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Lydia W. Li

Professor of Social Work

Lydia W. Li

Professor Lydia Li is a gerontologist. Her research aims to understand and advance healthy aging among older adults in disadvantaged socio-economic positions. Her current research focuses on social isolation, depression and ageism. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar. She served as the co-chair of the 2016 GSA program committee. She is associate editor of the International Journal of Social Welfare. She also serves on the editorial board of Research on Aging and Journal of Gerontological Social Work. She teaches courses related to social welfare policy, research methods, program evaluation, aging policy and social gerontology.

Research Interests/Focus

social isolation, depression, and suicide in older adults; ageism; cross-cultural gerontology; community-based interventions


Year Degree   School
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
Year Description
2013 Fellow, Gerontological Society of America (GSA).
2005-2006 Selected participant of the "Summer Research Institute in Suicide Prevention," with scholarship awarded, University of Rochester Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide, NIMH
2002 Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar, John A. Hartford Foundation and Gerontological Society of America
2002 Selected participant of the "Workshop on Aging" and the "Mini-Medical School for Social Scientists," with scholarship awarded, RAND, NIA,
2002 Invited participant of the "Retreat on Health Dynamics in Old Age," Older Americans Independence Center, University of Michigan, NIA,
2002 Trainee, African American Aging Research Training Network, NIMH, Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research, University of Michigan
2001 Selected participant of the "Minority Aging and Health Workshop," with scholarship awarded, ICPSR, University of Michigan, NIA
2000 New Investigator Award, Institute on Aging, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
1996 Eugene Lehrmann AARP Scholarship, Institute on Aging, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
1988-1989 Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Scholarship, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, University of Hong Kong
1988-1989 Postgraduate Studentship, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, University of Hong Kong
1982-1983 Dean's List, Hong Kong Baptist College

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