Kexun Kenneth Chen

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Allied Health Science and Practice

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Kenneth Chen is a PhD Candidate within the School of Allied Health Science and Practice. He started his PhD journey in 2021. He is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who undertook his undergraduate training at The University of Queensland. He worked as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist in Brisbane, and as a researcher at RECOVER Injury Research Centre in The University of Queensland and the Geriatric Education and Research Institute (GERI) in Singapore.

Kenneth’s research focuses on investigating the underlying mechanism of chronic neck pain. With his clinical background, he investigate the physiological effect of exercise on the central pain modulation in individuals with chronic neck pain. Kenneth combines expertise from various clinical perspectives including exercise physiology, physiotherapy, and exercise science, and has established fruitful collaborations with other health and medical disciplines. 

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2024 Dickson, C., de Zoete, R. M. J., Berryman, C., Weinstein, P., Chen, K. K., & Rothmore, P. (2024). Patient-related barriers and enablers to the implementation of high-value physiotherapy for chronic pain: a systematic review. Pain Medicine (United States), 25(2), 104-115.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
    2024 Chen, K. K., Rolan, P., Hutchinson, M. R., Dickson, C., & de Zoete, R. M. J. (2024). Exercise-induced changes in central sensitization outcomes in individuals with chronic musculoskeletal pain: A systematic review with meta-analysis. European Journal of Pain (United Kingdom), 19 pages.
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    2023 Chen, K. K., Hutchinson, M. R., Rolan, P., & de Zoete, R. M. J. (2023). Effect of exercise on chronic neck pain and central sensitization: A protocol for a randomized crossover trial. Experimental Physiology, 108(5), 672-682.
    DOI Scopus1 Europe PMC1
    2023 Lau, L. K., Abdul Jabbar, K. B., Pang, W. J. B., Chen, K. K., Seah, W. T., Ullal Mallya, J., . . . Wee, S. L. (2023). Physiological and Cognitive Determinants of Gait Variability of Asian Population: The Yishun Study. Gerontology, 69(3), 1-11.
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    2022 Senarath, M. K. I. D., Chen, K. K., Weerasekara, I., & de Zoete, R. M. J. (2022). Exercise-induced hypoalgesic effects of different types of physical exercise in individuals with neck pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis.. Pain Pract, 23(1), 110-122.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS4 Europe PMC3
    2022 Jabbar, K. A., Tan, D. G. H., Seah, W. -T., Lau, L. K., Pang, B. W. -J., Ng, D. H. -M., . . . Wee, S. -L. (2022). Enhanced gait variability index and cognitive performance in Asian adults: Results from the Yishun Study. Gait & Posture, 97, 216-221.
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    2022 Chen, K. K., Lee, S. Y., Pang, B. W. J., Lau, L. K., Jabbar, K. A., Seah, W. T., . . . Wee, S. -L. (2022). Associations of low handgrip strength and hand laterality with cognitive function and functional mobility - the Yishun Study.. BMC Geriatr, 22(1), 8 pages.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS4 Europe PMC4
    2022 Tou, N. X., Wee, S. L., Pang, B. W. J., Lau, L. K., Jabbar, K. A., Seah, W. T., . . . Ng, T. P. (2022). Association of fat mass index versus appendicular lean mass index with physical function – The Yishun Study. Aging and Health Research, 2(3), 100097.
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    2021 Lau, L. K., Mallya, J. U., Pang, W. J. B., Chen, K. K., Abdul Jabbar, K. B., Seah, W. T., . . . Wee, S. L. (2021). Physiological and Cognitive Determinants of Dual-Task Costs for Gait Parameters: The Yishun Study. Gerontology, 67(4), 457-466.
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    2021 Abdul Jabbar, K., Seah, W. -T., Lau, L. K., Pang, B. W. -J., Ng, D. H. -M., Tan, Q. L. -L., . . . Wee, S. -L. (2021). Fast gait spatiotemporal parameters in adults and association with muscle strength – The Yishun study. Gait & Posture, 85, 217-223.
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    2021 Chen, K. K., Wee, S. -L., Pang, B. W. J., Lau, L. K., Jabbar, K. A., Seah, W. T., & Ng, T. P. (2021). Relationship between BMI with percentage body fat and obesity in Singaporean adults – The Yishun Study. BMC Public Health, 21(1).
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    2021 Pang, B. W. J., Wee, S. L., Lau, L. K., Jabbar, K. A., Seah, W. T., Ng, D. H. M., . . . Ng, T. P. (2021). Obesity Measures and Definitions of Sarcopenic Obesity in Singaporean Adults — The Yishun Study. Journal of Frailty and Aging, 10(3), 202-210.
    DOI Scopus6 Europe PMC4
    2021 Tan, V. M. H., Pang, B. W. J., Lau, L. K., Jabbar, K. A., Seah, W. T., Chen, K. K., . . . Wee, S. L. (2021). Malnutrition and Sarcopenia in Community-Dwelling Adults in Singapore: Yishun Health Study. Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 25(3), 374-381.
    DOI Scopus25 Europe PMC22
