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Biography

Ling Xu is a health social scientist specializing in aging, family, and health. Her areas of research interests include family gerontology, intergenerational relations, dementia caregiving, cross culture research, and health outcomes in later life. Her research agenda is to investigate how social environmental change, cultural differences, social capital, and social exclusion affect the family dynamics as well as the physical and psychological well-being of older population. She is currently researching the effects of acculturation on intergenerational support, health disparities, and inequality in healthcare access among older adult in immigrant families.  

Professional Preparation

    • 2013 Ph.D. in Social WorkThe University of Southern California
    • 2004 Master of Social Work in Social WorkUniversity of Hong Kong
    • 2002 Master in SociologyFudan University (Shanghai, China)
    • 1998 Bachalor in Education ManagementHenan Normal University

Appointments

    • Sept 2013 to Present Assist Professor
      University of Texas at Arlington   School of Social Work
    • Sept 2002 to July 2006 Assist Professor
      Fudan University   Social Work Department

Memberships

  • Membership
    • Oct 2008 to Present Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
    • Nov 2007 to Present Gerontological Society of America
    • Dec 2007 to Present Society for Social Work Research

Awards and Honors

    • Apr  2012 Phi Tau Phi Scholarship sponsored by Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor of Society
      Achievements:

      This is a recognition for my understanding research on Chinese culture and immigrant older adults in the United States.

      Description:

      Offered $1000 for further study of Chinese culture and population.

    • Mar  2012 Tsai Family Research Fund sponsored by USC East Asian Study Center
      Achievements:

      I used the money to have a conference conducted in Taiwan in March 2012. I also used the money to attend a stats class for analyzing a Taiwan dataset.

      Description:

      Provided trip to Taiwan and research fund for study on Taiwanese and culture.

    • May  2011 Theodore and Wen-Hui Chen Fellowship for dissertation sponsored by USC Graduate School
      Achievements:

      Based on my research acomplishment during my first four years of Ph.D study.

      Description:

      Had stipend of $20,000/year for two years to support my dissertation writing.

News Articles

    • Nov 2016 Social Work Duo on IRP award-winning research team

      Noelle Fields and Ling Xu, both of the School of Social Work, are members of the Interdisciplinary Research Program award-winning team studying "Shakespeare and Robots: Examining the Impact of a Theater Intervention on Psychological Well-being in Older Adults."

Research and Expertise

  • Family gerontology; mental health in later life; intergenerational relations; dementia caregiving, health disparties; (im)migration; cross-cultural research

    As an expert in elderly health and gerontology, Dr. Xu's research agenda is to investigate how social environmental change, cultural differences, social capital, and social exclusion affect the family dynamics as well as the physical and psychological well-being of older population. She is currently researching the effects of acculturation on intergenerational support, health disparities, dementia caregiving, and inequality in healthcare access among older adult in immigrant families. She has both qualitative and quantitative research experience. She also have established strong collaborative relationship with scholars in Asian countries. 

Publications

      Journal Article Forthcoming
      • Li, Y. Xu, L., Min, J., & Chi, I. (in press). Social participation and life satisfaction among the widowed older adults in China. Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics Research, 5, 353-364. doi:10.4172/2167-7182.1000353

        {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      • Forthcoming
        • Liu, J., Guo, M. Xu, L., Mao, W., & Chi, I. (in press). Family relationships, social connections, and psychological well-being among Chinese older adults in international migrant families. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work. doi: 10.1080/15313204.2016.1206496

          {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
        • Forthcoming
          • Xu, L., Li., Y., Min, J., & Chi, I. (in press). Worry about not having a caregiver and depressive symptoms. Aging and Mental Health. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2016.1181708

            {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
          • Forthcoming
            • Xu, L. & Chi, I. (accepted). Determinants of support exchange between grandparents and grandchildren: The roles grandparent caregiving, patrilinear lineage, and the emotional bond between grandparent and adult children. Journal of Family Issues.

              {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
            • Forthcoming
              • Guo, M., Liu, J., Xu, L., Mao, W., & Chi, I. (accepted). Intergenerational relationships and psychological well-being of Chinese older adults with migrant children: Does internal or international migration make a difference? Journal of Family Issues

                {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
              • Forthcoming
                • Min, J. Li, Y., Xu, L., & Chi, I. (revise & resubmit). Exploring gendered mechanisms linking widowhood and life satisfaction Among Chinese older adults. Journals of Gerontology. 

