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Chi, Iris 齊銥

Social Work

Contact Information
Chinese-American Golden Age Association/Frances Wu Chair for the Chinese Elderly Professor
USC School of Social Work
Office: MRF 329
Phone: (213) 821-1360
E-mail: ichi@usc.edu

Professor Chi was installed as the Chinese-American Golden Age Association/Frances Wu Chair for the Chinese Elderly in 2004 and currently directs the China Program. She also has a joint appointment in the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Prior to joining the USC School of Social Work, she taught at the University of Hong Kong for 17 years, in addition to chairing the postgraduate research programs and serving as the director of the Sau Po Centre on Aging.

An expert in elderly health and gerontology, Dr. Chi has participated in more than 60 studies and published more than 150 articles on such topics as long-term care, mental health chronic illness, community service, social support, dementia, Parkinson’s disease and minimum data set (MDS). She has also been involved in seven cross-national collaborative research projects.

A career milestone came in 2004 when the city of Hong Kong honored Dr. Chi with the prestigious Bronze Bauhina Star for her public and community service with the city’s aging population. She has also earned a Certificate of Merit for Housing Research from the Hong Kong Institute of Planners, the Outstanding Research in Gerontology Award from the Hong Kong Association of Gerontology and the Best Research of the Year Award from the Hong Kong College of General Practitioners. As a result of her extensive work and expertise, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government appointed her to the Elderly Commission, a post she held for seven years.

She is an honorary professor, member, consultant and advisor to more than 30 local and overseas elderly-related organizations such as the World Health Organization, Peking University and University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Among the organizations funding her efforts to provide professional training for elder care, training and accreditation for standardized care need assessors are the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charitable Foundation; Social Welfare Department, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government; China National Aging Committee, People's Republic of China; and Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau, People's Republic of China.

Professor Chi is also an expert reviewer and editorial board member for The Gerontologist, International Journal of Social Welfare, Journal of Social Work Practice, Evaluation and Geriatrics and Gerontology International. In addition, Dr. Chi serves on the Commission on Curriculum and Educational Innovation for the Council on Social Work Education, chairs the nomination committee for the International Association of the Schools of Social Work and was appointed an external examiner for Women's College in Beijing. Most recently, she was elected a national research mentor for the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars Program and appointed to the National Program Advisory Committee for the Hartford Doctoral Fellows.

A frequent lecturer in many universities throughout Asia, Dr. Chi presently teaches aging-related courses in the USC Master of Social Work program.

Education:

  • D.S.W., University of California, Los Angeles, 1985
  • M.S.W., California State University, San Diego, 1981
  • B.S.S., Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1978

Selected Publications:

