Grace Chen




Research Interests
  • Adult survivor of childhood family trauma recovery
  • Couple therapy when one or both partners are adult survivors of childhood family trauma
  • Secure attachment development and healing of adult survivors of childhood family trauma
Research Summary

Dr. Chen’s expertise and research focuses on working with adult survivors of childhood family trauma, specifically, the attachment repair in the interpersonal relationship, especially intimate relationships.

  • PhD, Human Development and Family Studies, Marriage and Family Therapy Specialization, Michigan State University
  • MS, Counseling and Human Services, Counselor Education, Syracuse University
  • BA, Chinese Literature, National Sen Yet-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Areas of Expertise
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
  • Trauma Recovery
  • Couple Therapy
  • Interracial Couple’s Counseling
Recent Publications

Chen, C. G. & Carolan M. T. (2010). Phenomenon of comparative development between female survivors and their partners: Implications for couples therapy. Contemporary Family Therapy, 32 (4)396-411.

Chen, C. G. & Carolan, M. T.(2010). Intertwining couple and parenting relationships in female survivors of abuse. Abstract submitted to the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy 2010 Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Chen, C.G. & Carolan M.T. (2009). Child vs. Adult Attachment: Child Sexual Abuse Survivors and Their Partners. Poster presented in the 71st National Council on Family Relation Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Chen, C.G. & Carolan M.T. (2009). Healing individual wound systematically: Treatment with CSA adult female survivors and their partners. Poster presented in the 2009 American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Sacramento, CA.

Honors and Awards
  • 2009, Best New Professional Poster Award, Family Therapy Section, National Council on Family Relation 2009 Annual Conference.
  • 2008, Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Graduate School, Michigan State University.