                  {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
                • Forthcoming
                  • Tang, F., Xu, L., Chi, I., & Dong, X. (accepted). Health in the neighborhood and household contexts among older Chinese Americans. Journal of Aging and Health.

                    {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
                  • Forthcoming
                    • Tang, F., Chi, I., Xu, L., & Dong, X. (revise & resubmit). Relationship of sense of community with health and mental health among Chinese older adults in the U.S. Journal of Applied Gerontology

                      {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
                    • Forthcoming
                      • Xu, L., Liu, J., Guo, M. Mao, W., & Chi, I. (under review). Social networks, family relationships, and worries: A comparison between Chinese older adults from immigrant, yo-yo and non-migrant families. Journal of Comparative Family Studies

                        {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
                      • Forthcoming
                        • Tang, F., Xu, L., Chi, I., & Dong, X. (accepted). Grandparents caring for grandchildren among older Chinese Americans: Burden or blessing? Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

                          {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
                        • Forthcoming
                          • Xu, L., Tang, F., Li, L. & Dong, X.Q. (accepted). Grandchild caregiving and depression among Chinese old immigrants In the U. S.: The moderating effects of caregiving burden. Journals of Gerontology: Medical Science.

                            {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
                          • Forthcoming
                            • Li, H., Xu, L., & Chi, I. (accepted). Perceived needs for home and community-based services (HCBS): Experiences of urban Chinese older adults with functional impairments. Journal of Aging and Social Policy.

                              {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
                            • Forthcoming
                              • Fields, N., Xu. L., Richardson, V. Parekh, R. & Ivey, D. (accepted). The Senior Companion Program Plus: A culturally-tailored psychoeducational training program (innovative practice). Dementia: the international journal of social research and practice.

                                {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
                              • Forthcoming
                                • Liu, J., Guo, M. Xu, L., Mao, W., & Chi, I. (R & R). Support from migrant children and depressive symptoms among Chinese older adults in transnational families. Aging and Mental Health.

                                  {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
                                • Forthcoming
                                  • Lv, N., Xu, L., Lou, V.W. Q. & Chi, I. (accepted). Intergenerational relationships and the trajectory of depressive symptoms among older Chinese adults in rural migrant families. Aging and Mental Health.

                                    {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
                                  • Forthcoming
                                    • Silverstein, M., & Xu, L. (under review). Grandchildren as support and care providers to older adults in China. Population Horizons.

                                      {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
                                    • Forthcoming
                                      • Xu, L., & Chi, I. (in press). Grandaprenting caregiving and self-rated health—A longitudinal study using latent difference scores analysis. Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics Research, 5, 351. doi:10.4172/2167-7182.1000351

                                        {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                                        Journal Article 2016
                                        • Guo, M. Xu, L., Liu, J., Mao, W., & Chi, I. (2016). Parent-child relationship among older Chinese immigrants: The influence of coresidence, frequent contact, intergenerational support and sense of children’s deference. Journal of Ageing and Society, 36 (7), 1459-1482. doi:10.1017/S0144686X15000446

                                          {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
                                        • 2016
                                          • Li, H., Xu, L., & Chi, I. (2016). Suicide thoughts and attempts among Chinese older adults. Aging and Mental Health, 20 (7), 752-761. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2015.1037242

                                            {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                                            Book Chapter 2015
                                            • Xu, L., & Chi, I. (2015). Aging and Grand-parenting. In Quah, S. (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Families in Asia. Taylor and Francis/Routledge: England.

                                              {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                                            • Journal Article 2015
                                              • Hsiao, H.Y., Xu, L., & Chi, I. (2015). Knowledge, attitudes, and clinical practices for patients with dementia among mental health providers in China—rural and urban differences. Journal of Gerontology and Geriatric Education, 00, 1-17. doi:10.1080/02701960.2014.990152

                                                {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                                                Journal Article 2014
                                                • Li, Y., Xu, L., Chi, I. & Guo, P. (2014). Participation in productive activities and health outcomes among older adults in Urban China. The Gerontologist, 54 (5), 784-796. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnt106 

                                                  {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
                                                • 2014
                                                  • Hsiao, H.Y., Xu, L., Chi, I. & Silverstein, M. (2014). Does productive role occupancy prevent depression among older rural Chinese adults? A latent difference score analysis Journal of Aging and Mental Health, 18 (1), 51-58. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2013.771614

