Dr Junwen Chen

Senior Lecturer

Dr Junwen Chen received her PhD (Human Sciences) in 2002 from Waseda University, Japan. Since 2002 She has been employed full-time as an academic, first at Waseda University, Japan as a Research Associate, and then at Tokai Gakuin University, Japan initially as an Assistant Professor, and subsequently as an Associate Professor. In 2010, She moved from Japan to Flinders University, Australia to take up a Lecturer position and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2015. In 2019, Dr Chen joined the Australian National University as Senior Lecturer.

ORCID: 0000-0003-4870-750X

Research interests

  • Areas of expertise

  • Health, Clinical And Counselling Psychology
  • Mental Health
  • Cultural Studies

My research focuses primarily on anxiety disorders, specifically, Social Anxiety Disorder and excessive worry, the latter of which is considered as a transdiagnostic process across both anxiety and depression. In particular, I have devoted myself to research on (1) investigating the underlying mechanisms involved in the maintenance of Social Anxiety Disorder by targeting biased information processes (e.g., negative self-imagery and interpretation bias) and their impacts on intervention techniques (e.g., video feedback); (2) examining the effects of intervention/prevention programs for excessive worry (e.g., using Behavioural Activation and Emotion Regulation approaches) in both adults and children; and (3) cross-cultural comparisons of the symptoms of social anxiety (disorder).

  • Chen, J, Johnstone, K & Kemps, E 2022, 'A randomised controlled trial evaluating two universal prevention programs for children: Building resilience to manage worry', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 297, pp. 437-446.
  • Nakamura, K, Batterham, P, Chen, J et al. 2021, 'Levels and predictors of suicide stigma and suicide literacy in Japan', Psychiatry Research Communications, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 1-4.
  • Chen, J, Short, M & Kemps, E 2020, 'Interpretation bias in social anxiety: A systematic review and meta-analysis', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 276, no. -, pp. 1119-1130.
  • Ishikawa, S, Chen, J, Fujisawa, D et al. 2020, 'The development, progress, and current status of cognitive behaviour therapy in Japan', Australian Psychologist, vol. 55, no. 6, pp. 598-605.
  • Johnstone, K, Middleton, T, Kemps, E et al. 2020, 'A pilot investigation of universal school-based prevention programs for anxiety and depression symptomology in children: A randomized controlled trial', Journal of Clinical Psychology, no. 0021-9762.
  • Chen, J, Milne, K, Dayman, J et al. 2019, 'Interpretation bias and social anxiety: does interpretation bias mediate the relationship between trait social anxiety and state anxiety responses?', Cognition and Emotion, vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 630-645.
  • Wong , Q, Chen, J, Gregory, B et al. 2019, 'Measurement equivalence of the Social Interaction Anxiety Scale (SIAS) and Social Phobia Scale (SPS) across individuals with social anxiety disorder from Japanese and Australian sociocultural contexts', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 243, pp. 165-174.
  • Chen, J, McLean, J & Kemps, E 2018, 'Combined Audience and Video Feedback With Cognitive Review Improves State Anxiety and Self-Perceptions During Speech Tasks in Socially Anxious Individuals', Behavior Therapy, vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 165-179.
  • Johnstone, K, Kemps, E & Chen, J 2018, 'A Meta-Analysis of Universal School-Based Prevention Programs for Anxiety and Depression in Children', Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, vol. 21, pp. 466-481.
  • Okajima, I & Chen, J 2017, 'The effect of insomnia on changes in anxiety, depression, and social function after a transdiagnostic treatment targeting excessive worry', Sleep and Biological Rhythms, vol. 15, pp. 243-249.
  • Chu, B, Chen, J, Mele, C et al. 2017, 'Transdiagnostic approaches to emotion regulation: Basic Mechanisms and Treatment Research', in Cecilia A Essau, Sara Leblanc, Thomas H Ollendick (ed.), Emotion Regulation & Psycholpathology in Children and Adolescents, Oxford University Press, Oxford United Kingdom, pp. 419-452.
  • Johnstone, K, Chen, J & Balzan, R 2017, 'An investigation into the jumping-to-conclusions bias in social anxiety', Consciousness and Cognition, vol. 48, pp. 55-65.
  • Chen, J, Johnstone, K, Ishikawa, S et al. 2016, 'Interventions for transdiagnostic processes in emotional disorders', in Ross C Menzies, Michael Kyrios, Nikolads Kazantzis (ed.), Inovations and future direction in behavioural and cognitive therapies, Australian Academic Press, Samford Valley Australia, pp. 234-238.
  • Chen, J, Cox, S, Crome, E et al. 2016, 'Broadening the research areas on social anxiety disorder', in Ross C Menzies, Michael Kyrios, Nikolads Kazantzis (ed.), Inovations & Future Direction in Behavioural & Cognitive Therapies, Australian Academic Press, Samford Valley Australia, pp. 51-55.
  • Cox, S & Chen, J 2015, 'Perfectionism: A contributor to social anxiety and its cognitive processes', Australian Journal of Psychology, vol. 67, pp. 231-240.
  • Chen, J, Mak, R & Fujita, S 2015, 'The Effect of Combination of Video Feedback and Audience Feedback on Social Anxiety: Preliminary Findings', Behavior Modification, vol. 39, no. 5, pp. 721-739.
  • Rie, K, Nixon, R & Chen, J 2014, 'Trauma related rumination mediates the effect of naturally occurring depressive symptoms, but not momentary low mood on trauma intrusions', Australian Journal of Psychology, vol. 67, no. 2, pp. 75-86.