Yifan Lou

Current Fellow


Dr. Lou is a social gerontologist studying inequalities and disparities in access, use, and quality of end-of-life care in the United States and China. Her ongoing work includes (1) end-of-life care and decision-making experiences among dementia caregiving dyads, (2) intervenable mechanism under racial/ethnic disparities of end-of-life care, and (3) the development of the end-of-life care system in China. Dr. Lou's work has appeared in the Journal of Gerontology: Social SciencesThe GerontologistJournal of Pain and Symptom ManagementAging and Mental Health, Frontiers in Psychology, and OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying.

Dr. Lou is now a postdoctoral associate at Yale School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Geriatrics. She is affiliated with the Yale Program on Aging, Yale ADRD Center, and NIA IMPACT Collaboratory. She earned her Ph.D. in Social Work with a concentration in social policy and policy analysis at Columbia University. She holds a AM in Social Work from the University of Chicago and a BA in Social Work from East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai, China.

Columbia Affiliations
China Center for Social Policy