Lydia W. Li

Associate Professor of Social Work

Lydia W. Li

Lydia Li’s research areas include social support in later life, stress and adaptation of family caregivers, dynamics of formal and informal care, health trajectories of home care elders, and late-life depression and suicide. She has a keen interest in cross-cultural research. Her most recent work involves community-based interventions for late-life depression in China.

She is affiliated with the Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) and Population Studies Center at U-M. She has served on the executive committee of the CCS and the Social Research, Practice and Policy section of the Gerontological Society of America.

Research Interests/Focus

Late-life depression, home care elders, family caregiving, successful aging


Year Degree   School
2000 PhD Social Welfare University of Wisconsin, Madison
1989 MSW Social Work University of Hong Kong, China
1984 Honorary Diploma Social Work Hong Kong Baptist College, China

Cheung, S.-T., Chi, I., Fung, H., Li, L. W., & Woo J. (Eds.). (in press). Successful Aging in South East Asia. New York: Springer.

Li, L. W. & Zhang, J. (in press). Challenges to successful aging in transitional China. In Cheung, S.-T., Chi, I., Fung, H., Li, L. W., & Woo J. (Eds.), Successful Aging in South East China. New York: Springer.

Cheung S.-T., Li, L. W., Woo, J., Fung, H., & Chi, I. (in press). Successful aging in East Asia: a concerted effort of the State, the family, and the individual. In Cheung, S.-T., Chi, I., Fung, H., Li, L. W., & Woo J. (Eds.), Successful Aging in South East China. New York: Springer.

Li, L. W., Long, Y., Essex, E., Sui, Y., & Gao, L. (2012). Elderly Chinese and their family caregivers' perceptions of good care: A qualitative study in Shangdong, China. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 55(7), 609-625.

Li, Lydia, McLaughlin, S. (2011). Caregiver confidence: Does it predict changes in disability among elderly health care recipients? The Gerontologist, doi:10.1093/geront/gnr073.

Ingersoll-Dayton, B., Dunkle, R. E., Chadiha, L. A., Lawrence-Jacobson, A., Li, L., & Weir, E. (2011). Intergenerational ambivalence: Aging mothers whose adult daughters are mentally ill. Families in Society, 92(1), 114-119.

Li, L. W., & Conwell, Y. (2010). Pain and self-injury ideation in elderly men and women receiving home care. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58, 2160-2165.

McLaughlin, S. J., Connell, C. M., Heeringa, S. G., Li, L. W., & Roberts, S. (2010). Successful aging in the United States: Prevalence estimates from a national sample of older adults. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 65B(2), 216-226.

Li, L. W., & Conwell, Y. (2009). Effects of changes in depressive symptoms and cognitive functioning on physical disability in home care elderly. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 64A(2), 230-236.

Li, L., & Sui, Y. (2009). Family: Roles of the elderly. In D. Pong (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Modern China. Detroit, MI: Charles Scribner’s Sons, Gale/Cengage Learning.

Li, L. W., Zhang, J., & Liang, J. (2009). Health among the oldest-old in China: Which living arrangements make a difference? Social Science and Medicine, 69(2), 220-227.

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