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Bei Wu, PhD, FGSA, FAGHE

Pauline Gratz Professor of Nursing
Director of International Research and Director, Methods Core, ADAPT Center
Phone: 
(919) 684-7534
Office: 
4132 Pearson Building

Bei Wu, PhD, is Pauline Gratz Professor of Nursing, Director for International Research at the School of Nursing, and a member of the Global Health Institute. She is also a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. Dr. Wu’s areas of research expertise include aging and global health.

Dr. Wu received her M.S. and Ph.D. in gerontology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). She is an internationally known expert on China’s long-term care policy and system development. She has worked closely with several schools of public health and schools of nursing in China on educational and research initiatives, such as conducting joint research projects, providing lectures, making presentations, and organizing professional conferences/training workshops. As the Principal Investigator, Dr. Wu has led many National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded projects on aging and health related issues including long-term care, dementia, caregiving, oral health, and health services utilization. She is also the Methods Core Director for the recently NIH-funded center on Adaptive Leadership in Symptom Science.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Master of Science in Nursing Program
  • PhD in Nursing Program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Education

  • PhD - University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • MS - University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • BA - Shanghai University, P.R. China

Research Interests

Research interests include:
● Long-term care
● Dementia care
● Cognitive health
● Oral health disparities
● Global aging

Awards and Honors

  • 2014 || Pauline Gratz Professor of Nursing, Duke University School of Nursing
  • 2008 || Fellow, Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
  • 2007 || J. Morita Junior Investigator Award in Geriatric Oral Health, International Association for Dental Research
  • 2007 || Nominated for 2007 West Virginia University School of Medicine Distinguished Teacher Award, West Virginia University School of Medicine Distinguished Teacher
  • 2006 || Fellow, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE)
  • 2006 || Honorable Mention for 2006 Betty J. Cleckley Minority Issues Research Award, American Public Health Association Gerontological Health Section
  • 2005 || Faculty Development Grant Award, West Virginia University Center for Women’s Studies
  • 2005 || Stitzel Endowment Teacher Award, West Virginia University Center for Women’s Studies
  • 2003 || International Travel Grant Award, West Virginia University International Program
  • 2002 || Faculty Travel Grant Awards, West Virginia University
  • 2002 || OYCF- Ford Foundation Faculty Travel Grant Award , West Virginia University, Overseas Young Chinese Forum and Ford Foundation
  • 2002 || OYCF- Ford Foundation Teaching Fellowship, Overseas Young Chinese Forum (OYCF) and Ford Foundation
  • 1999 || Graduate Support Grant, University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • 1999 || Minority Doctoral Student Leadership Fellowship, sponsored by Gerontological Society of America and American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
  • 1999 || Student Paper Award, Massachusetts Gerontological Association
  • 1998 || Graduate Travel Grant Award, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • 1998 || Scholarship for Outstanding Chinese Doctoral Students in Social Sciences, Yat-Sun Foundation
  • 1995 || Honor received from the Governor of the State of North Carolina for providing volunteer services to the community
  • 1993 || Honor received from the China Research Center on Aging and the International Institute on Aging (United Nations – Malta)

Areas of Expertise

  • Gerontology
  • Global and Community Health
  • Health Disparities

Representative Publications

  • 2015 -- Luo, H. and Pan, W. and Sloan, F. and Feinglos, M. and Wu, B. Forty-year trends in tooth loss among American adults with and without diabetes mellitus: an age-period-cohort analysis Prev Chronic Dis. December, 2015 12 ID# 150309
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26465626 Cai, Y. and Mao, Z. and Corazzini, K. and Petrini, M. A. and Wu, B. Nursing Workforce in Hubei China: Implications for the Development of Traditional Chinese Medicine Education. Holist Nurs Pract. Nov-Dec, 2015 29(6); 370-6
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25903975 Peng, R. and Wu, B. Changes of Health Status and Institutionalization Among Older Adults in China. J Aging Health. October, 2015 27(7); 1223-46
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26336817 Dong, X. and Chen, R. and Wu, B. and Zhang, N. J. and Mui, A. C. and Chi, I. Association between Elder Mistreatment and Suicidal Ideation among Community-Dwelling Chinese Older Adults in the USA. Gerontology. September, 2015, Epub ahead of print
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26336817 Dong, X. and Chen, R. and Wu, B. and Zhang, N. J. and Mui, A. C. and Chi, I. Association between Elder Mistreatment and Suicidal Ideation among Community-Dwelling Chinese Older Adults in the USA. Gerontology. August, 2015, Epub ahead of print
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25962827 Hybels, C. F. and Bennett, J. M. and Landerman, L. R. and Liang, J. and Plassman, B. L. and Wu, B. Trajectories of depressive symptoms and oral health outcomes in a community sample of older adults. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. May 2015, Epub ahead of print PMC4641817
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25651576 Wu, B. and Luo, H. and Flint, E. and Qin, L. Dental care utilization among caregivers who care for older adults. Res Aging. April, 2015 37(4); 388-412 PMC4393712
  • 2015 -- Mao, W. and Wu, B. and Chi, I. Oral health among older Chinese immigrants and implications for social work practice Health & Social Work. May, 2015 40(3); e75-e82
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25647829 Anderson, R. A. and Bailey Jr, D. E. and Wu, B. and Corazzini, K. and McConnell, E. S. and Thygeson, N. M. and Docherty, S. L. Adaptive leadership framework for chronic illness: framing a research agenda for transforming care delivery ANS Adv Nurs Sci. Apr-Jun, 2015 PMC4417005
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25856452 De Gagne, J. C. and Park, S. and So, A. and Wu, B. and Palmer, M. H. and McConnell, E. S. A urinary incontinence continuing education online course for community health nurses in South Korea. J Contin Educ Nurs. April, 2015 46(4); 171-8

