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Zhenmei Zhang

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Michigan State University.

Off-Campus Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center.

Ph.D., Penn State University

Dr. Zhang's research interests include aging and the life course, racial/ethnic disparities in health, population aging in China, and elder abuse/neglect. In recent work she has examined early life influences on cognitive impairment and dementia in China and the US, and investigated patterns and determinants of intergenerational transfers in contemporary China.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Li, Lydia W., Jinyu Liu, Hongwei Xu, and Zhenmei Zhang. Online Access 2015. "Understanding Rural–Urban Differences in Depressive Symptoms Among Older Adults in China." Journal of Aging and Health, . DOI. Abstract.

Musani, S., E. Fox, A. Kraja, A. Bidulescu, W. Lieb, Hui-Sheng Lin, A. Beecham, M. Chen, J. Felix, C. Fox, W.H. Kao, Sharon R. Kardia, C. Liu, M. Nalls, T. Rundek, R. Sacco, Y. Sun, G. Wilson, Zhenmei Zhang, T. Mosley, H. Taylor, R. Vasan, and Jennifer Smith. 2015. "Genome-Wide Association Analysis of Plasma B-Type Natriuretic Peptide in Blacks The Jackson Heart Study." Circulation-Cardiovascular Genetics, 8(1): 122-130. DOI. Abstract.

Lynn, Freda B., Barbara Schneider, and Zhenmei Zhang. 2013. "The Changing Relationship Between Fertility Expectations and Educational Expectations: Adolescents in the 1970s Versus the 1980s." Journal of Family Issues, 34(9): 1147-1174. DOI. Abstract.

Liu, Hui, and Zhenmei Zhang. 2013. "Disability Trends by Marital Status among Older Americans, 1997-2010: An Examination by Gender and Race." Population Research and Policy Review, 32(1): 103-127. DOI. Abstract.

Zhang, Zhenmei, Connie Page, Tom Conner, and Lori Post. 2012. "Family Members’ Reports of Non-Staff Abuse in Michigan Nursing Homes." Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 24(4): 357-369. DOI. Abstract.

Zhang, Zhenmei, Mark D. Hayward, and Chuntian Lu. 2012. "Is there a Hispanic Epidemiologic Paradox in Later Life? A Closer Look at Chronic Morbidity." Research on Aging, 34(5): 548-571. DOI. Abstract.

Schiamberg, Lawrence, James Oehmke, Zhenmei Zhang, Gia Barboza, Robert Griffore, Levente Von Heydrich, Lori Post, Robin Weatherhill, and Teresa Mastin. 2012. "Physical Abuse of Older Adults in Nursing Homes: A Random Sample Survey of Adults with an Elderly Family Member in a Nursing Home." Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 24(1): 65-83. DOI. Abstract.

Zhang, Zhenmei, Lawrence Schiamberg, James Oehmke, Gia Barboza, Robert Griffore, Lori Post, Robin Weatherhill, and Teresa Mastin. 2011. "Neglect of Older Adults in Michigan Nursing Homes." Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 23(1): 58-74. DOI. Abstract.

Schiamberg, Lawrence, Gia Barboza, James Oehmke, Zhenmei Zhang, Robert Griffore, Robin Weatherhill, and Lori Post. 2011. "Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes: An Ecological Perspective." Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 23(2): 190-211. DOI. Abstract.

Zhang, Zhenmei, Danan Gu, and Mark D. Hayward. 2010. "Childhood Nutritional Deprivation and Cognitive Impairment among Older Chinese." Social Science & Medicine, 71(5): 941-949. DOI. Abstract.

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