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Project Investigator Biography

Moon S. Chen, Jr., Ph.D., M.P.H. Moon S. Chen, Jr., Ph.D., M.P.H.

UC-Davis Cancer Center
4501 X Street, Room 3010
Sacramento, CA 95817
phone: (916) 734-1191
fax: (916) 731-5706

Dr. Moon S. Chen, Jr., Associate Director for Disparities and Research, University of California-Davis (UC-Davis) Cancer Center, joined the faculty of the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (now the Department of Public Health Sciences) at UC-Davis as Professor and Leader of Population Science. He previously served as Chair of the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion at the School of Public Health at The Ohio State University's College of Medicine and Public Health. He has authored or coauthored more than 90 refereed articles or abstracts that have appeared in journals such as the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Cancer, Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, Ethnicity and Health, Journal of Cancer Education, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, and Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Chen is frequently sought for his expertise in public health and has served as a consultant to the Ministry of Public Health of the People's Republic of China, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, University of South Florida, University of Hawaii, and University of California, San Diego, as well as state public health departments in California, Ohio, Michigan, Virginia, and Hawaii.

Dr. Chen is perhaps best known as a preeminent scholar/researcher in public health issues affecting Asian Americans. In 2003, he was one of two non-Federal Co-Chairs of the first-ever Trans-HHS (Department of Health and Human Services) Cancer Health Disparities Progress Review Group charged with overseeing and leading a national effort to reduce cancer health disparities. Later that year, Dr. Chen received the American Cancer Society's Humanitarian Award.

Updated: 06/06/13