Peii (Peggy) Chen, PhD

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Senior Research Scientist

Spatial Attention, Awareness, and Ability Laboratory

Peii Chen, PhD, is a senior research scientist and the intellectual property liaison at  Kessler Foundation and a research associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers University. Dr. Chen obtained her doctoral degree at the Pennsylvania State University, where she was mentored by Prof. J. Toby Mordkoff and Prof. Cathleen Moore. Trained as an experimental cognitive psychologist, Dr. Chen started out her postdoctoral career in 2007 and became a neurorehabilitation scientist with the focus on spatial cognition and its disorders after brain injury, especially stroke. Dr. Chen is devoting her career to the study of spatial neglect and its related deficits, real-life impacts, and solutions. Dr. Chen is a recipient of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)’s 2017 Distinguished Switzer Research Fellowship. She is the lead developer of the Kessler Foundation Neglect Assessment Process (KF-NAP®) and Prism Adaptation Treatment (KF-PAT®). 


Cognitive psychology
Rehabilitation science
Research methodology
Postdoctoral Fellowship - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, USA
PhD - Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
Specialization - Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
MS - Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
BS - Medical Radiation Technology, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan.
Switzer Fellowship Distinguished Award, 2017
Spot Bonus Award, 2015
Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) Award, 2013
R03 award (Grant No. HD063177), 2009
Research Interests

Topic areas of Dr. Chen's research include brain mechanisms and behavioral symptoms of spatial neglect, deficits related to spatial neglect (such self-awareness deficits and perseverative behavior), clinical impacts of spatial neglect, assessment methods for spatial neglect, treatment development for spatial neglect, knowledge translation and implementation.


See Dr. Chen's publications on ResearchGate.

Chen, P., & Toglia, J. (2018). Online and offline awareness deficits: Anosognosia for spatial neglect. Rehabilitation Psychology. doi:10.1037/rep0000207

Chen, P., Pitteri, M., Gillen, G., & Ayyala, H. (2017). Ask the experts how to treat individuals with Spatial Neglect: a survey study. Disability and Rehabilitation, 1-15. doi:10.1080/09638288.2017.1347720

Goedert, K. M., Chen, P., Foundas, A. L., & Barrett, A. M. (2018). Frontal Lesions predict response to Prism Adaptation Treatment in Spatial Neglect: A randomised controlled study. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 1-22. doi:10.1080/09602011.2018.1448287

Chen, P., Ward, I., Khan, U., Liu, Y., & Hreha, K. (2016). Spatial neglect hinders success of inpatient rehabilitation in individuals with traumatic brain injury: A retrospective study. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 30(5), 451-460. doi:10.1177/1545968315604397

Chen, P., Hreha, K., Kong, Y., & Barrett, A. M. (2015). impact of Spatial Neglect in stroke rehabilitation: evidence from the setting of an inpatient rehabilitation facility. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 96(8), 1458-1466. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2015.03.019

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Collaborating Studies

IRB# E996-17: Development of a Virtual Reality Spatial Retraining Therapy to Improve Neglect in Stroke Survivors 

IRB# E991-17: Family-Clinician Collaboration to Improve Neglect and Rehabilitation Outcome after Stroke

IRB# E974-17: Home-based Arm and Hand Exercise (HAHE) to Improve Upper Limb Function after Traumatic Brain Injury