Division of Biology and Medicine
Brown Center for Biomedical Informatics

Elizabeth Chen, PhD, FACMI

Interim Director, Brown Center for Biomedical Informatics, Associate Professor of Medical Science, Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy, and Practice
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Dr. Chen leads the Clinical Informatics Innovation and Implementation (CI3) Laboratory that is focused on leveraging Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology and data to improve healthcare delivery and biomedical discovery. Her current research projects involve the use of data, technology, and computational approaches for improving mental health (mental health informatics) and child health (pediatric informatics). 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. Dr. Chen was previously Chair of the Biomedical Informatics, Library and Data Sciences (BILDS) Review Committee for the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is currently Associate Editor for Methods of Information in Medicine and an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Biomedical Informatics.


  1. Chen ES. What is Informatics? In: Tenenbaum J and Ranallo P, editors. Mental Health Informatics: Enabling a Learning Mental Healthcare System. Springer; 2021:31-54.
  2. Brown KA, Sarkar IN, Chen ES. Mental Health Comorbidity Analysis in Pediatric Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder Using Rhode Island Medical Claims Data. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2021 Jan 25;2020:263-272. PMID: 33936398; PMCID: PMC8075466.
  3. Buckland RS, Hogan JW, Chen ES. Selection of Clinical Text Features for Classifying Suicide Attempts. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2021 Jan 25;2020:273-282. PMID: 33936399; PMCID: PMC8075476.

Recent News

BCBI Student presents at 2023 Summer Research Symposium

2023 Summer Research Symposium

"Characterizing Pediatric Anxiety and Depression in the All of Us Research Program" Anusha Srinivasan; Faculty Mentor: Elizabeth Chen

Each year, Brown University showcases the research of its undergraduates at the Summer Research Symposium. More than half of the student-researchers are UTRA recipients, while others receive funding from a variety of Brown-administered and national programs and fellowships and go on to present their work at national and international meetings. Presenters include Brown students as well as students from other institutions who are conducting summer research and working with a faculty advisor at Brown.

Learn more about the research that the students were engaged in by viewing the posters from the 2023 Summer Research Symposium held August 3-4, 2023
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