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Yin Liu

 

Yin Liu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Gerontoloty Certificate Coordinator


Phone: 435-797-4149

Email: yin.liu@usu.edu


Office Location: FL 215

Office Hours: By Appointment Only

Bio

Yin Liu was born and grew up in Chengdu, China. Yin received her PhD degree in Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State University. She is currently an assistant professor in the Family, Consumer, and Human Development at Utah State University. Yin teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in gerontology and research methods, and is the coordinator of the gerontology certificate program at USU. Yin is a developmental psychologist by training with an interdisciplinary research background focused on individuals’ health and well-being across adulthood and old age.  To achieve this goal, her expertise includes research methodology and statistics, daily and chronic stress, salivary biomarkers of stress and health, and interventions to reduce stressor exposures and promote healthy aging.  Yin’s dissertation received the research award in the Psychology of Aging by Div. 20 of the American Psychological Association (APA). In her spare time Yin enjoys experiencing the outdoors with her family.

Research Projects

Daily Stress and Health (DaSH) for family caregivers of individuals with dementia

Female Growth and Development Study (FGDS) for women experienced early sexual abuse

Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) study on health and well-being across adulthood and old age

Education

2016-2017

Postdoctoral scholar in Center for Healthy Aging

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park

2011-2016

Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park

Concentration: Adult development and Methods

Graduate Minor: Statistics

Committee: Steve Zarit, David Almeida, Michael Rovine, James Rosenberger

2009-2011

M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies

Texas Tech University, Lubbock

2003

M.S. in Advanced Professional Studies

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

2001

B.A. in English

Southwest China Normal University, Chongqing, China

(Distinguished Student, top 1%)

Research Interests

My overall research goal can be broken into two general thematic areas. My first research theme centers on daily stresses, health and well-being in special populations who are generally considered under chronic stress, such as family caregivers of individuals with dementia (IWDs) and women with a history of substantiated childhood sexual abuse.  Two major data sets I utilize are from the Daily Stress and Health (DaSH) project for family caregivers of individuals with dementia, and the Midlife in the United State (MIDUS) study.

I am also interested in applying statistical tools to address research questions that have not been explored with more traditional approaches.  Of particular interest is the application of innovative models for daily outcomes of health and well-being.  This can include daily affective fluctuation and its association with stress; the stabilizing effect of interventions on daily affect; daily intrinsic emotion and emotional diversity as traits and their developmental trajectories over time; fluctuation of daily biomarkers; and biomarker synchrony.

Complete list of published work in MyBibliography

Course Teachings

  • FCHD 3540: Adult Development and Aging