    2021 Tou, N. X., Wee, S. L., Pang, B. W. J., Lau, L. K., Jabbar, K. A., Seah, W. T., . . . Ng, T. P. (2021). Associations of fat mass and muscle function but not lean mass with cognitive impairment: The Yishun Study. PLoS ONE, 16(8 August 2021), e0256702.
    DOI Scopus10 Europe PMC6
    2021 Pang, B. W. J., Wee, S. L., Lau, L. K., Jabbar, K. A., Seah, W. T., Ng, D. H. M., . . . Ng, T. P. (2021). Sensorimotor Performance and Reference Values for Fall Risk Assessment in Community-Dwelling Adults: The Yishun Study. Physical Therapy, 101(7), pzab035.
    DOI Scopus3 Europe PMC1
    2021 Pang, B. W. J., Wee, S. -L., Chen, K. K., Lau, L. K., Jabbar, K. A., Seah, W. T., . . . Ng, T. P. (2021). Coexistence of osteoporosis, sarcopenia and obesity in communitydwelling adults - The Yishun Study. OSTEOPOROSIS AND SARCOPENIA, 7(1), 17-23.
    DOI WoS9 Europe PMC12
    2021 Lee, S. Y., Pang, B. W. J., Lau, L. K., Jabbar, K. A., Seah, W. T., Chen, K. K., . . . Wee, S. L. (2021). Cross-sectional associations of housework with cognitive, physical and sensorimotor functions in younger and older community-dwelling adults: The Yishun Study. BMJ Open, 11(11), e052557.
    DOI Scopus10 Europe PMC6
    2021 Pang, B. W. J., Wee, S. L., Lau, L. K., Jabbar, K. A., Seah, W. T., Ng, D. H. M., . . . Ng, T. P. (2021). Prevalence and Associated Factors of Sarcopenia in Singaporean Adults—The Yishun Study. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 22(4), 885.e1-885.e10.
    DOI Scopus57 WoS35 Europe PMC35
    2021 Lee, S. Y., Choo, P. L., Pang, B. W. J., Lau, L. K., Jabbar, K. A., Seah, W. T., . . . Wee, S. L. (2021). SPPB reference values and performance in assessing sarcopenia in community-dwelling Singaporeans – Yishun study. BMC Geriatrics, 21(1), 213.
    DOI Scopus22 Europe PMC17
    2021 de Zoete, R. M., Armfield, N. R., McAuley, J. H., Chen, K., & Sterling, M. (2021). Comparative effectiveness of physical exercise interventions for chronic non-specific neck pain: a systematic review with network meta-analysis of 40 randomised controlled trials.. British journal of sports medicine, 55(13), 730-742.
    DOI Scopus48 WoS34 Europe PMC26
    2021 Choo, P. L., Tou, N. X., Jun Pang, B. W., Lau, L. K., Jabbar, K. A., Seah, W. T., . . . Wee, S. L. (2021). Timed Up and Go (TUG) Reference Values and Predictive Cutoffs for Fall Risk and Disability in Singaporean Community-Dwelling Adults: Yishun Cross-Sectional Study and Singapore Longitudinal Aging Study. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 22(8), 1640-1645.
    DOI Scopus22 WoS17 Europe PMC13
    2020 Chen, K. K., Wee, S. L., Pang, B. W. J., Lau, L. K., Jabbar, K. A., Seah, W. T., . . . Ng, T. P. (2020). Bone mineral density reference values in Singaporean adults and comparisons for osteoporosis establishment - The Yishun Study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 21(1), 11 pages.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS9 Europe PMC9
    2020 de Zoete, R. M. J., Chen, K., & Sterling, M. (2020). Central neurobiological effects of physical exercise in individuals with chronic musculoskeletal pain: a systematic review.. BMJ Open, 10(7), e036151.
    DOI Scopus16 WoS8 Europe PMC7
    2020 Abdul Jabbar, K., Seah, W. -T., Lau, L. K., Pang, B. W. J., Ng, D. H. -M., Tan, Q. L. -L., . . . Wee, S. -L. (2020). Enhanced Gait Variability Index in older Asian Adults and Increased Physiological Fall Risk: Results from the Yishun Study. Adv Geriatr Med Res.
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    2020 Lau, L. K., Wee, S. L., Pang, W. J. B., Chen, K. K., Abdul Jabbar, K., Yap, P. L. K., . . . Ng, T. P. (2020). Reference Values of Gait Speed and Gait Spatiotemporal Parameters for a South East Asian Population: The Yishun Study.. Clinical interventions in aging, 15, 1753-1765.
    DOI Europe PMC9
    2019 Chen, K., Andersen, T., Carroll, L., Connelly, L., Côté, P., Curatolo, M., . . . Sterling, M. (2019). Recommendations for core outcome domain set for Whiplash-Associated Disorders (CATWAD). The Clinical Journal of Pain, 35(9), 727-736.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS15 Europe PMC9
    2019 Bobos, P., MacDermid, J., Nazari, G., & Furtado, R. (2019). Psychometric properties of the global rating of change scales in patients with neck disorders: a systematic review with meta-analysis and meta-regression. BMJ Open, 9(11), e033909.
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    2019 McGee, S., Sipos, T., Allin, T., Chen, C., Greco, A., Bobos, P., & MacDermid, J. (2019). Systematic review of the measurement properties of performance-based functional tests in patients with neck disorders. BMJ Open, 9(11), e031242.
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    2018 Kelly, V. G., Chen, K. K., & Oyewale, M. (2018). Reliability of the 30-15 intermittent fitness test for elite wheelchair rugby players. Science and Medicine in Football, 2(3), 191-195.
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    - Soh, B. P., Lee, S. Y., Wong, W. Y., Pang, B. W. J., Lau, L. K., Jabbar, K. A., . . . Wee, S. -L. (n.d.). Body composition reference values in Singaporean adults using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry—The Yishun study. PLOS ONE, 17(10), e0276434.
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