Weiyu Mao

Weiyu Mao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Summary

Research interests

  • Social support and health-related outcomes (including oral health) in later life
  • Intergenerational relationships and psychological well-being in later life
  • Family caregiving and caregiver health and well-being
  • Social relationships and late life health in cross-cultural comparison research
  • Special populations of interest: older Asians and older Asian Americans

Courses taught at the University of Nevada, Reno

  • SW 310 - HBSE I: Structural Factors and Macro Systems
  • SW 650 - Social Work and Health
  • SW 723 - Social Work Administration I

Courses taught at other institutions (Master's level)

  • HBSE II: From Middle Adulthood to Late Adulthood
  • Science of Social Work
  • Social Work Practice with Older Adults
  • Aging in Multicultural Context

Education

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of SocialWork and the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging, 2016
  • PhD in Social Work, University of Southern California, 2015
  • MSW, University of Southern California, 2015
  • MPhil in Social Welfare, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2009
  • BL, Nankai University China, 2007

Publications

  • Mao, W., Chi, I., & Wu, S. (2018). Multidimensional intergenerational instrumental support and self-rated health among older adults in rural china: Trajectories and correlated change over 11 years. Research on Aging. doi: 10.1177/0164027518783512
  • Mao, W., Xu, L., Guo, M., & Chi, I. (2018). Intergenerational support and functional limitations among older Chinese immigrants: Does acculturation moderate their relationship? Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work. doi:10.1080/15313204.2018.1520170
  • Liu, J., Guo, M., Mao, W., Xu, L., Huang, X., & Chi, I. (2018). Support from migrant children and depressive symptoms among Chinese older adults in transnational families. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. doi: 10.1177/2333721418778187
  • Liu, J., Guo, M., Mao, W., & Chi, I. (2018). Geographic distance and intergenerational relationships in Chinese migrant families. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work. doi:10.1080/15313204.2018.1520167
  • Guo, M., Liu, J., Xu, L., & Mao, W. (2018). Intergenerational relationships in Chinese Transnational Families: A typology study. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work. doi:10.1080/15313204.2018.1520166
  • Xu, L., Guo, M., Liu, J., & Mao, W. (2018). Grandparenting and support from adult children: Does children's international migration make a difference for Chinese older adults? Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work. doi:10.1080/15313204.2018.1520169
  • Li, M., Mao, W., Chi, I., & Lou, V. W. Q. (2017). Geographical proximity and depressive symptoms among adult child caregivers: Social support as a moderator. Aging and Mental Health. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2017.1399349
  • Xu, L., Liu, J., Mao, W., & Chi, I. (2017). Family relationships, friend network, and worry: A comparison between Chinese older adults in immigrant, transnational, and nonmigrant families. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work. doi:10.1080/15313204.2017.1344950
  • Bo, A., Mao, W., & Lindsey, M. (2017). Effects of mind-body interventions on depressive symptoms among older Chinese adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. doi:10.1002/gps.4688
  • Guo, M., Liu, J., Xu, L., Mao, W., & Chi, I. (2016). Intergenerational relationships and psychological well-being of Chinese older adults with migrant children: Does internal or international migration make a difference? Journal of Family Issues. doi:10.1177/0192513X16676855
  • Liu, J., Guo, M., Xu, L., Mao, W., & Chi, I. (2016). Family relationships, social connections, and depressive symptoms among Chinese older adults in international migrant families. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work. doi:10.1080/15313204.2016.1206496
  • Zhou, J., Mao, W., Lee, Y., & Chi, I. (2016). The impact of caring for grandchildren on grandparents' physical health outcomes: The role of intergenerational support. Research on Aging. doi:10.1177/0164027515623332
  • Guo, M., Xu, L., Liu, J., Mao, W., & Chi, I. (2016). Parent-child relationships among older Chinese immigrants: The influence of coresidence, frequent contact, intergenerational support, and sense of children's deference. Ageing & Society, 36, 1459-1482. doi: 10.1017/S0144686X15000446
  • Mao, W., Wu, B., & Chi, I. (2015). Oral health among older Chinese immigrants and implications for social work practice. Health & Social Work, 40, e75-e82. doi: 10.1093/hsw/hlv035
  • Mao, W., & Chi, I. (2014). Social integration and self-rated health among older adults in urban China. In S. Hessle (Ed.), Human Rights and Social Equality- Challenges for Social Work: Social Work & Social Development Volume I (pp. 63-72). Famham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate.
  • Zuo, D., Li, S., Mao, W., & Chi, I. (2014). End-of-Life family caregiving for older parents in China's rural Anhui province. Canadian Journal on Aging, 33, 448-461.
  • Mao, W., & Chi, I. (2011). Filial piety of children as perceived by aging parents in China. International Journal of Social Welfare, 20, S99-S108.

