Dr. Huali Wang is Professor of Geriatric Psychiatry, executive director of Dementia Care and Research Center at Peking University Institute of Mental Health. She is the Vice President of Chinese Society of Geriatric Psychiatry. She set up the first dementia caregiver support group in China in 2000, developed and tested a community-based family caregiver support program in Beijing, and developed the concept of dementia continuum care and implements the concept in community-based dementia care. Dr. Wang leads the national initiative to implement social prescribing to promote older adults’ mental well-being in China (2021-2025). She has joined the panel of WHO iSupport and working group of the WHO priority setting exercise on dementia research, participated in the advisory board of WHO West Pacific Regional Office to develop the toolkit for community-based dementia care in low and middle-income countries, been designated by the National Health Commission as the WHO Global Dementia Observatory Focal Point for China, and drafted the National Geriatric Mental Health Plan which was one the key elements of the 13th Five-Year Plan for Health Aging.


Selected PUBLICATIONS on social determinants (* correspondence author)

  1. Wang, H., & Yu, X. (2023). Strengthening implementation research on social prescribing in mental healthcare for older adults in Western Pacific Region. The Lancet Regional Health – Western Pacific, 100721. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lanwpc.2023.100721
  2. Chen, X., Giles, J., Yao, Y., Yip, W., Meng, Q., Berkman, L., Chen, H., Chen, X., Feng, J., Feng, Z., Glinskaya, E., Gong, J., Hu, P., Kan, H., Lei, X., Liu, X., Steptoe, A., Wang, G., Wang, H., … Zhao, Y. (2022). The path to healthy ageing in China: A Peking University–Lancet Commission. The Lancet, 400(10367), 1967–2006. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(22)01546-X
  3. Wu, Z., Wu, J., Xie, C., Wang, L., Li, H., Zhang, M., Fu, Z., Lin, Y., Qian, B., Zhu, L., Yu, X., He, J., Qi, W.*, & Wang, H.* (2022). Risk factors for rapid eye-movement sleep-related behavioral disorders (RBDs): A systematic review and a meta-analysis. General Hospital Psychiatry, 79, 118–127. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2022.10.009
  4. Hampel, H., Vergallo, A., Iwatsubo, T., Cho, M., Kurokawa, K., Wang, H., Kurzman, H. R., & Chen, C. (2022). Evaluation of major national dementia policies and health‐care system preparedness for early medical action and implementation. Alzheimer’s & Dementia, alz.12655. https://doi.org/10.1002/alz.12655
  5. Yao Y, Lv X, Qiu C, Li J, Wu X, Zhang H, Yue D, Liu K, Eshak ES, Lorenz T, Anstry KJ, Livingston G, Xue T*, Zhang J*, Wang H*, Zeng Y*. The effect of China’s Clean Air Act on cognitive function in older adults: a population-based, quasi-experimental study. Lancet Healthy Longev 2022,3:e98-108.
  6. Wang, H. Wisdom: A potential ecological domain of mental health in old age. International Psychogeriatrics, 2022, 34(3), 209–211. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1041610221000909
  7. Wang, H. Wisdom in healthy aging research: Starting from measurement. International Psychogeriatrics, 2022, 34(7), 593–596. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1041610222000540
  8. Zhang M, Lv X, Chen Y, Tu L, Fan Z, Yao Y, Yu X, Guan N*, Wang H*. Excessive sleep increased the risk of incidence of cognitive impairment among older Chinese adults: a cohort study based on the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity survey (CLHLS). International Psychogeriatrics 2022, 34(8), 725–734. doi:10.1017/S1041610221000168
  9. Zhao, M.*, Zhang, H., Lin, X., You, E., Wang, H.*, Lautenschlager, N.T. (in press). Attitudes towards dementia among Chinese adults aged 50 years and older: a comparative study of immigrants living in Melbourne and nonimmigrants living in Beijing. International Psychogeriatrics, https://10.1017/S1041610222000527
  10. Fan Z, Lv X, Tu L, Zhang M, Yu Xin Y*, Wang H*. Reduced social activities and networks, but not social support, are associated with cognitive decline among older Chinese adults: A prospective study. Social Science & Medicine 2021,289: 114423. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114423.
  11. Wu S, Lv X, Shen J, Chen H, Ma Y, Jin X, Yang J, Cao Y, Zong G, Wang H*, Yuan C*.  Association between body mass index, its change and cognitive impairment among Chinese older adults: a community‑based, 9‑year prospective cohort study. European Journal of Epidemiology. Published online. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10654-021-00792-y
  12. Zhao M*, Lv X, Lin X, You E, Zhang H, Ellis KA, Yu X, Wang H*, Lautenschlager NY. Dementia knowledge and associated factors among older Chinese adults: a cross-national comparison between Melbourne and Beijing. International Psychogeriatrics 2021, 33(10):1057-1067. doi:10.1017/S1041610221000053
  13. Li Q, Zhang H, Zhang M, Li T, Ma W, An C, Chen Y, Liu S, Kuang W, Yu X* and Wang H*. Mental health multimorbidity among caregivers of older adults during the COVID-19 epidemic. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 2021, 29(7):687-697.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jagp.2021.01.006
  14. Li Q, Zhang H, Zhang M, Li T, Ma W, An C, Chen Y, Liu S, Kuang W, Yu X* and Wang H*. Prevalence and Risk Factors of Anxiety, Depression, and Sleep Problems Among Caregivers of People Living With Neurocognitive Disorders During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Front. Psychiatry 2021,11:590343. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2020.590343
  15. Qiu P, Zeng M, Kuang W, Meng SS, Cai Y, Wang H*, Wan Y*. Heterogeneity in the dynamic change of cognitive function among older Chinese people: A growth mixture model. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 2020,35(10): 1123-1133.
