Wei-Ti Chen, RN, CNM, PhD, FAAN

Position Title
Associate Professor

“In my role as a nurse-midwifery researcher, I have the chance to interact with women who are HIV-positive suffered from difficulties brought by the disease. The clinician background allows me the unique opportunity to design and implement a nursing intervention to create a comfortable environment to provide HIV-infected women with strong family support to enhance self-management.”

Dr. Chen's research has addressed the unique needs of the growing number of Chinese women and children with HIV/AIDS in China and in the US. She has used both qualitative and quantitative strategies to explore the issues facing nurses caring for, and patients with, HIV/AIDS. Her current grants are focused on a family care intervention that creates a comfortable and safe environment for women who are HIV-positive. Dr. Chen is one of few nurse researchers who has conducted intervention research in China.

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

HIV, Immigrant health, self- and family-management, Asian Americans

Faculty Research and Clinical Expertise

Research interests include HIV-related issues in people living with HIV/AIDS in China, as well as immigrant health issues focusing on Asian immigrants.


Syracuse University, BSN, 1994

University of Texas at Austin MSN, 1995,

Columbia University, PhD, 2002

Honors and Awards

Oct. 2016  Inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN)
May 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from Columbia University, School of Nursing
Apr. 2009 International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC) and the US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the 4th International Conference on HIV Treatment Adherence in Miami. Full Domestic Scholarship Award
Mar. 2009 National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations. 5th Annual conference “Creating Research Careers: Leading the Way”. Mentor Award
Mar. 2008 National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations. 4th Annual conference “Creating Research Careers: Setting the Bar High — Aiming for Excellence”. Mentor Award
Mar. 2007 National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations. 3rd Annual conference “Creating Research Careers: Your Pathway to Success”. Mentee Training Award
Oct. 2001 For, By and About Asian American & Pacific Islander Women & Breast and Cervical Cancer Conference. San Francisco State University. Full Scholarship Award


Selected from over 60 publications

Qin, C., Chen, W., Li, Yao., Hu, X., Gong, N., Sun, M., Bai, W. & Tang, S. (Under Review). Chinese Doctor-patient relationship in women went through pregnancy termination: A qualitative research.

Dong, N., Chen, W., Bao, M., Lu, Y., Qian, Y. & Lu, H. (Under Review). Assessment of Self-Management Behaviors among Patients with Liver Cirrhosis in China: A cross-sectional Study.

Chen, W., Shiu, C., Yang, J. P., Li, C. R., Lu, H. & Zhao, H. (Under Review). Substance use, anxiety and self-management efficacy in HIV-positive individuals: A mediation analysis.

Chen, W., Shiu, C., Wang, K., Zhang, L., Zhang, J., Reynolds, N., Kennedy, H. P., Khoshnood, K., Bao, M., Zhao, H. & Lu, H. (Under Review). Life in HIV-Positive Chinese Quality of Women and Their Family Caregivers: An Intervention Study.

Chen, W., & Barbour, R.  (Under Review). Gender Concerns in HIV-positive Asian Populations: A Data-Mining Analysis.

Tang, K. & Chen, W. (Under Review). HIV and religion in HIV-positive Asians: A qualitative study.

Qin, C., Xia, A., Chen, W., Cheng, C., Li, Y., Li Y., Bai, W. & Tang, S. (Under review). Are the effects of previous cesarean section on birth weight mediated by placenta previa? A path analysis.

Yang, J. P., Xie. T., Simoni, M. J., Shiu, C., Chen. W., Zhao, H., Lu, H. (2017). Unable to be a human being in front of other people: A qualitative study of self-isolation among people living with HIV/AIDS in China. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings (JCPMS).

Yang, J. P., Xie. T., Simoni, M. J., Shiu, C., Chen. W., Lu, H. (2017). The development of a brief distress-reduction intervention for individuals recently diagnosed with HIV in China. Cognitive Behavioral Practice.

