Jianghong Liu, Ph.D.
- Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Dr. Liu obtained her Masters in Maternal Child Health and Ph.D. degrees in Nursing from UCLA and received postdoctoral training in developmental child psychopathology from USC. She joined the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing as Assistant Professor and faculty member in the MPH program at Penn SOM in July 2007.
Dr. Liu’s research directly involves public health concerns using community based epidemiology approaches to address problems in child externalizing behavior, including youth aggression and juvenile delinquency. Her research focuses on early maternal-child interactions and 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 (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, such as aggression and delinquency. These behaviors in turn are being increasingly viewed as public health problems. Her work has been published in multiple disciplines, including Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Epidemiology, and Nursing (e.g. in the American Journal of Psychiatry, Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, and International Journal Epidemiology).
Dr. Liu has taught courses “Human Development,” “Introduction to the Principles and Methods of Epidemiology," and “Environment Toxicity.” She is the Co-Director of the Occupation and Environmental Health Minor Program in the School of Nursing, as well as a faculty member of CEET at Penn SOM. She is a 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.
Dr. Liu’s current research is funded by awards from NIH including K01, K-supplement, and R01 grants.