Faculty Profile

Jersey  Liang, PhD

Jersey Liang, PhD

  • Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy

  • Professor of Global Public Health
  • Research Professor, Institute of Gerontology
  • Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research
  • Faculty Associate, Center for Chinese Studies
  • 1415 Washington Heights
  • M3007 SPH II
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Jersey Liang specializes in comparative social gerontology and medical sociology. As a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, Dr. Liang has received two National Institute on Aging MERIT awards. He was the editor for Social Sciences, Journal of Gerontology, and has served on study sections at the National Institutes of Health and the editorial boards of a number of professional journals.  He was a visiting scientist at numerous institutions in East Asia including Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, University of Tokyo, National Taiwan University, Chung Gung University, Peking University, and Wuhan University.

  • PhD, Sociology, Wayne State University, 1978

Liang’s current research centers around four major themes: (a) quality of life at the individual and population levels, (b) dynamic models of health and health care in old age, and (c) living arrangements and family-based support in later life, and (d) comparative analysis of geriatric care management and policy. Since the mid-1980s, Liang has been actively involved in studies of aging and health through which he and his colleagues have established several longitudinal databases of older adults in the United States, Japan, Taiwan, and China. In addition, he has collaborated on research related to racial disparities in oral health among older Americans, health behaviors among older adults in the U.S. and Japan, work and retirement in family context, and multidisciplinary treatment innovations for hip fracture among older Taiwanese. 

  • Wang, H.P., Liang, J., Kuo, L.M. & Shyu, Y.L. (2017). Trajectories of nutritional status and cognitive impairment among older Taiwanese with hip fracture.  Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging (in press).
  • Vogelsang, E.M., Raymo, J.M., Liang, J., Kobayashi, E. & Fukaya, T. (2017). Population aging and health trajectories at older ages.  Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences (in press).
  • Shyu, YI.L., Kuo, L.M. & Liang, J. (2016). A randomised controlled trial of a home-based training programme to decrease depression in family caregivers of persons with dementia.  Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73(3): 585-598.
  • Cigolle, C., Nagel, C., Blaum, C.S. & Liang, J., &Quinones, A.M. (2016). Inconsistency in the self-report of chronic diseases in panel surveys: developing an adjudication method for the Health and Retirement Study.  Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences (in press).
  • Murayama, H., Liang, J., Bennett, J.M., Shaw, B.A., Botoseneanu, A., Kobayashi, E., Fukaya, T., & Shinkai, S. (2015). Trajectories of Body Mass Index and their associations with mortality among older Japanese: Do they differ from Western populations? American Journal of Epidemiology. 182(7): 597-605.
  • Xu,X.,Liang, J., Bennett, J.M., Botoseneanu, A., Allore,H.G.(2015). Socioeconomic stratification and multidimensional health trajectories: Evidence of convergence in later old age. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences. 70(4): 661-671.
  • Liang, J., Wu, B., Plassman, B., Bennett, J. and Beck, J. (2014). Social stratification, oral hygiene, and trajectories of dental caries among old Americans. Journal of Aging and Health, 26(6), 900-923.
  • Liang, J., Wu, B., Plassman, B., Bennett, J. & Beck, J. (2013). Racial disparities in trajectories of oral health.  Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology.  41(6), 517-525.
  • Quiñones, A. R. Liang, J. & Ye, W. (2013). Differences in diabetes mellitus onset for older black, white, and Mexican Americans.  Ethnicity & Disease. 23(3):310-5.
  • Wu, B., Liang, J., Landerman, L., & Plassman, B.L. (2013). Trends of edentulism among middle-aged and older Asian Americans. American Journal of Public Health. 103(9): e76-82.