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Zhen Cong

[Zhen Cong]

Academic Staff, Social Work
Last Updated: February 12, 2020
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Research Interests

Research Interests
Aging, intergenerational relationships, disasters, China, health disparity

Research Keywords

Research Keywords
Aging, intergenerational relationships, disasters, China, health disparity

Biography

Biography

Zhen Cong, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington. She received her Ph.D. in Gerontology from the School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California. Her research examines intergenerational relationships and older adults’ health and mental health against the backdrop of social changes, social and health disparities related to disasters, and older adults’ vulnerability and resilience to disasters. She is currently the Associate Editor of Statistics for Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. She is also serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Marriage and Family and that of Research on Aging. Her work is supported by the National Science Foundation. She is committed to supporting fellow colleagues and next generation of researchers and educators. She is also a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.

Education

Education

    • 2008 PhD in Gerontology
      Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 2008
    • 2003 MS in Management Science and Engineering
      Population Research Institute, School of Management, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China, 2003
    • 1997 BA in English
      Xi’an Foreign Language University, Xi'an, China, 1997

Appointments

Appointments

    • June 2018 to Present Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs
      School of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington
    • June 2018 to Present Associate Professor
      School of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington
    • Sept 2008 to May 2018 Assistant/Associate Professor
      Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Texas Tech University

Memberships

    • 2019 to Present Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work
      finance committee, conference planning committee
    • 2019 to Present Society for Social Work and Research
    • 2018 to Present Council on Social Work Education
    • Sept 2004 to Present Gerontological Society of America
      The Mission of The Gerontological Society of America is: To promote the conduct of multi- and interdisciplinary research in aging by expanding the quantity of gerontological research and by increasing its funding resources; To disseminate gerontological research knowledge to researchers, to practitioners, and to decision and opinion makers; and To promote, support, and advocate for aging education, and education and training in higher education.
    • Mar 2004 to 2011 Population Association of America
      The Population Association of America, Inc., is a scientific, educational, and charitable corporation of the State of New York. As set forth in its Certificate of Incorporation, its purposes are: "To promote the improvement, advancement, and progress of the human race by means of research with respect to problems connected with human population, in both its quantitative and qualitative aspects, and the dissemination and publication of the results of such research…"

Awards and Honors

    • Dec  2019 Fellow sponsored by Gerontological Society of America
    • Dec  2013 Best Research Poster Award sponsored by United States Lactation Consultant Association
    • Sep  2013 Proposal Stimulus Program Award sponsored by Texas Tech University
    • May  2008 Heinz Osterberg Dissertation Prize sponsored by Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California
    • May  2008 Academic Achievement Award sponsored by University of Southern California (sponsored by the Office of International Services)
    • Mar  2008 Graduate Student Research Award sponsored by American Society on Aging
    • Aug  2007 Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship sponsored by University of Southern California
    • Sep  2004 Bert W. Martin and Ada LeMay Scholarship sponsored by Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California
    • Aug  2004 Haynes Intermediate Fellowship sponsored by University of Southern California
    • Aug  2003 Haynes Foundation First Year Fellowship sponsored by University of Southern California
    • Sep  2001 Model Student for the University sponsored by Xi’an Jiaotong University
    • Sep  2001 Xinxing Scholarship for Top Students sponsored by Xi'an Jiaotong University

