Dr Ruoling Chen

Reader in Public Health

Email address: r.chen@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 518622 Location: Wolverhampton Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Public Health, Social Work and Care Areas of expertise: Chronic disease epidemiology, medical statistics and public health


Ruoling Chen obtained his PhD at the University of Aberdeen in 1997, after studying medicine (MB) and a 3-year full-time postgraduate course for medical statistics in China. In 2009 he joined the University of Wolverhampton as a Reader in Centre for Health and Social Care Improvement (CHSCI). He has conducted and led a number of national and international health research projects, eg, MRC-ALPHA study, Scottish MONICA surveys, MINAP. After spending about 3 years at King’s College London to develop a teaching course of Global Health and teach clinical epidemiology, in 2014 he returned to CHSCI to focus on public health research. Dr Chen previously worked at the Universities of Liverpool, Dundee and London as a lecturer and senior lecturer in medical statistics and epidemiology. He is an honorary senior lecturer at University College London.

Dr Chen’s research areas and expertise include chronic disease epidemiology, medical statistics and public health. He has published widely in these fields (in excess of 180 publications), including high impact papers in journals such as JAMA Arch Int Med, BMJ. He sits on the editorial boards of the Psychiatric Bulletin and World Journal of Psychiatry and as an Associate Editor of BMC Public Health. Currently Dr Chen teaches different levels of students on epidemiology, meta-analysis and health research methodology. He leads a research group of epidemiology and global health, recruiting/supervising PhD students using on-going health cohort study data and providing consultant advice to researchers on clinical- and community- based health study design and data analyses.

Research interests

  • Develop/Maintain relationships with Medical Universities in China to bring students.
  • Develop/Maintain relationships with Medical Universities in China for collaborative research project and grant applications.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow, The Royal Society of Medicine
  • Fellow, The Royal Statistical Society
  • Member, International Epidemiology Association


  • PhD in Epidemiology, Medical School, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • MSc in Medical Statistics, School of Public Health, Sun Yat-sen University of
  • Medical Sciences, China
  • Medical Bachelor, Anhui Medical University, China
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education [PGCAPHE] – Enhancing Academic Practice, King’s Learning Institute, King’s College London, University of London, UK



  • Hu Z, Zaman MJ, Wang J, Peacock JL, Chen R. Correlates of untreated hypercholesterolemia in older adults: A community-based household survey in China. PLoS One 2015 (in press)
  • Chen R, Crichton SL, McKevitt CJ, Rudd AG, Sheldenkar A, Wolfe CDA. Association between Socioeconomic Deprivation and Functional Impairment after Stroke: the South London Stroke Register.  Stroke 2015; 46:800-5.
  • Chen R, Hu Z, Chen RL, Zhang D, Xu L, Wang J, et al. Socioeconomic deprivation and survival after stroke in China: a systematic literature review and a new population-based cohort study. BMJ Open. 2015;5(1):e005688. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005688.
  • Chen R, Hu Z, Wei L, Wilson K. Socioeconomic status and survival among older adults with dementia and depression. Br J Psychiatry 2014; 204:436-40.
  • Birkhead J, Weston C, Timmis A, Chen R. The effects of intravenous insulin infusions on early mortality for patients with acute coronary syndromes who present with hyperglycaemia; a matched propensity analysis using data from the MINAP database 2008-2012. European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care 2014; pii: 2048872614549733.
  • Chen R, McKevitt CJ, Rudd AG, Wolfe CDA. Socioeconomic Deprivation and Survival after Stroke: Findings from the Prospective South London Stroke Register of 1995-2011. Stroke 2014; 45: 217-23.
  • Greaves K, Chen Y, Appadurai V, Hu Z, Schofield P, Chen R. The prevalence of doctor-diagnosed angina in 4314 older adults in China and comparison with the Rose angina questionnaire: the 4 province study. Int J Cardiology. 2014;177:627-8.
  • Chen R, McKevitt CJ, Crichton SL, Rudd AG, Wolfe CDA. Socioeconomic deprivation and provision of acute and long-term care after stroke: the South London Stroke Register cohort study. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry 2014; 85:1294-300.
  • Sheldenkar A, Crichton S, Douiri A, Rudd AG, Wolfe CD, Chen R. Temporal trends in health-related quality of life after stroke: analysis from the South London Stroke Register 1995-2011. Int J Stroke 2014; 9:721-7.
  • Chen R,  Hu Z, Chen LR, Ma Y, Zhang DM, Wilson K. Determinants for undetected dementia and depression in older adults. Br J Psychiatry 2013;203:203-8.
  • Zhang D, Hu Z, Orton S, Wang JJ, Zheng J, Qin X, Chen R. Socioeconomic and psychosocial determinants of smoking and passive smoking in older adults. Biomed Environ Sci 2013;26:465-470.
  • Chen R, Wilson K, Chen Y, Zhang D, Qin X, He MZ, Hu Z, Ma Y, Copeland JR. Association between environmental tobacco smoke exposure and dementia syndromes. Occup Environ Med 2013;70: 63-69.
  • Schofield P, Nicola Crichton N, Chen R.  Methods for assessing cardiovascular disease risk in a UK black population. Heart 2012;98:1373-7.
  • Chen R. Association of environmental tobacco smoke with dementia and Alzheimer's disease among never smokers. Alzheimer's & Dementia 2012;8:590-5.
  • Clifford A, Lang L, Chen R.  Effects of maternal cigarette smoking during pregnancy on cognitive parameters of children and young adults - a literature review. Neurotoxicol Teratol 2012;34:560-70.
  • Chen R, Zhang D, Chen Y, Hu Z, Wilson K. Passive smoking and risk of cognitive impairment in women who never smoke. Arch Int Med 2012;172:271-3.
  • Chen R, Ma Y, Wilson K, Hu Z, Sallah D, Wang JJ, et al. A multicentre community-based study of dementia cases and subcases in older people in rural and urban China--the GMS-AGECAT prevalence and socio-economic correlates. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 2012;27:692-702.
  • Chen R, Song Y, Hu Z, Brunner EJ. Predictors of diabetes in older people in urban China. PLoS ONE 2012;7:e50957.
  • Lang L, Orton S, Sallah D, Hewitt-Moran T, Zhang D, Cullen S, Dixon S, Bell B, Bell D, Meeson L, Chen R. A survey of engagement and competence levels in interventions and activities in a community mental health workforce in England. BMC Health Serv Res 2011;11:352.