Chen, W., Shiu, C., Yang, J., Chuang, P., Zhang, L., Bao, M. & Lu., H.  (2017). A Structural Equation Model of Patient-Healthcare Provider Relationships and HIV-infected Patient Outcomes in Chinese Populations. AIDS Care.

Qin, C., Xia, A., Chen, W., Cheng, C., Li, Y., Li Y., Bai, W. & Tang, S. (2017). The effects of long inter-pregnancy interval and advanced maternal age on perinatal outcomes: A retrospective cohort study. Birth, 44(3), 230-237. doi: 10.1111/birt.12289.

Zhang, L., Chen, W., Yang, J., Simoni, J., Shiu, C., Bao, M., Zhang J., Sun, M., Chu, Y., & Lu, H.  (2017). Disclosing Parental HIV Status to Children in China: A Qualitative Study. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 28(1),130-141. doi:10.1016/j.jana.2016.09.006.

Chen, W., & Barbour, R.  (2017). Life Priorities in the HIV-positive Asian Population: A Text-mining Analysis. AIDS Care, 29(4), 507-510. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2016.1221029.

Sullivan, K. M., Carol-Downson, R., Philips, J.C., Holzemer, W., Webel, A., Nicolas, P., Corless, I., Kirksey, K., Eller, L., Voss, J., Tyer-Viola, L., Protillo, C., Johnson, M., Brion, J., Sefcik, E., Nokes, K., Reid, P., Rivero-Mendez, M. & Chen, W. (2016). Sexual transmission-risk behavior among HIV-positive persons: A multisite study using social action theory. Journal of Advanced Nursing.  doi: 10.1111/jan.13087.

Wang, K., Chen, W., Zhang, L., Bao, M., Zhao, H., & Lu, H.  (2016). Facilitators of and Barriers to HIV Self-Management: Perspectives of HIV-Positive Women in China. Applied Nursing Research. doi: 10.1016/j.apnr.2016.06.004.

Gu, C., Chen, W. Zhang, Q., Chow, K-M., Wu, J., Tao, L., Chan, C. (2016). Exploring Chinese Women's Perception of Cervical Cancer Risk as It Impacts Screening Behavior: A Qualitative Study. Cancer Nursing. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000400.

Chen, W., Huang, Y., Peng, M., Wang, M. & Lin, K.  (2016). Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) after Influenza Vaccination: A Case Report. Critical Care Nurse, 36(3), 1-7

Yang, J.P., Xie, T.Y., Shiu, C.S., Chen, W., Zhao, H.X., Lu, H.Z. & Simoni, J.M. (2016). A mixed-methods study supporting a model of Chinese parental HIV disclosure. AIDS & Behavior, 20(1):165-73.

Simoni, J.M., Yang, J.P., Shiu, C.S., Chen, W., Udell, W., Bao, M.J., Zhang, L., & Lu, H.Z. (2015).  Nurse-delivered counseling intervention for parental HIV disclosure: Results from a pilot randomized controlled trial in China.  AIDS, 29, S99-107. DOI: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000000664.

Yang, J.P., Leu, J., Simoni, J.M., Chen, W., Shiu, C.S., Zhao, H. (2015) “Please don’t make me ask for help”: Implicit social support and mental health in Chinese individuals living with HIV”. AIDS and Behavior, 9(8):1501-9.

Chen, W., Guthrie, B., Shiu, C., Wang, L., Weng, Z., Lee, T., Li, R., Emiko, K., Fukuda, Y. & Luu, B. (2015).  Revising the American Dream: How Asian Immigrants Adjust After an HIV Diagnosis. Journal of Advanced Nursing (JAN), 71(8):1914-25.

Shiu, C.S., Voisin, D., Nguyen, H., Hardesty, M., Chen, W., Lo, Y. (2016). A synthesis of 20 years of research on sexual risk-taking among Asian/Pacific Islander men who have sex with men in Western countries. Journal of Men's Health, 10(3):170-80. pii: 1557988314561489.

Research Interests & Expertise
HIV, Immigrant health, Self- and family-management, Asian Americans.