Professor Chen is Chi-li Pao Foundation Professor in Psychiatry and Head of Department of Psychiatry at The University of Hong Kong. He is also President of The Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists. Prof. Chen was educated at Oxford University and Edinburgh University. He has been leading the development of the early intervention for psychosis program in Hong Kong (the Hospital Authority EASY program is one of the first comprehensive early psychosis programs in Asia). He is also leading the successful large scale territory-wide Hong Kong Jockey Club Early Psychosis Project. Under his leadership, the HKU Psychosis Studies and Intervention Unit has been conducting key studies on in schizophrenia and early psychosis. Studies have been published in over 250 papers in leading international journals including the British Medical Journal and the New England Journal of Medicine.
Internationally, Professir Chen had served as Vice-President of the International Early Psychosis Association (with more than 2000 members worldwide) and the Foundation Chairman of the Asian Network for Early Psychosis (ANEP). Professor Chen was Visiting Professor at the Harvard Medical School, and the Institute of Mental Health, Singapore. He has also served on committees of prestigious international organizations such as the Schizophrenia International Research Society and the International Neuropsychiatric Association.
Professor Chen has founded two of the most influential non-profit bodies in the field: one to promote research in the field: the Hong Kong Schizophrenia Research Society; and the other (the Hong Kong Early Psychosis Intervention Society) to promote public awareness for psychosis.
Professor Chen is a recipient of The Richard J. Wyatt Award. The Richard J. Wyatt Award is awarded every two years at the International Early Psychosis Association Biennial Conference. It is awarded to an individual who has made a remarkable contribution to the area of early intervention.