Cynthia Chen, PhD
is an Assistant Professor of Health Economics in the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore effective August 14, 2017. She was previously is a postdoctoral research scholar at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California, United States. She received a PhD in Public Health and Masters in Statistics from the National University of Singapore. She specializes in biostatistics and research on aging, and seeks to expand her knowledge in health economics.
Her current research focuses on the Economics of Aging. She intrigued by how economic, technological, demographic and social changes can affect the burden of care, financing needs and optimal resource allocation in the future. Forecasting future health status and healthcare expenditure for the elderly population in the presence of multiple related co-morbidities is highly challenging. She aims to answer these questions by using a microsimulation model based on the Future Elderly Model (FEM). Topics of special interest are informal and formal care costs, medical expenditures, savings and wealth, labor force behavior, and financial and non-financial transfers between generations of family members.
She is a pragmatic researcher who enjoys working across different disciplines and has collaborated on diverse projects with allied healthcare practitioners, academics and health authorities both locally and internationally.