Dr. Frances Chen

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

University of British Columbia

Discovery (Biological & Genetic Mechanisms)

Dr. Frances Chen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Her research combines approaches from health psychology, social psychology, and neuroendocrinology to investigate how our social lives are connected to our mental and physical health. Her work examines how loneliness and social contact “get under the skin” to affect our physical health, and how hormonal changes during puberty affect teenagers’ social and emotional development.


Area of Research Expertise
Social connection; Social support; Stress; Coping; Conflict and negotiation; Hormones; Neuroendocrinology

First Nations land acknowledegement

We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.

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