Assistant Professor of Social Work
PhD, University of Iowa
Focus: Aging and health in Chinese older immigrants in the US and older adults in China.
Research: Utilizes quantitative methodology to examine the supportive system and well-being of older Chinese.
Dr. Jinyu Liu is an assistant 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. Her current projects investigate:
- 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
Before coming to Columbia in July 2015, Dr. Liu was a postdoctoral fellow in the Curtis Research and Training Center at the School of Social Work, University of Michigan. She received her BA in Social Work and Administration from China Women’s University, MA in Sociology from Peking University, and MSW and PhD in Social Work from the University of Iowa.