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Cindy Hsin-Ju Liu, Ph.D.


Dr. Cindy Liu is the Director of the Developmental Risk and Cultural Resilience Laboratory at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She has a joint appointment within the Departments of Pediatric Newborn Medicine and Psychiatry. Dr. Liu’s research focuses on culture and socio-emotional development, and race and ethnic disparities related to maternal and child mental health. Her program of research incorporates data ranging from behavioral and physiological data collected from the laboratory to population level variables from large survey research. She is the recipient of grant awards from National Institutes of Health, American Psychological Association, Sackler Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson, American Psychological Foundation, Harvard Catalyst, and Office of Diversity and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School. As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Liu serves on the American Psychological Association Stress and Health Disparities Working Group and the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Multicultural Advisory Committee. She has provided expert testimony before the Massachusetts State Legislature on parent mental health.

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  1. K23MH107714 (LIU, CINDY H) Aug 4, 2016 - Jul 31, 2021
    Maternal psychosis and stress as risks for offspring behavioral impairment
    Role: Principal Investigator
  2. R21HD072448 (TRONICK, ED) Jul 1, 2012 - Jun 30, 2014
    Hair cortisol as a biomarker of chronic stress in mother-infant dyads
    Role: Principal Investigator
  3. F31HD052490 (LIU, CINDY H) Sep 1, 2006 - Aug 31, 2009
    Emotion Processes in Ethnic Minority Children
    Role: Principal Investigator

