Dr. Chen is an associate professor in the Center for Integrative Medicine and Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Chen is a NIH-funded investigator conducting survey research on adolescent substance abuse, and conducting 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 has long been interested in the scientific study of qigong and its medical applications. As 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, 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 currently working on NIH- and foundation-funded research projects on the application of bio-energy therapy and self-help methods in the treatment of addiction, arthritis, cancer and other health problems.
Positions and Employment
- 2006--: Associate Professor, Center for Integrative Medicine and Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine
- 2004-06: Associate Professor of Psychiatry, UMDNJ - RW Johnson Medical School
- 2002-04: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UMDNJ - RW Johnson Medical School
- 1998-2002: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School. Also Worked as a bio-statistician for various faculty research projects.
- 1996-98: Assistant Professor of Clinical Public Health, Division of Socio-medical Sciences and Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University.
Research methodology, health psychology, clinical applications of mind-body exercises, integrative medicine, human self-healing potential, health-care policy.
Instructor of medical Qigong ; Consultant on Qigong-induced health problems
Current Research Support:
4/1/09 - 3/31/11
"Treatment of Cocaine Addiction with Integrative Meditation"
This stage-Ib behavior therapy development study will add Integrative Meditation to the outpatient treatment of cocaine addiction through a randomized control study of N=66 with supportive counseling as control.
Role: Principal Investigator
NARSAD Independent Investigator Award
9/15/09 - 9/15/11
National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression
"Integrative Meditation for the treatment of co-occurring anxiety disorders among heroin dependent patients:-- a randomized controlled study to establish feasibility and efficacy."
Role: Principal Investigator
09/15/04 - 08/31/07
"Qigong Therapy for Osteoarthritis at Knees"
This dual-blinded randomized trial with placebo control will recruit 100 subjects of osteoarthritis (OA) at the knees to investigate the clinical effectiveness of external Qi therapy (EQT) for pain relief and symptom improvement in patients with OA at the knees.
Role: Principal Investigator
06/01/05 - 05/31/10
"Qigong Therapy for Treating Cocaine Addiction"
This randomized trial with placebo control will recruit 98 subjects of cocaine addicts to investigate the clinical effectiveness of external Qi therapy (EQT) for reducing cue-elicited craving and improving recovery of cocaine addiction.
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Selected 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: http://www.cpementalhealth.com/content/1/1/22)
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 (in press)
Lee MS, Chen KW, Sancier K, Ernst E. 2007. "Qigong for cancer treatment: A systematic review of controlled trails." ACTA Oncologica 2007;46(6):717-22
Vega WA, Chen KW, William J. 2007. "Smoking, drugs, and other behavioral health problems among multiethnic adolescents in the NHSDA." Addictive Behaviors. 2007 Sep;32(9):1949-56
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
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