During her 26 years at CSUN (1990-2016), Dr. Chen specialized in the field of Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE). Much of her work has focused on culturally responsive services to young children and their families of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Dr. Chen has been a prolific scholar who directed or co-directed 11 federal grants funded for a total of $3.9 million through the U.S. Department of Education. In the past ten years alone, she published 8 manuscripts, authored/co-authored 4 textbooks, contributed to 7 book chapters, and created 5 instructional DVDs. Dr. Chen has presented at numerous professional conferences and conducted many professional development trainings and workshops throughout the United States and in other countries. Within the Department of Special Education, Dr. Chen served as the Specialization Chair of the ECSE program, revising course content, mentoring part-time faculty, contributing significantly to accreditation reports, and developing and teaching new courses to ensure all commission standards were thoroughly embedded in the program. Dr. Chen has been a highly valued and respected member of the faculty who merits recognition for her invaluable contributions to CSUN.
- Ph.D. 1985, University of California Berkeley
- B.A. 1971, San Francisco State University
- M.A. 1971, San Francisco State University
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