Shu-Ping Chen, PhD, MA, BSc

Associate Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Occupational Therapy


Associate Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Occupational Therapy
(780) 492-3905
2-30 Corbett (E.A.) Hall
8205 - 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G4


Area of Study / Keywords

campus mental health substance use serious mental illness qualitative methodology social inclusion



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, psychiatric disability, campus mental health, and campus substance misuse. She is the author of “Recovery Education Program for Inpatient Mental Health Providers” published by Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists 2018. Her research aims to enable people the freedom to engage in occupations they value and are expected to do. Based on change theories underlying the health needs and priorities of people with mental illness, Dr. Chen’s research addresses people’s activity limitations to engender hope, develop identity separate from illness, reduce stigma, play meaningful roles, and promote self-determination.


Current Research

Student alcohol consumption in university residences: An institutional ethnographic inquiry (funded by CIHR)

Job retention and career development for people with serious mental illnesses: A Participatory Capacity Building project (funded by SSHRC)

Occupational safety and workers' rights among new working age immigrants: The role of settlement organizations (funded by SSHRC)


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.


OCCTH 518 - Assessment and Interventions for Occupational Therapists in Mental Health Practice

Occupational therapy theories, assessments, and intervention techniques aimed at mental health promotion, illness/injury prevention and facilitation of recovery and occupational performance across the lifespan and settings.

OCCTH 544 - Applied Assessment and Intervention Approaches in Occupational Therapy

Application of practical assessment and intervention approaches in physical and mental health.

REHAB 601 - Research Design in Rehabilitation Science

This course will provide students an overview of methodological approaches in health science and rehabilitation research, including features and issues that impact on research methodology (i.e., design, data collection, and analysis). Students will gain an understanding of the philosophical and theoretical perspectives that underpin quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches in health research.

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Featured Publications

Adams, A., Joe, C., Klinger, N., Laforest, E, Shankar, J., & Chen, S-P.

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2023 August; 65 (8):677-684 10.1097/JOM.0000000000002879

Fan, S., & Chen, S-P.

Disability and Rehabilitation. 2023 June; 10.1080/09638288.2023.2227566

Chen, S-P., Liu, H-T. Appelt, J. C., Klassen, B. L., Liu, L., Smith, J. L, & Miguel-Cruz, A.

2023 February; 10.1177/00084174231156276

Jarus, T., Leclair, L.L., Ghahari, S., Chen, S-P, Leung, A., & Shaw, L.

Canadian Journal of Occupational therapy. 2023 January; 10.1177/00084174221145820

Baghoori, D., Roduta Roberts, M., & Chen, S-P

Journal of American College Health. 2022 September; 10.1080/07448481.2022.2114803

Diduck, B., Rawleigh, M., Pilapil, A., Geeraert, E., Mah, A., & Chen, S-P.

2022 September; 10.1111/hsc.13996

Shankar, J., Lai, D., Chen, S-P., Turin, T., Joseph, S., & Mi, E.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022 July; 19 (14):8757 10.3390/ijerph19148757

Hallett, A, & Chen, S-P.

International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. 2022 March; 10.1007/s11469-022-00777-2

Chen, S-P., Chang, W-P., Fleet, B., Rai, S., Panteluk, S., Choy, A., & Hunetr, A

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021 December; 19 (1):9 10.3390/ijerph19010009

Chen, S-P, & Stuart, H.

In K. S. Dobson & H. Stuart (eds.). The Stigma of Mental Illness. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.. 2021 November; 10.1093/med/9780197572597.001.0001

Chen, S-P., Horgan, S., Jones, J., Krauzz, E., & Stuart, H.

Education Action Research. 2021 October; 10.1080/09650792.2021.1970603

Krupa, T., Edgelow, M., Chen, S-P., & Mieras, C.

Taylor & Francis Group, UK: Routledge. 2021 September; 10.4324/9781003111368

Isaacs, J.Y., Thompson, K., Yakovenko, I., Dobson, K., Chen, S-P., Hudson, A., & Stewart, S.H.

Journal of American College Health. 2021 September; 10.1080/09650792.2021.1970603

Zedel, J., & Chen, S-P.

Occupational Therapy in Mental Health. 2021 June;

Chang, WP, Stuart, H., & Chen, S-P.

International Journal of Mental health and Addiction. 2021 March;

Riffel,T., & Chen, S-P.

Psychiatric Quarterly. 2020 August;

Chen, S-P., Chang, WP, & Stuart, H.

BMC Psychology. 2020 July; 8:76

Chang, WP, Chen, T., Stuart, H., & Chen, S-P.

Higher Education. 2020 July;

Riffel, T., Chen, S-P.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020 January; 17 (1):25

Horgan, S., Chen, S-P, Tuininga, T., & Stuart, H.

Journal of Global Health Promotion. 2019 January;

Chen, S-P., & Krupa, T.

Book publisher: Ottawa, Ontario: Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.. 2018 June;

Henderson, L., Thompson, K., Hudson, A., Dobson, K., Chen, S-P., and Stewart, S

Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health. 2018 January; 37 (3):97-113

Huang, W-Y., Chen, S-P, Pakpour, A. H., & Lin, C.-Y.

Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology. 2018 January; 12 (e10):1-7

Chen, S-P, Stuart, H., Krupa, T., Dobson, K. and Stewart, S.

Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health. 2018 January; 37 (3):83-95

Stuart, H., Chen, S-P, Krupa, T., Narain, T., Horgan, S., Dobson, K. and Stewart, S.

Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health. 2018 January; 37 (3):69-82

Chen, S-P., Sargent, E., & Stuart, H.

The Handbook of School-Based Mental Health Promotion: An Evidence Informed Framework for Implementation. 2018 January;