Emily K. Chen

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Behavioral Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in human development, Cornell University; A.B. in growth and structure of cities, Bryn Mawr College


Emily Chen is a behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her research interests center around the health and health care of older adults, people with disabilities, and people at the end of life. In particular, Chen is engaged in understanding models for health care and long-term services and supports that best serve these populations; gaining insight into how people plan for health care, including end-of-life care, and other needs that may arise as they age; and supporting policy implementation around standardized assessment of patients in post-acute care settings. Chen has led qualitative data collection and analysis activities and collaborated on mixed methods evaluations. She has experience with structured stakeholder and expert engagement processes (e.g. public comment period, TEP). In earlier work, Chen was involved with the adaptation, dissemination, and evaluation of evidence-based programs, including chronic disease self-management programs. Currently, she is engaged in supporting policy implementation through the federal rule making process. Chen has a Ph.D. in human development from Cornell University.

Research Focus

Recent Projects

  • Development and Maintenance of Post-Acute Care Cross-Setting Standardized Patient Assessment Data
  • Understanding Informal Advance Care Planning in Middle Aged and Young-Old Adults


  • An elderly man getting served a meal by his daughter

    Meeting the Caregivers Challenge

    Ill or injured military personnel and veterans and people with dementia are unique populations, but they give us a preview of the enormous long-term care challenges Americans will face in the decades to come.

    Aug 25, 2014 The RAND Blog