Linda is currently working with her mentors Dr. Linda Aiken and Dr. Matthew McHugh at the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research. Linda is interested in the intersection of nursing care and health policy and has presented her research internationally and nationally. Her research interest is in measuring quality of health care in various settings - community health, end-of-life care and mental health care.
Her past research projects include a qualitative study of nurses in China working in community health clinics in the urban area, nurse workforce issues in Asian countries, physician and nurse collaborations and a history of Protestant American nurses in China.
Linda has had numerous experiences in social work and promoting children’s educational causes, poverty alleviation causes and causes to improve health care. She has worked with various non-profits such as First Book (low income children’s literacy), PowerUp Gambia (solar power for health care facilities), Givology (child education support) and World Vision (child sponsorship and rural development). Linda has also had internships with Bridging the Gaps working with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health as a patient advocate and a nurse extern at a rural area hospital system in South Dakota.
Throughout her years at Penn Linda has been involved in the leadership of various community service and advocacy student organizations such as Penn for UNICEF (led Human Rights Awareness week), American Red Cross, Civic House Associates Coalition (led Public Health week), and Penn Active Minds (involved in Mental Health Awareness week) and Penn Microfinance Club (involved in planning a national microfinance conference). Linda remains active at Penn Nursing and has been a board member of Student Nurses at Penn, Graduate Student Organization and currently involved on the boards of Doctoral Student Organization and Student Healthcare Alliance at Penn.
Linda, who is originally from China, relocated to South Dakota. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with dual degrees of Bachelor of Arts from the School of Arts and Sciences majoring in Health and Societies with a concentration in Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the School of Nursing with a minor in Multicultural/Global Health Care.