Ying-Yu Chao, PhD, RN, GNP-BC

Ying-Yu Chao

Clinical Assistant Professor

Division of Nursing Science


ACK 360

(973) 353-3842

Specialty: Gerontology, physical activity, mental health, health disparity

Dr. Ying-Yu Chao, a clinical assistant professor, joined the Rutgers, School of Nursing faculty in 2014. Dr. Chao received PhD degree in nursing and M.S. degree as a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner from University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. She received B.S.N. from Chang Gung University, Taiwan.

Dr. Chao is a bilingual and bicultural Geriatric Nurse Practitioner with clinical background in rehabilitation, gerontology, and mental health. In 2018, she was the lead teaching faculty for the Rutgers School of Nursing’s first international Continuing Care Residency Program to provide long-term care education for visiting nurses.

In 2019, Dr. Chao was one of the lead faculty for the Global Health Practicum to explore Chinese health care practices in China.

Dr. Chao’s programs of research are in the areas of gerontology and health disparity. One component of her research focuses on investigating physical activity patterns and the effects of exercise programs on physical function and mental health outcomes in older adults in diverse settings and populations. Another component of research focuses on help-seeking and health care utilization in older adults with physical disability, cognitive decline, or psychological distress. Dr. Chao also serves as manuscript reviewer at Rehabilitation Nursing, Geriatric Nursing, Clinical Nursing Research, Western Journal of Nursing Research, Games for Health Journal, Clinical Intervention in Aging…etc.

Publications (*Indicates data-based)

  1. *Zha, P., Qureshi, R., Porter, S., Chao, Y.Y., Pacquiao, D., Chase, S., & O’Brien-Richardson, P. (2019, in press). Utilizing a mobile health intervention to manage hypertension in an underserved community. Western Journal of Nursing Research. 1-20. doi: 10.1177/0193945919847937
  2. *Seo, J.Y., Chao, Y.Y., & Strauss, S.M. (2019, in press). Work-related symptoms, safety concerns, and health service utilization among Korean and Chinese nail salon workers in the Greater New York City area. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health. doi: 10.1177/1010539519840255.
  3. *Kwan, R.Y.C., Cheung, D.S.K., Lo, S.K.L., Ho, L.Y.W., Katigbak, C., Chao, Y.Y., & Liu, J.Y.W. (2019, in press). Frailty and its association with Mediterranean diet, life space and social participation in community dwelling older people. Geriatric Nursing. doi: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2018.12.011
  4. *Katigbak, C., Maglalang, D., Chao, Y.Y., Au, H., Liang, W., & Zuo, S. (2018, in press). Cultural perspectives on tobacco use and cessation among Chinese American immigrants: A community-engaged qualitative study. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. 1-9,doi.org/10.1177/1043659618817583
  5. *Seo, J.Y., Chao, Y.Y. Yeung, K.M., & Strauss, S.M. (2019). Factors influencing health service utilization among Asian nail salon workers in the Greater New York City Area. Journal of Community Health. 44(1), 1-11. doi: 10.1007/s10900-018-0544-7
  6. *Musanti, R. M., Chao, Y.Y., & Collins, K. (2019). Fitness and quality of life outcomes of cancer survivor participants in a community exercise program. Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology. 10(1), 24-37.https://doi.org/10.6004/jadpro.2019.10.1.2
  7. *Chao, Y.Y., Katigbak, C., Zhang, N., & Dong, X.Q. (2018). The association between perceived social support and depressive symptoms among community-dwelling older Chinese Americans. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. 4, 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1177/2333721418778194
  8. Katigbak, C., Flaherty, E., Chao, Y.Y., Nguyen, T., Cheung, D., & Kwan, Y.C.R. (2018). A systematic review of culturally specific interventions to increase physical activity for older Asian Americans. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 33(4), 313-321. doi: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000459
  9. Seo, J.Y. & Chao, Y.Y. (2018). The effects of exercise interventions on depressive symptoms among community-dwelling older adults in the United States: A systematic review. Journal of Gerontological Nursing. 44(3), 31-38. doi: 10.3928/00989134-20171024-01
  10. *Chao, Y.Y., Musanti, R. Zha, P., & Katigbak, C. (2018).The feasibility of an exergaming program in the underserved older African-Americans. Western Journal of Nursing Research. 40(6), 815-833. doi: 10.1177/0193945916687529
  11. *Chao, Y.Y., Lucke, K., Scherer, Y., & Montgomery, C. (2016). Understanding the Wii exergames use: Voices from assisted living residents. Rehabilitation Nursing. 41(5), 279-288. doi: 10.1002/rnj.216
  12. *Scherer, Y., Foltz-Ramos, K., Fabry, D., & Chao, Y.Y.  (2016). Evaluating simulation methodologies to determine best strategies to maximize student learning. Journal of Professional Nursing. 32(5), 349-357. doi:10.1016/j.profnurs.2016.01.003
  13. *Brewer, S.C., Chao. Y.Y., Colder, C.R., & Kovner, C.T. (2015). Key predictors of turnover among early career registered nurses: A longitudinal panel study. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 52 (11), 1735-1745. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2015.06.017
  14. *Chao, Y.Y., Scherer, Y. & Montgomery, C. Wu, Y.B. & Lucke, K. (2015). Physical and psychosocial effects of Wii Fit exergames use in assisted living residents: A pilot study. Clinical Nursing Research. 24(6), 589-603. doi: 10.1177/1054773814562880
  15. *Chao, Y.Y., Scherer, Y. & Montgomery, C. Wu, Y.B. & Lucke, K. (2015). Physical and psychosocial effects of Wii Fit exergames use in assisted living residents: A pilot study. Clinical Nursing Research. 24(6), 589-603. doi: 10.1177/1054773814562880
  16. *Chao, Y.Y., Scherer, Y. Montgomery, C., Lucke, K. & Wu, Y.B. (2014). Exergames-based intervention for assisted living residents: A pilot study. Journal of Gerontological Nursing. 40 (11), 36-43. doi: 10.3928/00989134-20140407-04. 
  17. *Chao, Y.Y., Scherer, Y. Wu, Y.B., Lucke, K., & Montgomery, C. (2013). The feasibility of an intervention combining self-efficacy theory and Wii Fit exergames in assisted living residents: A pilot study. Geriatric Nursing. 34(5), 377-382.  doi:10.1016/j.gerinurse.2013.05.006
  18. *Budin, W., Brewer, C., Chao, Y.Y., & Kovner, C. (2013). Verbal abuse from nurse colleagues and work environment of early career registered nurses. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 45(3), 308-316. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12033.