Selected Presentations

  • Liu, J., Mao, W., Guo, M., Xu, L., & Chi, I. (Nov., 2018). Loss of friends and psychological well-being of older Chinese Americans. Paper presented at the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America. Boston, MA, U.S.A.
  • Xu, L., Guo, M., Liu, J., Mao, W., & Chi, I. (Nov., 2018). Filial piety discrepancy and mental health of immigrant Chinese older adults in the United States. Paper presented at the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America. Boston, MA, U.S.A.
  • Mao, W., Chi, I., Guo, M., Xu, L., & Liu, J. (Jan., 2018). Multidimensional intergenerational support and self-rated health among older Chinese immigrants: The mediating effects of depressive symptoms. Poster presented at the 22nd Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). Washington, DC, U.S.A.
  • Mao, W., Xu, L., Chi, I., & Li, J. (Oct., 2017). Health practices among older Chinese immigrants and implications for social work. Paper presented in the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Track at the 2017 Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting (CSWE APM). Dallas, TX, U.S.A.
  • Mao, W., & Chi, I. (Jul., 2017). Gendered intergenerational support and functional limitations over time among rural older Chinese. Poster presented at the 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.
  • Liu, J., Guo, M., Xu, L., Mao, W., & Chi, I. (Jul., 2017). Migration and intergenerational relationships in Chinese families. Poster presented at the 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.
  • Guo, M., Liu, J., Xu, L., Chi, I., & Mao, W. (Jul., 2017). Subjective well-being of Chinese elders with migrant children: The role of family and social support. Paper presented at the 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.
  • Mao, W., Chi, I., Dong, X., Liu, J., Guo, M., & Xu, L. (Nov., 2016). Intergenerational relations, depression, and functional limitations among older Chinese immigrants. Paper presented at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America. New Orleans, LA, U.S.A.
  • Li, M., Mao, W., Lou, V. W. Q., & Chi, I. (Nov., 2016). Geographic proximity and depressive symptoms in adult child caregiver: Family support as a moderator. Paper presented at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America. New Orleans, LA, U.S.A.
  • Guo, M., Liu, J., Xu, L., Mao, W., & Chi, I. (Nov., 2016). Older parent-adult child relationships in Chinese transnational families: A typology study. Paper presented at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America. New Orleans, LA, U.S.A.
  • Mao, W., & Chi, I. (Jan., 2016). Intergenerational instrumental support and health among older adults in rural China: Trajectories and correlated change over a decade. Paper presented in a grouped oral paper session that highlights Grand challenges for social work: Setting a research agenda for the future at the 20th Annual Conference Anniversary Celebration of the Society for Social Work and Research. Washington, DC, U.S.A.
  • Mao, W., Chi, I., Guo, M., Xu, L., Liu, J. (Nov., 2015). Intergenerational support and functional limitations among older Chinese immigrants: Acculturation matters. Poster presented at the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America. Orlando, FL, U.S.A.
  • Guo, M., Stensland, M., Xu, L., Liu, J., Mao, W., Chi, I. (Nov., 2015). Psychological well-being of Chinese older immigrants in the United States: The influence of positive and negative family relations. Poster presented at the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America. Orlando, FL, U.S.A.
  • Liu, J., Guo, M., Xu, L., Mao, W., & Chi, I. (Nov., 2015). Intergenerational relationships in Chinese transitional families: Does geographic proximity between older parents and their children make a difference. Poster presented at the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America. Orlando, FL, U.S.A.
  • Lee, Y., Zhou, J., Mao, W., Chi, I. (Jan., 2015). The impact of caring for grandchildren on grandparents' physical health outcomes: A longitudinal study in rural China. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research. New Orleans, LA, U.S.A.
