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Bei Wu

Professor, Nursing and Global Health
School of Nursing

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Bei Wu


Bei Wu, PhD, is Professor and Director for International Research at the School of Nursing and a member of the Global Health Institute. She is also a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. Dr. Wu's areas of research expertise include aging and global health.

Dr. Wu received her M.S. and Ph.D. in gerontology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). She is an internationally known expert on China's long-term care policy and system development. She has worked closely with several schools of public health and schools of nursing in China on educational and research initiatives, such as conducting joint research projects, providing lectures, making presentations, and organizing professional conferences/training workshops. As the Principal Investigator, Dr. Wu has led many National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded projects on aging and health related issues including long-term care, dementia, caregiving, oral health, and health services utilization. She is also the Methods Core Director for the recently NIH-funded center on Adaptive Leadership in Symptom Science.


Recent Publications

Helvik, A. S., Engedal, K., Wu, B., Benth, J. S., Corazzini, K., Røen, I., & Selbæk, G. (2016), Severity of neuropsychiatric symptoms in nursing home residents.

Lee, K. H., Plassman, B. L., Pan, W., & Wu, B. (2015). Mediation Effect of Oral Hygiene on the Relationship Between Cognitive Function and Oral Health in Older Adults.

Bai, Z. G, Guan, Z, Fan, Y, Liu, C. Yang, K, Wu, B. (2015). The effects of Qigong for adults with chronic pain: systematic review and meta-analysis.

Luo, H.B., Pan, W., Sloan, F., Feinglos, M., & Wu, B. (2015). Forty-year trends of tooth loss among American adults with and without diabetes mellitus: an age-period-cohort analysis.

Yi, C., Mao, Z. F. Corazzini, K., Petrini, M., & Wu, B. (2015). Nursing Workforce in Hubei China: Implications for the Development of Traditional Chinese Medicine Education

Dong, X. Q., Chen, R. J., Wu, B., Zhang, N., Mui, A., & Chi, I. (2015). Association between elder mistreatment and suicidal ideation among community-dwelling Chinese older adults in the USA.

Mao, W. Y. Wu, B., & Chi, I. (2015). Oral health among older Chinese immigrants and implications for social work practice.

Hybels, C., Bennett, J. M., Landerman, L. R., Liang, J., Plassman, B. L., & Wu, B. (2015). Trajectories of depressive symptoms and oral health outcomes in a community sample of older adults.

Peng, R., & Wu, B. (2015). Changes of health status and institutionalization among older adults in China.

De Gagne, J., So, A., Wu, B., Palmer, M., & McConnell, E. (2015). The effect of a urinary incontinence self-management programme for older women in South Korea.

Xu, H. Z., Luo, J.F., & Wu. B. (2015). Self-reported diabetes treatment among Chinese middle-aged and older adults with diabetes: comparison of urban residents, migrants in urban settings, and rural residents.

De Gagne, J. C., Park, S., So, A., Wu, B., Palmer, M. H., & McConnell, E. S. (2015). A urinary incontinence online continuing education course for community health nurses in South Korea.

Luo, J., Wu, B., Zhao, Q., Guo, Q., Meng, H., Hong, Z., & Ding, D. (2015). Association between tooth loss and cognitive function among Chinese older adults: a community-based study.

Anderson, R. A., Bailey, D. E. Jr., Wu, B., Corazzini, K., McConnell, E. S., Thygeson, N. M., & Docherty, S. L. (2015). Adaptive leadership framework for chronic illness: framing a research agenda for transforming care delivery

Dai, B., Mao, Z., Wu, B., Mei, Y. J., Levkoff, S., & Wang, H. (2015). Family caregivers%u2019 perception of Alzheimer%u2019s disease and caregiving in Chinese culture

Wu, B., Yue, Y.W., & Mao, Z. F. (2015). Self-reported functional and general health status among older respondents in China: the impact of age, gender, and place of residence.

Yi, C., Mao, Z. F., Xu, B., & Wu, B. (2015). Factors associated with traditional Chinese medicine utilization among urban community health centers in Hubei Province of China.

Peng, R., Wu, B. Changes of Health Status and Institutionalization among Older Adults in China. Poster presented at the 67th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America. November 8, 2014. Washington, DC.

Lee, K.H., Wu, B., Plassman, B. Oral Hygiene Behaviors as a Mediator between Cognitive Impairment and Oral Health among Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Presented at the 67th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America. November 7, 2014. Washington, DC.

Hybels, C., Bennett, J., Landerman, L., Liang, J., Plassman, B., Wu, B. Trajectories of Depressive Symptoms and Oral Health in Older Adults. Presented at the 67th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America. November 7, 2014. Washington, DC.

Luo, J. F., Wu, B., Zhao, Q. H., Guo, Q. H., Meng, H. J., Hong, Z., Ding, D. Tooth Loss and Cognitive Function Among Chinese Older Adults: a Community-based Study. Presented at the 67th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America. November 7, 2014. Washington, DC.

