Dr. Jung-Wei Chen earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1996 at the Taipei Medical University School of Dentistry in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China. She graduated from the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 2000, receiving her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and a Master’s Degree in Oral Biology. Dr. Chen taught as an Assistant and then Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Texas’s Dental Branch at Houston, and studied at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Health Information Science, where she earned her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Health Informatics in 2002 and 2007, respectively. She has been a full-time Associate Professor (2008), Professor (2014) and Program Director at the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry since 2008.
Dr. Chen is a board-certified Diplomat and Board Examiner for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She has also served on the Board of Directors, Chair of Continuing Education and as Editor for the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry. She currently serves as a member of the Council on Scientific Affairs of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Education Committee of International Association Paediatric Dentistry. She was recently given the title of Secretary and Treasurer for the International Association for Dental Research’s Pediatric Oral Health Scientific Group. She is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, and is the recipient of several national and international awards, scholarships, and grants. She has published numerous articles and is a nationally and internationally invited speaker. Dr. Chen’s research explores pediatric esthetic crowns, cleft lip and palate treatment options, fluoride, oral manifestations and dental care in HIV-infected children, child temperament related to sedation outcomes, trauma treatment for pediatric patients and periodontal disease in children with Type 2 diabetes, as well as pedagogical concerns such as interdisciplinary teaching approaches in IT course development and web-based education. In addition to her full time academic work, she maintains an extramural pediatric dentistry private practice. Dr. Chen is married and has 2 children. Dr. Chen enjoys meditation, volunteer work, music, and ping-pong.