                                                    {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
                                                  • 2014
                                                    • Xu, L., Silverstein, M., & Chi, I. (2014). Grandparent-grandchild relationships in rural China: the roles of the middle generation and the kinship status of the grandparent. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 12, 1–15. doi: 10.1080/15350770.2014.929936

                                                      {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                                                      Journal Article 2013
                                                      • Lou, V.W.Q., Lu, N., Xu. L., & Chi, I. (2013). Grandparent-grandchild family capital and self-rated health of older rural Chinese adults: the role of the grandparent-parent relationship. Journals of Gerontology (B), 68 (4), 599-608, doi. 10.1093/geronb/gbt040

                                                        {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
                                                      • 2013
                                                        • Li, H., Chi, I., & Xu, L. (2013). Life satisfaction of Chinese older adults living in rural communities. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, doi:10.1007/s10823-013-9189-2

                                                          {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
                                                        • 2013
                                                          • Xu, L., & Chi, I. (2013). Determinants of depressive symptoms among Asian immigrants in the United States: the roles of acculturative stress and negative interaction. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 4(3), 217-226. doi: 10.1037/a0030167

                                                            {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                                                            Journal Article 2012
                                                            • Xu, L., Wu, B., Chi, I. & Hsiao, H.Y. (2012). Intensity of grandparent caregiving and life satisfaction among older rural Chinese adults: A longitudinal study using latent difference score analysis. Family and Community Health, 35(4), 287-299. doi:10.1097/FCH.0b013e31826665d0

                                                              {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                                                              Journal Article 2011
                                                              • Xu, L., & Chi, I. (2011). Life satisfaction among Chinese rural grandparents: the roles of intergenerational family relationship and support exchange with grandchildren.Journal of International Social Welfare, 20 (1), 148-159.

                                                                {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
                                                              • 2011
                                                                • Li, Y., Chi, I., Krochalk, P. C. & Xu, L. (2011). Widowhood, family support, and self-rated health among older adults in China. Journal of International Social Welfare, 20 (1), 72-85.

                                                                  {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
                                                                • 2011
                                                                  • Li, C., Chi, I., & Xu, L. (2011). Family factors affecting perceived income adequacy among older adults in urban China. Journal of International Social Welfare, 20 (1), 86-98.

                                                                    {Peer Reviewed} [Refereed/Juried]
                                                                  • 2011
                                                                    • Li, C., Xu, L., & Chi, I., (2011). A study of perceived income adequacy and its determinants among older adults in urban China. Journal of Population and Development, 1, 223-235 (In Chinese). 

                                                                      {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                                                                      Journal Article 2010
                                                                      • Xu, L., & Chi, I. (2010). Intergenerational support and self-rated health among Chinese older adults in one-child families: Urban and rural differences. Social Development Issue, 32 (1), 48-61.

                                                                        {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
                                                                      • 2010
                                                                        • Li, H., Chi, I, & Xu, L. (2010). Factors associated with volunteerism among community living older adults in urban China. Social Development Issue, 32(1), 62-75. 

                                                                          {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                                                                          Book 2004
                                                                          • Mui, A., Chi, I., & Xu, L., (2004). Theory and Practice of Gerontology. Beijing: Social Science Press (In Chinese).

                                                                            {Exhibition Catalog} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                                                                            Book 2003
                                                                            • Zhang, L. T. Xu, L., & He, M.B. (2003). The Basic Knowledge of Social Work. Shanghai: Shanghai Social Science Academic Press (In Chinese).

                                                                              {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

Presentations

    • January  2016
      Caregiving Intensity and the Psychological Well-being for Dementia Caregivers: The Roles of Social Support and Religiosity

      Exam the association between caregiving intensity and depression for dementia caregiving, while also investigating the moderating roles of social support and religiosity. 

    • June  2016
      Research on Aging and Health among Older Chinese Americans

      Xu, L. (June 2016). “Research on Aging and Health among Older Chinese Americans”. Paper presented for the Chinese Center of Excellence: Annual Retreat in Chicago, Illinois.

    • January  2015
      Social participation and depression among Chinese older adults in transnational families

      Exam how social participation is assoicated with depression for Chinese older adults whose children immigrate to the United States. 

