Zhenmei Zhang


Position: Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University
Email: zhangz12@msu.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2003

CFDR Primary Research Area: Social Relationships and Well-Being

Dr. Zhang’s research addresses population health and the demography of aging with a strong focus on morbidity and mortality. Her work has looked at differences in chronic health problems, disability, and morbidity across race, ethnicity, nativity, and education. In addition, she is also interested in the effects of childlessness on the psychological well-being of older persons.

Recent Publications:

Liu, Hui, Zhenmei Zhang & Yan Zhang*. 2021. "A National Longitudinal Study of Marital Quality and Cognitive Decline Among Older Men and Women." Social Science & Medicine, 114151, doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114151.

Zhang, Zhenmei, Hui Liu, & Seung-won Choi. 2021. "Marital Loss and Risk of Dementia: Do Race and Gender Matter?" Social Science & Medicine, 275, 113808. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.

Hsieh, Ning and Zhenmei Zhang. 2021. “Childlessness and Social Support in Old Age in China.” Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology. 36(2):121-137. doi: 10.1007/s10823-021-09427-x.

Sun, Fei, Jaewon Lee*, Lina Liu, Zhenmei Zhang. 2021. “Financial Maltreatment of Chinese American Elders: An Inquiry through a Cultural Lens.” Journal of Aging & Social Policy. doi: 10.1080/08959420.2021.1914884

Zhang, Zhenmei, Hongwei Xu, Lydia W. Li, Jinyu Liu, and Seung-won Choi*. 2020. “Social Relationships in Early-Life and Episodic Memory in Mid- and Late Life.” The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbaa179.

Liu, Hui, Ning Hsieh, Zhenmei Zhang, Yan Zhang* and Kenneth M Langa. 2020. “Same-Sex Couples and Cognitive Impairment: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study.” The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbaa202.

Zhenmei Zhang, Hui Liu, and Seung-won Choi*. 2020. “Early-life Characteristics, Midlife Socioeconomic Status, and Late-life cognition: Evidence from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study.” Social Science & Medicine. doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112575.

Harrati, A., & Glymour, M. M. (2020). Lifecourse epidemiology matures: Commentary on Zhang et al. "Early-life socioeconomic status, adolescent cognitive ability, and cognition in late midlife. Social Science & Medicine. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112645.

Liu, Jinyu, Lydia Li, Zhenmei Zhang and Hongwei Xu. 2019. “Intergenerational Coresidence and Depressive Symptoms of Rural and Urban Older Adults in China.” Journal of Family Issues. doi.org/10.1177/0192513X19888256.

Liu, Hui, Zhenmei Zhang, Seung-won Choi*, and Kenneth M Langa. 2019. “Marital Status and Dementia: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences. doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbz087.

Zhang, Zhenmei., Lydia Li, Hongwei Xu, and Jinyu Liu. 2019. "Does Widowhood Affect Cognitive Function Among Chinese Older Adults?" Social Science & Medicine – Population Health, 7, 100329. doi:10.1016/j.ssmph.2018.100329.

Yan-Liang Yu* and Zhenmei Zhang. 2019. “Relationship Quality and Functional Limitations among Older Adults with Cardiovascular Disease in the United States.” Ageing & Society. doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X19000163.

Luo, Ye, Xi Pan, and Zhenmei Zhang. 2019. “Productive Activities and Cognitive Decline among Older Adults in China: Evidence from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study.” Social Science and Medicine, 229, 96-105. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.09.052.