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Faculty and Staff Profile

Liwei Chen

Associate Professor

Phone: 864-656-6694

 Educational Background

Ph.D Nutritional Epidemiology
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health 2008

M.S Human Nutrition
Iowa State University 2003

M.H.S Biostatistics
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health 2005

M.D. Clinical Medicine
Xi\'an Jiaotong University School of Medicine 1996

 Courses Taught

HLTH8090:Epidemiological Research
HLTH8290:Epidemiology II – Applied Epidemiology


Dr. Chen has served as Principle Investigator (PI) and Co-Investigator for several federal, state, and university funded research projects and has received over $3 million external research funding as PI. Currently, she is the PI of a $2.7 million NIH R01 grant on prenatal care. She has extensive experience in study design and data analysis of cohort study and clinical trials. She has expertise on longitudinal analysis, survival analysis, complex survey design analysis, systematic review and meta-analysis. Dr. Chen published 4 book chapters, 42 conference abstracts, and 36 peer-reviewed papers in high impact journals (e.g. Circulation, Diabetes Care, and American Journal of Clinical Nutrition). Her research has been widely reported in high impact media (e.g. CNN, NPR, FOX News) and has been cited more than 900 times in published articles. Dr. Chen is the member of American College of Epidemiology (AEC), Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER), American Heart Association (AHA), American Diabetes Association (ADA). She is also the invited reviewer for 19 biomedical journals, including Circulation, JAMA, American Journal of Epidemiology, Diabetes Care, British Medical Journal (BMJ), Archives of Internal Medicine (AIM), Annals of Internal Medicine, American of Epidemiology (AJE), and PLoS ONE.

 Research Interests

Nutrition and Chronic Disease Epidemiology; Maternal and Child Health; Women’s Health; Life Course Approach; Disease Screening & Risk Prediction; Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis; Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER); Mobile Health (mHealth).

