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Dr. Rong Fu received her dual-title Ph.D. in Sociology and Gerontology and M.S. in Sociology from Purdue University. Her main fields of research include medical sociology, health, and aging. Her publications have appeared in journals such as Journal of Health and Social BehaviorAging & Mental Health, Sage Open, and Applied Nursing Research. Her research has been honored the Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Poster Award (twice) and the Task Force for Minority Issues in Gerontology Student Poster Award (twice) by the Gerontological Society of America. 

Before joining Siena, Dr. Fu had three years’ teaching experience as a graduate student at Purdue University. She has a strong passion for teaching and received the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Teaching Award and the Purdue Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award at Purdue University. Since joining at Siena, Dr. Fu has received several grants, fellowships, and stipends to support her teaching and research, including the DAC Curriculum Diversification Fellowship, the Information Literacy Faculty Development Grant, the COTFD International Travel Fellowship, the CURCA Summer Scholars Stipends, the CREST Fellowship, and the CIEE International Faculty Development Seminar Special Grant

Dr. Fu has been actively engaged in academic services. She has reviewed papers for journals such as Social Science & Medicine, Journal of Health and Social BehaviorSage Open, and Gerontology. She also assisted with the translation of two chapters of Social Construction in Context (1st edition) by Kenneth J. Gergen from English into Chinese and participated in the Post-Earthquake Adjustment Project after the Great Sichuan Earthquake in China.

Dr. Fu originally hails from China. Her name can be pronounced as “r-aw-ng” (Rong) “f-oo” (Fu). In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and exploring different cultures.

Degree Program University
M.S. Sociology Purdue University West Lafayette
Ph.D. Sociology & Gerontology Purdue University West Lafayette

Articles & Book Reviews

  • Depressive symptoms among adult children caregivers in China: Moderating effects of working status and gender
    Aging & Mental Health
    2019
  • Early parental death and cognitive impairment in late life: A cohort study
    Sage Open
    2019
  • Intergenerational association of maternal obesity and child peer victimization in the United States
    Journal of Health and Social Behavior
    2019
  • Occupational mobility and chronic illness in late life: A systematic review
    Innovation in Aging
    2019
  • Organizational role and perception of organizational safety culture: A survey of registered nurses, physicians and managers
    The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing
    2018
  • Employment Status of Adult Children in China: Effects on Caregiving Time and Depressive Symptoms
    Innovation in Aging
    2017
  • Longitudinal examination of social and environmental influences on motivation for physical activity
    Applied Nursing Research
    2017
  • Social Support and Cognitive Impairment in the Oldest Old: Structure, Function, and Mutual Effect
    Gerontologist
    2016
  • Early Parental Loss and Cognitive Impairment in Older Age: Is Participating in Leisure Activities a Pathway?
    Gerontologist
    2015
  • Risk of civilization: A case study of modern traffic risk in G City (in Chinese)
    Journal of Nanjing Agricultural University (Social Sciences Edition)
    2010
  • The changing landscape of adult learning theory (in Chinese)
    Adult Education
    2009

Books & Book Chapters

  • Handbook of eHealth Evaluation: An Evidence-based Approach
    University of Victoria
    2016

Presentations

  • Occupational Mobility and Chronic Illness in Late Life: A Systematic Review
    2019
    Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, United States of America
  • Living Arrangements, Home Conditions, and Aging-Related Attitudes Among Older Adults in China
    2018
    US-Hong Kong 2018 International Conference: Aging across Time and Contexts, Hong Kong, China- Hong Kong
  • Socioeconomic Mobility and Health: A Systematic Review of Two Decades of Research.
    2018
    Society for the Study of Social Problems, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Employment Status of Adult Children in China: Effects on Caregiving Time and Depressive Symptoms
    2017
    IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, San Francisco, California
  • Employment Status, Caregiving Time, and Depression in Chinese Adult Children Caregivers: How does Gender Made a Difference?
    2017
    International Conference of Social Work in Aging and Urbanization – International Experience & China's Development, Hangzhou, China-PRC
  • Maternal Obesity and Child Peer Victimization: Intergenerational Impact of Weight Stigma in the United States
    2017
    American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada-Quebec
  • Organizational Role and Perception of Organizational Safety Culture
    2017
    American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada-Quebec
  • Early Parental Loss and Cognitive Well-Being in the Oldest Old: Reevaluating the Stress Process Model in the Context of Gender Inequality
    2016
    Society for the Study of Social Problems, Seattle, Washington
  • Is Downward Socioeconomic Mobility Detrimental to Health in late Life? Evidence from a National Sample of the Oldest Old
    2016
    Society for the Study of Social Problems, Seattle, Washington
  • Social Support and Cognitive Impairment in the Oldest Old: Structure, Function, and Mutual Effect
    2016
    Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Social and Environmental Associations with Physical Activity Motivation
    2016
    Council for Advancement of Nursing Science, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Early Parental Loss and Cognitive Impairment in Older Age: Is Participating in Leisure Activities a Pathway?
    2015
    Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida
  • Community Services and Functional Limitations in Old Age -- Unraveling the Mediating Role of Family Support
    2014
    Society for the Study of Social Problems, San Francisco, California
  • Consequences of Early Parental Loss on Cognitive Function in Older Age: Does Gender Make a Difference?
    2014
    Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Do Socioeconomic Health Disparities Persist in the Face of Financial Strain? Evidence from Older Adults in Rural and Urban China
    2014
    Society for the Study of Social Problems, San Francisco, California
  • Does Perceived Financial Strain Reshape Socioeconomic Health Disparities in Chinese Older Adults?
    2014
    Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Exploring the Mediating Effect of Family Support on the Association between Living Arrangements and Functional Limitations in Chinese Older Adults: Evidence for Rural-Urban Differences
    2013
    Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Does Intergenerational Socioeconomic Mobility Affect Self-Rated Health and Functional Limitations in Old Age?
    2011
    American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada