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LIU Brooklyn School of Health Professions Donna Wang

Donna S. Wang

Chair, Social Work Department-Brooklyn CampusAssistant Professor

B.S. Shippensburg UniversityM.S.W. Temple UniversityPhD, Fordham University


Gerontology, social work education, mental health in ethnic minorities, alternative therapies


Co-Author (Accepted, in press). The benefits of gardening for older adults: A systematic review of the literature. Activities, Adaptation and Aging.

Co-Author (Accepted, in press). Attitudes toward gay men and lesbian women among heterosexual social work faculty. Journal of Social Work Education.

Co-Author (Accepted, in press). Faculty knowledge of aging: Results of a national sample. Educational Gerontology.

Co-Author (Accepted, in press). Connecting older adults generations through a multi-media reminiscence program. Activities, Adaptation and Aging.

Co-Author, A. (Accepted, in press). “Being Grounded”- Benefits of gardening for older adults in low-income housing. Journal of Housing for the Elderly.

Co-Author (Accepted, in press). Social workers’ attitudes towards working older adults: A review of the literature. Journal of Social Work Education.

Author (In press). Review: Transforming Palliative Care in Nursing Homes, The Social Work Role, Edited by Mercedes Bern-Klug. Columbia University Press, NY, 2010. Book review for Activities, Adaptation and Aging. Submitted October 1, 2011.

Author (2012). Review: Aging our way: Lessons learned for living from 85 and beyond. By Loe, M. Oxford University Press, NY, 2011. Book review for The Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 29 (2), 194-196.

Co-Author (2012, online). Social work faculty interest in aging: Impact of education, knowledge, comfort, and experience. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education.

Author (2012). Caregiving for dementia in Asian communities: Implications for practice. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 21, (3) 249-273.

Author (2012). The use of self and reflective practice in relational teaching and adult learning: A social work perspective. Reflective Practice, 13 (1), 55-63. DOI:10.1080/14623943.2011.616887

Author (2011). Interdisciplinary methods of treatment of depression in older adults: A primer for practitioners. Activities, Adaptation and Aging, 35 (4), 298-314.

Co-Author (2011). Managing pain in older adults: The benefits of yoga postures, meditation and mindfulness. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 27 (2), 104-109.

Author (2011). Contextual considerations for effective mental health treatment of Asian Americans. In Malgady, R. (Ed.). Cultural Competence in Assessment, Diagnosis, and Psychotherapy with Ethnic Minorities: Perspectives from Psychology, Social Work, and Education, pg. 61-81. Bentham Science Publishers. eISBN: 978-1-60805-130-4. doi: 10.2174/978160805130410081

Author (2010). The use of yoga for spiritual development in older adults: A theoretical perspective using socioemotional selectivity theory and gerotranscendence. International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 20 (1), 25-27.

Author (2010). Feasibility of a yoga intervention for enhancing the mental well-being and physical functioning of older adults living in the community. Activities, Adaptation and Aging, 34 (2), 85-97.

Author (2009). The use of yoga for mental and physical health among older adults: a review of the literature. International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 19 (1), 91-96.

Author (2009). Recruitment and retention of older adults: Lessons shared from conducting an intervention study. Perspectives on Social Work, 7 (2), 33-37.

Author (2004). Service Delivery and Research Considerations for the 85+ Population, Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 43 (1), 5-17.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, AGE-SW
  • Member, Council on Social Work Education
  • Member, Gerontological Association of America
  • Member, International Association of Yoga Therapists
  • Member, National Association of Social Workers
  • Member, Society for Social Work and Research
  • Licensed Social Worker, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Licensed Master of Social Work, State of New York
  • Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance

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