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Peter Chen

Peter Chen


Psychological Sciences

Peter Chen

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PhD, University of South Florida

MA, University of South Florida

BS, Chung-Yuan Christian University, Taiwan

About Me

Peter Chen was awarded a doctoral degree in 1991 from the University of South Florida with a major in industrial and organizational psychology. He is a professor of psychology at Auburn University. Chen is also the editor for the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, an associate editor for the Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance, and a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Previously, he was a professor of management and the associate director of the Australian Centre for Asian Business at the University of South Australia, a professor of psychology at Colorado State University, and the founding director of the Occupational Health Psychology Training Program at Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. He was the president of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology, and served on the board of directors for Mates in Construction in South Australia, which aims to reduce suicide in the construction industry. Chen has served on a panel to assess the national workforce in the areas of occupational safety and health, and has been a member of a study section for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Chen has published more than 90 articles and two books, with over 4800 citations of his work. One of his articles was designated as one of the eight most influential papers in the Journal of Organizational Behaviors.  In addition, he was ranked 29th among the most-cited authors between 2000 and 2004 in 30 management journals. The overarching theme of his research program is to understand the process of change at individual, organizational, community, and industry levels, and to develop ways to facilitate changes, with the goal of building a healthy workplace and society. Since 2004, his colleagues and he have received more than $17 million grants in the US, and A$0.5 million in Australia. These grants involve diverse topics, and apply psychological and organizational theories to learn how to build a healthy workplace and community.

Research Interests

process of change at individual, organizational, community, and industry levels

Courses Taught

Statistics, Psychometrics, Occupational Health Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Occupational Safety and Health Management, Training and Development, Human Resources Management, Organizational Behaviors, Leadership and Change Management