    • June  2015
      Grandparenting and support from adult children: does child’s international migration make a difference

      Whether providing grandparenting is paid off by receiving support from adult children, and whether this paid-off differs between migrant and non-migrant families.

    • June  2015
      Grandparent caregiving and self-rated health among rural Chinese older adults: a longitudinal study using latent difference score analysis

      How is grandaprent caregiving associated with self-rated-health, and whether this association has a sequence. 

    • November  2015
      Intergenerational Support and Functional Limitations among Older Chinese Immigrants: Acculturation Matters

      How are intergenerational support and functional limitation related, and whether acculturation plays a moderating role in their association. 

    • November  2015
      Chinese Older Adults’ Family and Friend Networks and Suicidal Thoughts and Attempts

      How do family and friend networks play a role in elder's suicidal thoughts and attempts among Chinese older adults. 

    • November  2015
      Intergenerational Relationships in Chinese Transitional Families: Does Geographic Proximity Between Older Parents and Their Children Make a Difference

      Exam the different dimensions of support and closeness between older adults and their adult children, and also investigate whether the intergenerational support and relationship differ among families that older parents have different geographic proximity with their children. 

    • November  2015
      Psychological Well-being of Chinese Older Immigrants in the United States: The Influence of Positive and Negative Family Relations

      Exam how positive and negative family relations affect life satisfaction, depression, and worry among Chinese older immigrants in the U. S.

    • November  2015
      Knowledge of Dementia and Senior Companions: A Pilot Psychoeducational Training Program

      Describe whether there is a change in knowledge of dementia after the intervention trainning program, and how is the change. 

    • November  2015
      Worry about no caregivers and depression among Chinese older adults: The role of family support

      How does worry about not having a caregiver in old age affect depression, and whether family support plays a moderating role in this association. 

    • November  2015
      Grandparent Caregiving Hours and Depressive 
Symptoms Among Older Chinese Americans: The Moderating Effect of Caregiving Burden

      How does grandparenting intensity affect depressive symptoms and how burden moderates such relationship. 

    • January  2014

      Does helping children with babysitting affect receiving support from adult children among Chinese older adults—A comparison between immigrant, non-immigrant, and yo-yo families

      Poster presented at the 17th Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) conference in San Antonio

    • November  2014
      Exploring the different mechanisms linking widowhood and subjective well-being between men and women among Chinese older adults

      Whether there is gender difference in life satisfaction after widowhood, and whether financial strain and social participation mediate the association between widowhood and life satisfaction. 

    • November  2014
      Social participation and life satisfaction among the widowed older adults in China

      How social participation change after widowhood and how change in social participation affect life satisfaction for recent or remained widowed elders compared to married ones. 

    • November  2014
      Social networks, family relationships, and worries: A comparison between Chinese older adults from immigrant, yo-yo and non-migrant families

      Whether there is difference in worry among three families. And whether the associaiton between social networks, family reationships and worries differ among these three families. 

    • November  2014
      Life transition and its implication among Chinese older adults

      This is a symposium that contains for relevant paper presentation on this topic. 

    • November  2013

      Determinants of support exchange between grandparents and grandchildren: The roles of grandparent caregiving, patrilinear lineage, and the emotional bond between grandparent and adult children

      Paper presented at 66 th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America (GSA) conference in New Orleans, Louisiana

    • November  2013

      Who stays? who goes? selective emigration among the Chinese older adults

      Paper presented at 66 th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America (GSA) conference in New Orleans, Louisiana

    • November  2013

       Suicide ideation among older Chinese adults living in rural communities 

      Paper presented at 66 th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America (GSA) conference in New Orleans, Louisiana

    • November  2012

      The impact of grandparent caregiving on support exchange between grandparents and grandchildren: the mediating role of the emotional bond between grandparent and adult children

      Poster presented at 65th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America (GSA) conference in San Diego, California

    • November  2012

      The dynamic relationship between self-rated health and life satisfaction among rural Chinese older adults: a longitudinal study using latent growth curve analysis

      Poster presented at 65th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America (GSA) conference in San Diego, California

    • November  2012

      Knowledge, attitudes and clinical practices for patients with dementia among mental health providers in China: urban and rural differences

      Paper presented at 65th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America (GSA) conference in San Diego, California

    • March  2012

      Support Exchange of ‘Sandwich Generation" with Elderly Parents and Adult Children

      Paper presented in “Aging Family in Taiwan” symposium in Academia Sinica, Taipei

    • January  2012

      Multiple role occupancy as a protective factor for Chinese older adults" psychological well-being: a longitudinal study using latent growth curve analysis

      Paper presented at the 16th Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) conference in Washington D.C.

