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Assoc Prof Shen Biing-Jiun
Associate Professor
Assoc Prof. Biing-Jiun SHEN is a clinical health psychologist and researcher and a faculty member in the Division of Psychology at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He joined the HSS Psychology Division in 2014. Dr. Shen received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine of Brown University School of Medicine in Rhode Island. Dr. Shen held faculty positions at University of Miami (Psychology) and University of Southern California (Psychology) before joining NTU.

Dr. Shen completed the APA-accredited clinical psychology doctoral program at UCLA, internship, and postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University School of Medicine. He has passed the national and state licensure examination of clinical psychologists in USA. He has been an active researcher and clinical psychology supervisor in the field behavioral medicine.

Dr. Shen conducts multidisciplinary research in clinical health psychology/behavioral medicine, and has publishes more than 30 articles in peer-referred scientific journals in psychology, medicine and public health, and has been cited more than 1300 times according to Google Scholar ( He has received the Citation Paper Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) 3 times. He has held/is holding national funding as Principal Investigator from the American Heart Association, National Institute of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) (USA), and National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (currently Brain and Behavior Research Foundation). He has ongoing research collaborations at researchers in USA, UK and Singapore.

Dr. Shen’s main research interest is to understand how psychological factors, including stress, emotional distress, depression, anxiety and personality, may contribute the initial onset and later progression of physical illness, with an emphasis on heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and their risk factors (e.g., obesity, insulin resistance, and hypertension).

(updated July 15, 2014)
My research mainly investigates how psychological characteristics, including stress, emotion, depression, anxiety, personality, and self-efficacy may contribute to the initial onset and later exacerbation of chronic disease, with an emphasis on cardiometabolic disorders (e.g., coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes) and their risk factors (e.g., obesity and insulin resistance). I am interested in exploring both the biomedical (e.g., inflammation and insulin resistance) and behavioral (e.g., diet and medical adherence) pathways by which these psychological factors may influence physical illness. Here are a few research projects that I am conducting or involved.
(1) Influence of stress, depression and anxiety on illness management and health outcomes in individuals with chronic disease, with an emphasis on coronary heart disease, heart failure, and type 2 diabetes.
(2) Psychosocial factors in the development and progression of coronary artery disease.
(3) Psychosocial issues in treatment for heart Disease and cardiac rehabilitation.
(4) Influence of stress and psychosocial factors on underlying atherosclerosis progression in postmenopausal women with or without hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
(5) Influence of stress and emotional distress on process of wound healing in diabetic patients with foot ulcers.
(6) Stress and psychosocial factors related to obesity, insulin resistance, and the metabolic syndrome.

Selected Publications (from 31 peer-referred papers) (*indicating senior author if not first-author)

Shen, B. J., Eisenberg S., Maeda, U., Farrell, K., Schwarz, E. R., Penedo, F., & Mallon, S. (2011). Depressive and anxiety symptoms predict decrease in health functioning in patients with heart failure. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 41, 373-382.
Shen, B. J., Farrell, K. A., Penedo, F. J., Schneiderman, N., & Orth-Gomer, K. (2011). Waist circumference moderates the association between marital stress and C-reactive protein in middle-aged healthy women. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 40, 258-264.
Singh, K. & Shen, B. J.* (2013). Abdominal Obesity and Chronic Stress Interact to Predict Blunted Cardiovascular Reactivity. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 90(1), 73-79.
Maeda, U., Shen, B. J*., Schwarz, E. R., Farrell, K. A., Mallon, S. (2013). Self-efficacy mediates the effects of social support and depression on treatment adherence in heart failure patients. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 20(1), 88-96.
Eisenberg, S.A., Shen, B. J.*, Schwarz, E. R., & Mallon, S. (2012). Avoidant coping moderates the effect of anxiety on physical functioning in heart failure patients. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 35, 253-261.
Shen, B. J., Avivi, Y. E., Todaro, J. F., Spiro III, A., Laurenceau, J-P., Ward, K. D., Niaura, R. (2008). Anxiety characteristics independently and prospectively predict myocardial infarction in men: The unique contribution of anxiety among psychological factors. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 51, 113-119.
Shen, B. J., Countryman, A. J., Spiro, A., 3rd, & Niaura, R. (2008). The prospective contribution of hostility characteristics to high fasting glucose levels: the moderating role of marital status. Diabetes Care, 31, 1293-1298.
Schwarz, E. R., & Shen, B. J. (2008). Sexual dysfunction in cardiac rehabilitation patients is much more than simply an epiphenomenon and needs more study. Revista Espanola de Cardiologia, 61(9), 907-910.
Todaro, J.F., Shen, B. J., Raffa, S.D., Tilkemeier, P.L., & Niaura, R. (2007). Prevalence of anxiety disorders in men and women with established coronary heart disease. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, 27, 86-91.
Remor, E., Penedo, F.J., Shen, B. J., & Schneiderman, N. (2007). Perceived stress is associated with CD4+ cell decline in men and women living with HIV/AIDS in Spain. AIDS Care, 19, 215-219.
Shen, B. J., Myers, H. F., & McCreary, C. P. (2006). Psychosocial predictors of c
  • Psychosocial and Behavioral Processes in Health Promotion in Cardiac Rehabilitation: The Influences of Emotional Distress & Self-Regulation on Short-Term and Long-Term Changes in Health Behaviors and Health Outcomes