  • Lou, V. W. and Chi, I. (in press). Roles and functions of grandparent. In Grandparenting in Asia, edited by K. Mehta & L.L. Tong. Springer.
  • Chi, I. (in press). Cross-cultural gerontology research methods: Challenge and solution. In Methodologies for Diverse Ageing Population, edited by K. Mehta & A. Lee.
  • Liu, B.C., Leung, D.S. & Chi, I. (in press). Social functioning, polypharmacy and depression in older Chinese primary care patients. Aging and Mental Health.
  • Guo, M., Chi, I. & Silverstein, M. (in press). Family as a Context: The Influence of Family Composition and Family Geographic Dispersion on Intergenerational Relations among Chinese Elderly. International Journal of Social Welfare.
  • Leung, D.Y.P., Leung, A. & Chi, I. (in press). Factor structure of Instrumental ADL Involvement and Capacity Scale of the Minimum Data Set for Home Care (MDS-HC) in Hong Kong. Home Health Care Services Quarterly.
  • Lou, V., Kwan, C.W., Leung, A. & Chi, I. (in press). Psychological distress of Chinese children caregivers: The role of behavioral and cognitive components of care. Home Health Care Services Quarterly.
  • Zhou, L., Chi, I. & Silverstein, M. (in press). The Impact of Intergenerational Monetary Transfers on Health Service Utilization among Older Adults in Rural China. Journal of Aging and Health.
  • Leung, A., Lou, V., Kwan, C.W. & Chi, I. (in press). Health care needs of community care service recipients. Community Home Health Care.
  • Cheung, K., Yip, P., Chi, I., Chui, E., Leung, A., Chan, F. & Chan, G. (in press). Factors associated with healthy longevity – A study of oldest-old and centenarians in Hong Kong.
  • MacEntee, M.I., Marino, R., Minichiello, V., Kiyak, A. & Chi, I. (in press). Impact of immigration on the oral healthcare of senior Chinese immigrants in Melbourne and Vancouver. Cross-cultural Journal of Gerontology.
  • Leung, A., Chi, I., Chow, N.W.S., Parker, J. (in press). Effects of self-efficacy on health-related learning in Chinese population. Journal of Nursing Scholarship.
  • Li, Y. & Chi, I. (in press). Correlates of Physician Visits among Older Adults in China: The Effects of Family Support. Journal of Aging and Health.
  • Chi, I. (2011). Cross-cultural gerontology research methods: challenges and solutions. Ageing and Society. 31, 1-15.
  • Guo, M. & Chi, I. (2010). Does providing support to children enhance life satisfaction among older Chinese women? The role of perceived filial piety of children. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work. 19(4), 317-330.
  • Chi, I., Mui, C. & Chui (2010). Gerontological social work. Shanghai: Shanghai People's Publisher.
  • Chi, I. & Duran, P. (2010). Conducting aging research in China. In S. Chen & J.L. Powell (Eds.) Aging in Perspective and the Case of China: Issues and Approach. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
  • Leung, A., Lou, V., Chen, K.S., Yung, A. & Chi, I. (2010). Care management service and falls prevention: A case-control study in a Chinese population. Journal of Aging and Health. 22(3), 348-361.
  • Leung, A., Chi, I., Lou, V.Q. & Chan, K.S. (2010). Psychosocial risk factors associated with falls among Chinese community-dwelling older adults in Hong Kong. Health and Social Care in the Community. 18(3), 272-281.
  • Bai, Z.G., Yang, K., Tian, J., Ma, B., Liu, Y., Jiang, L., Tan, J., Liu, T.X., Chi, I. (2010). Bicarbonate versus lactate solutions for acute peritoneal dialysis. Cochrane Library, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD007034. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007034.pub2.
  • Liu, J., Chen, G., Chi, I., Wu, J., Pei, L., Song, X., Zhang, L., Pang, L., Han, Y. & Zheng, X. (2010). Regional variations in and correlates of disability-free life expectancy among older adults in China. BMC Public Health, (10), 446-454.
  • Yip, P., Cheung, K., Law, S., Chi, I. & Robin, J.M. (2010). The Demographic Window and Economic Dependency Ratio in the Hong Kong SAR. Asian Population Studies, 6(2), 241-260.
  • Wu, B., Chi, I., Plassman, B.L. & Guo, M. (2010). Depressive symptoms and health problems among Chinese immigrant elders in the U.S. and Chinese elders in China. Ageing and Mental Health. 14(6), 695-704.
  • Liu, H., Chi, I. & Xu, L. (2010). Factors associated with volunteerism among community living older adults in urban China. Social Development Issues. 32(1), 62-75.
  • Xu, L. & Chi, I. (2010). Intergenerational support and self-rated health among Chinese older adults in one-child families: Urban and rural differences. Social Development Issues. 32(1), 48-61.
  • Chi, I., Law, B., Leung, A., Liu, C., Leoh, C., Cheng, Y., Ma, A., Kwan, C. & Lai, C. (2010). Residential Assessment Instrument 2.0 in care planning for residents in nursing homes. Hong Kong Medical Journal. 16(2), 33-36.
  • Mjelde-Mossey, L.A., Chi, I., Lubben, J. & Lou, V.W. (2009). Relationship between productive activities, family relations and aging well for elders in China. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work.
  • Chan, K. & Chi, I. (2009). Long term care policy in Macao. Annual report on economy and society of Macao (2008-2009): Blue book of Macao. Macao: Macao Social Sciences Publication.
  • Liu, J., Chi, I., Chen, G., Song, X. & Zheng, X. (2009). Prevalence and correlates of functional disability in Chinese older adults. Geriatrics and Gerontology International. 9(3), 253-61.
  • Lou, V.W., Chui, E.W., Leung, A.Y., Kwan, C.W., Chi, I. & Leung Wong, E.K. (2009). Characteristics of elderly people who prefer to stay in the community. Asian Journal of Gerontology & Geriatrics. 4(1), 36-39.
  • Guo, M., Chi, I. & Silverstein, M. (2009). Intergenerational support of Chinese rural elders with migrant children: Does sons’ or daughters’ migration make a difference? Journal of Gerontological Social Work. 52(5), 534-554.
