Shu-Chen (Jenny) Yen, Ph.D.

Shu-Chen (Jenny) Yen, Ph.D.


Office: EC 526

Telephone: (657) 278-5326


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Courses Taught

CAS 101 - Introduction to Child and Adolescent Development

CAS 321—Infant/Toddler Development

CAS 325A—Child Development from 0 to 8 years

CAS 464 and 464L—Practicum in Early Childhood Settings

CAS 490T—Seminar: Temperament and Development


Dr. Shu-Chen “Jenny" Yen (Ph.D., Early Childhood Development, University of Missouri-Columbia) is a Professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Studies at California State University. She teaches courses focused on infant/toddler and early childhood development, temperament and development, and practicum. Dr. Yen's scholarship emphasizes young children's temperament and adjustment, the impact of High Impact Practices (HIPs) on students' learning effectiveness, and learning modalities and student outcomes. She was recognized by CSUF for the Outstanding Faculty for Community Engagement, Service Award, Outstanding Senior Honors Project Mentor, and Exceptional Teaching Effectiveness Award.


Dr. Yen is very active in the early childhood education field. She was the former Secretary and Vice President of the California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAAEYC). She co-established the Asian Interest Forum for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to improve Asian-American children's mental health and well-being. She was a former member of several committees of NAEYC, including the Affiliate Advisory Council, Nominating Committee, and the Peer Reviewer for the NAEYC National Recognition (SPA recognition) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) program. She currently serves as a member of the Committee of Diversity and Inclusion for CAAEYC.


One of her interests is writing social stories for young children. Her most recent project was a story explaining COVID-19 and social distancing to young children; the book got translated into 24 languages by volunteers around the world, and it has been used in more than 35 countries. She also created The Social Story CenterOpens in new window to share her work with educators around the world. She has received the P.E.A.C.E Award for advocating for peace and diversity with children and their teachers from Peace Educators Allied for Children Everywhere. She was also honored by the Educators for Peaceful Classrooms and Communities (EPCC) for the Honor an Early Childhood Educator Award (CAAEYC).