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Grant Funding (Selected)

  • Developing an Oral Health Intervention for Individuals with Mild Dementia

    National Institutes of Health
    1R34-DE023881-01
    08/2014 to 07/2015
  • Methods Core

    National Institutes of Health
    1P30-NR014139-01
    09/2012 to 06/2017
  • Community Care of Frail Elders in Cross-Cultural Settings: A Team-Based Approach (Phase Two)

    Duke University Bass Connections in Global Health (Duke Global Health Institute)
    07/2015 to 06/2016

    The purpose of this project is to describe the formal and informal caregiving arrangements and needs of East Asian (Chinese) elders who are community-residing and experiencing cognitive or physical decline and to compare these needs with a sample of South Asian (Sri Lankan) elders.

  • Trend and Trajectories of Oral Health among Older Americans

    National Institutes of Health
    7R01-DE019110-03
    04/2009 to 03/2013

    Project Goal: The project will examine the trend and trajectories of oral health in later life and the linkage between cognition and oral health among older individuals.

  • Oral Health Disparities among Elders with and without Cognitive Impairment - Supplement

    National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
    3R21DE016970-03S1
    09/2009 to 08/2011
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: Investigate the relationship between cognitive impairment and oral health in a community based sample of older adults.

  • Social Support, Depression, and Oral Health in Later Life

    National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
    1R21DE019518-01
    09/2008 to 08/2011
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: The project will examine the reciprocal linkage between social support and oral health, as well as depressive symptoms and oral health among older individuals.

  • Epidemiological Study of Dementia in Shanghai

    Shanghai Science Commission to Fudan University Institute of Neurology
    07/2009 to 06/2011
    Role: Consultant

    Project Goal: To examine the prevalence of dementia in Shanghai

  • Nutritional Supplement Clinical Trial for Early Alzheimer’s Disease

    Alzheimer’s Association
    07/2008 to 06/2011
    Role: Consultant

    Project Goal: Evaluate the effectiveness of dietary therapy (Memory Preservation Nutrition Supplement Program, MPNSP) in preventing Alzheimer-related symptoms such as brain inflammation, insulin resistance and excessive clumping of beta-amyloid in adults with early Alzheimer’s.

  • Chinese Dementia Care Research Center: Infrastructure, Training And Pilot Studies

    NIH Fogarty International Center/National Institute on Aging
    1R21AG028180
    08/2008 to 12/2010
    Role: Subcontract PI (Subcontract from Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital to Bei Wu at University of North Carolina-Greensboro)

    Project Goal: The project is to train health care professionals in dementia education and research and to examine the influence of cultural beliefs and values on the dementia caregiving experience and care-seeking modalities in China.

  • Oral Health Disparities among Elders with and without Cognitive Impairment—Supplement

    National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
    3R21DE016970
    05/2007 to 10/2010
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: Investigate the relationship between cognitive impairment and oral health in a community based sample of older adults.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Bei Wu was recently invited to become a member of the board for the Fudan University School of Stomatology and Shanghai Stomatology Hospital in China. The five-year team will end in 2021.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Bei Wu was selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to serve on the Health Disparity and Equity Promotion study section as a standing study section member at the Center for Scientific Review for a four-year term. She will work with CSR in supporting the identification of meritorious health disparities research at NIH.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) and the ADAPT Center, which is a National Institute of Nursing Research/National Institute of Health funded Center of Excellence, presents the "Researcher Spotlight: Cognitive Science in Chronic Illness" on Friday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the School in Pearson 1014.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Bei Wu publishes article entitled "Association Between Oral Health and Cognitive Status: A Systematic Review" that has garnered national and international media attention:

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Bei Wu was featured with several media outlets as a result of an article entitled "Association Between Oral Health and Cognitive Status: A Systematic Review" published with the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. See news coverage below:

Friday, April 1, 2016

American Journal of Managed Care Managed Markets Network:

Sophia Smith is featured in an American Journal of Managed Care video entitled "Dr Sophia Smith Advocates for Introducing Palliative Care as Early as Possible" from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Annual Meeting.

Duke Pratt School of Engineering

Friday, March 25, 2016

Bei Wu recently participated in two podium presentations at the 2016 American Association for Dental Research Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, California. Her presentations were entitled "Forty-Year Trends of Tooth Loss among American Adults with and without Diabetes Melllitus: An Age-Period-Cohort Analysis" and "Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Improve Oral Health in Older Adults."

Friday, March 11, 2016

Bei Wu presented on "Long-term Care Policy and Program Development in China: Meeting the Needs of Older Adults and Their Family" at a conference organized by the National University of Singapore Asia Research Institute and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singamore. The conference title was "Long-Term Care for Elderly in ASEAN and Plus Three: Research and Policy Challenges."

Friday, February 5, 2016

Bei Wu and Wei Pan co-author an article entitled "Mediation Effect of Oral Hygiene on the Relationship Between Cognitive Function and Oral Health in Older Adults" in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing.

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