Professor Li’s research examines how socio-structural factors are related to depression, suicide, cognitive function and healthy aging in older adults. She has conducted epidemiological and intervention studies to understand and address health disadvantages of older adults in rural China, older Chinese immigrants in the United States and older adults with low incomes. 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, on the editorial board of Research on Aging and Journal of Gerontological Social Work, and as an expert reviewer for the Public Policy Research Funding Scheme in Hong Kong. She has been an Associate Editor of BMC Geriatrics. She teaches courses related to social welfare policy, research methods, program evaluation, aging policy, and social gerontology.
Depression and suicide in later life, rural elders, cross-cultural gerontology, ageism, community-based interventions.
|(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|
Luo, M., Li, L. W., & Chui, E. W. T. (in press). Self-perceptions of aging and control in late adulthood: Between-person and within-person associations. Journal of Aging and Health.
Li, L. W., Xue, J., Conwell, Y., Qing, Y., & Chen, S. (2019). Implementing collaborative care for older people with comorbid hypertension and depression in rural China. International Psychogeriatrics.
Li, L. W., Harris, R., Tsodikov, A., Struble, L., & Murphy, S. (2018). Self-acupressure for older adults with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled trial. Arthritis Care and Research, 70(2), 221-229.
Li, L. W., Gee, G., & Dong, X. (2018). Association of self-reported discrimination and suicide ideation in older Chinese Americans. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 26(1), 42-51.
Chen, S., Conwell, Y., Xue, J., Li, L., Tang, W., Bogner, H., & Dong, H. (2018). Protocol of an ongoing randomized controlled trial of care management for comorbid depression and hypertension: The Chinese Older Adult Collaborations in Health (COACH) study. BMC Geriatrics, 18(1), 124.
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.
Xue, J., Chen, X., Bogner, H., Tang, W., Li, L. W., & Conwell, Y. (2017). The prevalence of depressive symptoms among older patients with hypertension in rural China. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 12, 1411-1417.
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., & Long, Y. (2016). Health care experience of older persons with chronic illness in rural and urban China: A qualitative study in Shandong, China. University of Michigan Deep Blue.
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., 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.
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.
Cheng, S-T, Fung, H., Li, L. W., Li, T., Woo, J., & Chi, I. (2015). Successful aging: Concepts, reflections, and its relevance to Asia. In Cheung, S.-T., Chi, I., Fung, H., Li, L. W., & Woo J. (Eds.). Successful Aging: Asian Perspectives 1-18. NY: Springer.
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., 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., & 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., & 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.
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