi S, Chen P-H, Johnson MS, Mouton C. “Mapping the elder mistreatment Iceberg: U.S. Hospitalizations with elder abuse and neglect diagnoses.” Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect. 2009; 21: 346 – 359.
Chen P-H, Rovi S, Vega M, Jacobs A, Johnson MS. “Relation of domestic violence to physical and mental health among Hispanic women,” Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2009; 20: 569-582.
Chen P-H, Rovi S, Washington J, Jacobs A, Vega M, Pan, K-Y, Johnson MS. “Randomized comparison of 3 methods to screen for domestic violence in family practice,” Annals of Family Medicine, 2007; 5:430-435. DOI: 10.1370/afm.716.
Chen P-H, Rovi S, Vega M, Jacobs A, Johnson MS. “Screening for domestic violence in predominantly Hispanic clinical settings,” Family Practice, eprint, pp.1-7. doi:10.1093/fampra/cmi075, 2005.


Current Research

Early Childhood Development in Relation to Intimate Partner Violence During Pregnancy

This project examines the association of intimate partner violence (IPV) during pregnancy with birth outcomes and childhood health from birth to 3 years. Secondary outcomes included the associations of depression, substance use, and gestational weight gain with birth outcomes. Results indicated that abused women compared to non-abused women had significantly higher prevalence of preterm delivery and postpartum depression. Compared to infants of non-abused women, infants of abused women had significantly lower birth weight and were more likely to receive intensive care.

Funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD: R03).



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