Xiaoli Chen, MD, PhD

Former Postdoctoral Research Fellow,xiaoli-chen-profile-photo
Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health


Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
677 Huntington Ave., Room 500,
Boston, MA 02115

Tel 617-432-0067

Email xchen@hsph.harvard.edu

Fax 617-566-7805

Research Interests

As an epidemiologist, I have worked on several large population-based cross-sectional, case-control, and cohort studies regarding dietary intake, physical activity, sleep, quality of life, depression, obesity, obesity-related genes, and cancer prognosis in US, Japanese, and Chinese populations. I am also a health disparities researcher with major research interests in health disparities of lifestyle behaviors (e.g., sleep), quality of life, stress, depression, obesity, and cardiovascular diseases among racial/ethnic minority children and adults. My current research has expanded to investigate complex interactions among sleep traits, stress biomarkers (hair cortisol and telomere length), and neuropsychiatric health. I have been working on the C-PASS I and C-PASS II projects with Harvard collaborators and local collaborators in Patagonia region in Chile.

Selected Publications

  1. Chen X, Velez JC, Barbosa C, Pepper M, Andrade A, Stoner L, De Vivo I, Gelaye B, Williams MA. Smoking and perceived stress in relation to short salivary telomere length among caregivers of children with disabilities. Stress. 2014 Dec 18:1-9.PubMed
  2. Chen X, Gelaye B, Velez JC, Pepper M, Gorman S, Barbosa C, Zafonte RD, Redline S, Williams MA. Attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions of caregivers and rehabilitation providers about disabled children’s sleep health: a qualitative study. BMC Pediatr. 2014 Oct 1;14:245. PubMed
  3. Chen X, Gelaye B, Williams MA. Sleep characteristics and health-related quality of life among a national sample of American young adults: assessment of possible health disparities. Quality of Life Research. 2013 Jul17. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed
  4. Chen X, Xiang YB, Long JR, Cai H, Cai Q, Cheng C, Wen W, Gao Y, Zheng W, Shu XO. Genetic polymorphisms in obesity-related genes and endometrial cancer risk. Cancer 2012;118(13):3356-64 PubMed
  5. Chen X, Cheskin LJ, Shi L, Wang Y. Americans with diet-related chronic diseases have higher diet quality than those without these diseases. Journal of Nutrition 2011; 141(8):1543-51 PubMed
  6. Chen X, Lu W, Zheng Y, Gu K, Chen Z, Zheng W, Shu XO. Exercise, tea consumption, and depression among breast cancer survivors. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2010;28(6):991-8 PubMed
  7. Chen X, Wang Y. Tracking of blood pressure from childhood to adulthood: A systematic review and meta-regression analysis. Circulation 2008;117(25): 3171-80 PubMed
  8. Chen X, Beydoun M, Wang Y. Is sleep duration associated with childhood obesity? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008;16(2):265-74. PubMed