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, and Wuhan University in China.
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.
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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.
Shyu, Y.I., Liang, J., Wu, C.C., Su, J.Y., Cheng, H.S., Chou, S.W., Chen, M.C., Yang, C.T., & Tseng, M.Y. (2010). Two-year effects of interdisciplinary intervention for hip fracture in older Taiwanese. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58, 1081-1089.
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.
Liang, J., Quinones, A.R., Bennett, J.M., Ye, W., Xu, X., Shaw, B.A., & Ofstedal, M.B. (2010). Evolving self-rated health in middle and old age: How does it differ across black, Hispanic, and white Americans? Journal of Aging and Health, 22(1), 3-26.
Raymo, J.M., Liang, J., Kobayashi, E., Fukaya, T. & Sugihara, Y. (2009). The family context of health and retirement in Japan. Research on Aging, 31, 180-206.
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.