News Articles

News Articles

    • June 2012 Fox 34 news
      interviewed
      (Type: Television)
    • June 2012 Texas Tech Today
      http://today.ttu.edu/2012/06/parents-are-key-to-gettings-kids-off-the-couch/
      (Type: Newspaper)
    • May 2012 HEALTH BEHAVIOR NEWS SERVICE
      http://www.jpost.com/Sci-Tech/Article.aspx?id=270209
      (Type: Internet)
    • May 2012 Medical News Today
      http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/245141.php, editor's choice
      (Type: Internet)
    • May 2012 News Medical
      http://www.news-medical.net/news/20120505/3251/Swedish.aspx
      (Type: Internet)
    • May 2012 Science Daily
      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120504171919.htm
      (Type: Internet)
    • June 2011 Daily Toreador
      Tech student surveys mental well-being after Joplin tornado, aftermath of destruction
      (Type: Newspaper)
    • July 2008 Science Daily
      Daughters-in-Law Help Reduce Depression Among Chinese Elders, But Help From Own Kids Can Increase Depression, Study Finds
      (Type: Internet)
    • July 2008 Medical News Today
      The Health Benefits Of Daughters-In-Law On Chinese Elders
      (Type: Internet)
    • July 2008 United Press International
      Elderly Chinese prefer help from in-law LOS ANGELES, July 25 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say aid from their daughters-in-law -- rather than their own children -- helped reduce depression experienced by elderly rural Chinese. In what the researchers call a new twist on the Confucian ideal of filial piety, the study, published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, found assistance from their own children actually increased depression among some older people in rural China. University of Southern California, Davis researchers Zhen Cong and Merril Silverstein studied seniors in rural Anhui province, where rates of depression among the elderly are twice that of their urban counterparts -- although still much lower than in the West. They found "instrumental support" -- such as personal care and household chores -- had a positive effect on well-being, depending on who provided the service. When women share a home with their in-laws, their presence and support is particularly beneficial to the psychological well-being of older mothers. Those with an increase in household support from their own daughters had more depressive symptoms, the researchers said. However, household support and personal care from sons was particularly damaging and increased depressive symptoms, the study found.
      (Type: Newspaper)

Support & Funding

Support & Funding

This data is entered manually by the author of the profile and may duplicate data in the Sponsored Projects section.
    • May 2018 to Aug 2020 A Multi-level Dynamically Coupled Model for Evaluating Older Adults' Vulnerability and Resiliency to Disasters sponsored by  - $502270
      Zhen Cong (Funded)

