Jinjiao Wang, PhD, RN

  • Assistant Professor
  • Education
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Gerontological Nursing, 2017. Vanderbilt University. Nashville, TN
  • PhD in Nursing Science, 2015. Columbia University. New York, NY
  • Master of Philosophy in Nursing Science, 2013. Columbia University. New York, NY
  • Bachelor of Medicine in Nursing Science, 2010. Sun Yat-sen University, School of Nursing. Guangzhou, China


Dr. Wang joined the School of Nursing as an assistant professor in 2017. She conducts research to improve the care for geriatric syndromes (e.g., frailty, depressive symptoms) among older community-dwelling adults through home health-delivered interventions. She has conducted studies to examine: 1) the home health care delivery model in the older population, with a focus on the barriers and facilitators to the care for frailty and depressive symptoms; 2) differences in frailty between older hospitalized patients discharged to different post-acute care services, i.e., home health care vs. home with self-care; and 3) trajectories of frailty among older patients for up to six months after hospital discharge, associations with the usage of home health services, and adverse outcomes. Currently, she is developing programs to educate home health nurses on geriatric syndromes to implement health coaching interventions in the community. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Care Strategies : Behavioral Change
  • Level of Care : Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Populations : Older Adults
  • Level of Care : Prevention

Current Focus

"I am a nurse scientist and my heart always goes to the older folks. Professionally, my goal is to help older adults maintain independence and safety while staying at home. Specifically, I am interested in how physical frailty and depressive symptoms, as well as other geriatric syndromes, can be assessed and addressed early in the course of development using home health care inititated interventions."

Professional Experience
Guest lecturer, Vanderbilt University (PhD level course: “Knowledge Synthesis”), Nashville, TN, US. 1/2017 - Current

Assistant Professor, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, US. 7/2017 - Current

Research Associate/Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, US. 8/2015 - Current

Teaching Assistant, Columbia University (Two graduate-level clinical courses: “Management in Advanced Practice”, “Pediatric Primary Care), New York, NY, US. 9/2013 - 5/2015

Clinic Nurse, Columbia Medical Student Outreach, New York, NY, US. 9/2011 - 5/2015

Teaching Assistant, Columbia University (Undergraduate-level clinical course: “Issues of Nursing Practice”), New York, NY, US. 5/2014 - 8/2014

Home Health Care Nurse, Bilingual Health Educator, Eagle Homecare Agency & New York Golden Eagle Senior Corporation, New York, NY, US. 9/2013 - 5/2014

Teaching Assistant, Columbia University (Graduate-level research course: “Evaluation and Application of Research”), New York, NY, US. 1/2012 - 8/2013

Staff Nurse, The Third affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, CN. 6/2009 - 5/2010

Community Health Educator, Yuancun Community Health Center, Guangzhou, CN. 6/2009 - 7/2009

Teaching Assistant, Sun Yat-Sen University (Undergraduate-level educational course, “Nursing Theories and Education”), Guangzhou, US. 9/2008 - 12/2008

Sun Yat-sen University Undergraduate Scholarships, 2006-2010
Sun Yat-sen University, None

First-Class National Merit Scholarship, 2008 & 2009
Chinese National Education Ministry, None

Dean’s Scholarship, 2011-2015
Columbia University School of Nursing, None

Okura Psych-Mental Health Fellowship
Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA), 2015

Chinese American Nurses Association Scholarship
Chinese American Nurses Associations, New York, 2013

Digitally Connected Student Fellowship
United Nations Foundation, 2012

Outstanding Student Leader
Sun Yat-sen University, 2010

Summa cum Laude, Dean’s List
Sun Yat-sen University, 2010

Award for Outstanding Nursing Students
Lu-Hui-Qing Foundation for Nursing Excellence, 2010

Visiting nursing student
The University of Hong Kong, 2009

Award for Outstanding Contributor
8th National University Sports Games, 2007

First Class Scholarship for Excellent Medical Students
Sun Yat-sen University, 2007

Associations of pain interference with cognition and depression in Alzheimer’s Disease
21st IAGG (International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics) World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2017
San Francisco, California

The impact of depression on hospitalizations and emergency department visits in home healthcare
Providing Care in the Community: Outcomes and Perspectives in Home Healthcare of Older Adults”, Symposium at The 2016 Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, 2016
New Orleans, Louisiana

