Jianghong Liu, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor of Nursing
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 426 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 898-8293
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”. She is also the Co-Director of the Occupational and Environmental Health Minor Program in the School of Nursing, and a faculty member of the Penn MPH program and CEET in the School of Medicine.
Penn Master of Public Health Program
Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology
Dr. Liu's research is concerned about how early health risk factors, including prenatal/postnatal risk factors (e.g. birth complications, prenatal stress, prenatal toxin exposure), early nutrition, and environmental toxicity (e.g. lead and tobacco exposure) influence emotional and behavioral development in children and adolescents. She is particularly interested in how brain mechanisms account for these early health factors and later behavior outcomes. 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 60 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters in multiple disciplines, including Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Epidemiology, and Nursing (e.g. in the American Journal of Psychiatry, Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, International Journal Epidemiology, and 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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