Publications

      Journal Article (In Process)
      • Submitted
        Death Anxiety among Rural Chinese Older Adults: the Role of Intergenerational Support, Gender, and Widowhood
        Society and Aging Series
        [Pei, Yaolin, Cong, Zhen, Wu, Bei, Li, Shuzhuo]. "Routledge Press".
      2017
      • Book Chapter
        Housing Recovery after Hurricane Sandy: A Vignette Study
        Coming Home After Disaster: Multiple Dimensions of Housing Recovery
        [Nejat, Ali, Ghosh, Souparno, Cong, Zhen, Liang, Daan]. "Taylor and Francis, CRC Press".
      • Book Chapter
        Older women’s mental health
        Women's mental health across the lifespan: challenges, vulnerabilities, and strengths
        [Cong, Zhen, Pei, Yaolin]. 59-82. "Routledge".
      2015
      • Book Chapter
        Families in ageing Netherlands and ageing China: Redefining intergenerational contracts in lengthened lives
        Life course perspective on ageing populations: A critical and international approach
        [Thomese, Fleur, Cong, Zhen]. 167-182. Bristol: "The Policy Pres".
      2012
      • Book Chapter
        Missing data and attrition
        Longitudinal data analysis: A practical guide for researchers in aging, health, and social sciences
        [Feng, Du, Cong, Zhen, Silverstein, M.]. 71-96. New York: "Routledge".
      2011
      • Book Chapter
        Custodian Grandparents and Intergenerational Support in Rural China
        Experiencing grandparenthood: An Asian Perspective
        [Cong, Zhen, Silverstein, M.]. 109-127. New York: "Springer".
      2007
      • Book Chapter
        Grandparents who care for their grandchildren in rural China: Benefactors and beneficiaries
        [Silverstein, Merril, Cong, Zhen]. 49-71. New York: "New Perspectives on China and Aging, Nova Science Publishers".
      2019
      • Journal Article
        A vignette study on older adults’ filial expectations in the context of competition between grandparents and grandchildren in rural China
        [Cong, Zhen, Silverstein, Merril]. Journal of Gerontology. 74(3), 496–505.
      • Journal Article
        Grandparenting and depression among Mexican American older adults: examining the moderating effects of financial and emotional support
        [Liu, Yin , Cong, Zhen]. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships. 17(2), 167-177.
      • Journal Article
        Risk and Resiliency in the Relationship Between Widowhood and Depressive Symptoms Among Older Mexican Americans
        [Pei, Yaolin, Cong, Zhen, Wu, Bei]. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology. 34(2), 149–170.
      • Journal Article
        Intergenerational financial exchange and cognitive health among older adults in China
        [Xu, Ping, Burr, Jeff, Kim, K., Cong, Zhen]. Aging and Mental Health. 23(9), 1209-1217.
        https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2018.1481930
      Journal Article (In Process)
      • Revising to Resubmit
        Does children's education amplify the effect of own education on the later life depressive symptoms among older adults in rural China?
        [Pei, Yaolin, Wu, Bei, Cong, Zhen]. Social Science & Medicine.
      • Revising to Resubmit
        Drivers of Post-Disaster Relocations: The Case of Moore and Hattiesburg Tornados
        [Mayer, J., Moradi, S., Nejat, A., Ghosh, S., Cong, Zhen, Liang, Daan]. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.
      • Accepted
