Jinyu Liu

Faculty

Bio

Dr. Jinyu Liu is an associate professor at the School of Social Work, Columbia University and a Faculty Affiliate of the Columbia Population Research Center. Her research incorporates theories and methodologies across gerontology, epidemiology, and sociology to understand the mechanism of the supportive system and physical and mental health of older adults.

Dr. Liu’s research focuses broadly on aging and health among older adult populations, especially older Chinese in the United States and in China. Her research incorporates theories and methodologies across gerontology, epidemiology, and sociology to understand the determinants of mental health of older Chinese and their family caregivers. One component of her work focus of my research is assessing the extent to which supportive social environments affect the mental health of Chinese older adults. Her studies have demonstrated the effects of family support and neighborhood resources on the mental health of Chinese older adults in the U.S. and China, which provide evidence for service and policy development (e.g. family counseling services, neighborhood public facilities and recreational activities) to promote the mental health of older Chinese. Another component of her work focuses on stress of Chinese family caregivers and the potential ways of improving quality of life of these caregivers. Her studies have explained how the mechanism of stress process unfolds in the filial cultural context of Chinese family caregivers in Mainland China and in the U.S.

Research Interests

  • The buffering effects of family support and neighborhood resources on the relationship between physical health problems and depressive symptoms of older adults in China
  • Intergenerational relationships and depressive symptoms of Chinese older adults in the context of international migration
  • The stress process experienced by family caregivers providing care for frail older adults in the social and cultural context of China
Columbia Affiliations
China Center for Social Policy