Jinyu Liu

Jinyu Liu

Research Interest

Mental health of older adults; psychological well-being of family caregivers in the social and cultural context of China; intergenerational relationships and depressive symptoms of Chinese older adults in the context of international migration

Dr. Jinyu Liu an Associate Professor in Columbia University School of Social Work. She earned her PhD from the University of Iowa School of Social Work in 2013. Before joining Columbia in 2015, Dr. Liu completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. 

Dr. Liu’s research focuses on the stress of Chinese family caregivers and the mental health of Chinese older adults. In her research on family caregiving, Dr. Liu explored how the mechanisms of the stress process unfolds in the cultural and social contexts of Chinese family caregivers. The findings of her studies in this field provide invaluable guidance for health professionals and community service organizations in developing culturally congruent interventions to address stress of family caregivers in China. In her research on mental health of Chinese older adults, Dr. Liu has investigated the effects of resources and barriers at multiple layers of the social environment—including family, friendship, and neighborhood—on the mental health of older Chinese. Her research in this area offers crucial implications for developing social services that help strengthen the supportive social environments for older adults and improve their mental health, especially in family-oriented cultures and societies undergoing dramatic social, economic, cultural, and familial transformations. On both themes, she has produced substantive new knowledge that expands the existing literature and provides important and timely service implications for Chinese older adults. Dr. Liu has published a total of 28 publications in peer-reviewed journals and presented studies in various domestic and international conferences and institutes.