Liang, J., Wu, B., Plassman, B., Bennett. J., Hybels, C., Landerman, L., Beck, J. Multiple Trajectories of Periodontal Disease Among Older Americans: Role of Chronic Diseases. Poster presented at the 67th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America. November 7, 2014. Washington, DC.

Zhang. Y., Wu, B., Sloan, F. The Roles of Family Support in Depressive Symptoms: Evidence from China. Presented at the 67th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America. November 5, 2014. Washington, DC.

Hybel, C., Wu, B., Landerman, L., Liang, J., & Plassman, B. Trends in Decayed Teeth among Middle-Aged and Older Americans. Presented at the IADR/AADR General Session, June 25, 2014, Cape Town, South Africa.

Wu, B., Fillenbaum, G., Plassman, B., & Liang, G. Association between Oral Health and Cognitive Status: A Systematic Review. Presented at the 43rd Annual meeting of the American Association for Dental Research. March 19, 2014. Charlotte, NC.

Wu, B. (2014). Aging: Implications for the Oral Cavity. In P. K. Friedman (Ed.), Geriatric Dentistry: Caring for an Aging Population, pp. 1-16. Wiley Blackwell.

Song, Y., Anderson, R. A., Corazzini, K., Wu, B. Staff characteristics and care in Chinese nursing homes: A systematic Literature review. International Journal of Nursing Sciences, (2014, published ahead of print), doi: 10.1016/j.ijnss.2014.10.003.n View

Peng, R., Wu, B. (2014). Long-term care policy in China: 15 years of development and its future direction. Global Health Journal, 1(2), 29-36.

Zhao, N., Wu, B., Samples, C., Shaw, R.J. (2014). Mobile technology for healthcare in rural China. International Journal of Nursing Sciences. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnss.2014.07.003. View

Wu, B., Hybels, C., Liang, J., Landerman, L., Plassman, B. Social Stratification and Tooth Loss Among Middle-Aged and Older Americans from 1988-2004. (2014). Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. DOI: 10.1111/cdoe.12116. [Epub ahead of print] View

Wu, B., Luo, H. B., Flint, E., & Qin, L. (2014). Dental Care Utilization among Caregivers Who Care for Older Adults. Research on Aging. DOI:10.1177/0164027514537082 View

Liang, J., Wu, B., Plassman, B., Bennett, J., & Beck, J. (2014). Social Stratification, Oral Hygiene, and Trajectories of Dental Caries among Old Americans. Journal of Aging and Health. DOI: 10.1177/0898264314534891 View

Luo, H. B., Zhang, X. Z., LeCook, B., Wu, B., Wilson, M. R. (2014). Racial/ethnic disparities in preventive care practice among U.S. nursing home residents. Journal of Aging and Health. DOI: 10.1177/0898264314524436 View

Peng, R., Wu, B., Ling, L (2014). Undermet needs for assistance in personal activities of daily living among community-dwelling oldest old in China from 2005 to 2008. Research on Aging. DOI: 10.1177/0164027514524257 View

Cao, Y. C., Wu, B., Dai, J. B. (2014). Analysis of the elders' long-term care arrangement and its influencing factors in rural China. Dalian Science and Technology University Journal: Social Sciences, 35(1), 117-123.

Lee, K. H., Wu, B., Plassman, B. (2014). Dental care utilization among older adults with cognitive impairment in the USA. Gerontology and Geriatrics International. DOI: 10.1111/ggi.12264 View

Gorsuch, M., Sanders, S., Wu, B. (2014). Tooth Loss in Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta Relative to Other Regions in the United States, 1999-2010. American Journal of Public Health. Published online ahead of print February 13, 2014: e1-e7. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301641. View

Wu, B., Liang, J., Landerman, L., Plassman, B. (2013). Trends of edentulism among middle-aged and older Asian Americans. American Journal of Public Health. Published online ahead of print July 18, 2013: doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.301190

Xu, L., Wu, B., Chi, I., Hsiao, H. Y. Intensity of Grandparent Caregiving and Life Satisfaction Among Older Rural Chinese Adults: A Longitudinal Study Using Latent Difference Score Analysis. Family and Community Health, 35(4):287-99.

Laditka, S.B., Tseng, W., Price, A.E., Ivey, S.L., Friedman, D.B., Liu, R., Wu, B., Logsdon, R. G., Beard, R. L. Beliefs about Promoting Cognitive Health among Filipino Americans Who Care for Persons with Dementia. Int J Aging Hum Dev. 75(3):273-296.

Cao, Y. C., Wu, B., Dai, J. B. An Analysis of Content Identity and Supply Mechanism of the Demand -oriented Social Welfare for Elderly in China. Zhejiang Social Sciences, 192, 71-80.

Wiener, R.C., Wu, B., Crout, R., Plassman, B.L., McNeil, D.W., Wiener, M.A., & Kao, E. Hygiene self-care of older adults in West Virginia: effects of gender. Journal of Dental Hygiene, 86(3), 231-238.