Professor of Nursing
Marjorie O. Rendell Endowed Professor in Healthy Transitions
Faculty director of Global Health Minor, School of Nursing

Jianghong Liu uses her training in maternal-child nursing, environmental health, and psychology to explore early health factors that affect children and adolescent’s cognitive and emotional/behavioral development. Her research integrates population-based epidemiological analyses with laboratory tests of cognition and psychophysiology to understand the mechanisms driving behaviors and emotions.

Dr. Liu is currently leading a team on several projects, both in the U.S. and internationally. As director of the NIH-funded China Jintan Child Health Project, Dr. Liu is following more than 1,000 children in Jintan city, China from pre-school into adolescence to understand the influence of exposure to environmental lead, nutrition, and psychosocial factors on their behavior.  Dr. Liu also leads the follow-up study of the original, Philadelphia’s Healthy Brain and Behavior Study which studied 450 community children in 2010, and continued following up recently to study early biological, environmental, and social factors on adolescent’s behavior development and health outcomes. Her research goal is to shape policy, practice, and education to improve children’s and adolescent’s health and well-being.

“My research shines light on health issues that public health systems can address and provides practical solutions for families to improve well-being of children and adolescents.”


  • Post-Doc in Psychology, University of Southern California, 2002-2006
  • PhD, University of California at Los Angeles, 2002
  • MN, University of California at Los Angeles, 1993