Kaipeng Wang

Kaipeng Wang

Assistant Professor, tenure-track

What I do

I conduct research to examine social determinants of health and mental health disparities among older adults to inform the development, evaluation, and implementation of culturally sensitive interventions to improve their mental health outcomes. I teach research methods, program evaluation, statistical analysis, and macro practice and am committed to motivating more social workers to develop and implement evidence-based services to vulnerable populations.


aging and gerontology, disparities, race and ethnicity, research methods

Professional Biography

Assistant Professor Kaipeng Wang focuses on examining psychosocial factors that influence older adults’ health and mental health outcomes. Using a social determinants of health framework, his research aims to understand how social determinants, such as discrimination, acculturation, and food insecurity, contribute to health and mental health disparities among ethnic minorities and immigrants, especially among older adults. To pursue his academic inquiries, Wang primarily utilizes advanced quantitative methods including but are not limited to multi-level modeling, longitudinal data analysis, structural equation modeling, and spatial statistics. His research has been shared through scientific journals, such as Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, Journal of Applied Gerontology, Psychosomatic Medicine, Journal of Affective Disorders, and Preventive Medicine.


  • Ph.D., Social Work, Boston College, 2017
  • MSW, Social Work, University of South Carolina, 2013

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)

Featured Publications

Wang, K., Liu, Y., Sun, F., Kong, D., Jiang, L., & Wu, B. (2020). Advance directive completion and its associated factors among older Chinese Americans. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.
Wang, K., Zhang, A., Sun, F., & Hu, R. (2020). Self-rated health among older Chinese Americans: The roles of acculturation and family cohesion. Journal of Applied Gerontology.
An, Q., Wang, K., Sun, F., & Zhang, A. (2020). The effectiveness of a modified group-based cognitive-behavioral intervention for dementia worry among Chinese older adults: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Affective Disorders, 274(1), 76-84.
Xing, T., Sun, F., Wang, K., Zhao, J., Wu, M., & Wu, J. (2020). Vulnerability to fraud among Chinese older adults: Do personality traits and loneliness matter? Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 32(1), 46-59.
Wang, K., & Bishop, N. J. (2019). Social support and monetary resources as protective factors against food insecurity among older adults in the U.S.: Findings from a Health and Retirement Study. Food Secuity, 11(4), 929-939.
Bishop, N. J., & Wang, K. (2018). Food insecurity, comorbidity, and mobility limitations among older U.S. adults: Findings from the Health and Retirement Study and Health Care and Nutrition Study. Preventive Medicine, 114, 180-187.