  • Lai, C.K., Yeung, J.H., Mok, V. & Chi, I. (2009). Special Care Units for dementia individuals with behavioural problems. Cochrane Review. 4.
  • Liu, J., Chen, G., Song, X., Chi, I. & Zheng, X. (2009). Trends in disability-free life expectancy among Chinese older adults. Journal of Aging and Health. 21(2), 266-285.
  • Feng, Z., Hirdes, J., Smith, T., Finne-Soveri, H., Chi, I., Du Pasquier, J., Gilgen, R., Ikegami, N. & Mor, V. (2009). Use of physical restraints and antipsychotic medications in nursing homes: A cross-national study. International Journal of Geriatrics Psychiatry. 24(10), 1110-1118.
  • Lou, W., Chui, W., Leung, Y., Tang, K., Chi, I., Leung, C. & Kwan, C. (2009). Final report on a study investigating factors that affect long-term care use in Hong Kong.: HKU Department of Social Work & Social Administration.
  • Mui, C.A., Chi, I., & Chui, E. (2008). Gerontological Social work for the 21st Century.  Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. (in Chinese)
  • Mui, C.A., Chi, I. & Xu, L. (2007). Social gerontology. Taiwan: Wu Nam Publishing Company. (in Chinese)
  • Mui, C. A., & Chi, I. (2005). The knowledge and foundation of gerontology. Hong Kong: The Education Research Study. (in Chinese)
  • Mui, C.A., Chi, I. & Xu, L. (2004). The theory and practice of gerontology. Beijing: Social Sciences Documentation Publishing House. (in Chinese)
  • Chi, I., Chappell, N., Gui, X., & Lubben, J. (1999). Elderly Chinese in Pacific Rim countries. Hong Kong: Han Chuen Chinese Professional Management Center. (in Chinese)
  • Chi, I. (1998). The adaptation of the Chinese elderly in new towns.  Beijing: Peking University Press. (in Chinese)
  • Chi, I., Lam, T.P., & Lam, K.F. (1998). Validation study on the minimum data set for home care assessment instrument (MDS-HC) for the elderly in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Department of Social Work and Social Administration, the University of Hong Kong.
  • Chi, I., & Lee, J.J. (1989). A health survey for the elderly in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Department of Social Work and Social Administration, the University of Hong Kong.
  • Chou, K. L., Leung, JCB & Chi, I. (in press). Applying Resource Utilization Groups (RUG) in Hong Kong nursing homes. Canadian Journal of Aging.
  • Leung, A., Chi, I., Chow, N.W.S., Parker, J. (in press). Effects of self-efficacy on health-related learning in Chinese population. Journal of Nursing Scholarship.
  • Lai, C. K. Y. & Chi, I. (in press). Reliability study of the Social Engagement Scale. Chinese Journal of Behavioral Medical Science.
  • Lou, V. W. Q., Chi, I. & (in press). Development and validation of a life satisfaction scale for Chinese elders. Aging and Human Development.
  • Lou, V. W. Q., & Chi, I (in press). Measure grandparenthood stress and reward: developing a scale based on perceptions by grandparents. Geriatrics and Gerontology International.
  • Chi, I., Lo, E., Ip, F., & Chui, E. (1997). Safe use of medicine by older adults in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Journal of Social Work, 30(2), 52-57.
  • Chi, I. (1995). Mental health of the old-old in Hong Kong. Clinical Gerontologist, 15(3), 31-44.
  • Chi, I., & Lee, J.J. (1990). A study on the general health status of the elderly in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Journal of Gerontology, 4(1), 19-24.
  • Chi, I., Lubben, J.E., & Kitano, H.H.L. (1989). Three differences in drinking behaviour among Asian American group. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 50(1), 15-23,.
  • Li, Y. & Chi, I. (forthcoming). Ecological effects on functional health in Chinese elders.  In Social work and global health inequalities: Policy and practice developments.  Bywaters, P., McLeod, E. & Napier L. eds.  Policy Press
  • Lou, V., Chi, I. & Mjelde-Mossey, L.A. (2008).  The Life Satisfaction Scale for Chinese elders. In Handbook of measures for the Chinese elderly. Hong Kong: Sau Po Centre on Ageing, The University of Hong Kong.
  • Lou, V., Mjelde-Mossey, L.A. & Chi, I. (2008).  The Chinese Tradition Scale.  In Handbook of measures for the Chinese elderly. Hong Kong: Sau Po Centre on Ageing, The University of Hong Kong.
  • Chi, I. (2008). The Preface.  In Handbook of measures for the Chinese elderly. Hong Kong: Sau Po Centre on Ageing, The University of Hong Kong.
  • Lai, C.K.Y., & Chi, I. (2008). The Chinese version of the social engagement scale as a quality of life measurement for older nursing home residents with dementia.  In Handbook of measures for the Chinese elderly. Hong Kong: Sau Po Centre on Ageing, The University of Hong Kong.

Honors and Awards:

  • Distinguished Visiting Scholar, University of Hong Kong & City University of Hong Kong (2010-2011)
  • Outstanding paper, 18th Annual Congress of Gerontology, Hong Kong Association of Gerontology (2010)
  • Fellow, Gerontological Society of America (2010-present)
  • Gary Andrews Fellow, Australian Association of Gerontology (2010-present)

Events

October 4, 2017 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a talk by Lenora Chu, whose new book explores what takes place behind closed classroom doors in China's education system. Chu’s eye-opening investigation challenges assumptions and considers the true value and purpose of education.

October 5, 2017 - 6:00pm
Los Angeles, California

The USC U.S.-China Institute, USC Pacific Asia Museum, and USC Shoah Foundation present a screening of the film Above the Drowning Sea, the story of the dramatic escape of European Jews from Nazi-controlled Europe to Shanghai on the eve of World War Two. Followed by a panel conversation.