    • November  2011

      Intensity of grandparent caregiving and life satisfaction among older rural Chinese adults: a longitudinal study using latent difference score analysis

      Poster presented at 64th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America (GSA) conference in Boston, Massachusetts

    • August  2011

      Determinants of support exchange with grandchildren among rural Chinese grandparents 

       Paper presented at Productive Aging in China: Toward Evidence-Based Practice and Policy, Beijing, China

    • August  2011

      Trajectories of productive roles and depression among Chinese rural elders: Analysis of individual growth curves

      Paper presented at Productive Aging in China: Toward Evidence-Based Practice and Policy, Beijing, China

    • January  2011

      Grandparent-grandchild relationships in rural China — does gender matter?

      Paper presented at the 15th Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) conference in Tampa, Florida

    • November  2010

      Grandparent-grandchild relationships in rural China — the role of middle generation and the kinship status of the grandparent

      Paper presented at the 63th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America (GSA) conference in New Orleans, Louisiana

    • November  2010

      Acculturation, communication level, and grandparent-grandchild relationships in Chinese immigrant families in Los Angeles

      Poster presented at the 63th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America (GSA) conference in New Orleans, Louisiana

    • June  2010

      Life satisfaction of community living older adults in Rural China

      Paper presented at the 2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development, Hong Kong

    • May  2010

      Life satisfaction among rural Chinese grandparents — the roles of health, intergenerational support and self-perception of aging

      Poster presented at the Conference of Intergenerational Family Support for Chinese Older Adults. The University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

    • November  2009

      Intergenerational support and self-rated health in one-child family in China

      Paper presented at the 62th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America (GSA) conference in Atlanta, Georgia

    • November  2009

      Grandmother-grandchild relationships in Chinese immigrant families in Los Angeles

       Paper presented at the 62th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America (GSA) conference in Atlanta, Georgia

    • July  2009

      Intergenerational support and health in one-child family in China

       Poster presented at the 19th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) conference in Paris, France

    • July  2009

      Factors associated with volunteerism among community living older adults in urban China

      Poster presented at the 19th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) conference in Paris, France

    • November  2008

      Life satisfaction among Chinese rural grandparents: The role of attitude towards aging

      Poster presented at the 61th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America, National Harbor, Maryland

    • December  2007

      Disability trends in China

      Paper presented at International Forum on Disability and Development in Beijing, China

    • June  2006

      Informal social support for elders living at home in Shanghai

      Paper presented at Cross-straits Culture Exchange on Elderly, Taiwan Soochow University, Taiwan

  • Past
    •  
      “Exploring the Different Mechanisms Linking Widowhood and Subjective Well-being between Men and Women among Chinese Older Adults”.

      Exploring the Different Mechanisms Linking Widowhood and Subjective Well-being between Men and Women among Chinese Older Adults

  • Past
    •  
      Research on Aging and Health among Older Chinese Americans

      Xu, L. (June 2016). “Research on Aging and Health among Older Chinese Americans”. Paper presented for the Chinese Center of Excellence: Annual Retreat in Chicago, Illinois.

Support & Funding

    • July 2016 to Aug 2017 Shakespeare and Robots: Examining the impact of a Theater Performance on Psychological Well-being in Older Adults sponsored by  - $20000
    • Aug 2015 to Aug 2016 Social Capital, Social Exclusion, and Healthy Aging among Older Chinese Immigrants in the Dallas Area sponsored by  - $19175
    • June 2015 to Aug 2016 Psychoeducational Intervention for Foster Grandparents sponsored by  - $79676
    • June 2014 to Aug 2015 Senior Companions Program Plus (SCP Plus) for Dementia Caregivers sponsored by  - $79983

Collaborators

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      Duration : Mar 2014 to Present

      We have collaborated on manuscripts writing as well as grant application, such as iCAP, Research Enhancement Program (REP), Alzheimer association, and others. 

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      Duration : Dec 2014 to Present

      We are now collaborating on a grand application on assistive robotics and caregiving. 

