Yifan Lou is a doctoral student concentrating in Social Policy Analysis at the Columbia School of Social Work. Her research interests center on gerontology and aging policy with a special attention to palliative and hospice care for older adults with terminal illness. She is currently working with Dr. Jinyu Liu and Dr. Ada Mui on dementia caregiving, culturally-appropriate cognitive screening tool, and wellbeing of homebound older adults. Her independent research project includes Medicare policy around advance care planning, community-based hospice care model, and policy intervention study on death education. Prior coming to CSSW, she earned her Master degree in Social Work with a concentration in policy and administration at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.