        The Impact of Living Alone and Intergenerational Support on Depressive Symptoms among Older Mexican Americans: Does Gender Matter
        [Pei, Yaolin, Cong, Zhen, Wu, Bei]. International Journal of Aging & Human Development. DOI http://dx.doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1177/0091415019836099
      • Submitted
        Effectiveness of Household Emergency Plans in Violent Tornadoes
        [Cong, Zhen, Liang, D., Luo, J.]. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.
      • Revising to Resubmit
        Urbanization and structures of intergenerational relation in rural China
        [Cui, Ye, Jin, Xiaoyi, Cong, Zhen]. Ageing & Society.
      2018
      • Journal Article
        Domperidone Versus Metoclopramide: Self-Reported Side Effects in a Large Sample of Breastfeeding Mothers Who Used These Medications to Increase Milk Production
        [Hale, T. W., Kendall-Tackett, K., Cong, Zhen]. Clinical Lactation. 9(1), 10-17.
      • Journal Article
        Emotional flexibility: Development and application of a scale in adolescent earthquake survivors
        [Fu, F., Chow, A., Li, J., Cong, Zhen]. Psychological Trauma. 10(2), 246-252.
      • Journal Article
        Individual relocation decisions after tornadoes: A multilevel analysis
        [Cong, Zhen, Nejat, Ali, Liang, Daan, Pei, Yaolin, Javid, Roxana]. Disasters. 42(2), 233-250. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/disa.12241
      • Journal Article
        The Impact of Feeding Method and Infant Sleep Location on Mother/ Infant Sleep, Maternal Depression, and Mothers’ Well-Being
        [Kendall-Tackett, K., Cong, Zhen, Hale, T.W.]. Clinical Lactation. 9(3), 117-124.
      2017
      • Journal Article
        Predictors for the number of warning information sources during tornadoes
        [Cong, Zhen, Luo, Jianjun, Liang, Daan, Nejat, Ali]. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 11(2), 168-172.
        dx.doi.org/10.1017/dmp.2016.97
      2016
      • Journal Article
        Factors That Influence Where Babies Sleep in the United States: The Impact of Feeding Method, Mother's Race/Ethnicity, Partner Status, Employment, Education, and Income
        [Kendall-Tackett, K., Cong, Zhen, Hale, T.]. Clinical Lactation. 7(1), 18-29.
      • Journal Article
        Family structures, relationships, and housing recovery decisions after Hurricane Sandy
        [Nejat, Ali, Cong, Zhen, Liang, Daan]. 6(14), 1-16. "Buildings".
      2015
      • Journal Article
        Birth interventions related to lower rates of exclusive breastfeeding and increased risk of postpartum depression.
        [Kendall-Tackett, K., Cong, Zhen, Hale, T.W. ]. Clinical Lactation. 6(3), 87-97.
      • Journal Article
        End-of-Life Co-residence of Older Parents and Their Sons in Rural China
        [Cong, Zhen, Silverstein, Merril]. Canadian Journal of Aging. 34(3), 331-341.
      • Journal Article
        Number of warning information sources and decision-making during tornadoes
        [Luo, Jianjun, Cong, Zhen, Liang, Daan]. 48(3), 334-337. "American Journal of Preventive Medicine".
      2014
      • Journal Article
        Parents’ preferred caregivers in rural China: Gender, migration, and intergenerational exchanges
        [Cong, Zhen, Silverstein, Merril]. Ageing & Society. 34(5), 727-752.
      • Journal Article
        Family Emergency Preparedness Plans in Severe Tornadoes
        [Cong, Zhen, Liang, Daan, Luo, Jian]. 46(1), 89-93. "American Journal of Preventive Medicine".
      2013
      • Journal Article
