Yan-Liang (Jerry) Yu, PhD

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Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia Aging Center

Dr. Yan-Liang (Jerry) Yu is a postdoctoral research scientist at the Columbia Aging Center. He received his PhD in Sociology in 2016 from the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. Dr. Yu is interested in social determinants of health over the life course, and his current research primarily focuses on 1) how marital relationships over the life course are linked to the health of older adults with chronic disease and 2) health implications of racial pairings in marriage. He is currently working on a project with Ursula M. Staudinger that investigates the link between activity patterns and cognitive performance.


Education & Training:

PhD, 2016, Sociology, Michigan State University
MA, 2007, Sociology, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
BA, 2003, Sociology and English, National Chengchi University, Taiwan


Selected Publications:

Yu, YL and Zhang, Z. (2017) “Interracial Marriage and Self-Reported Health of Whites and Blacks in the United States.” Population Research and Policy Review 36(6): 851-870..
Zhang, Z., Hayward, M.D., and Yu, YL. (2016). “Life Course Pathways to Racial Disparities in Cognitive Impairment among Older Americans.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 57(2): 184-199.
Zhang, Z., Liu H, and Yu, YL. (2016). “Marital Biography and Health in Mid- and Late Life.” In Couple Relationships in Mid- and Late Life: Current Perspectives, ed. By Jamila Bookwala. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Chandra, S, and Yu, YL. (2015). “The 1918 Influenza Pandemic and Subsequent Birth Deficit in Japan.” Demographic Research 33: 313-326.
Chandra, S. and Yu, YL. (2015). “Fertility Decline and the 1918 Influenza in Taiwan.” Biodemography and Social Biology 61(3): 266-272.