Pi-Ju (Marian) Liu, PhD

Assistant Professor

I conduct applied research around elder justice issues, and teach courses on psychology and elder mistreatment in universities. Moving from Taiwan to pursue a doctoral degree in gerontology and psychology, I completed my graduate training in 2014, and have been a researcher at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).



Elder justice is my research focus, covering topics on elder abuse/neglect and Medicare/Medi-Cal healthcare policy. Identifying risk and protective factors of potential elder financial exploitation victims constituted my dissertation, and I have been investigating abuser risk and strength using the Elder Abuse Decision Support System.  I also work with Adult Protective Services in California to measure service outcomes and improve the state’s data collection.  Additionally, I work with researchers from UCSF and UC Berkeley to evaluate California’s Coordinated Care Initiative for seniors and people with disabilities.  My ultimate goal conducting elder justice research is to empower older adults to live in a society with social justice. Past and recent publications can be found following the link.

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Influenced by my grandfather who was a high school teacher, I always wanted to be a teacher since childhood. I taught English in Taiwan, and became a statistics teaching assistant in my graduate school. Soon after receiving my master’s degree, I began my teaching career in universities. I taught classes from psychology to elder mistreatment, and from statistics to research methods. Moreover, I advised undergraduate and master students’ research projects, which lead to their theses and conference posters. Fostering students’ talents and witnessing students’ growth make me a proud teacher. Sample syllabi can be found following the link.

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More About Me

I was born and raised in Taiwan. Though a literature major in college, the Intro Psych class I took in my sophomore year ignited my interests in psychology. My passion to work with older adults was sparked by the volunteer experience in an elderly day care center in Taiwan, where I soon decided to pursue a career in developmental psychology, focusing on the later years in life. I chose to attend Claremont Graduate University to grow my understanding in elder justice further. Now I live in the Bay Area, and in my free time, I play curling.

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