Courses

      • SOCW 5301-013 Human Behavior and the Social Environment

        Exploration of behavioral and social science knowledge of human behavior and development through the life course. It examines major systems in society: individual, group, family, and community; and the diversity of ethnicity, race, class, sexual orientation, and culture. 

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 5301-003 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I

            Exploration of behavioral and social science knowledge of human behavior and development through the life course. It examines major systems in society: individual, group, family, and community; and the diversity of ethnicity, race, class, sexual orientation, and culture. 

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 5301-005 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I

        Exploration of behavioral and social science knowledge of human behavior and development through the life course. It examines major systems in society: individual, group, family, and community; and the diversity of ethnicity, race, class, sexual orientation, and culture. 

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6341-001 ADVANCED STATISTICAL METHODS IN HUMAN SERVICES

        Advanced statistical applications in the human services. Emphasis on multivariate statistical approaches including multiple regression analysis, logistic regression, and advanced general linear modeling approaches to analyzing data from social work research. 

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 3305-001 Social Work Research

        This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of and ability to use the evidence-informed practice process to identify, analyze and apply evidence-informed interventions. Students will be able to comprehend both quantitative and qualitative research and to synthesize strengths and weaknesses of the social work literature. Students will be able to synthesize and evaluate research in terms of its content, quality, and applicability to clients. Students will understand scientific and ethical approaches to building knowledge to apply to and evaluate the impact of interventions on clients or clients’ presenting problems.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 3302-006 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II

        One of three required human behavior courses that explores, within the context of a strengths and empowerment perspective, knowledge of the bio-psycho-social development of persons and families from birth through death.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6331-001 Theories of Family

        Theories of the Family reviews a variety of theoretical approaches useful in understanding the family. Implications for practice at the policy, community, and interpersonal levels are discussed.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6331-382 Theories of Family

        Theories of the Family reviews a variety of theoretical approaches useful in understanding the family. Implications for practice at the policy, community, and interpersonal levels are discussed.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6331-382 Theories of the Family

        SOCW 6331- Theories of the Family reviews a variety of theoretical approaches useful in understanding the family. Implications for practice at the policy, community, and interpersonal levels are discussed. 

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6331-002 THEORIES OF FAMILY

        Theories of the Family reviews a variety of theoretical approaches useful in understanding the family. Implications for practice at the policy, community, and interpersonal levels are discussed. 

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6331-002 THEORIES OF FAMILY

        Theories of the Family reviews a variety of theoretical approaches useful in understanding the family. Implications for practice at the policy, community, and interpersonal levels are discussed. 

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6331-002 THEORIES OF FAMILY

        Theories of the Family reviews a variety of theoretical approaches useful in understanding the family. Implications for practice at the policy, community, and interpersonal levels are discussed. 

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours

Other Teaching Activities

  • 2012
    • Courses Taught
      • Sept 2012 SOWK 653 at USC

        Social Work Practice with and In Behalf of Older Adults

  • 2011
    • Courses Taught
      • Sept 2011 SOWK 599 at USC

        Social Work with Older Adults

  • 2010
    • Courses Taught
      • Sept 2010 SOWK 636 at USC

        Social Policy in the Health Care Sector

      • Jan 2010 SOWK 562 at USC

        Social Work Research 

  • 2009
    • Courses Taught
      • Sept 2009 SOWK 629 at USC

        Evaluation Research: Community Organization, Planning and Administration 

Service to the Community

  • Elected
    • Sept 2013 to  Present service to aging agency

      I will visit Senior Source agency monthly and give recommendation and suggestions for their services. I will also try to be involved in other aging agencies and try to find out opportunities to collaborate with them for research and grants. 

Service to the Profession

  • Elected
    • Sept 2013 to  Present service as journal article reviewer

      I am now serving on review board of Gerontological Society of American (GSA) annual conference, and am a review member of journals, such as Journal of Gerontology, International Journal of Social Welfare, Journal of International Migration and Integration, BMC Geriatrics, Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work & Development (APJSWD), etc

Service to the University

  • Elected
    • Sept 2013 to  Present school service

      I plan to explore, attend, and be involved in some curriculum area committees for this year, and will be active in 1-2 committees that I am really interested, such as the Ph.D committee. I am now involved in “International Social Work” student organization, and am a member of “Aging Texas Well Steering Committee”. I will continue to serve actively and support these two important student organizations.