Zhang, Wei 张微

Zhang, Wei 张微
Professor of Sociology
Saunders Hall, Room 239
Phone: 956-7689
Email: weizhang@hawaii.edu

B.A. 2000, Nanjing University
M.A. 2002, Nanjing University
M.S. 2005, The University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D. 2007, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Wei Zhang obtained an M.S. in Statistics and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently an associate professor of the Department of Sociology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her main research areas include: health and illness, aging and life course, neighborhood and health, and quantitative research methods. Her research centers on social determinants of health disparities across various race/ethnic groups in the U.S. and among older Chinese adults in China and in the United States. Her work has been published in Social Science & Medicine, Health & Place, Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Social Psychology Quarterly, Journal of Aging and Health, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Social Indicators Research, Journal of Family Relations, and Sociology of Religion. Currently, she is actively involved in projects on the healthy and resilient aging among older Chinese adults Hawaiʻi using mixed methods.

Selected Publications

  1. Zhang, Wei, Sizhe Liu, and Bei Wu. (accepted). “Defining Successful Aging: Perceptions of Elderly Chinese in Hawaiʻi.” Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine
  2. Zhang, Wei, Yan Yan Wu, and Kathryn Braun. 2017. “The Educational, Racial and Gender Crossovers in Life Satisfaction: Findings from the Longitudinal Health and Retirement Study.” Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics 73: 60-68.
  3. Zhang, Wei, Yan Yan Wu, and Bei Wu. 2017. “Does Oral Health Predict Functional Status in Late Life? Findings from a National Sample.” Journal of Aging and Health
  4. Zhang, Wei and Yan Yan Wu. 2017. “Individual Educational Attainment, Neighborhood-Socioeconomic Contexts, and Self-Rated Health of Middle-Aged and Elderly Chinese: Exploring the Mediating Role of Social Engagement.” Health & Place 44(March): 8-17.
  5. Zhang, Wei, Qiushi Feng, Joy Lacanienta, and Zhihong Zhen. 2017. “Leisure Participation and Subjective Well-Being: Exploring Gender Differences among Elderly in Shanghai, China.” Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics 69 (March-April): 45-54.
  6. Zhang, Wei, Qiushi Feng, Lin Liu, and Zhihong Zhen. 2015. “Social Engagement and Health: Findings from Survey on Older Adults in Shanghai, China.” International Journal of Aging and Human Development 80(4): 332-356.
  7. Zhang, Wei, Huashuai Chen, and Qiushi Feng. 2015. “Education and Psychological Distress of Older Chinese: Exploring the Longitudinal Relationship and Its Subgroup Variations.” Journal of Aging and Health 27(7): 1170-1198.
  8. Mossakowski, Krysia N. and Wei Zhang. 2014. “Does Social Support Buffer the Stress of Discrimination and Reduce Psychological Distress Among Asian Americans?” Social Psychology Quarterly 77: 273-295.
  9. Zhang, Wei and Min Chen. 2014. “Psychological Distress of Older Chinese: Exploring the Roles of Activities, Social Support, and Subjective Social Status.” Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 29(1): 37-51.
  10. Hong, Seunghye, Wei Zhang, and Emily Walton. 2014. “Neighborhoods and Mental Health: Exploring Ethnic Density, Poverty, and Social Cohesion among Asian Americans and Latinos.” Social Science & Medicine 111(June):117-124.
  11. Zhang, Wei and Seunghye Hong. 2013. “Perceived Discrimination and Psychological Distress among Asian Americans: Does Education Matter?” Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 15(5): 932-943.
  12. Zhang, Wei. “Health Disparities and Relational Well-Being between Multi- and Mono-ethnic Asian Americans.” Social Indicators Research 110(2): 735-750.
  13. Zhang, Wei, Seunghye Hong, David T. Takeuchi and Krysia N. Mossakowski. 2012. “Limited English Proficiency and Psychological Distress among Latinos and Asian Americans.” Social Science & Medicine 75(6): 1006-1014.
  14. Zhang, Wei, Qi Chen, Hamilton McCubbin, Laurie McCubbin, and Shirley Foley. 2011. “Predictors of Mental and Physical Health: Individual and Neighborhood Levels of Education, Social Well-Being, and Ethnicity.” Health & Place 17(1): 238-247.
  15. Zhang, Wei and Van M. Ta. 2009. “Social Connections, Immigration-Related Factors, and Self-Rated Physical and Mental Health among Asian Americans.” Social Science & Medicine 68(12): 2104-2112.
  16. Zhang, Wei. “Religious Participation and Mortality Risk among the Oldest Old in China.” Journals of Gerontology Series BPsychological Sciences and Social Sciences 63(5): S293-297.
  17. Ross, Catherine and Wei Zhang (equal co-authors). 2008. “Education and Psychological Distress among Older Chinese.” Journal of Aging and Health 20(3): 273-289.