Doctoral Fellow Yalu Zhang Wins Three Dissertation Awards to Study Health-Induced Poverty in China and the US

June 28, 2020

Yalu Zhang, Doctoral Fellow of the Columbia China Center for Social Policy, won three awards for her dissertation research on “the Consequence and Policy Responses of Health-Induced Poverty.”

For her study of the consequences of health payment-related impoverishment among Chinese older adults, Yalu Zhang won the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) PhD Academic Year Fellowship awarded by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. This award provides academic year support to advanced doctoral students in East Asian studies. Each year, only one to two awards are made across multiple disciplines. 

For her study of the consequences and policy responses of health-induced poverty in the US, Yalu Zhang won awards from the Ruth Fizdale and Sylvia Rosenberg Dissertation Support Programs, awarded by the Columbia School of Social Work Doctoral Program. “The (review) committee has been favorably impressed with the outstanding quality and relevance of your study,” wrote Dr. Carmela Alcántara, Associate Professor and Chair of the Doctoral Program, in the award letter. 

The Ruth Fizdale Doctoral Dissertation Support Program supports doctoral candidates whose dissertations address social health and mental health services in the US for older adults and their families. The Sylvia Rosenberg Dissertation Award in Aging and Mental Health supports the best possible professional education for students whose dissertation focuses on mental health and older individuals and/or their families in the US. 

“Yalu’s research is at the intersection of aging, health, and poverty, a field that is extremely important nationally and globally but hard to study due to the complexity of these issues and the multiple sociodemographic, political, and economic contextual factors that play important roles in them,” said Dr. Qin Gao, co-sponsor of Yalu’s dissertation and Director of the Columbia China Center for Social Policy. “I’m very proud of Yalu for her pursuit of this important research and glad that her achievements are recognized by these awards.”

Congratulations to Yalu Zhang!


Columbia Affiliations
China Center for Social Policy