Chih-ling (Ling) Liou is an assistant professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Kent State University at Stark. She comes from Taiwan, a county with a high proportion of the population reaching advanced ages and increasing number of older people needing assistance with personal care and daily activities. She received her B.A. in History from National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan in 2002, M.A. in history from National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan in 2005, M.S. in Gerontology from University of North Carolina in 2008, and Ph.D. in Human Development from Virginia Tech in May, 2012. She currently teaches courses in Gerontology, including the Introduction to Gerontology course and the Adult Development and Aging course, and courses in Human Development, including the Culture Diversity and Family Policy.
Her research interests include the long-term care services, environmental psychology, social support systems, and retirement. Her dissertation research is to look at how the physical and social environments of two different types of adult day services (ADS) centers influence interactions between staff and clients. With an international background, she also like to do the research on cross-cultural comparison to enhance the knowledge of aging worldwide. She currently conduct a cross-cultural study by examining college students’ attitudes toward aging in Taiwan and the U.S.