Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Vivien Chen

Research Analyst
Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee, WA State Legislature
Tel: 360-902-0620


CSDE Research Areas:

  • Demographic Measurements and Methods
  • Migration and Settlement
  • Wellbeing of Families and Households

In the News:


Dr. Vivien Chen is currently a research analyst at the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) of the State of Washington. She conducts performance auditing and evaluation on state-funded policies and programs. Prior to JLARC, Vivien was a research lead and coordinator for the Education Research & Data Center (ERDC), where she facilitated the build-up of the state student longitudinal administrative data warehouse and provided evidence-based research to inform policymaking.

Vivien received a doctoral degree in Education Policy Studies with a minor in Demography from The Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on policy evaluation, educational equity and equality, demographic research method. Topics of her research include family structure, children of immigrants, school choice and neighborhood segregation, STEM learning, college financial aid, human capital cultivation, and education and workforce outcomes for children/youth in foster care or experiencing homelessness.