 Research Publications

2. Chen L†, Zhang Z, Chen W, Whelton PK, Appel LJ. Lower Sodium Intake and Risk of Headaches: Results from the Trial of Non-pharmacologic Interventions in the Elderly. Am J Public Health. 2016. 106(7):1270-5
3. Egan B, Li J, Chen L, Shi L, Wagner S, Fleming D, Davis R, Sinopoli A. Does the Method for Assessing Hypertension Control Impact Potential J-Curve Related Risk if healthy People 2020 Control Goals Are Met. (Accepted by J Clin Hypertension, IF: 2.96)
4. Chen L†, Li S, Zhu Y, He C, Buck Louis G, Yeung E, Hu FB, Zhang C. Age at Menarche and Risk of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: A Prospective Cohort Study among 27,482 Women. Diabetes Care. 2016 Mar;39(3):469-71
5. Tedder M, Shi L, Si M, Franco R, Chen L. eMindfulness therapy- a study on efficacy and cost of blood pressure and stress control using mindful meditation and eating APP among people with high risk of stroke, Medicines 2015, 298-309
6. Chen L, Simonsen N, Liu L. Racial difference of pediatric hypertension in relation to birth weight and obesity in the United States. PLoS ONE. 2015. 10(7):e0132606 (IF: 4.24)
7. *Zhang Y, Hu G, Zhang Y, Mayo R, Chen L†. A Novel Testing Model for Opportunistic Screening of Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes among U.S. Adults. PLoS ONE. 2015. 10(3): e0120382. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0120382 (IF: 4.24)
8. *Zhang L, Zhang Z, Zhang Y, Hu G, Chen L†. Evaluation of Finnish diabetes risk score in screening undiagnosed diabetes and prediabetes among U.S. adults by gender and race: NHANES 1999-2010. PLOS ONE. 2014. May 22;9(5) (IF: 4.24)
9. Fakhouri T, Jahren A, Appel L, Chen L, Alavi R, Anderson C. Serum carbon isotope values change in adults in response to changes in sugar-sweetened beverage intake. Journal of Nutrition. 2014. Jun;144(6):902-5 (IF: 4.20)
10. *Zhang L, Ferguson T, Simonsen N, Chen L, Tseng S. Racial/ethnic disparities in health-related quality of life among participants with self-reported diabetes from NHANES 2001-2010. Diabetes Education. 2014 Apr 15. Apr 15;40(4):496-506 (IF:1.92)
11. Zhang Y, Li W, Wang Y, Chen L, Horswell R, Xiao K, Besse J, Johnson J, Ryan D, Hu G. Increasing prevalence of hypertension in low income residents within Louisiana State University Health Care Services Division Hospital System, 2012. European Journal of Internal Medicine. 2012 Dec;23(8):e179-84
12. Song Y, Yeung E, Liu A, Vanderweele TJ, Chen L, Lu C, Liu C, Schisterman EF, Ning Y, Zhang C. Pancreatic beta-cell function and type 2 diabetes risk: quantify the causal effect using a Mendelian randomization approach based on meta-analyses. Human Molecular Genetics. 2012 Nov 15;21(22):5010-8 (IF: 7.636)
13. Chen L, Hu FB, Yeung E, Toaibs DK, Willett WC, Zhang C. Prepregnancy consumption of fruits and fruit juices and the risk of gestational diabetes mellitus: a prospective cohort study. Diabetes Care. 2012 May;35(5):1079-82 (IF: 8.087)
14. *Zhang Y, Hu G, Yuan Z, Chen L. Glycosylated Hemoglobin Levels in relationship to cardiovascular outcomes and death in patients with type 2 diabetes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PloS ONE. 2012;7(8):e42551 (IF: 4.411)
15. Wang Y, Chen L, Horswell R, Xiao K, Besse J, Johnson J, Ryan, DH, Hu G. Racial disparities in the association between gestational diabetes mellitus and risk of type 2 diabetes. Journal of Women's Health. 2012 Jun;21(6):628-33 (IF: 1.569)
16. Wang Y, Chen L, Xiao K, Horswell R, Besse J, Johnson J, Ryan, DH, Hu G. Increasing Incidence of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in Louisiana, 1997-2009. Journal of Women's Health. 2012 Mar;21(3):319-25 (IF: 1.569)
17. Li W, Wang Y, Chen L, Horswell R, Xiao K, Besse J, Johnson J, Ryan DH, Hu G. Increasing prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana from 2000 to 2009. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 2011. 94(2):262-8 (IF: 2.231)
18. Chen L, Zhang C, Yeung E, Ye A, Mumford S, Wactawski-Wende J, Schisterman EF. Age at menarche and metabolic markers for type 2 diabetes in premenopausal women: the BioCycle Study. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. 2011. 96(6):E1007-12. (IF: 6.202)
19. *Zhang Z, Caballero B, Appel L, Gang Hu, Chen L†. Habitual coffee consumption and risk for hypertension-a systematic review and meta-analysis, 2011, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2011. 93(6):1212-9 (IF: 6.307)
20. Yeung E, Zhang C, Mumford S, Ye A, Trevisan M, Chen L, Browne RW, Wactawski-Wende J, Schisterman EF. Longitudinal study of insulin resistance and sex hormones over the menstrual cycle: The BioCycle Study. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. 2010. 95:5435-42 (IF: 6.202)
21. Gaskins A, Mumford S, Rovner A, Zhang C, Chen L, Wactawski-Wende J, Prkins N, Schisterman E. Whole Grains are Associated with Serum Concentrations of High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein among Premenopausal Women. Journal of Nutrition. 2010. 140:1-8 (IF: 3.647)
22. Chen L†, Caballero B, Mitchell D, Loria C, Lin PH, Champagne CM, Elmer PJ, Ard JD, Batch BC, Appel LJ. Reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with reduced blood pressure: a prospective study among U.S. adults. Circulation. 2010;121:2398-2406 (IF: 14.595)
23. Yeung E, Hu FB, Solomon CG, Chen L, Buck Louis G, Schisterman E, Willett WC, Zhang C. Life course weight characteristics and risk of gestational diabetes, Diabetologia. 2010. 53:668–678 (IF: 6.551)
24. Chen L†, Hu FB, Yeung E, Willett C, Zhang C. A prospective study of pre-gravid sugar-sweetened beverages consumption and the risk of gestational diabetes mellitus. Diabetes Care. 2009. 32(12):2236-41 (IF: 6.718)
25. Chen L, Appel LJ, Loria C, Lin PH, Champagne CM, Elmer PJ, Ard JD, Mitchell D, Batch BC, Svetkey LP, Caballero B. Reduction in consumptions of liquid calories and sugar-sweetened beverages are associated with weight loss: the PREMIER trial. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2009. 89(5):1299-306 (IF: 6.307)
26. Lam TK, Gallicchio L, Boyd K, Shiels M, Hammond E, Tao X, Chen L, Robinson RA, Caulfield LE, Herman L, Guallar L, Alberg AJ. Cruciferous vegetable consumption and lung cancer risk: a systematic review. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. 2009. 18(1):184-95 (IF: 8.234)
27. Chen L, Gallicchio L,Caulfield LE, Tao X, Lam TK, Boyd K, Herman J, Guallar E, Alberg AJ. Alcohol consumption and the risk of nasopharyngeal carcinoma: a systematic review. Nutrition and Cancer. 2009. 61(1):1-15 (IF: 2.627)