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profileCindy Hsin-Ju Liu, Ph.D.

TitleAssistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry
InstitutionBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
AddressBIDMC-Mass. Mental Health Center
75 Fenwood Rd
Boston MA 02115
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Dr. Cindy Liu is the Director of Multicultural Research at the Commonwealth Research Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Psychology within the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and an Assistant Research Professor within the Department of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. 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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K23MH107714     (LIU, CINDY H)Aug 4, 2016 - Jul 31, 2020
Maternal Psychosis and Stress as Risks for Offspring Behavioral Impairment
Role: Principal Investigator

R21HD072448     (TRONICK, ED)Jul 1, 2012 - Jun 30, 2014
Hair cortisol as a biomarker of chronic stress in mother-infant dyads
Role: Principal Investigator

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, 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. 2017 Oct 03. PMID: 28975443.
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  2. 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 Nov; 59(7):916-926. PMID: 28834537.
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  3. 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 Dec; 30(6):753-760. PMID: 27888971.
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  4. Liu CH, Liu H. Concerns and Structural Barriers Associated with WIC Participation among WIC-Eligible Women. Public Health Nurs. 2016 Sep; 33(5):395-402. PMID: 26956356.
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  5. 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.
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  6. 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.
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  7. 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; PMCID: PMC4466191.
  8. 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.
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  9. 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.
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  10. 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.
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  11. Malti T, Liu CH, Noam GG. Holistic assessment in school-based, developmental prevention. J Prev Interv Community. 2010; 38(3):244-59. PMID: 20603760.
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  12. 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.
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  13. Liu CH, Malti T, Noam GG. Holistic student assessments. New Dir Youth Dev. 2008; 2008(120):139-49, Table of Contents. PMID: 19170117.
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  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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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