        Depression, sleep quality, and maternal well-being in postpartum women with a history of sexual assault: A comparison of breastfeeding, mixed-feeding, and formula-feeding mothers
        [Kendall-Tackett, Kathleen, Cong, Zhen, Hale, Thomas]. Breastfeeding Medicine. 8(1), 16-22.
      • Journal Article
        Grandparents caring for grandchildren in rural China: The importance of family structure and personal resources
        [Silverstein, Merril, Cong, Zhen]. Generations. 37(1), 46-52.
      2012
      • Journal Article
        Caring for Grandchildren and Intergenerational Support in Rural China: A Gendered Extended Family Perspective
        [Cong, Zhen, Silverstein, M.]. Ageing & Society. 32(3), 425-450.
      • Journal Article
        A vignette study on elders’ gendered filial expectations in rural china: Children’s migration, child care responsibilities, and actual support provided
        [Cong, Zhen]. Journal of Marriage and the Family. 74(3), 510-525. "Journal of Marriage and Family".
      • Journal Article
        Sedentary behaviors among Hispanic children: Influences of parental support in a school intervention program
        [Cong, Zhen, Feng, Du, Liu, Yin, Esperat, C.]. American Journal of Health Promotion : AJHP. 26(5), 270-280.
      2011
      • Journal Article
        Intergenerational exchange between parents and migrant and nonmigrant sons in Rural China
        [Cong, Zhen, Silverstein, M.]. Journal of Marriage and the Family. 73(1), 93-104.
      • Journal Article
        Parents’ depressive symptoms and support from sons and daughters in Rural China
        [Cong, Zhen]. International Journal of Social Welfare. 20(Special), S4-S17.
      • Journal Article
        The Effect of Feeding Method on Sleep Duration, Maternal Well-being, and Postpartum Depression
        [Kendall-Tackett, Kathleen, Cong, Zhen]. Clinic Lactation. 2(2), 22-26.
      2010
      • Journal Article
        Discontinuation Syndrome in Newborns Whose Mothers Took Antidepressants While Pregnant or Breastfeeding
        [Hale, T.W., Kendall-Tackett, K., Cong, Zhen, Votta, R., McCurdy, F. ]. 5(6), 283-288. "Breastfeeding Medicine".
      • Journal Article
        Mother-Infant Sleep Locations and Nighttime Feeding Behavior
        [Kendall-Tackett, K., Cong, Zhen, Hale , T.W.]. Clinic Lactation. 1(1), 27-30.
      • Journal Article
        Which sons live with their older parents in rural China? The role of migration and intergenerational exchanges
        [Cong, Zhen]. Family Sciences. 1(1), 62-71.
      2008
      • Journal Article
        Intergenerational support and depression among elders in rural China: Do daughters-in-laws matter?
        [Cong, Zhen]. Journal of Marriage and the Family. 70(3), 599-612.
      • Journal Article
        Intergenerational time-for-money exchanges in rural China: Does reciprocity reduce depressive symptoms of older grandparents?
        [Cong, Zhen]. Research in Human Development. 5(1), 6-25.
      2006
      • Journal Article
        Intergenerational transfers and living arrangements of older people in rural China: Consequences for psychological well-being
        [Silverstein, Merril, Cong, Zhen, Li, Shuzhuo]. Journal of Gerontology. 61(B), S256-S266.
      2013
      • Other
        Family and ethnic diversity
        Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia
        [Cong, Zhen]. "Sage".
      • Other
        Extended Families (effects of divorce)
        Cultural Sociology of Divorce
        [Cong, Zhen]. "Sage".

