Chiung-ju (CJ) Liu

Chiung-ju (CJ) Liu, PhD, OTR/L, FGSA

Associate Professor

Department: HP-OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

About Chiung-ju (CJ) Liu

Chiung-ju (CJ) Liu, PhD, OTR/L, FGSA is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida.Dr. Liu’s research area is healthy aging. She is interested in identifying factors to increase older adults’ functional ability, which is the capacity that enables individuals to be and do what they have reasons to value. Her research expertise includes health literacy promotion, late-life disability prevention, and systematic reviews of interventions that support independence in activities of daily living for older adults. Dr. Liu studies the relationship between cognitive aging and health literacy. She examines the use of text cohesion, illustrations, and stereoscopic videos to reduce the cognitive load required to process health information in older adults. Additionally, Dr. Liu has published a series of systematic reviews examining the effect of exercise on late-life disability. She recently developed 3-Step Workout for Life to enhance functional gains from structured exercise for older adults who are at risk of losing independence at home. Her work has contributed to practice guidelines published by the American Occupational Therapy Association and the World Health Organization.

Dr. Liu is currently accepting PhD students.

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Accomplishments

Sustained Excellence in Research Award
2017 · Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America
2014 · Gerontological Society of America
Excellence in Emerging Research and Scholarship Award
2013 · Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Excellence in Research Award
2011 · Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Completed Doctoral Research Award
2007 · Division 20-Adult Development and Aging, American Psychological Association

Board Certifications

  • Occupational Therapist Registered OTR®
    • National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

Research Profile

Dr. Liu’s research area is healthy aging. She is interested in identifying factors to increase older adults’ functional ability, which is the capacity that enables individuals to be and do what they have reasons to value. Her research expertise includes health literacy promotion, late-life disability prevention, and systematic reviews of interventions that support independence in activities of daily living for older adults. Dr. Liu studies the relationship between cognitive aging and health literacy. She examines the use of text cohesion, illustrations, and stereoscopic videos to reduce the cognitive load required to process health information in older adults. Additionally, Dr. Liu has published a series of systematic reviews examining the effect of exercise on late-life disability. She recently developed 3-Step Workout for Life to enhance functional gains from structured exercise for older adults who are at risk of losing independence at home. Her work has contributed to practice guidelines published by the American Occupational Therapy Association and the World Health Organization.

Dr. Liu is currently accepting PhD students.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0003-4894-2649

Areas of Interest
  • ADL disability
  • ADL performance measures
  • Functional cognition
  • Health literacy
  • Resistance Exercise for Health
  • aging in place
  • frailty
  • post-acute care rehabilitation services

