Faculty Associates

Donna Xu

Contact Information
Email: xu976@purdue.edu
Office: JNSN 250 Map
Phone: 765-494-4028
Fax: 765-494-6339
Homepage: Homepage
Assistant Professor of Nursing

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PhD University of Minnesota Health Services, Policy and Administration 2016

Research Interests

aging and long-term care, health outcomes and policy, quality of care, quality of life and prevention and management of chronic conditions

Teaching Interests

gerontology, biostatistics and evidence-based practice


2021 - National Institute on Aging
2020 - CEREBBRAL Pilot Grant, Purdue University
2020 - Minnesota Department of Human Service & University of Minnesota
2018 - American Nurses Foundation
2018 - Sigma Theta Tau International (Delta Omicron) Research
2018 - Clifford B. Kinley Trust Award, Purdue University

Selected Publications

Xu D, & Simpson VL. (2021). Subjective well-being, depression, and delays in care among older adults: Dual-eligible versus Medicare-only beneficiaries. Journal of Applied Gerontology. [In Press]

Simpson VL, & Xu D. (2020). Difficulties with health self-management by older adults: The role of well-being. Geriatric Nursing, 984-991.

Drew JAR, & Xu D. (2020). Trends in Fatal and Nonfatal Injuries among Older Americans, 2004-2017. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. [In Press]

Ling J, Xu D, Robbins LB, & Meyer JS. (2020). Does hair cortisol really reflect perceived stress? Findings from low-income mother-preschooler dyads. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 111: 104478.

Ling J, Xu D, Robbins LB, & Kao TS. (2020) Obesity and hair cortisol: Relationships varied between low-income preschoolers and mothers. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 24: 1495-1504.

Xu D, Kane RL, & Arling G. (2019). The Relationship between nursing home quality indicators and potentially preventable hospitalization. BMJ Quality & Safety, 28(7):524-533.

Xu D, Gao J, Chen L, Mou H, Wang X, Ling J, & Wang K. (2019). Development of a quality of life questionnaire for nursing home residents in mainland China. Quality of Life Research, 28(8):2289-2297.

Xu D, Mou H, Gao J, Zhu S, Wang X, Ling J, & Wang K. (2019). Quality of life of nursing home residents in mainland China: The role of children and family support. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 83:303-308.

Xu D, & Francis AL. (2019) Relationships among self-reported hearing problems, psychological distress, and cardiovascular disease in U.S. adults, National Health Interview Survey 1997-2017. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 24:1-10.

Xu D, Zhu S, Li H, Gao J, Mou H, & Wang K. (2019). Relationships among occupational stress, toileting behaviors, and overactive bladder in nurses: A multiple mediator model. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 75(6):1263-1271.

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