Jersey Liang, Ph.D.

Jersey Liang

Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy

Research Professor, Institute of Gerontology

Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research

Faculty Associate, Center for Chinese Studies

1415 Washington Heights      Vcard icon
M3007 SPH II
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Office: (734) 936-1303; Fax: (734) 764-4338


Professional Summary

Jersey Liang specializes in comparative social gerontology and medical sociology. As a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, Dr. Liang has received two National Institute on Aging MERIT awards. He was the editor for Social Sciences, Journal of Gerontology, and has served on study sections at the National Institutes of Health and the editorial boards of a number of professional journals.  He was a visiting scientist at numerous institutions in East Asia including Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, University of Tokyo, National Taiwan University, Chung Gung University, Peking University, and Wuhan University.

Courses Taught

HMP671: Cross-national Comparisons of Aging and Health
HMP677: Health Care Organization: An International Perspective
HMP803: Doctoral Seminar in Health Services and Systems Research I
HMP815: Readings in Medical Care


Ph.D., Sociology, Wayne State University, 1978

Research Interests & Projects

Dr. Liang's research interests focus on health dynamics, quality of life, and geriatric care from a cross-cultural comparative perspective. His current research centers around three major themes: (a) quality of life at the individual and population levels, (b) dynamic models of health and health care in old age, and (c) geriatric care management and policy. In 1985 Liang initiated the Comparative Aging Research Porgram (CARP) which has been a joint venture involving investigators at the University of Michigan, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, University of Tokyo, and the National Bureau of Health Promotion in Taiwan.  Longitudinal data bases, involving population based samples of elderly people, have been established and maintained in the United States, Japan, Taiwan, and China.

In addition, Liang has collaborated in research on health disparities in oral health among older Americans; health behaviors among older people; work and retirement in family context; multidisciplinary treament innovations for hip fracture among elderly patients; and geriatric medicine. 

Selected Publications

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Liang, J., Wu, B., Plassman, B., Bennett, J. & Beck, J. (2013). Racial disparities in trajectories of oral health. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 41(6), 517-525.

Tseng, M.Y., Shyu, Y.L., & Liang, J. (2012). Functional recovery of older hip-fracture patients after interdisciplinary intervention follows three distinct trajectories. The Gerontologist, 52(6), 833-842.

Botoseneanu, A. & Liang, J. (2012). The effects of stability and change in health behaviors on trajectories of body-mass index in older Americans: A 14-year longitudinal study. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 67 (10), 1075-1084.

Liang, J., Xu, X., Ye, W., Bennett, J. & Quiñones, A. R. (2011). Multiple trajectories of depressive symptoms in middle and late life: Ethnic variations. Psychology and Aging, 26(4), 761-777.

Quiñones, A. R. Liang, J. & Ye, W. (2011). How does the trajectory of multimorbidity vary across black, white, and Mexican Americans in middle and old Age? Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 66(6), 739-749.

Liang, J., Wang, C.N., Xu, X., Hsu, H.C., Lin, H.S., & Lin, Y.H. (2010). Trajectory of functional status among older Taiwanese: Gender and age variations. Social Science & Medicine, 71, 1208-1217.

Liang, J., Xu, X., Bennett, J.M., Ye, W. & Quinones, A.R. (2010). Ethnicity and changing functional health in middle and late life: A person-centered approach. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 65B(4), 470-481.

Li, L.W., Zhang, J. & Liang, J. (2009). Health among the oldest-old in China: Which living arrangements make a difference? Social Sciences & Medicine, 68(2), 220-227.

Liang, J. Bennett, J.M., Shaw, B.A., Quinones, A.M., Ye, W., Xu, X. & Ofstedal, M.B. (2008). Gender differences in functional status in middle and older age: Are there any age variations? Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 63B(5), S282-S292.

Liang, J., Shaw, B.A., Krause, N., Bennett, J.M., Kobayashi, E., Fukaya, T. & Sugihara, Y. (2007). Intertwining courses of subjective health and functional status among older Japanese. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 62B(5), S340-S357.