Fei Wang’s research focuses on the intersection of aging and family caregiving. Fei has a particular interest in identifying risk and protective factors for mental health problems among older adults caring for family members. The ultimate goal of her research is to develop psychosocial interventions for the at-risk population of older caregivers. Fei’s research is inspired by her clinical social work experience—as a full-time medical social worker, she provided counseling and care planning to geriatric patients and their family caregivers. Her secondary research interest is to examine the mechanisms underlying racial disparities in mental health among older caregivers, such as social support and negative social interactions, that can inform interventions to address these disparities.
Fei has published in several gerontology and social work journals including the Gerontologist and the Journal of Gerontological Social Work. Fei is also the recipient of 2022 John A. Yankey Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award for teaching practice courses including Direct Practice Generalist Methods and Skills, Family Theory & Practice, and Program & Practice Evaluation.
Dissertation: Caregiver Stress and Depressive Symptoms Among Older Female Caregivers of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Role of Informal Support and Secondary Stressors (supported by Arol Shack Dissertation Award)
Wang, F., Qin, W., & Yu, J. (2021). Neighborhood Social Cohesion and Mobility Limitations Among Community-dwelling Older Americans: The Mediating Roles of Depressive Symptoms and Mastery. International journal of aging & human development, 914150211037657. Advance online publication.
Wang, F., Marsack-Topolewski, C. N., DiZazzo-Miller, R., & Samuel, P. S. (2021). Health of aging families: comparing compound and noncompound caregivers. Journal of gerontological social work, 1–15. Advance online publication.
Marsack-Topolewski, C. N., & Wang, F. (2021). Dimensions of Caregiver Burden between Compound and Noncompound Caregivers of Adults with Autism. Journal of gerontological social work, 1–19. Advance online publication.
Nguyen, A. W., Wang, F., Qin, W., & Hamler, T. C. (2021). The Role of Church Support Networks in the Relationship between Discrimination and Psychiatric Disorders among Older African Americans. Review of Religious Research, 1-20.
Ishler, K. J., Biegel, D. E., Wang, F., Olgac, T., Lytle, S., Miner, S., ... & Kaplan, R. (2021). Service Use Among Transition-Age Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1-15.
Nguyen, A. W., Lincoln, K. D., Wang, F., & Qin, W. (2021). Negative interactions with extended family and church members and subjective well-being among older African American women. Journal of women & aging, 33(4), 347–361.
Nguyen, A. W., Taylor, H. O., Lincoln, K. D., Qin, W., Hamler, T., Wang, F., & Mitchell, U. A. (2021). Neighborhood Characteristics and Inflammation among Older Black Americans: The Moderating Effects of Hopelessness and Pessimism. The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences, glab121. Advance online publication.
Qin, W., Nguyen, A. W., Mouzon, D. M., Hamler, T. C., & Wang, F. (2020). Social support, everyday discrimination, and depressive symptoms among older African Americans: A longitudinal study. Innovation in Aging, 4(5), igaa032.