Christine Chen, Sc.D., OTR, FAOTA

Associate Director

Professor

Occupational Therapy

Christine Chen, Sc.D., OTR, FAOTA

Contact

cchen8@twu.edu
940-898-2815
MCL 816

Biography

Christine Chen, ScD, OTR, FAOTA, is Professor and Associate Director of the School of Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman's University, Denton Campus. She has experience in teaching a variety of occupational therapy courses, program development for occupational therapy, and research within the field, as well as clinical experience. Dr. Chen's first and foremost research interest was patient-reported outcome and measurement, specifically, using the Rasch measurement model to develop and validate clinically applicable functional assessments. She developed a task-oriented, self-reported functional assessment called Manual Ability Measure, which is widely used in clinical settings by occupational therapists. More recently, she has written proposals to fund OT interventions with vulnerable populations including the homeless community. Currently, she is interested in testing out a rehab treatment specification framework that will help therapists characterize the content and process of rehab intervention.

Education

Sc.D., Therapeutic Sciences, Boston University, Boston, MA, 1996
M.S., Occupational Therapy, Tufts University, 1982
M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1979
B.A., Foreign Languages and Literature, National Taiwan University, 1976

Research Interests

Occupational Therapy; Rehabilitation Sciences; Health Sciences; Multiple Sclerosis; Amputation; Clinical Assessments; Prosthetics; Balance Ability; Neurological and Musculoskeletal Disorders; Pediatric Rehabilitation; Patient-Reported Outcome (PRO); Functional Outcome Measurement; Rasch Measurement Model

Latest Articles

Professional quality of life among occupational therapy practitioners: An exploratory study of compassion fatigue
Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Journal of Psychosocial Practice and Research (2020)
Christine C. Chen

A theory-driven system for the specification of rehabilitation treatments
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2019)
T. Hart, M. Dijkers, J, Whyte, L. Turkstra, J. Zanca

The Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System: Implications for improved research design, reporting, application, and synthesis
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2019)
J. Van Stan, M. Dijkers, J. Whyte, T. Hart, L. Turkstra

Advancing rehabilitation practice through improved specification of interventions
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2019)
Jeanne M. Zanca, L. Turkstra, C. Chen, A. Packel, M. Ferraro

The importance of voluntary behavior in Rehabilitation treatment and outcomes.
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2019)
J. Whyte, M. P. Dijkers, T. Hart, J Van Stan, A. Packel

Associations of upper limb disability measures on different levels of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health in people with multiple sclerosis
Physical Therapy (2015)
I. Lamers, D. Cattaneo, Christine C. Chen, R. Bertoni, B. Van Wijmeersch

Balance ability measured with the Berg Balance Scale: a determinant of fall history in community-dwelling adults with leg amputation
Journal of rehabilitation medicine (2015)
CK Wong, Christine C. Chen, W. Blackwell, R Rahal, S Benoy

Kessler Foundation Neglect Assessment Process (KF-NAP™) uniquely measures spatial neglect during activities of daily living
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2015)
Peii Chen, Christine C. Chen, Kimberly Hreha, Kelly M. Goedert, A.M. Barrett

Unilateral and bilateral upper limb dysfunction at body functions, activity and participation levels in people with multiple sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis Journal (2015)
Rita Bertoni, Ilse Lamers, Christine C. Chen, Peter Feys, Davide Cattaneo

What do clinicians need from a rehabilitation treatment taxonomy? An alternative approach for describing treatment content vs. process. Invited commentary on "Describing what we do: A qualitative study of clinicians' perspectives on classifying rehabilita
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2014)
S. Fasoli, Christine C. Chen

Responsiveness of the Manual Ability Measure (MAM-36): Changes in hand function using self-reported and clinician-rated assessments
American Journal of Occupational Therapy (2014)
Christine C. Chen, O. Palmon, D. Amini

Role of balance ability and confidence in prosthetic functioning in people with lower limb loss
Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (2014)
C. K. Wong, Christine C. Chen, S.A. Benoy, R. T. Rahal, W.M. Blackwell

Current Projects

1) Rehabilitation treatment specification; application of the framework 2) Clinical trial designs, treatment fidelity; essential ingredients in complex rehab treatment 3) Patient-reported outcome and measurement 4) Hand use and hand function; Manual Ability Measure 5) Health Action Process Approach (HAPA) as theoretical framework to work with vulnerable populations

Externally Funded Projects

Better rehabilitation through better characterization of rehabilitation treatments: Development of the manual for rehabilitation treatment specification Year 3 of 3
Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) | 2017
Role: Co-Investigator

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Year 2 of 4
GOV-Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) | $606,594.00 | 2017
Role: Principal Investigator

Better rehabilitation through better characterization of rehabilitation treatments: Development of the manual for rehabilitation treatment specification Year 2 of 3
Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) | 2016
Role: Co-Investigator

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Year 1 of 4
GOV-Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) | $632,772.00 | 2016
Role: Principal Investigator

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Year 4 of 4
GOV-Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) | $604,925.00 | 2015
Role: Principal Investigator

Better rehabilitation through better characterization of rehabilitation treatments: Development of the manual for rehabilitation treatment specification Year 1 of 3
Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) | 2015
Role: Co-Investigator

Professional Affiliations

  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Various State Occupational Therapy Associations