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Faculty - Wen Liu

Wen Liu
PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
432 CNB
319-335-7104
Education: 

PhD, University of Maryland – Baltimore
MSN, Shandong University, Jinan, China
BSN, Shandong University, Jinan, China

Research Focus/Clinical Interests: 
  • Antecedents, characteristics and consequences of compromised eating performance and low intake in dementia
  • Mealtime dyadic interaction and caregiver engagement
  • Dining environmental stimulation
  • Non-pharmacological interventions for optimal dementia mealtime care
  • Measurement and statistics

Dr. Liu is an Assistant Professor in College of Nursing and a faculty member in the University of Iowa Aging Mind and Brain Initiative cluster. Her primary area of interest focuses on understanding the antecedents, characteristics and consequences of compromised eating performance and food intake among individuals with dementia, and providing tailored behavioral interventions. Specifically, her research includes examining the role of individual, caregiver and environmental factors that influence eating performance and food intake, and developing and testing a caregiver behavioral training program to improve dementia mealtime care and further improve eating performance and food intake among individuals with dementia. She is also interested in measurement development and validation, and advanced research methods, which greatly facilitate her program of research in dementia mealtime care, as well as collaboration in dementia and aging research. She has presented regionally, nationally as well as internationally, and received multiple awards for her research presentations and publications.