She is currently the chair of the Game Studies division for the International Communication Association and an associate editor for the Journal of Media Psychology. She also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication and Journal of Information Society.
Dr. Chen’s research interests include how technology brings changes in communication behaviors and facilitate both negative and positive individual and social outcomes, as well as the social and psychological impact of interactive digital media, which includes video games, virtual reality, and social media. She investigates the ways in which individuals negotiate their identities and social relationships through intercultural interaction both in real life and in virtual environments. Dr. Chen has worked on several interdisciplinary projects that look specifically at the design of interactive digital media, such as serious games and virtual reality to facilitate positive intercultural communication.
Chen, V.H.H., Ibasco, G.C., Lew, V.J.X, & Lew J.Y.Y. (2021). The effect of VR avatar embodiment on improving attitudes and closeness toward immigrants. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 705574.
Chen, V.H.H., Ahmed, S., & Chib, A. (2021). The role of social media behaviors and structural intergroup relations on immigrant stereotypes. International Journal of Communication, 15, 4085-4108.
Chen, V.H.H., Chan S.G.M., & Tan Y.C. (2021). Perspective-taking in virtual reality and reduction of biases against minorities. Multimodal Technologies and Interaction, 5(8), 42.
Chen, V.H.H., Koek, W.J.D., Ibasco, G.C., Beatrice, F., & Chib, A. (2022). The effect of intergroup contact in gaming on improving empathetic feelings and reducing stereotypes toward immigrants. 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.
Koek, W.J.D., Yu, V., & Chen, V.H.H. (2022). Understanding meaningful play and its link to prosocial attitudes. 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.
Work for CID:
Vivian Chen wrote KC22: Cultural Identity, and a guest post, A video game for fostering positive intercultural relationships.