Books and Chapters

  • Chen R. Cognitive Development: Theories, Stages & Processes and Challenges (Book). Nova Science Publishers, Inc. p.293. New York, USA. 2014. ISBN-10:1631176048. Total pages 293
  • Chen R, Roberts N. Environmental pollution, neurodevelopment and cognitive impairment (Chapter). p.255-277. In the book -  Cognitive Development: Theories, Stages & Processes and Challenges. 2014. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. New York, USA.
  • Chen R, Copeland JRM. Epidemiology of depression in older people: prevalence and incidence (Chapter). p.479-488. In: Abou-Saleh MM,Katona CLE, and Kumar A. (eds): Principles and Practice of Geriatric Psychiatry (3rd Edition). Wiley-Blackwell, West Sussex, UK.  2011. ISBN: 978-0-470-74723-0

Conference Presentations

  • Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Survival after Hemorrhagic Stroke - Any Evidence? BIT's 6th Annual World Congress of NeuroTalk-2015 (Bio Integration Technology) May 22-24, 2015, Hangzhou, China
  • Impacts of socioeconomic deprivation on Survival after Stroke in China and England. Asia Pacific Stroke Conference, 30 Aug - 1 Sep 2013, Hong Kong
  • Associations between social support, socioeconomic status and depression in stroke survivors who experienced economic transition. Asia Pacific Stroke Conference, 30 Aug - 1 Sep 2013, Hong Kong
  • Exposure to passive smoking and risk of dementia in older women who never smoke. 140th Annual Conference of American Public Health Association, 26-31 October 2012, San Francisco, USA
  • Socioeconomic deprivation and provision of acute and long-term stroke care: a community-based cohort study of the South London Stroke Register 1995-2010. ESC Lisbon, Portugal, 22-25 May 2012
  • Age, gender and race differences in the impacts of admission diabetic status on 1-year mortality after STEMI and NSTEMI: Myocardial Infarction National Audit ProjectBIT’s 2nd Annual International Congress of Cardiology, Shanghai, China, 7-9 December, 2010
  • Rural-urban and geographic differences in the risks of dementia cases and subcases in China. Annual Conference of Australian Society for Psychiatric Research, Canberra, 2-4 December, 2009
  • Depression and dementia in older people in China and the UK. Springfield University Hospital Academic Programme, South West London & St. George’s Mental Health Trust; London, January 22, 2009




Previous professional experience

  • Senior Lecturer/Principal Investigator, Department of Primary Care and Public Health Sciences, King’s College London
  • Senior Lecturer/Senior Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, and Westminster Primary Care NHS Trust, London
  • Senior Lecturer, Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, University of Dundee
  • Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Liverpool, Liverpool

External Examiner

  • PhD External Examiner in the School of Public Health and Social Work, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

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