  16. Wang H. The nexus between cognitive reserve and modifiable risk factors of dementia. International Psychogeriatrics 2020,32(5):559-562.
  17. Tu L, Lv X, Yuan C, Zhang M, Fan Z, Xu X, Zeng Y, Yu X*, Wang H*. Trajectories of cognitive function and their determinants in older people: 12 years of follow-up in the Chinese Longitudinal Longevity Survey. International Psychogeriatrics 2020,32(6):765-775
  18. Wang H*, Li T, Gauthier S, Yu E, Tang Y, Barbarino P, Yu X*. Coronavirus epidemic and geriatric mental healthcare in China: how a coordinated response by professional organizations helped older adults during an unprecedented crisis. International Psychogeriatrics 2020 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1041610220000551
  19. Wang H*, Li T, Barbarino P, Gauthier S, Brodaty H, Molinuevo JL, Xie H, Sun Y, Yu E, Tang Y, Yu X*. Dementia care during COVID-19. Lancet. 2020;395(10231):1190–1.
  20. Sun T, Xie T*, Wang J, Zhang L, Tian Y, Wang K, Yu X, Wang H*. Decision-Making under Ambiguity or Risk in Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment. Front Psychiatry. 2020;11:118.
  21. Wang H*, Xie H, Qu Q, et al. The continuum of care for dementia: needs, resources and practice in China. Journal of Global Health 2019;9(2):020321
  22. Wang H*, Zhang N, Ma X, Xie H, Yu X. Relationship of common mood and behavioral symptoms with cognitive disorders in the elderly: Latest research progression. Chinese Journal of Geriatrics 2019;38(11):1205-1209.
  23. Zhang H, Huntley J, Bhome R, Holmes B, Cahill J, Gould R, Wang H, Yu X, Howard R. Effect of computerized cognitive training on cognitive outcomes in mild cognitive impairment: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ Open 2019;9:e027062
  24. Zhang Y, Lv X, Jiang W, …, Wang H*. Effectiveness of a telephone-delivered psycho-behavioral intervention on depression in elderly with chronic heart failure: rationale and design of a randomized controlled trial. BMC Psychiatry 2019;19:161
  25. Lv X, Li W, Ma Y, Chen H, Zeng Y, Yu X, Hofman A, Yu X, Wang H*. Cognitive decline and mortality among community-dwelling Chinese older people. BMC Medicine 2019;17:63
  26. Zhang H, Wang Z*, Wang J, Lyu X, Wang X, Liu Y, Zeng X, Yuan H, Wang H*, Yu X. Computerized multi-domain cognitive training reduces brain atrophy in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Translational Psychiatry 2019; 9:48
  27. Zhang H, Loi SM, Zhou S, Zhao M, Lv X, Wang J, Wang X, Lautenschlager N, Yu X, Wang H*. Dementia literacy among community-dwelling older adults in urban China: a cross-sectional study. Front. Public Health 2017;5:124. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2017.00124
  28. Yang YH, Meguro K, Dominguez J, Chen CLH, Wang H, Ong PA. Gender’s effects on the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in 5 Asian countries. Current Topics in Research. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias. 2017 (in press). Doi: 10.1177/1533317517698796
  29. Shah H, Albanese E, Duggan C, Rudan I, Langa KM, Carrillo MC, Chan KY, Joanette Y, Prince M, Rossor M, Saxena S, Snyder HM, Sperling R, Varghese M, Wang H, Wortmann M, Dua T. Research priorities to reduce the global burden of dementia by 2025. Lancet Neurol. 2016;15(12):1285-1294. doi: 10.1016/S1474-4422(16)30235-6.
  30. Zhao M, Lv X, Tuerxun M, Wang H*, et al. Delayed help seeking behavior in dementia care: preliminary findings from the Clinical Pathway for Alzheimer’s Disease in China (CPAD) study. International Psychogeriatrics 2016;28(2):211-219.
  31. Lam LCW, Ong PA, Dikot Y, Sofiatin Y, Wang H, Zhao M, et al. Intellectual and physical activities, but not social activities, are associated with better global cognition: a multi-site evaluation of the cognition and lifestyle activity study for seniors in Asia (CLASSA). Age Ageing 2015;44(5):835-40.
  32. Xie Z, Lv X, Hu Y, Ma W, Xie H, Lin K, Yu X, Wang H*. Development and validation of the geriatric depression inventory in Chinese culture. International Psychogeriatrics. 2015;27(9):1505-1511.
  33. Hu L, Lv X, Zhou S, Yu X, Wang H*. Socio-demographic determinants, physical health status, and depression associated with functional limitations among older Chinese adults. Ageing Int. 2015;40:311-326.
  34. Mei YJ, Levkoff S, Wang Q, Wang H, Cui D, Mao Z, Wu B. Views on Lifestyle Change From Caregivers of People With Cognitive Impairment in China. SAGE Open 2013;3: DOI: 10.1177/2158244013499160
  35. Zhang M, Wang H*, Li T, Yu X. Prevalence of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms across the Memory Declining Continuum: an Observational Study in a Memory Clinic Setting. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord Extra 2012;2:200-208.
  36. Xiong Q, Wang H*, Wang H, Chen B. Sociocultural beliefs on caregiver for the elderly in Chinese rural area. Chinese Journal of Gerontology 2011;31(4): 669-671.
  37. Wang H, Gao T, Wimo A, Yu X. Caregiver time and cost of home care for Alzheimer’s disease: a clinic-based observational study in Beijing, China. Ageing International 2010;35(2):153-165
  38. Wang H*, Xiong Q, Yu X, et al. Social support, health service use and mental health among elderly caregivers in a Chinese rural area. Chinese Journal of Gerontology, 2006; 26(2): 145-147.