Bei Wu, Gerontology and Global Health Expert, Joins DUSON Faculty

Bei Wu, PhD, joined the faculty of the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) in January 2011. In addition to her position at DUSON, Dr. Wu holds faculty membership in the Center for the Study of Aging and in the Duke Global Health Institute. She also holds adjunct professor/senior fellow positions at three academic institutions in China. Dr. Wu’s areas of research expertise include gerontology and global health.

Dr. Wu is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. She is the principal investigator for four projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, with her research focusing on cognitive function, depression, and oral health.

Dr. Wu comes to Duke from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), where she served as an associate professor in the gerontology program since 2009. Concurrently, she served as an adjunct clinical associate professor at the School of Dentistry, West Virginia University, and also held an adjunct faculty appointment at the School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Prior to joining UNCG, Dr. Wu was an associate professor in the Department of Community Medicine at West Virginia University.

Dr. Wu received her M.S. and Ph.D. in gerontology from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She graduated from Shanghai University in the People’s Republic of China with a B.A. in sociology in 1988.

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) is a diverse community of scholars and clinicians engaged in educating the next generation of transformational leaders in the field of nursing, the advancement of nursing science in areas of global significance, and the scholarly practice of nursing. In 2007 US News and World Report ranked Duke among the top 15 graduate schools of nursing in the nation. The School offers masters, PhD, and doctor of nursing practice degrees, as well as an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree for adult learners who have previously completed an undergraduate degree. In 2010 the School enrolled 639 students, the largest number in the School’s 80-year history.

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