Mengting Li, PhD

Mengting Li

Assistant Professor

Division of Nursing Science

New Brunswick

Institute for Health 460

(848) 932-1309

Specialty: Gerontology, elder mistreatment, caregiving, intergenerational relations, immigration, resilience, social determinants of health, cognitive function, health disparities

Dr. Mengting Li joined the Rutgers School of Nursing faculty after completing postdoctoral fellowships in Epidemiology at the Rush University Medical Center in 2018. Dr. Li’s work has focused on the intersection of culture, social relations, and health, including intergenerational relations, social networks, caregiving, immigration and acculturation, mental health, and cognitive function in aging populations. Her research also focuses on trauma, resilience, and health. Her projects explore the etiology and health consequences of elder mistreatment aimed at improving older adults’ health and wellbeing.

Dr. Li is a NIA Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) Scientist affiliated with Asian RCMAR. She is a Core Member at the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. In 2020, Dr. Li received Alzheimer’s Association Research Grant to study Asian immigrants’ cognitive trajectory. Dr. Li is also the PI of a pilot project on elder mistreatment and cognitive function supported by a NIH P30 Center grant.


Li, M. T., Chen, R. J. & Dong, X. Q. (2020). Elder mistreatment across diverse cultures. Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging. 44(1): 20-25.

Li, M. T., & Dong, X. Q. (2019). Filial discrepancy and mortality among community-dwelling older adults: a prospective cohort study. Aging & Mental Health. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2019.1653261

Li, M. T., Guo, M., Stensland, M., Silverstein, M. & Dong, X. Q. (2019). Typology of family relationship and elder mistreatment in a US Chinese population. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 67(S3): S493-S498.

Li, M. T., Mao, W. Y., Chi, I. & Lou, W. Q. (2019). Geographical proximity and depressive symptoms among adult child caregivers: social support as a moderator. Aging & Mental Health 23(2): 205-213. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2017.1399349

Li, M. T. & Dong, X. Q. (2018). Is social network a protective factor for cognitive impairment in US Chinese older adults? Findings from the PINE study. Gerontology 64(3): 246-256. doi:10.1159/000485616