Yang Li

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PhD, RN Assistant Professor

NUR 3.446

Adult Health Mental Health Tenured/Tenure Track
Family Health Health Disparities Women Health

Dr. Li has been studying the effect of lifetime trauma (i.e., adverse childhood experiences, intimate partner violence [IPV]) on women’s health and its potential biological pathways since she started her master studies. During her master's program, she was involved in a project on investigating the trajectories of depressive and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms across the perinatal period and their relationships with childhood maltreatment and social support. During Dr. Li’s PhD studies at the University of Michigan, she mainly focused on understanding maternal childhood maltreatment and trauma-related psychopathology and their impacts on perinatal outcomes. In her postdoctoral training period at the University of Missouri, she completed a project with Chinese immigrant women to explore abused Chinese immigrant women’s experiences of IPV, risk factors, mental health consequences, help-seeking behaviors, and special needs for support. Findings from this study provided evidence support for her future research studies -- designing and implementing a culturally tailored intervention specific for abused Chinese immigrant women living in the US to reduce their risks of re-victimization and the mental health consequence of IPV.