Presentations

    • September  2019
      Cui, Q. (Author), Liang, D. (Author & Presenter), Cong, Zhen (Author), "Evaluation of Tornado Warning Communication using Agent-based Model", Beijing. (September , 2019).
    • November  2018
      Cong, Zhen (Author & Presenter), Liang, Daan (Author), "Health impact of tornadoes: Are older adults more resilient? ", Boston, MA. (November , 2018).
    • November  2018
      Cong, Zhen, Pei, Yaolin, Silverstein, Merril, "How do intergenerational relationships change when parent’s death gets closer?", Boston, MA. (November , 2018).
    • November  2018
      Pei, Yaolin, Cong, Zhen, "Whose education counts? Children’s education and older parents’ psychological well-being in rural china", Boston, MA. (November , 2018).
    • April  2018
      Pei, Yaolin (Author & Presenter), Cong, Zhen (Author), "Children's education and older parents’ depression", Denver, CO.. (April , 2018).
    • April  2018
      Cong, Zhen, Liang, Daan, "Health impact of tornadoes: are older adults more resilient? ", Denver, CO. (April , 2018).
    • April  2018
      Cong, Zhen, Pei, Yaolin, Silverstein, Merril, Li, Shuzhuo, "Intergenerational relationships before parents’ deaths: how does time to death matter? ", Denver, CO. (April , 2018).
    • November  2017
      Duru, Chinagorom, Hart, Sybil, Thomas-Jackson, Shera, Boylan, Mallory, Cong, Zhen, "Effects of Exposure to Donated and Non-Donated Breast Milk on Preterm Infants’ Weight Gain. ", National Council on Family Relations, Orlando. (November , 2017).
    • November  2016
      Cong, Zhen, Nejat, Ali, Liang, Daan, Pei, Yaolin, Jahanbakhsh Javid, Roxana, "Age differences in individual relocation decisions after tornadoes: A multilevel analysis. ", Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans. (November 18, 2016).
    • November  2016
      Pei, Yaolin, Cong, Zhen, "The Impact of Children's Education on Their Financial Support to Aging Parents in Rural China", Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans. (November 17, 2016).
    • June  2014
      Nejat, Ali, Cong, Zhen, "Family Structures, Relationships, and Relocation Decisions after Hurricane Sandy", Broomfield, CO. (June , 2014).
    • May  2014
      Parker, Andrea (Author), McCarty, Michael (Author), Cong, Zhen (Author), "Is Emotion Regulation among Young Children an Emotional or Cognitive Process?", Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA. (May , 2014).
    • May  2014
      Reifman , Alan, Cong, Zhen, "Statistics in the supermarket: An intellectually nutritious activity", Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education. (May , 2014).
    • March  2014
      McCarty, Michael (Author), Parker, Andrea (Author), Cong, Zhen (Author), "Family Income and Early Cognition: A Closer Look", Society for Research in Human Development, Austin, Texas . (March 27, 2014).
    •  2013
      Cong, Zhen (Author), Silverstein, Merril, "Children’s divorce and their exchanges with elder parents in rural China", International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Seoul, Korea. ( , 2013).
    •  2013
      Kendall-Tackett, Kathleen, Cong, Zhen (Author), Hale, Thomas, "Ethnic group differences in sleep location and beliefs about sleep in a U.S. sample", United States Lactation Consultant Association, St. Louis. ( , 2013).
    •  2013
      Cong, Zhen (Author & Presenter), Luo, Jian, Liang, Daan, "Patterns of psychological responses after a tornado: The effect of age and losses", American Association for Wind Engineering; International Association for Wind Engineering, Seattle. ( , 2013).
    • November  2013
      Cong, Zhen (Author & Presenter), Silverstein, Merril, "Gender preferences of grandparents in the labor-motive to care for grandchildren in rural China: A vignette approach", Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA. (November 24, 2013).
    • June  2013
      Nejat, Ali, Cong, Zhen, "NSF RAPID on Collection Perishable Data regarding Collective Housing Recovery", NSF and Rutgers University, Rutgers University. (June 5, 2013).
    • November  2012
      Cong, Zhen (Author & Presenter), Silverstein, Merril (Author), "Grandparenthood Uncertainty Predicts Grandparenting Efforts? : Evidence in Rural China", San Diego. (November , 2012).
    • November  2012
      Cong, Zhen (Author), Park, Sung (Author), Feng, Du (Author), Scott, Jean (Author & Presenter), "Living Arrangements and Depressive Symptoms in Mexican American Elders: The Moderating Effects of Culture and Needs", San Diego. (November , 2012).
    • March  2012
      Silverstein, Merril (Author & Presenter), Cong, Zhen (Author), "A Cohort Comparison of Older Chinese Grandparents Caring for Their Grandchildren in Rural China", San Francisco. (March , 2012).
    • November  2011
      Park, Sung Mi (Author & Presenter), Cong, Zhen, Scott, Jean (Author), "Adult child support, health, and physician visits of Mexican American elders", Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA. (November , 2011).
    • November  2011
      Cong, Zhen (Author & Presenter), Silverstein, Merril (Author), "Bonding with One Child: Consequences on Depression and Disability of Elders in Rural China", Gerontological Society of America, Boston. (November 20, 2011).
    • November  2011
      Cong, Zhen (Author & Presenter), Silverstein, Merril (Author), "Interactions with Children-in-law and Elders’ Depressive Symptoms in Mexican American Families ", Gerontological Society of America, Boston. (November 20, 2011).
    • November  2011
