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LIU Brooklyn School of Health Professions Donna Wang

Donna S. Wang, PhD, LMSW

Associate Professor, Social Work

B.S. Shippensburg UniversityM.S.W. Temple UniversityPhD, Fordham University


Gerontology, social work education, mental health in ethnic minorities, alternative therapies


Co-Author (Accepted, in press). The benefits of gardening for older adults: A systematic review of the literature. Activities, Adaptation and Aging.

Co-Author (Accepted, in press). Attitudes toward gay men and lesbian women among heterosexual social work faculty. Journal of Social Work Education.

Co-Author (Accepted, in press). Faculty knowledge of aging: Results of a national sample. Educational Gerontology.

Co-Author (Accepted, in press). Connecting older adults generations through a multi-media reminiscence program. Activities, Adaptation and Aging.

Co-Author, A. (Accepted, in press). “Being Grounded”- Benefits of gardening for older adults in low-income housing. Journal of Housing for the Elderly.

Co-Author (Accepted, in press). Social workers’ attitudes towards working older adults: A review of the literature. Journal of Social Work Education.

Author (In press). Review: Transforming Palliative Care in Nursing Homes, The Social Work Role, Edited by Mercedes Bern-Klug. Columbia University Press, NY, 2010. Book review for Activities, Adaptation and Aging. Submitted October 1, 2011.

Author (2012). Review: Aging our way: Lessons learned for living from 85 and beyond. By Loe, M. Oxford University Press, NY, 2011. Book review for The Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 29 (2), 194-196.

Co-Author (2012, online). Social work faculty interest in aging: Impact of education, knowledge, comfort, and experience. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education.

Author (2012). Caregiving for dementia in Asian communities: Implications for practice. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 21, (3) 249-273.

Author (2012). The use of self and reflective practice in relational teaching and adult learning: A social work perspective. Reflective Practice, 13 (1), 55-63. DOI:10.1080/14623943.2011.616887

Author (2011). Interdisciplinary methods of treatment of depression in older adults: A primer for practitioners. Activities, Adaptation and Aging, 35 (4), 298-314.

Co-Author (2011). Managing pain in older adults: The benefits of yoga postures, meditation and mindfulness. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 27 (2), 104-109.

Author (2011). Contextual considerations for effective mental health treatment of Asian Americans. In Malgady, R. (Ed.). Cultural Competence in Assessment, Diagnosis, and Psychotherapy with Ethnic Minorities: Perspectives from Psychology, Social Work, and Education, pg. 61-81. Bentham Science Publishers. eISBN: 978-1-60805-130-4. doi: 10.2174/978160805130410081

Author (2010). The use of yoga for spiritual development in older adults: A theoretical perspective using socioemotional selectivity theory and gerotranscendence. International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 20 (1), 25-27.

Author (2010). Feasibility of a yoga intervention for enhancing the mental well-being and physical functioning of older adults living in the community. Activities, Adaptation and Aging, 34 (2), 85-97.

Author (2009). The use of yoga for mental and physical health among older adults: a review of the literature. International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 19 (1), 91-96.

Author (2009). Recruitment and retention of older adults: Lessons shared from conducting an intervention study. Perspectives on Social Work, 7 (2), 33-37.

Author (2004). Service Delivery and Research Considerations for the 85+ Population, Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 43 (1), 5-17.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, AGE-SW
  • Member, Council on Social Work Education
  • Member, Gerontological Association of America
  • Member, International Association of Yoga Therapists
  • Member, National Association of Social Workers
  • Member, Society for Social Work and Research
  • Licensed Social Worker, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Licensed Master of Social Work, State of New York
  • Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance