A native of China, Lin (Helen) Jiang is a PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Social Work. Her research interest focuses on gerontology, especially online social support among older adults. She is also interested in aging policy. Helen is the winner of 2013 Social Research, Policy, and Practices Section Outstanding Student Poster Award at 66th The Gerontological Society of American Annual Scientific Meeting. Also, she is student representative for the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work. In addition, she proposed a new form of mentorship, "The Mentoring Switch: Two Way Mentorship Program", which will enable senior scholars to learn from emerging professionals and will ultimately empower emerging scholars and foster intergenerational relationships. This program will be held in Nov. 2015 at annual conference of Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA). She received the GSA Mentoring Effect Grant to support this program.
Helen prefers conducting interdisciplinary research by using GIS (Geographic Information System) and IFs (International Futures, a large-scale, long-term, integrated global modeling system).
She completed her Bachelor's degree at the Fudan University in 2006, the top three universities in China. Then moving to Hong Kong for graduate studies, she got her MSW degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2008. CSWE has evaluated her degree and confirmed that this degree may be regarded as the equivalent of a master’s degree in social work earned from a CSWE accredited program in the US. Prior to coming to the University of Denver, Helen was a registered social worker in Hong Kong. She has been a premarital couselor for two years.
Furthermore, she has extensive experience doing research and developing specialized programs for multiple patient populations.