Lydia Li is Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work where she is a gerontologist with an interest in issues related to aging and health, and cross-cultural gerontology. Her research aims to understand how multiple levels of factors and their interaction contribute to older people’s physical, psychological and cognitive health. One unifying theme of her research is to investigate and address health disparities impacting vulnerable segments of the elderly population, including older adults with low incomes, older adults in rural China, and older Chinese immigrants in the United States. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and served as the co-chair of the 2016 GSA program committee. She was a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar. Currently she is serving as an associate editor of the International Journal of Social Welfare, an editorial board member of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work, and an expert reviewer for the Public Policy Research Funding Scheme in Hong Kong. She has been an associate editor of BMC Geriatrics. She is affiliated with the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, Population Studies Center, and Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies at the University of Michigan.
Mental health and cognitive function in later life; community-based interventions for depression and cognitive impairment prevention in older Chinese populations; ageism, racism and health.
|(734) 936-4850||(734) email@example.com||3839 SSWB||University of Michigan|
School of Social Work
1080 S. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
|2000||PhD||Social Welfare||University of Wisconsin, Madison|
|1989||MSW||Social Work||University of Hong Kong, China|
|1984||Honor's Diploma||Social Work||Hong Kong Baptist College, China|
Xue, J., Chen, X., Bogner, H., Tang, W., Li, L. W., & Conwell, Y. (in press). The prevalence of depressive symptoms among older patients with hypertension in rural China. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
Li, L. W., Harris, R., Tsodikov, A., Struble, L., & Murphy, S. (in press). Self-acupressure for older adults with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled trial. Arthritis Care and Research.
Xu, L., Tang, F., Li, L. W., & Dong, X. (2017). Grandparent caregiving and psychological well-being among Chinese American older adults –The roles of caregiving burden and pressure. Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 72(suppl_1), S56-62.
Davitt, J., Li, L. W., & Rastigue, K. (2016). Policies to protect the rights of older adults and support family caregivers. Handbook for Social Work in Health and Aging (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press.
Li, L. W., Harris, R., Murphy, S., Tsodikov, A., & Struble, L. (2016). Feasibility of a randomized controlled trial of self-administered acupressure for symptom management in older adults with knee osteoarthritis. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 22(5), 396-403.
Liu, J., Li, L. W., Zhang, Z & Xu, H. (2016). Associations between physical health and depressive symptoms in Chinese older adults: Do neighborhood resources matter? SSM- Population Health, 2, 531-535.
Li, L. W. & Zhang, J. (2015). Challenges to successful aging in transitional China. In Cheung, S.-T., Chi, I., Fung, H., Li, L. W., & Woo J. (Eds.), Successful Aging: Asian Perspectives 33-50. New York: Springer.
Cheung S.-T., Li, L. W., Woo, J., Fung, H., & Chi, I. (2015). 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: Asian Perspectives 339-346. New York: Springer.
Li, L. W., Liu, J., Zhang, Z., & Xu, H. (2015). Late-life depression in rural China: Do village infrastructure and availability of community resources matter? International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 30(7), 729-736.
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.
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.
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.
University of Michigan
School of Social Work
1080 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106