About the Speaker
Dr. Shiau-Fang Chao
Dr. Chao’s research began with aging and mental health and with particular expertise in (a) disability in later life and its impact on depression and life satisfaction; (b) the roles of formal and informal support and their relative effectiveness in enhancing the mental health of older persons in Taiwan. Dr. Chao has been conducting research using longitudinal data analysis methods, and her works have been published in top-ranked journals in both gerontology and disability (e.g., The gerontologist, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Aging & Mental Health, and Journal of Intellectual Disability Research). Dr. Chao currently expands her interests to three directions. One is to investigate the effects of environmental factors on activity participation and emotional well-being of disabled older adults by adopting the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health model. The second is to examine successful aging in the workplace among care attendants in long-term care facilities in order to develop more comprehensive strategies to sustain valuable aged workforce and to meet the caring needs of older individuals. The third is to integrate government administrative data of the health insurance, LTC program usages, tax records and adult protection services to explore the influences of long-term care needs and service use on elder abuse incidents and adult children’s labor market participation, using big data analytical methods.