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Ruoxi Chen
Assistant Professor
School of Allied Health
Strs 369
318-342-5518
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Ruoxi Chen, PhD
Assistant Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy

Education

Ph D

2013, Marriage and Family Therapy
Virginia Tech

MS

2010, Marital and Family Therapy
Northwestern University

BA

2008, Chinese Literature
Fudan University

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Ruoxi Chen is an assistant professor of marriage and family therapy at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a doctorate in marriage and family therapy. Currently, she teaches the practice and research of marriage and family therapy to master's and doctoral students, and mentors them on developing their own research agenda and meeting their career goals. Dr. Chen is also a licensed marriage and family therapist and an AAMFT approved supervisor. 

Licensure & Certification

Clinical Fellow, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. (2018 - Present)
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists. (2018 - Present)
Licensed Professional Counselor, Louisiana State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors. (2018 - Present)
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Louisiana State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors. (2017 - Present)
Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. (August 2016 - Present)

Research Interests

Family dynamics; relationship dynamics; cross-cultural comparisons.

Recent Publications

Chen, R., Austin, J., Miller, J., Piercy, F. (2015). Chinese and American participants’ mate selection criteria: Updates, modifications, and extensions. (pp. 101-118). Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.
Chen, R. (2015). Weaving individualism into collectivism: Chinese adults’ evolving relationship and family values. (pp. 167-179). Journal of Comparative Family Studies.
Jaramillo-Sierra, A., Piercy, F., Chen, R., Chang, W., Palit, M., Karimi, H., Martosudarmo, C., Antonio, A. (2015). Couple and family therapists’ perception of women’s depression and preferred treatment modalities: A cross-national exploration. (pp. 226-242). Journal of Family Psychotherapy.
Chen, R. (2016). Mating Gradient. In The Encyclopedia of Family Studies. Wiley-Blackwell.
Chen, R. (2017). International Family Therapy. In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couple Counseling. Sage.
Chen, R., Hughes, A., Austin, J. (2017). The use of theory in family therapy research: Content analysis and update. (pp. 514-525). Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.
Chen, R., Piercy, F., Miller, J. (2017). A cross-cultural mate selection study of Chinese and American men and women. (pp. 243-260). Journal of Comparative Family Studies.
Chen, R., Piercy, F., Huang, W., Jaramillo-Sierra, A., Karimi, H., Chang, W., Palit, M., Martosudarmo, C., Antonio, A. (2017). A cross-national study of therapists’ perceptions and experiences of dropout: A preliminary report (pp. 269-284). Journal of Family Psychotherapy.
Chen, R., Austin, J. (2017). The effect of external influences on mate selection necessity traits: Cross-cultural comparisons of Chinese and American men and women (pp. 246-261). Marriage & Family Review.
Chen, R., Piercy, F., Miller, J., Austin, J. (2017). Chinese and American individuals’ mate selection pressures: Self-focused vs. mated focused (pp. 97-112). Journal of Comparative Family Studies.
Piercy, F., Chang, W., Palit, M., Chen, R., Karimi, H., Jaramillo-Sierra, A., Martosudarmo, C., Antonio, A. (2014). A cross-national study of family therapy training: A collaborative pilot project (pp. 250-259). Contemporary Family Therapy.
Piercy, F., Chang, W., Palit, M., Jaramillo-Sierra, A., Chen, R., Karimi, H., Martosudarmo, C., Antonio, A. (2013). Cross-national research in family therapy: One encouraging collaborative approach (pp. 296-305). Journal of Family Psychotherapy.
Chen, R. (2012). Narrative therapy for Chinese adults raised as an only child (pp. 104-111). Contemporary Family Therapy.
Hundley, J., May, S., Chen, R. (2017). Fusion in family systems theory. Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy.
Chen, R., Austin, J., Hughes, A. (2018). An eye on the future: Promoting MFT master’s programs to potential applicants (pp. 153-163). Contemporary Family Therapy.
Chen, R., Austin, J., Hughes, A., May, S. (2019). The way in: Most effective ways to draw potential applicants to MFT master’s programs (pp. 47-55). Contemporary Family Therapy.
Chen, R., Busby, D. (2019). Family of origin experiences on relationship satisfaction: A mediation model (pp. 80-101). Journal of Family Therapy.
Chen, R., Austin, J. (2019). Depression as a moderator and a mediator of marital quality’s effect on self-rated physical health (pp. 50-54). Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics.
Chen, R., Austin, J., Sutton, J., Fussell, C., Twiford, T. (2019). Burnout prevention and coping: What can marriage and family therapists in agency settings do? (pp. 204-220). Journal of Family Psychotherapy.
Austin, J., Evans, B., Chen, R. (2018). First-order change in family systems theory. Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. Springer.
Chen, R., Austin, J., Hundley, J. (2018). Perturbation in couple and family therapy. Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. Springer.

Awards & Honors

2016 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Leadership Scholarship.

2015 Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (LAMFT) Poster Presentation Award.

2014 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Courses Taught

COUN 5081RESEARCH, 1 course(s)

MAFT 5081RESEARCH METHODS, 3 course(s)

MAFT 6010INTRO TO MARR & FAM THERAPY, 1 course(s)

MAFT 6063COUPLES INTIMACY SEXUALITY, 1 course(s)

MAFT 6067GROUP COUNSELING, 4 course(s)

MAFT 7002FAM SYS II:FOUN/MARR/FAM THER, 3 course(s)

MAFT 7009IMPROVISATION, 5 course(s)

MAFT 7012FAMILY THERAPY II, 2 course(s)

MAFT 7015ABSURDITY, 1 course(s)

MAFT 7022SOC ECOLOGY:SOC CONTEXT/FAM, 4 course(s)

MAFT 7040ISS/PROB/SYS/MARR/FAM THER RES, 10 course(s)

MAFT 7046DISSERTATION SEM FAM THERAPY, 2 course(s)

MAFT 7047APPLIED QUANT METH AND STATS, 1 course(s)

MAFT 7050DOCTORAL PRAC/MARR/FAM THERAPY, 1 course(s)

MAFT 7051DOCTORAL PRACTICUM, 1 course(s)