Associate Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics, Associate Professor of Medical Science, Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice


Elizabeth S. Chen, PhD, FACMI is the Founding Associate Director of the Brown Center for Biomedical Informatics (BCBI), Associate Professor of Medical Science, and Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy & Practice at Brown University. Dr. Chen's research involves exploring and improving use of data, information, and knowledge to support biomedical discovery and healthcare delivery. Specific research interests include clinical documentation, clinical decision support, health information needs, standards and interoperability, natural language processing (NLP), and data mining.

Within BCBI, Dr. Chen leads the Clinical Informatics Innovation and Implementation (CI3) Laboratory that has a three-fold mission to: (1) innovate use of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) for primary (e.g., patient care) and secondary (e.g., research, quality, and public health) purposes, (2) implement solutions within operational clinical and research systems, and (3) inspire the next generation of clinical informaticians. Her NIH/NLM-funded research involved leveraging EHR data and a suite of techniques (including NLP, data integration, and data mining) to collect and analyze social, behavioral, and familial factors for specific conditions (pediatric asthma and adult epilepsy). More recent research involves using EHRs and computational approaches for supporting mental health ("mental health informatics"). 

As part of the leadership for the Advance-CTR Biomedical Informatics and Cyberinfrastructure Enhancement Core, Dr. Chen is actively involved with initiatives for making EHR data accessible and usable for the clinical and translational research community in Rhode Island. She is also contributing as a Faculty Scholar to the research and evaluation infrastructure for supporting work on a broad range of health initiatives within the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute.

Dr. Chen received a BS in Computer Science from Tufts University and PhD in Biomedical Informatics from Columbia University. Prior to joining Brown University in July 2015, she held appointments at Columbia University, Partners HealthCare/Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and the University of Vermont. 

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