Publications

2021
Loneliness and Activity Engagement Among Rural Homebound Older Adults With and Without Self-Reported Depression
American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 75(5) [DOI] 10.5014/ajot.2021.043828.
2021
Psychometric evaluation of the disabilities of the arm, shoulder and hand (DASH) in patients with orthopedic shoulder impairments seeking outpatient rehabilitation.
Journal of hand therapy : official journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists. 34(3):404-414 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jht.2020.01.002. [PMID] 32291118.
2021
The Nexus of Sensory Loss, Cognitive Impairment, and Functional Decline in Older Adults: A Scoping Review
The Gerontologist. [DOI] 10.1093/geront/gnab082.
2020
Feasibility of staff-led 3-Step Workout for Life to reduce late-life activities of daily living disability: a community-based translational study.
International journal of rehabilitation research. Internationale Zeitschrift fur Rehabilitationsforschung. Revue internationale de recherches de readaptation. 43(2):141-147 [DOI] 10.1097/MRR.0000000000000396. [PMID] 32073464.
2020
Interventions Within the Scope of Occupational Therapy Practice to Improve Performance of Daily Activities for Older Adults With Low Vision: A Systematic Review.
The American journal of occupational therapy : official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association. 74(1):7401185010p1-7401185010p18 [DOI] 10.5014/ajot.2020.038372. [PMID] 32078506.
2020
Predicting the handgrip strength across the age span: Cross-validating reference equations from the 2011 NIH toolbox norming study.
Journal of hand therapy : official journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists. [DOI] 10.1016/j.jht.2020.11.005. [PMID] 33563510.
2019
Redesigning care for older people to preserve physical and mental capacity: WHO guidelines on community-level interventions in integrated care.
PLoS medicine. 16(10) [DOI] 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002948. [PMID] 31626651.
2018
Functional Ability in the Changing Demographic Landscape: Evidence and Opportunities for Occupational Therapy.
The American journal of occupational therapy : official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association. 72(4):7204170010p1-7204170010p5 [DOI] 10.5014/ajot.2018.724002. [PMID] 29953824.
2018
Occupational Therapy Interventions to Improve Activities of Daily Living for Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Systematic Review.
The American journal of occupational therapy : official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association. 72(4):7204190060p1-7204190060p11 [DOI] 10.5014/ajot.2018.031252. [PMID] 29953830.
2017
Effects of physical exercise in older adults with reduced physical capacity: meta-analysis of resistance exercise and multimodal exercise.
International journal of rehabilitation research. Internationale Zeitschrift fur Rehabilitationsforschung. Revue internationale de recherches de readaptation. 40(4):303-314 [DOI] 10.1097/MRR.0000000000000249. [PMID] 29023317.
2017
Exergame Grading Scheme: Concept Development and Preliminary Psychometric Evaluations in Cancer Survivors.
Rehabilitation research and practice. 2017 [DOI] 10.1155/2017/6843016. [PMID] 29098087.
2017
Predicting hand function in older adults: evaluations of grip strength, arm curl strength, and manual dexterity
Aging Clinical and Experimental Research. 29(4):753-760 [DOI] 10.1007/s40520-016-0628-0.
2016
Age Differences in the Association Between Body Mass Index Class and Annualized Medicare Expenditures.
Journal of aging and health. 28(1):165-79 [DOI] 10.1177/0898264315589574. [PMID] 26112066.
2016
Task-Oriented Exercise to Reduce Activities of Daily Living Disability in Vulnerable Older Adults: A Feasibility Study of the 3-Step Workout for Life.
Journal of aging and physical activity. 24(3):384-92 [DOI] 10.1123/japa.2015-0070. [PMID] 26583695.
2014
What factors are related to understanding a stereoscopic 3D diabetes educational video in seniors?
Journal of visual communication in medicine. 37(3-4):65-73 [DOI] 10.3109/17453054.2014.981799. [PMID] 25428169.
2013
Occupational therapy interventions to improve performance of daily activities at home for older adults with low vision: a systematic review.
The American journal of occupational therapy : official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association. 67(3):279-87 [DOI] 10.5014/ajot.2013.005512. [PMID] 23597685.
2012
Effects of text cohesion on comprehension and retention of colorectal cancer screening information: a preliminary study.
Journal of health communication. 17 Suppl 3:222-40 [DOI] 10.1080/10810730.2012.712614. [PMID] 23030572.
2011
Attitudes to colorectal cancer screening after reading the prevention information.
Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education. 26(4):701-7 [DOI] 10.1007/s13187-011-0210-6. [PMID] 21360028.
2011
Can progressive resistance strength training reduce physical disability in older adults? A meta-analysis study.
Disability and rehabilitation. 33(2):87-97 [DOI] 10.3109/09638288.2010.487145. [PMID] 20476841.
2011
Do unblinded assessors bias muscle strength outcomes in randomized controlled trials of progressive resistance strength training in older adults?
American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation. 90(3):190-6 [DOI] 10.1097/PHM.0b013e31820174b3. [PMID] 21173683.
2010
Adverse events reported in progressive resistance strength training trials in older adults: 2 sides of a coin.
Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation. 91(9):1471-3 [DOI] 10.1016/j.apmr.2010.06.001. [PMID] 20801270.
2009
Progressive resistance strength training for improving physical function in older adults.
The Cochrane database of systematic reviews. (3) [DOI] 10.1002/14651858.CD002759.pub2. [PMID] 19588334.
2009
The use of illustration to improve older adults’ comprehension of health-related information: is it helpful?
Patient education and counseling. 76(2):283-8 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pec.2009.01.013. [PMID] 19286343.

Grants

May 2022 ACTIVE
Synergizing home health rehabilitation therapy to optimize patients activities of daily living
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NIA
Oct 2020 ACTIVE
Implementing 3-Step Workout for Life to Accelerate Functional Recovery in Home Health Care Services
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: AMERICAN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY FOUNDATION

Education

PhD in Gerontology
2006 · University of Kansas
MS in Occupational Therapy
2001 · University of Kansas Medical Center
BS in Occupational Therapy
1997 · National Taiwan University