Chiung-ju (CJ) Liu is an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. She graduated from the National Taiwan University with a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy, the University of Kansas Medical Center with a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, and the University of Kansas with a Ph.D. in Gerontology. She completed a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at Boston University Health and Disability Research Institute before joining IUPUI in 2008.
Liu’s clinical experience includes acute, inpatient, outpatient, and school-based occupational therapy. Liu’s research interests include health literacy promotion, late-life disability prevention, and systematic reviews of interventions that support ADL independence. She has examined modifiable factors such as text cohesion and the use of illustration to promote older adult’s health literacy. She has developed and tested 3-Step Workout for Life to enhance functional gains from structured exercise for community-dwelling older adults who are at risk of losing independence. Her research has been supported by the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Retirement Research Foundation, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the IUPUI Office for Women, IU Roybal Center for Translational Research. She’s received research support funds grant from the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.
Liu is also an affiliate scientist of the Indiana University of Center for Aging Research. She is an evidence-based project reviewer for the American Occupational Therapy Association, and has contributed to two 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. She was invited by the World Health Organization as an expert to develop the Integrated Care for Older People Guidelines, which was published in 2017. Liu is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. She received the Completed Doctoral Research Award from the American Psychological Association (Division 20) in 2007, and the Excellence in Research Award from the Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in 2012, 2014, and 2018.