      Liu, Yin (Author & Presenter), Cong, Zhen (Author), "Is grandparenting beneficial or detrimental for elderly Mexican Americans’ psychological well-being?", Gerontological Society of America, Boston. (November 20, 2011).
    • April  2011
      Silverstein, Merril, Cong, Zhen (Author), "Cohort Change in Grandparents Caring for their Grandchildren in Rural China", International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Bologna, Italy. (April , 2011).
    • April  2011
      Cong, Zhen (Author & Presenter), Silverstein, Merril (Author), "Intergenerational Coresidence with Sons and with Daughters before Elder Parents’ Death in Rural China", Population Association of America, Washington D.C. . (April , 2011).
    • March  2011
      Park, Sung Mi (Author & Presenter), Cong, Zhen (Author), Scott, Jean (Author), "Adult-child support, health, and physician visits of Mexican-American elders", Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. (March , 2011).
    • March  2011
      Liu, Yin (Author & Presenter), Cong, Zhen (Author), "Is grandparenting beneficial or detrimental for elderly Mexican Americans’ psychological well-being?", Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. (March , 2011).
    • November  2010
      Cong, Zhen (Author & Presenter), "A Vignette Study on Sons’ and Daughters’ Obligations to their Parents in Rural China. ", Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA. . (November 20, 2010).
    • November  2010
      Cong, Zhen (Author & Presenter), "Changes in the Support Networks of Grandparents who Care for their Grandchildren in Rural China.", Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA. . (November 19, 2010).
    • May  2010
      Cong, Zhen (Author & Presenter), "Parents’ Preferred Caregivers: Children’s Migration and Intergenerational Exchanges with their Parents in Rural China", University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.. (May 6, 2010).
    • April  2010
      Cong, Zhen (Author & Presenter), "Grandparenting and “other” Children’s Support in Rural China. ", Population Association of America, Dallas, TX. . (April 15, 2010).
    • November  2009
      Cong, Zhen (Author & Presenter), "Competition between grandparents and grandchildren: A vignette study on elders’ beliefs in filial obligation", Gerontological Society of America, Atlanta, GA. (November 21, 2009).
    • November  2009
      Cong, Zhen (Author & Presenter), "Parents’ preferred caregivers: Children’s migration and intergenerational exchanges with their parents in rural China", Gerontological Society of America, Atlanta, GA. (November 21, 2009).
    • December  2008
      Cong, Zhen, "Which Sons Live with their Parents in Rural China: How do Sons’ and their Male Siblings’ Exchanges with Parents Matter?", Social Sciences Academy of China, Beijing. (December , 2008).
    • November  2008
      Cong, Zhen (Author & Presenter), "Grandparenting and Elders’ Depression in Rural China: Influences of Support from Children who do not Receive the Benefit", Gerontological Society of America, National Harbor, MA. (November , 2008).
    • March  2008
      Cong, Zhen, "Intergenerational Support and Depression Among Elders in Rural China: Do Daughters-in-laws Matter? ", American Society on Aging, Washington D. C.. (March , 2008).
    • November  2007
      Cong, Zhen (Author & Presenter), "How does support from sons, daughters and daughters-in-law influence elders’ traditional belief that sons are the best providers for old age in rural China? ", Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, San Francisco, CA.. (November , 2007).
    • November  2007
      Cong, Zhen (Author), "The impact of migration on the intergenerational relationships of older adults in rural China.", Gerontological Society of America, San Francisco, CA.. (November , 2007).
    • November  2007
      Cong, Zhen, "Which children live with their parents: How does children's migration experience matter?", Gerontological Society of America, San Francisco, CA.. (November , 2007).
    • October  2007
      Cong, Zhen (Author), "Intergenerational support and depression among elders in rural China: Do daughters-in-laws matter? ", Asia/Oceania Regional Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Beijing, China.. (October , 2007).
    • March  2007
      Cong, Zhen (Author & Presenter), "Intergenerational transfers between older people and their migrant children in rural China: Strategic investments, strategic returns", Population Association of American, New York, NY.. (March , 2007).
    • March  2006
      Cong, Zhen (Author & Presenter), "Intergenerational support exchanges over time and their relationships with depression of the elderly in rural China", Population Association of American, Los Angeles, CA.. (March , 2006).
    •  2005
      Cong, Zhen (Author), "Three-generation families in rural China: Mutual exchange and the well-being of grandparents.", Society for Study of Human Development, Asilomar, CA. ( , 2005).
    • November  2005
      Cong, Zhen (Author & Presenter), "Financial transfers from migrant children to older parents in rural China: Do past investments pay off? ", Gerontological Society of America, Orlando, FL. (November , 2005).
    • March  2005
      Cong, Zhen (Author & Presenter), "Out-migration of young adults and living arrangements of the elderly in rural China: The Case of Chaohu", Population Association of American, Philadelphia, PA.. (March , 2005).
    • November  2004
      Cong, Zhen (Author & Presenter), "Intergenerational transfers and living arrangements of older people in rural China: Consequences for psychological well-being", Gerontological Society of America, Washington, D. C.. (November , 2004).

