Justin Chen, M.D., M.P.H.

Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
Physician Investigator (Cl)
Psychiatry, Mass General Research Institute
MD Yale University School of Medicine 2009
MPH 2014
asian americans; college students; culture; emigrants and immigrants; ethnic disparities; health equity; major depressive disorder; mental health; mental health services; suicide

Justin A. Chen, MD, MPH, is Medical Director of the Outpatient Psychiatry Division and Co-Director of Primary Care Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Clinically, Dr. Chen specializes in the treatment of adult mood and anxiety disorders. He is also dedicated to teaching and mentorship, serving as Co-Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and  Co-Director and core faculty in the Mind, Brain, and Behavior pre-clinical neurosciences course at HMS.

An Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, his research focuses on cross-cultural psychiatry, mental health disparities, and innovative approaches for improving access to psychiatric services. He is a co-editor of Sociocultural Issues in Psychiatry: A Casebook and Curriculum, published in 2019 by Oxford University Press. As Executive Director and Co-Founder of the nonprofit volunteer-operated MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness (
www.mghstudentwellness.org), he delivers talks and trainings for families, clinicians, and educators throughout the United States on promoting the mental health of diverse students. He is a 2020-23 fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program for a project entitled, “Breaking Silences in the Model Minority: A National Intervention to Increase Mental Health Awareness and Decrease Stigma in Asian Immigrant Families.”

Dr. Chen received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale University. He completed his psychiatry residency and chief residency at MGH/McLean, followed by a Master of Public Health degree at the Harvard-T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Dupont-Warren Research Fellowship focused on improving engagement of depressed Chinese immigrants into mental health care at South Cove Community Health Center in Boston's Chinatown.