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Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen

Division Chair, Division of Exercise and Sport Science
School of Health Professions



  • PhD, Exercise Science, University of South Carolina - Columbia
  • MS, Exercise Science, University of South Carolina - Columbia
  • BS, Biology, Pre-Professional, Appalachian State University



Dr. Stephen Chen serves as the Division Chair of the Exercise and Sports Science in the School of Health Professions. He earned his PhD in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Applied Physiology at the University of South Carolina with a dissertation entitled, “The Effects of Quercetin Supplementation on Physical and Mental Functions in Older Adults.” Following his formal education, Dr. Chen worked as a clinical faculty for the Exercise Science Department in the Arnold School of Public Health at USC for five years. Noted to have one of the top Exercise Science programs in the nation, Dr. Chen’s teaching responsibilities included graduate courses in the Physical Therapy Department and undergraduate Exercise Science courses. Having held a role as a project coordinator at USC, he worked on multiple research studies funded by the Gatorade Sports Science Institute and the Department of Defense. He also served as co-primary investigator for research projects funded by commercial companies which examined the effects of ergogenic aids on physical capacity, mental performance, and thermoregulation in active individuals during exercise. In addition to his Division Chair and teaching responsibilities at BJU, he oversees the Human Performance Laboratory and Fitness & Wellness Laboratory at the Mack Building. These are state-of-the-art laboratories where our Kinesiology and Personal Training major students gain hands-on, practical experience in the following areas: research, clinical and performance testing, fitness programming and physical rehabilitation.