Students Supervised

    • Present
      Xiaoxia Zhang, (Kinesiology)
    • Present
      Steve Moore, (Social Work)
    • Present
      Zhirui Chen, (Social Work)
    • Present
      Elizabeth Anderson, (Social Work)
    • Present
      Qihong Cui, Texas Tech University
    • July 2019
      Zain Khan, (Business)
    • May 2019
      Michaela Willis, (Nursing)
    • May 2019
      Craig Keaton, (Social Work)
    • 2018
      Chinagorom Duru, Texas Tech University
    • 2018
      Yaolin Pei, Texas Tech University
    • 2018
      Yaolin Pei,
    • 2017
      Ye Cui, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China
    • 2017
      Ping Xu, the University of Massachusetts Boston
    • 2016
      Melissa Gray, Texas Tech University
    • 2016
      Taylor Flowers, Texas Tech University
    • 2016
      Yiqing Yang, The University of Utah
    • 2015
      Chinatu Neketon,

Courses

      • - Dean's letter missing student feedback survey Zhen Cong
        Fall - 2019
      • - Aging in Families
        Spring - 2018
      • - Quantitative Methods II in Human Development and Family Studies
        (Topic: Quantitative Methods)
        Spring - 2018
      • - Quantitative Methods I in Human Development and Family Studies
        Fall - 2017
      • - Research Methods in Human Development and Family Studies
        (Topic: Research Methods)
        Fall - 2017
      • - Aging in Families
        Spring - 2017
      • - Quantitative Methods II in Human Development and Family Studies
        Spring - 2017
      • -002 Research Methods in Human Development and Family Studies
        (Topic: Research Method)
        Fall - 2016
      • -003 Research Methods in Human Development and Family Studies
        (Topic: Research Method)
        Fall - 2016
      • - Teaching College Human Development and Family Studies
        Fall - 2016
      • - Quantitative Methods II in Human Development and Family Studies
        (Topic: Quantitative Methods)
        Spring - 2016
      • - Research Methods in Human Development and Family Studies
        (Topic: Research Methods)
        Spring - 2016
      • -002 Research Methods in Human Development and Family Studies
        (Topic: Research Methods)
        Fall - 2015
      • -003 Research Methods in Human Development and Family Studies
        (Topic: Research Methods)
        Fall - 2015
      • - Quantitative Methods II in Human Development and Family Studies
        (Topic: Quantitative Methods )
        Spring - 2014
      • - Research Methods in Human Development and Family Studies
        (Topic: Research Methods )
        Spring - 2014

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      Awards Committee
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      Subcommittee on Graduate Studies (SCOGS)-PH.D. ( (SCOGS)-PH.D.
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      Research on Aging
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      Psychological Trauma
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      Journal of Marriage and Family
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      Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences
    • 2008 to  Present
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      Ageing & Society
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      National Science Foundation
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      International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
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      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Journal of Aging and Health
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      Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work
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      Journal of Applied Gerontology
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    • 2011 to  2015
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      Research on Aging
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      Asian Population Studies
    • July 2014 to  2014
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      International Journal of Aging and Human Development
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      Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer
      Journal of Aging and Health
    • 2011 to  2014
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      Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology
    • 2013 to  2013
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      Center on Aging Pilot Grants of University of Utah
    • 2013 to  2013
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      Field Methods
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      Journal of Physical Activity & Health
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      Journal of Family Issues
    • Nov 2013 to  Nov 2013
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      Sage Publications
      Research Methods in Psychology: Investigating Human Behavior" by Nestor and Schutt
    • 2011 to  2012
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      Gender & Society
    • 2010 to  2011
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      European Journal of Aging
    • 2010 to  2011
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      Journal of Comparative Family Studies
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      Gerontological Society of America
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      Conference-Related
      Gerontological Society of America
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    • 2009 to  2009
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      Sage Publications
      Modern Methods in Behavioral Science, by Gregory Privitera
    • 2008 to  2008
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      International Journal of Social Welfare

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Service to the Community

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      Officer, President/Elect/Past
      Chinese Faculty and Staff Association
    • Aug 2013 to  Aug 2014
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      Chinese Faculty and Staff Association