Ruijia Chen, ScD
Postdoctoral Associate
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

I am a social epidemiologist by training. My research focuses on social determinants across the life course that contribute to risk and disparities associated with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. I am particularly interested in applying modern causal inference methods to examine individual- and structural- level social determinants of health. Additionally, I am interested in investigating methodological challenges that affect our understanding of longitudinal cognitive changes. I received my master's degree in social policy from the University of Pennsylvania and my doctoral degree in Social Epidemiology from Harvard University.

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  1. Wang J, Hill-Jarrett T, Buto P, Pederson A, Sims KD, Zimmerman SC, DeVost MA, Ferguson E, Lacar B, Yang Y, Choi M, Caunca MR, La Joie R, Chen R, Glymour MM, Ackley SF. Comparison of approaches to control for intracranial volume in research on the association of brain volumes with cognitive outcomes. Hum Brain Mapp. 2024 Mar; 45(4):e26633.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38433682; PMCID: PMC10910271; DOI: 10.1002/hbm.26633;
  2. Chen R, Wang J, Pederson AM, Prather AA, Hirst AK, Ackley S, Hokett E, George KM, Mungas D, Mayeda ER, Gilsanz P, Haneuse S, Whitmer RA, Glymour MM. Evaluation of racial and ethnic heterogeneity in the associations of sleep quality and sleep apnea risk with cognitive function and cognitive decline. Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2024; 10(1):e12441.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38356481; PMCID: PMC10865460; DOI: 10.1002/trc2.12441;
  3. Yang Y, Lee AR, Rapp T, Chen R, Glymour MM, Torres JM. State home and community-based services expenditures and unmet care needs in the United States: Has everyone benefitted equally? Health Serv Res. 2024 Apr; 59(2):e14269.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38148004; PMCID: PMC10915470; DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.14269;
  4. Torres JM, Flores Romero KR, Kotwal AA, Chen R, Hill-Jarrett T, Mitchell UA, Glymour MM. Spouses of individuals living with mild cognitive impairment or dementia in the United States: A descriptive, population-based study. Alzheimers Dement. 2024 Mar; 20(3):1562-1572. PMID: 38041823; PMCID: PMC10984471; DOI: 10.1002/alz.13555;
  5. Trudel-Fitzgerald C, Lee LO, Guimond AJ, Chen R, James P, Koga HK, Lee HH, Okuzono SS, Grodstein F, Rich-Edwards J, Kubzansky LD. A long and resilient life: the role of coping strategies and variability in their use in lifespan among women. Anxiety Stress Coping. 2023 Nov 29; 1-14.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38031408; DOI: 10.1080/10615806.2023.2288333;
  6. Ackley SF, Wang J, Chen R, Power MC, Allen IE, Glymour MM. Estimated effects of amyloid reduction on cognitive change: A Bayesian update across a range of priors. Alzheimers Dement. 2024 Feb; 20(2):1149-1155.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37904290; PMCID: PMC10917002; DOI: 10.1002/alz.13470;
  7. Wang J, Sims KD, Ackley SF, Chen R, Kobayashi LC, Hayes-Larson E, Mayeda ER, Buto P, Zimmerman SC, Graff RE, Glymour MM. Association of cancer history with structural brain aging markers of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias risk. Alzheimers Dement. 2024 Feb; 20(2):880-889.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37811979; PMCID: PMC10916958; DOI: 10.1002/alz.13497;
  8. Soh Y, Whitmer RA, Mayeda ER, Glymour MM, Eng CW, Peterson RL, George KM, Chen R, Quesenberry CP, Mungas DM, DeCarli CS, Gilsanz P. Timing and level of educational attainment and late-life cognition in the KHANDLE study. Alzheimers Dement. 2024 Jan; 20(1):593-600.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37751937; PMCID: PMC10842991; DOI: 10.1002/alz.13475;
  9. Chen R, Charpignon ML, Raquib RV, Wang J, Meza E, Aschmann HE, DeVost MA, Mooney A, Bibbins-Domingo K, Riley AR, Kiang MV, Chen YH, Stokes AC, Glymour MM. Excess Mortality With Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias as an Underlying or Contributing Cause During the COVID-19 Pandemic in the US. JAMA Neurol. 2023 Sep 01; 80(9):919-928.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37459088; PMCID: PMC10352932; DOI: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2023.2226;
  10. Chen R, Calmasini C, Swinnerton K, Wang J, Haneuse S, Ackley SF, Hirst AK, Hayes-Larson E, George KM, Peterson R, Soh Y, Barnes LL, Mayeda ER, Gilsanz P, Mungas DM, Whitmer RA, Corrada MM, Glymour MM. Pragmatic approaches to handling practice effects in longitudinal cognitive aging research. Alzheimers Dement. 2023 Sep; 19(9):4028-4036.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37199336; PMCID: PMC10524983; DOI: 10.1002/alz.13067;
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2021-2025 National Institute on Aging: K00AG068431
2020-2021 National Institute on Aging: F99AG068431
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Aging, Cognitive
social epidemiology
lifecourse epidemiology
health disparities
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