Christine Chen

Campbell Building
El Paso Texas, 79968
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Curriculum Vitae



Christine Chen
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Professor, Occupational Therapy - Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Director, MOT Program

Dr. Chen's main research has been focused on the measurement and evaluation of functional outcomes in patients with chronic conditions. With an NIH career development grant, she developed and validated the Manual Ability Measure-36 (MAM-36), the shorter version MAM-20, the T-MAM (Taiwanese version of the MAM), and the T-MAM for Burns (the Taiwanese version of MAM for burn patients). These task-oriented, patient-reported, and context embedded assessments allow health professionals to better understand the patient/client's perception of their functional issues and allow clinicians and researchers to compare patient' perceived ability and clinician observed capacity. Dr. Chen also conducted research in program evaluation (the VA study), rehab therapy effectiveness (the AOTA study), and psychometric analyses of clinical outcome assessment using conventional psychometric methods and/or novel, contemporary measurement modeling methods known as Rasch analysis. More recently, she collaborated with international colleagues to investigate: (1) the arm and hand functions in patients with multiple sclerosis, (2) balance and fall history in community-dwelling persons with amputation, and (3) the relationship between balance, fall and prosthetic utilization. Recently funded by PCORI and Einstein Health Network, she is a member of the clinical core team to develop theory-based rehab treatment specifications. With extensive experience in grant writing, publications and data analyses, having worked with patients at all ages and diagnoses, she will be able to contribute in designing clinical experiments, selecting functional assessments, and interpreting the analyses and results. She is passionate about designing community based preventive and/or interventional strategies to serve the population in the greater El Paso area and to improve their health outcomes.


  1. Amputees
  2. Community-based occupational therapy interventions
  3. Development of Patient Reported Outcome (PRO) assessment
  4. Homelessness
  5. Multiple sclerosis
  6. Rasch measurement


  1. Education for the 21st Century Demographic
  2. Health & Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
  3. Cross-cutting: U.S. –Mexico and Latin America: Social and Behavioral Issues
  4. Other