The impact of depression on healthcare utilization in home care recipients with and without cancer
International Conference on Cancer Nursing 2016, 2016
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

The impact of depression on subsequent health care utilization in home health care recipients
AcademyHealth 2016 Annual Research Meeting, 2016
Boston, Massachusetts

Mental Health Disorders in the Home Care Elders: An Integrative Review
, 2015
District Of Columbia

The Prevalence of Mental Health Disorders and Risk Factors in the U.S. Home Care Elders
Eastern Nursing Research Society 2015 conference, 2015
District Of Columbia

Mental Health Disorders in the Home Care Elders: An Integrative Review
Eastern Nursing Research Society 2015 conference, 2015
District Of Columbia

Hospitalization among Home Health Care Patients
Academy Health’s 2014 Annual Research Meeting, 2014
San Diego, California

Hospitalization among Home Health Care Patients. Podium Presentation
Eastern Nursing Research Society 2014 conference, Eastern Nursing Research Society 2014 conference, 2014
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The experience of Chinese American parents of children with life-limiting illness: A comprehensive review
Chinese American Medical Society 50th Annual Scientific Meeting, 2013
New York, New York

Public Health Literacy: A Principle-based Concept Analysis
Eastern Nursing Research Society 2013 conference, 2013
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wang, J., Maxwell, C., Conner, E., & Yu, F (n.d.). Promise of Biomarkers in Frailty and Pre-frailty Interventions in Older Adults: A Critical Literature Review.. .

Wang, J., Simmons, S., & Mion, L (n.d.). Care processes related to depressive symptoms and frailty during home health nursing visits: A pilot study. Under review by Journal of Gerontological Nursing.. .

Wang, J., Dietrich, M., Maxwell, C., Bell, S., Simmons, S., & Kripalani, S (n.d.). Trajectories of physical frailty in older patients with cardiovascular disease after hospital discharge. To be submitted to Journal of General Internal Medicine. .

Cowan RL, Dietrich MS, Bruehl SP, Anderson AR, Atalla S, Deng J, Wang J, Gore JC, Monroe TB (2017). Sex Differences in the Psychophysical Response to Contact Heat in Moderate Cognitive Impairment Alzheimer's Disease: A Cross-Sectional Brief Report. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 60 (4), 1633-1640. PMID: 28968238 PMCID: PMC5676864 DOI: 10.3233/JAD-170532

Maxwell, C., & Wang, J. (2017). Understanding Frailty: A Nurses’ Guide. Nursing Clinics of North America, 52 (3), 349-361. PMID: 28779818 DOI: 10.1016/j.cnur.2017.04.003

Wang, J.; Boehm, L.; Mion, L.C (2017). Intrinsic capacity in older hospitalized adults: Implications for nursing practice. Geriatric Nursing, 38 (4), 359-361. PMID: 28778277 DOI: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2017.06.008

Wang, J., Boehm, L. & Mion, L.C. (2017). Intrinsic capacity in older hopspitalized adults: Implications for nursing practice. Geriatric Nursing, 38 (4), 359-361. PMID: 28778277 DOI: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2017.06.008

Wang, J., Dietrich, M. S., Simmons, S. F., Cowan, R. L., & Monroe, T. B (2017). Pain interference and depressive symptoms in communicative people with Alzheimer's disease: a pilot study. Aging & Mental Health. PMID: 28466655 DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2017.1318258

Wang, J., Shang, J., Kearney, J (2016). Mental Health Disorders in Home Care Elders: An Integrative Review. Geriatric Nursing, 37 (1), 44-60. PMID: 26607689 DOI: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2015.10.013

Wang, J., Kearney, J., Jia, H., & Shang, J (2016). Mental health disorders in elderly people receiving home care: Prevalence and correlates in the national U.S. population. Nursing Research, 65 (2), 107-116. PMID: 26938359 DOI: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000147

Wang, J., Shang, J., Jia, H., & Kearney, J (2016). Critical association between mental health disorders and medical status: Depression intervention use indicates a two-fold risk for subsequent medical events in older American home health care patients. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 42 (10), 45-55. PMID: 27379455 DOI: 10.3928/00989134-20160701-03

Wang, J., & Kearney, J. A (2013). The experience of Chinese American parents of children with life-limiting illness: A comprehensive review. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 19 (7), 347-354. PMID: 24273812 DOI: 10.12968/ijpn.2013.19.7.347