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  1. Liu CH, Mittal L, Erdei C. COVID-19-related health worries compound the psychiatric distress experienced by families of high-risk infants. J Perinatol. 2021 Mar 03. PMID: 33658613.
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  2. Kamal K, Li JJ, Hahm HC, Liu CH. Psychiatric impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic on U.S. sexual and gender minority young adults. Psychiatry Res. 2021 05; 299:113855. PMID: 33721788.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  3. Conrad RC, Hahm HC, Koire A, Pinder-Amaker S, Liu CH. College student mental health risks during the COVID-19 pandemic: Implications of campus relocation. J Psychiatr Res. 2021 04; 136:117-126. PMID: 33588225.
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  4. Hyun S, Hahm HC, Wong GTF, Zhang E, Liu CH. Psychological correlates of poor sleep quality among U.S. young adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sleep Med. 2021 02; 78:51-56. PMID: 33385779.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  5. Erdei C, Liu CH, Machie M, Church PT, Heyne R. Parent mental health and neurodevelopmental outcomes of children hospitalized in the neonatal intensive care unit. Early Hum Dev. 2021 Mar; 154:105278. PMID: 33221031.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  6. Liu CH, Erdei C, Mittal L. Risk factors for depression, anxiety, and PTSD symptoms in perinatal women during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Psychiatry Res. 2021 01; 295:113552. PMID: 33229122.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. Liu CH, Pinder-Amaker S, Hahm HC, Chen JA. Priorities for addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on college student mental health. J Am Coll Health. 2020 Oct 13; 1-3. PMID: 33048654.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    
  8. Hahm HC, Liu CH, Tompson MC. Cultural and Developmental Principles for Asian American Women's Mental Health: Lessons From AWARE on College Campuses. Psychiatr Serv. 2020 11 01; 71(11):1199-1202. PMID: 32966179.
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  9. Chen JA, Zhang E, Liu CH. Potential Impact of COVID-19-Related Racial Discrimination on the Health of Asian Americans. Am J Public Health. 2020 11; 110(11):1624-1627. PMID: 32941063.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  10. Liu CH, Zhang E, Snidman N, Tronick E. Infant affect response in the face-to-face still face among Chinese- and European American mother-infant dyads. Infant Behav Dev. 2020 08; 60:101469. PMID: 32739669.
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  11. Liu CH, Stevens C, Conrad RC, Hahm HC. Evidence for elevated psychiatric distress, poor sleep, and quality of life concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic among U.S. young adults with suspected and reported psychiatric diagnoses. Psychiatry Res. 2020 10; 292:113345. PMID: 32745794.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  12. Erdei C, Liu CH. The downstream effects of COVID-19: a call for supporting family wellbeing in the NICU. J Perinatol. 2020 09; 40(9):1283-1285. PMID: 32709980.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  13. Wang LK, Wong SHM, Chen SH, Yau Y, Li G, Liu CH. Establishing a Parenting Program for Transnationally Separated Chinese Immigrant Families: Community-Based Pilot Program. Psychiatr Serv. 2020 08 01; 71(8):868-871. PMID: 32576121.
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  14. Liu CH, Zhang E, Wong GTF, Hyun S, Hahm HC. Factors associated with depression, anxiety, and PTSD symptomatology during the COVID-19 pandemic: Clinical implications for U.S. young adult mental health. Psychiatry Res. 2020 08; 290:113172. PMID: 32512357.
    Citations: 73     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  15. Liu CH, Doan SN. Psychosocial Stress Contagion in Children and Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2020 09; 59(9-10):853-855. PMID: 32462929.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  16. Liu CH, Fink G, Brentani H, Brentani A. Caregiver depression is associated with hair cortisol in a low-income sample of preschool-aged children. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2020 07; 117:104675. PMID: 32402926.
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  17. Liu CH, Snidman N, Kagan J, Tronick E. Effect of Maternal Distress on Perceptions of Infant Behavior May Differ in Chinese-American and European-American Mothers and Infants. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2020 04; 41(3):212-220. PMID: 31996568.
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  18. Liu CH, Li H, Wu E, Tung ES, Hahm HC. Parent perceptions of mental illness in Chinese American youth. Asian J Psychiatr. 2020 Jan; 47:101857. PMID: 31715469.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. Chen JA, Stevens C, Wong SHM, Liu CH. Psychiatric Symptoms and Diagnoses Among U.S. College Students: A Comparison by Race and Ethnicity. Psychiatr Serv. 2019 06 01; 70(6):442-449. PMID: 30914001.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Liu CH, Doan SN. Innovations in biological assessments of chronic stress through hair and nail cortisol: Conceptual, developmental, and methodological issues. Dev Psychobiol. 2019 04; 61(3):465-476. PMID: 30740655.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  21. Liu CH, Stevens C, Wong SHM, Yasui M, Chen JA. The prevalence and predictors of mental health diagnoses and suicide among U.S. college students: Implications for addressing disparities in service use. Depress Anxiety. 2019 01; 36(1):8-17. PMID: 30188598.
    Citations: 27     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  22. Liu CH, Phan J, Yasui M, Doan S. Prenatal Life Events, Maternal Employment, and Postpartum Depression across a Diverse Population in New York City. Community Ment Health J. 2018 05; 54(4):410-419. PMID: 28975443.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. Liu CH, Fink G, Brentani H, Brentani A. An assessment of hair cortisol among postpartum Brazilian mothers and infants from a high-risk community in São Paulo: Intra-individual stability and association in mother-infant dyads. Dev Psychobiol. 2017 11; 59(7):916-926. PMID: 28834537.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  24. Liu CH, Yasui M, Giallo R, Tronick E, Seidman LJ. U.S. Caregivers with Mental Health Problems: Parenting Experiences and Children's Functioning. Arch Psychiatr Nurs. 2016 12; 30(6):753-760. PMID: 27888971.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. Liu CH, Liu H. Concerns and Structural Barriers Associated with WIC Participation among WIC-Eligible Women. Public Health Nurs. 2016 09; 33(5):395-402. PMID: 26956356.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. Liu CH, Snidman N, Leonard A, Meyer J, Tronick E. Intra-individual stability and developmental change in hair cortisol among postpartum mothers and infants: Implications for understanding chronic stress. Dev Psychobiol. 2016 May; 58(4):509-18. PMID: 26806857.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. Liu CH, Giallo R, Doan SN, Seidman LJ, Tronick E. Racial and Ethnic Differences in Prenatal Life Stress and Postpartum Depression Symptoms. Arch Psychiatr Nurs. 2016 Feb; 30(1):7-12. PMID: 26804495.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  28. Liu CH, Keshavan MS, Tronick E, Seidman LJ. Perinatal Risks and Childhood Premorbid Indicators of Later Psychosis: Next Steps for Early Psychosocial Interventions. Schizophr Bull. 2015 Jul; 41(4):801-16. PMID: 25904724.
    Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  29. Liu CH, Tronick E. Rates and predictors of postpartum depression by race and ethnicity: results from the 2004 to 2007 New York City PRAMS survey (Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System). Matern Child Health J. 2013 Nov; 17(9):1599-610. PMID: 23095945.
    Citations: 40     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  30. Liu CH, Tronick E. Re-conceptualising prenatal life stressors in predicting post-partum depression: cumulative-, specific-, and domain-specific approaches to calculating risk. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2013 Sep; 27(5):481-90. PMID: 23930784.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. Liu CH, Tronick E. Do patient characteristics, prenatal care setting, and method of payment matter when it comes to provider-patient conversations on perinatal mood? Matern Child Health J. 2012 Jul; 16(5):1102-12. PMID: 21681636.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  32. Malti T, Liu CH, Noam GG. Holistic assessment in school-based, developmental prevention. J Prev Interv Community. 2010; 38(3):244-59. PMID: 20603760.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  33. Malti T, Schwartz SE, Liu CH, Noam GG. Program evaluation: relationships as key to student development. New Dir Youth Dev. 2008; 2008(120):151-77, Table of Contents. PMID: 19170118.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  34. Liu CH, Malti T, Noam GG. Holistic student assessments. New Dir Youth Dev. 2008; 2008(120):139-49, Table of Contents. PMID: 19170117.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  35. Liu, C.H., Murakami, J., Eap, S., Hall, G. (2008). n. N. Tewari, & A. Alvarez (Eds.), Asian American psychology: Current perspectives. Who are Asian Americans? An overview of history, immigration, and communities.
  36. Liu, C.H., & Tronick, E. (2011). D. Skuse, H. Bruce, L. Dowdney & D. Mrazek. Neurobehavioural Development in Infancy. Child Psychology and Psychiatry: Frameworks for Practice.
  37. Beeghly, M., Fuertes, M., Liu, C.H., M.S. Delonis, & Tronick, E. (2011). In D.W. Davis, & M.C. Logsdon (Eds)., Maternal Sensitivity: A Critical Review for Practitioners. Mutual regulation, meaning-making, and reparation.
  38. Liu, C.H. (2011). Emotion development in Asian American children and youth. In L. Juang, F. Leong, D. Baolin Qin, & H. Fitzgerald (Eds)., Asian American Child Psychology and Mental Health. Volume 1.
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