  • Liu, J., Guo, M., Xu, L., Mao, W., & Chi, I. (Jan., 2015). Family support and depression among Chinese older adults in transnational families. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research. New Orleans, LA, U.S.A.
  • Xu, L., Liu, J., Guo, M., Mao, W., & Chi, I. (Nov., 2014). Social network, family relationship, and worries among Chinese older adults: A comparison between immigrant, non-immigrant, and yo-yo families. Paper presented at the 67th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America. Washington, DC, U.S.A.
  • Xu, L., Chi, I., Guo, M., Liu, J., & Mao, W. (Jan., 2014). Does helping children with babysitting affect receiving support from adult children among Chinese older adults: A comparison between immigrant, non-immigrant, and yo-yo families. Poster presented at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research. Washington, DC, U.S.A.
  • Mao, W., & Chi, I. (Nov., 2013). Coresidence with offspring, intergenerational relationships, and functional health among older Chinese immigrants. Symposium conducted at the 66th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America. New Orleans, LA, U.S.A.
  • Mao, W., Wu, B., & Chi, I. (June, 2013). Oral health among older Chinese immigrants: Assessment of the literature. Symposium conducted at the 20th World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics of International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Coex, Seoul, Korea.
  • Mao, W., & Chi, I. (Jan., 2013). The impact of family network and intergenerational transfers of financial support on self-rated health among aging parents in urban China: Accounting for socio-cultural factors. Paper presented at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research. San Diego, CA, U.S.A.
  • Mao, W., & Chi, I. (Nov., 2012). The relationship between family network, intergenerational transfers of financial support, and self-rated health among aging parents in urban China: Perceived filial piety as the mediator. Paper presented at the 65th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America. San Diego, CA, U.S.A.
  • Mao, W., & Chi, I. (Oct., 2012). Direct and indirect effects of sociocultural factors on self-rated health among aging parents in urban China. Poster presented at the 140th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.
  • Mao, W., & Chi, I. (July, 2012). The effects of social integration on self-rated health among older adults in urban China. Paper presented at the 2012 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: Action and Impact. Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Mao, W., & Chi, I. (Jan., 2012). Instrumental support and its impact on self-rated health over time among older adults in rural china: An application of bivariate latent change score structural equation modeling. Paper presented at the 2012 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research. Washington, DC, U.S.A.
  • Mao, W., Lou, V. W.Q., & Chi, I. (Jan., 2012). Stress process and self-rated health among adult children caregivers to older adults in Shanghai, China. Poster presented at the 2012 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research. Washington, DC, U.S.A.
  • Mao, W., & Chi, I. (Nov., 2011). Social network and self-rated health among older adults in urban China: Is there a gender difference? Paper presented at the 139th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. Washington, DC, U.S.A.
  • Mao, W., & Chi, I. (Nov., 2011). Social integration and self-rated health among older adults in urban china: Depressive symptoms as the mediator. Poster presented at the 64th Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America. Boston, MA, U.S.A.
  • Mao, W., & Chi, I. (Nov., 2010). Predictors to the perceptions of children's filial piety among older adults in China. Poster presented at the 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting of Gerontological Society of America. New Orleans, LA, U.S.A.