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Ling Xu is a health social scientist specializing in aging, family, and health. Her areas of research interests include family gerontology, intergenerational relations, 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.  

The University of Southern California
Ph.D.
Social Work
University of Hong Kong
Master of Social Work
Social Work
Fudan University (Shanghai, China)
Master
Sociology
Henan Normal University
Bachalor
Education Management
September 2013
Ongoing
Assist Professor
School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Arlington
September 2002
July 2006
Assist Professor
Social Work Department, Fudan University
October 2008
Ongoing
Membership
Council on Social Work Education
December 2007
Ongoing
Membership
Society for Social Work Research
November 2007
Ongoing
Membership
Gerontological Society of America
April 2012
Offered $1000 for further study of Chinese culture and population.

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

March 2012
Provided trip to Taiwan and research fund for study on Taiwanese and culture.

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.

May 2011
Had stipend of $20,000/year for two years to support my dissertation writing.

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

Family gerontology; mental health in later life; intergenerational relations; 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, 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. 

Xu, L., & Chi, I. (Accepted). Aging and Grand-parenting. In Quah, S. (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Families in Asia. Taylor and Francis/Routledge: England.
Book Chapter
In-press
Hsiao, H.Y., Xu, L., & Chi, I. (revise and resubmit). 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.
Journal Article
Revised and Resubmitted
Li, Y. Xu, L., Min, J., & Chi, I. (revise and resubmit). Social participation and life satisfaction among the widowed older adults in China. The Journals of Gerontology (B).
Journal Article
Revised and Resubmitted
Liu, J., Guo, M. Xu, L., Mao, W., & Chi, I. (revise and resubmit). Family relationships, social connections, and psychological well-being among Chinese older adults in international migrant families. Journal of Aging and Mental Health. 
Journal Article
Revised and Resubmitted
Guo, M. Xu, L., Liu, J., Mao, W., & Chi, I. (under review). Quality of relationship between older parents and adult children in Chinese immigrant families: The influence of coresidence, support exchanges, and sense of children’s deference. Journal of Ageing and Society. 
Journal Article
Under Review
Li, Y., Xu, L., Chi, I. & Guo, P. (In Press). Participation in productive activities and health outcomes among older adults in Urban China. The Gerontologist, doi: 10.1093/geront/gnt106
Journal Article
In-press
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
Journal Article
Published
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
Journal Article
Published
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
Journal Article
Published
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
Journal Article
Published
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. doi: 10.1037/a0030167
Journal Article
Published
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
Journal Article
Published
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.
Journal Article
Published
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.
Journal Article
Published
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.
Journal Article
Published
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). 
Journal Article
Published
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.
Journal Article
Published
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. 
Journal Article
Published
2004
Mui, A., Chi, I., & Xu, L., (2004). Theory and Practice of Gerontology. Beijing: Social Science Press (In Chinese).
Book
Produced
Hsiao, H.Y., Xu, L., & Chi, I. (revise and resubmit). 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.
Journal Article
Revised and Resubmitted
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

Uncategorized
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

Uncategorized
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

Uncategorized
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

Uncategorized
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

Uncategorized
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

Uncategorized
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

Uncategorized
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

Invited
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.

Uncategorized
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

Uncategorized
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

Uncategorized
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

Uncategorized
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

Uncategorized
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

Uncategorized
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

Uncategorized
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

Uncategorized
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

Uncategorized
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

Uncategorized
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

Uncategorized
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

Uncategorized
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

Uncategorized
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

Uncategorized
December 2007

Disability trends in China

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

Uncategorized
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

Uncategorized
Fall 2014
SOCW 3305 - 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.
Last Updated on September 8, 2014, 5:03 pm
Fall 2014
SOCW 3302 - 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.
Last Updated on September 8, 2014, 5:07 pm
Spring 2014
SOCW 6331 - 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.
Last Updated on September 8, 2014, 12:31 pm
Fall 2013
SOCW 6331 - 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.
Last Updated on November 3, 2013, 11:14 am
September2012
SOWK 653 at USC

Social Work Practice with and In Behalf of Older Adults

Courses Taught
September2011
SOWK 599 at USC

Social Work with Older Adults

Courses Taught
September2010
SOWK 636 at USC

Social Policy in the Health Care Sector

Courses Taught
January2010
SOWK 562 at USC

Social Work Research 

Courses Taught
September2009
SOWK 629 at USC

Evaluation Research: Community Organization, Planning and Administration 

Courses Taught
September 2013
Ongoing
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. 

Elected
September 2013
Ongoing
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 Journal of Gerontology and International Journal of Social Welfare

Elected
September 2013 -
Ongoing
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. 

Elected