Chiung-Ju Liu, PhD, OTR/L, FGSA

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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 interests include health literacy promotion, late-life disability prevention, and systematic reviews of interventions that support independence in activities of daily living for older adults. While for the first time in history that most humans are able to live into old age, they are not necessarily aging well. Age-related diseases and disabilities can impede older adults’ wish to aging in place and drive healthcare costs up. Dr. Liu’s research efforts have been centered on examining factors affecting older adults’ performance of activities of daily living and devising effective interventions to attenuate late-life disability.

Dr. Liu has examined modifiable factors such as text cohesion and the use of illustration to reduce cognitive demand on processing health information for older adults. She applied eye-tracking technology to study how older adults comprehend complex health information. Her recent research effort is to augment the effect of physical exercise to reduce disability. She has developed 3-Step Workout for Life, a task-oriented program, to enhance functional gains after exercise for frail older adults. Her current research focuses are: 1) modifying and implementing 3-Step Workout for Life in various settings; and 2) identifying cognitive benefits of task-oriented exercise programs.

Dr. Liu’s systematic reviews have contributed to clinical practice guidelines, Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Older Adults with Low Vision and Occupational Therapy Practice Guideline for Productive Aging for Community-dwelling Older Adults. Both guidelines are published by the American Occupational Therapy Association. She was invited by the World Health Organization as an expert to develop the Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) guidelines, which propose evidence-based recommendations for health care professionals to prevent, slow, or reverse declines in the physical and mental capacities of older people.