Mario Chen

Associate Director, Biostatistics Division

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Mario Chen is the Associate Director of the Biostatistics Division at FHI 360. He is a biostatistician with more than 20 years of experience in providing biostatistical support ranging from study design, data analysis, and training for a diversity of projects including clinical trials, impact evaluation studies, systematic reviews, surveys, and other observational studies.

Chen is responsible for the oversight of the biostatistical support for FHI 360’s behavioral, social sciences, health services, and other programmatic research agenda. He also supports some of FHI 360’s clinical research as well as infectious diseases research from networks of investigators supported by NIH. Chen has experience in the operation of Data Monitoring Committees, and providing statistical training internationally.

Before joining FHI 360, Chen was an associate professor at the University of Costa Rica, where he taught undergraduate and graduate students, mentored students, provided statistical consulting, and led a national reproductive health survey. Chen is author or co-author of over 50 peer-review publications in the fields of statistics, public health, and infectious diseases. He has participated in more than 25 international workshops.

Chen was a Fulbright scholar. He obtained his PhD and Master’s degrees in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Select recent publications

  • McCarraher DR, Chen M, Wambugu S, Sortijas S, Succop S, Aiyengba B, Okigbo C, and Pack A (2013). Informing HIV Prevention Efforts targeting Liberian Youth: A study using the PLACE Method in Liberia. Reproductive Health 10: 54.
  • MacQueen KM, Chen M, Jolly D, Mueller MP, Okumu E, Eley NT, Laws M, Isler MR, Kalloo A, Rogers RC (2015). HIV testing experience and risk behavior among sexually active Black young adults: a CBPR-based study using respondent-driven sampling in Durham, North Carolina. American Journal of Community Psychology 55: 433-443.
  • Brunie A, Akol A, Mercer S, Chen M. (2016). Expanding HIV testing and counseling into communities: Feasibility, acceptability, and effects of an integrated family planning/HTC service delivery model by Village Health Teams in Uganda. Health Policy and Planning.
  • Rangarajan S, Colby DJ, Truong GL, Huu HN, Thi Thu VT, Quoc BL, Broh TP, Tri DT, Giang DD, Chen M, Zeng Y, West Gary. (2016) Factors associated with HIV RNA viral loads in ART-naïve patients: implications for treatment as prevention in concentrated epidemics. Journal of Virus Eradication 2: 36–42.
  • Chen-Mok M, Bangdiwala SI, Dominik R, Hays M, Irsula B, and Sokal DC. Termination of a randomized controlled trial of two vasectomy techniques. Controlled Clinical Trials. 2003; 24:78-84.
  • Lendvay A, Otieno-Masaba R, Azmat SK, Wheeless A, Hameed W, Shaikh BT, Kuria S, Steiner M, Chen M, Feldblum PJ. Effectiveness, safety and acceptability of Sino-implant (II) during first year of use: Results from Kenya and Pakistan. Contraceptive. 2014; 89:197–203.
  • Chin-Quee D, Otterness C, L’Engle K, Mercer S, Chen M. Repeated use of emergency contraceptive pills was not common in this sample. International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 2014; 40(3):127–134.
  • Schuler SR, Nanda G, Ramirez LF, Chen M (2015). Interactive workshops to promote gender equity and family planning in rural communities of Guatemala: Results of a community randomized study. Journal of Biosocial Science, available on CJO2015. doi:10.1017/S0021932014000418