WABF Speaker 2021 Ji Kang Chen

Ji-Kang Chen

Associate Professor of Social Work, the Chinese university of Hong Kong

Ji-Kang Chen, Ph.D., was born and raised in Taiwan. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Social Work at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His primary research interests include cross-national comparative research on violence and bullying in school and cyberspace, adolescents’ mental health, and children’s well-being. Specifically, his research aims to contribute to the theoretical and practical knowledge of school violence and cyberbully in Chinese societies (i.e., Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mainland China) and other countries to help design effective intervention strategies and policies to alleviate school violence and bullying. He has collaborated for many years with scholars from different countries on school violence and bullying research projects. As one of the pioneering researchers in this research area in Chinese societies, he has used various methods, such as random sampling, longitudinal designs, and multi-informant approaches, as well as various data analyses, such as structural equation modeling (SEM), Rasch analysis, latent class analysis (LCA), and hierarchical linear modeling (HLM), to examine various factors associated with different forms of school violence (e.g., peer bullying, student maltreatment by teachers, and student violence against teachers) and cyberbullying. He has received many competitive research grants from various sources to study school violence and bullying, and his work has been published in reputational academic journals across diverse disciplines. He has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of School Violence since 2012.

In addition, he has been invited by non-governmental organizations, legislators, and governments to consult on strategies and policies concerning anti-violence measures in schools in Chinese societies. His outstanding teaching performance in research methods and advanced statistics merited an Exemplary Teaching Award from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2016 and The Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Southern California in 2006.