Jianghong Liu, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor of Nursing

Contact Information
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 426 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 898-8293
email: jhliu@nursing.upenn.edu

Dr. Liu is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School Of Nursing and also a faculty member of the Penn MPH program and CEET in the School of Medicine. She obtained her MS (Maternal Child Health) and Ph.D. degrees in Nursing from UCLA and received postdoctoral training in developmental child psychology from USC before joined the Penn Nursing in July 2007.

Dr. Liu teaches “Environmental Toxicology: Risk Assessment and Health Effects”, and has taught courses "Human Development,” and "Introduction to the Principles and Methods of Epidemiology”.
Dr. Liu is currently mentoring several PhD students as well as visiting scholars from China. She is accepting new interested PhD applicants and visiting scholars. For further information, please contact her directly and send a CV and cover letter to jhliu@nursing.upenn.edu.

Penn Master of Public Health Program
Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology

Dr. Liu's research aims to identify how early health risk and protective factors impact emotional and behavioral development in children and adolescents, why this occurs, and what measures we can take to enhance development. Factors include prenatal/postnatal risk factors (e.g. birth complications, prenatal stress, prenatal toxin exposure), early nutrition, environmental toxicity (e.g. lead and tobacco exposure) and sleep deprivation. She is particularly interested in how brain mechanisms influence early health factors and later behavior outcomes, as well as protective factors (e.g. breast feeding, early bonding) that improve resilience in children and adolescents.
Her research has three main features: an interdisciplinary collaborative approach, working in international settings, and the use of longitudinal methodology. She is the PI on the China Jintan Child Health Project, a longitudinal study set up in 2004 which follows children into adolescence to investigate the influence of lead exposure and micronutrient deficiency on children's behavior. Dr. Liu's research has been supported by the National Institute of Health since 2007. She has published more than 80 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters in multiple disciplines, including Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Epidemiology, and Nursing (e.g. in the American Journal of Psychiatry, JAMA Pediatrics, International Journal Epidemiology, International Journal of Nursing Studies.

• Currently Funded Grants

• Center for Biobehavioral Research


Dr. Liu is the recipient of a Predoctoral Fellowship Award (F31, 2000-2002), a Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (F32, 2003-2006), and a K01 (2007-2011) Award from the National Institutes of Health prior to receiving her current R01 and K02. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Undergraduate Scholarly Mentorship in 2010, Corresponding Member of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Research Advisory Panel, a member of the Society of Toxicology, and a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

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