Shanshan Chen

Shanshan Chen, PhDc, MS

Shanshan Chen
Department of Nutrition & Exercise Science

Current Roles

Shanshan Chen is an Assistant Professor and a core faculty member in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University California.  She joined Bastyr in Fall, 2016.


PhD Candidate in Nutrition from University of Massachusetts Amherst

MS in Nurtition from University of Massachusetts Amherst

MS in Maternal and Child Health from Anhui Medical University, China

BS in Nursing from Anhui Medical Univeristy, China

Past Experience

Shanshan has been actively involved in nutrition and health promotion, community engagement and partnership development for over a decade.  She also has hands-on experience developing cultural-sensitive nutrition education materials for different audience.  Between 2014 and 2016, she worked as a regional nutrition and health education specialist and the county program director at University of Missouri Extension, responsible for community nutrition education in five counties.  She successfully integrated international nutrition content into the Gen-Ed Nutrition curriculum at university of Massachusetts Amherst while pursuing her graduate degrees.  Between 2004-2006, she served as a lecturer and undergraduate program director in the department for nursing at Anhui Medical University in China.


Shanshan strongly believes in the healing power of nature and the concept of whole-food nutrition.  Her major interests are in community nutrition and immigrant health.  She is also interested in learning about health risks among under-served populations and the development of effective nutrition education/intervention programs.

Teaching/Healing Philosophy

An educator should serve as a catalyst for the students to pursue their dreams and succeed in their lives. 

Current Research

Postpartum Practices and the Use of a Traditional Medicinal Concoction among Young Cambodian Women in Massachusetts. 

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