Mr Ryan Chen
PhD Sydney; BSc(OT) NTU
C43J - J Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney
Dr Yu-Wei (Ryan) Chen recently completed his PhD on the investigation of everyday social experience in individuals with autism spectrum disorders. He was the first recipient of the Mary Frances Stephens Scholarship, which is to support postgraduate research in the Discipline of Occupational Therapy at the Faculty of Health Sciences with a preference for projects with an inter-disciplinary involvement. Before coming to Australia in 2010, Dr Chen worked in both clinical and research roles in paediatric occupational therapy and rehabilitation.
Dr Chen has a strong interest in participation in daily life and well-being of people with disabilities. He and his colleagues developed the PIEL (ParticipationinEverydayLife) Survey App (http://pielsurvey.org/) as a tool for experience sampling methodology, an ecological momentary assessment, to gather in-the-moment information from people in their daily lives. He is currently involved in several research projects including a line of research using the method to explore the dynamic relationships between living contexts and subjective experience and self-determined motivation for everyday participation.
Dr Chen is part of the PIEL - Participation In Everyday Liferesearch team.
Teaching and supervision
Dr Chen teaches into both the graduate and undergraduate occupational therapy programs.