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Shu-Ping Chen, PhD, MA, BSc

Assistant Professor

Rehabilitation Medicine

Occupational Therapy

About Me

Post-Doctoral Fellow: Department of Public Health Sciences, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Project: Opening Minds, Mental Health Commission of Canada. 2012-2015.

PhD: School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 2012.

MA: Department of Occupational Therapy, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University, New York, NY, USA, 1995.

BSc.OT: Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, 1991.

Background Information

  • Graduated with a BSc in Occupational Therapy from National Taiwan University and a Masters of Arts in Occupational Therapy from New York University.
  • Practiced as an OT Director in a Psychiatric hospital for over 10 years.
  • Practiced as an OT educator in universities in the areas of mental health for over 10 years.
  • Completed a PhD in Rehabilitation Science, focusing on recovery from serious mental illnesses.
  • Completed post-doctoral fellowship in Mental Health Commission of Canada, focusing on stigma reduction among youth populations.
  • Joined the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta in July, 2015.

Professional Interests
Dr. Chen’s current teaching and research focuses on people with mental health issues, including two main themes: social inclusion for individuals with mental illnesses and mental health promotion. She has expertise in research related to stigma reduction, recovery, disability, and campus mental health. Dr. Chen is one of the lead investigators for The Caring Campus Project. This multi-institutional project focuses on substance abuse issues, aiming at reducing the stigma associated with substance misuse and creating a more inclusive post-secondary campus environment.


Current Research

Principal Investigator: Gender-based analysis of drinking behaviours among university students. Funding Source: Candian Centre on Substance Use and Addition / Health Canda. This project explores how drinking motives, behaviours, and consequences differ between male and female students, and examines the impact of socially constructed concepts of gender norms and gender relationships on patterns of student alcohol use.


Currently accepting MSc and PhD students in the following areas of research:

  • Campus substance misuse and campus mental health
  • Disability related to mental illness
  • Social inclusion and recovery
  • Activity health and mental illness

Interested graduate students looking for a supervisor are welcome to contact Dr. Chen directly.

Featured Publication

Journal Articles 

Chen, S-P, Koller, M., Krupa, T., & Stuart, H. (2015). Contact in the classroom: Developing a program model for youth mental health contact-based anti-stigma education. Community Mental Health Journal, DOI: 10.1007/s10597-015-9944-7

Chen, S-P, Krupa, T., Lysaght R, McCay, E., & Myra, P. (2014). Development of a recovery education program for inpatient mental health providers. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 37(4), 329-332. 

Stuart, H., Chen, S-P, Christie, R., Dobson, K., Kirsh, B., et al. (2014). Opining Minds in Canada: Background and rationale. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 59, S8-S12.

Stuart, H., Chen, S-P, Christie, R., Dobson, K., Kirsh, B., et al. (2014). Opining Minds in Canada: Targeting change. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 59, S13-S18.

Krupa, T., & Chen, S-P (2013). Psychiatric/Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) in Relation to Vocational and Educational Environments: Work and Learning. Current Psychiatry Reviews, 9, 195-206, DOI: 10.2174/1573400511309030005.

Chen, S-P, Krupa, T., Lysaght R, McCay, E., & Myra, P. (2013). The development of recovery competencies for in-patient mental health providers working with people with serious mental illness. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 40, 96-116, DOI: 10.1007/s10488-011-0380-x.

White, C., Casey, R., & Chen, S-P. (2011). Toward recovery-oriented mental health care: Next steps for occupational therapists. Occupational Therapy Now, 13(3), 16-18.

Krupa, T., Stuart, H., Mathany, A., Smart, J., & Chen, S-P. (2010). An evaluation of a community based, integrated crisis case-management service. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 29(Supplement 5), 125-137. 

Wu, C-Y., Chen, S-P., & Grossman, J. (2000). Facilitating intrinsic motivation in clients with mental illness. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 16(1), 1~14.


Krupa, T., Edgelow, M., Chen, S-P, Mieras, C., Almas, A., Perry, A., Radloff-Gabriel, D., Jackson, J., & Bransfield, M. (2010). Action over inertia: Addressing the activity-health needs of individuals with serious mental illness. Ottawa, Ontario: Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.

Chapters in books

Chen, S-P, Krupa, T., & Edgelow, M. (2015). Temporal Adaptation for Individuals Living with Serious Mental Illness in the Community. In I. Söderback (ed.), International Handbook of Occupational Therapy Interventions (2nd ed.). Springer International Publishing Switzerland. 

Krupa, T., Chen, S-P, & Carter, G. (2015). Serious mental illness, vocational rehabilitation and employment. In R. Escorpizo, S. Brage, D. Homa, & G. Stucki (eds.), Handbook of Vocational rehabilitation and disability evaluation: Application and implementation of the ICF. Springer Science + Business Media, LLC