Chiung-ju (CJ) Liu, PhD, OTR
Coleman Hall, CF 304
Education & Training
- Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Boston University Health and Disability Research Institute 2008
- PhD in Gerontology, University of Kansas 2006
- MS in Occupational Therapy, University of Kansas Medical Center 2001
- BS in Occupational Therapy, National Taiwan University 1997
Research & Clinical Interests
My research goal is to identify modifiable factors and to develop effective interventions that will enable older adults to live an independent and healthy life. I have two research foci: preventing late-life disability prevention and promoting health literacy. My research efforts in late-life disability prevention include: 1) identifying the benefit and limitation of muscle strength training on reducing physical functioning in older adults; and 2) developing and testing a therapeutic home-based exercise program to overcome the limitation of muscle strength training. My research efforts in health literacy promotion include examining the effect of 1) increasing text cohesion and 2) using illustrations or multimedia on processing and comprehension of health information for older adults.
Honors & Awards
- Fellow of Gerontological Society of America
- Excellence in Research Award, Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences 2011 and 2013
- Completed Doctoral Research Award, Adult Development and Aging, American Psychological Association (Division 20) 2007
- T668 Non-thesis OT research project completion
- T667 Non-thesis OT research project
- T662 Occupations of adults and older adults
- T625 Reflective seminar II
- T525 Reflective seminar I
Publications Related to Exercise or Late-Life Disability
- Task-oriented exercise to reduce ADL disability in vulnerable elderly: A feasibility study of 3-Step Workout for Life
- Systematic review of functional training on muscle strength, physical functioning, and activities of daily living in older adults.
- Effects of upper-extremity progressive resistance strength training in older adults: The missing picture.
- Can progressive resistance strength training reduce physical disability in older adults? A meta-analysis study.
- Do unblinded assessors bias muscle strength outcomes in randomized controlled trials of progressive resistance strength training in older adults?
- Adverse events reported in progressive resistance strength training trials in older adults.
- Strength training in older adults: The benefits for osteoarthritis.
- Progressive resistance strength training to improve physical function in older adults.
Publications Related to Comprehension, Health Literacy, or Patient Education
- What factors are related to understanding a stereoscopic 3D diabetes educational video in seniors?
- Readability and text cohesion of online colorectal cancer and screening information.
- Patient education and gerontic occupational therapy: Perceptions, barriers, and needs.
- Effects of text cohesion on comprehension and retention of colorectal cancer screening information: A preliminary study.
- Attitudes to colorectal cancer screening after reading the prevention information.
- Comprehension of a colon cancer pamphlet among American adults at least 50 years of age.
- The use of illustration to improve older adults' comprehension of health-related information: Is it helpful?
- Comprehension of health-related written materials by older adults.
- Young and older Adults’ reading of distracters.
- Eye movements of young and older adults during reading.
- Sentence production by young and older adults in controlled contexts.
Other Peer-Reviewed Publications
- Age differences in the association between body-mass index class and annualized Medicare expenditures.
- Utilization of occupational and physical therapy services in postacute care: Findings from the 2006 Health and Retirement Study and linked Medicare claims data.
- A systematic review of the effectiveness of interventions within the scope of occupational therapy on daily activities at home for older adults with low vision.
- Visuospatial inattention and daily life performance in people with Alzheimer’s disease.