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Dongjuan Xu

Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Areas of Expertise

  • Long-Term Care and Aging
  • Quality of Care
  • Quality of Life
  • Management of Chronic Conditions
  • Injury and Fall
  • Health Measurement Scales

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Developmental Health and Wellness
  • Healthy Lifestyles and Vital Longevity

School of Nursing Research Area(s)

  • Care of the Older Adult
  • Health Policy and Evaluation
  • Health Promotion and Population Health
  • Healthcare Systems and Organizations


Dr. Xu’s research is aimed at improving the quality of care and quality of life for older people. Her studies focus on chronic conditions and areas of care that have important implications for quality of life. Dr. Xu studies care transitions between hospital, nursing home and community; assessment of care quality and its relationship to health outcomes; management of chronic conditions such as overactive bladder and urinary incontinence; prevention of falls and injury. Her research is enhanced by her multidisciplinary background in nursing, biostatistics, and health services research, with specific training and expertise in survey research, secondary data analysis, and large data sets. She has received grant funding from multiple sources, such as the National Institute on Aging, American Nurses Foundation, and Purdue’s highly competitive Kinley Research Award.


  • PhD, Health Services Research, Policy and Administration, 2016, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • MS, Biostatistics, 2016, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • MS, Nursing , 2006, Shandong University, China
  • BS, Nursing, 2003, Shandong University, China

Current Courses

  • NUR 626 - Applied Biostatistics for Outcome Evaluation
  • NUR 691 - Health Care Research Methods
  • NUR 641 - Principles of Epidemiology
  • NUR 525 - Informatics in Nursing

Selected Honors/Awards

  • John A. Hartford Foundation Award/Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) - 2018
  • Population Health RIG Early Career Investigator Award/Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) - 2020

Selected Grants

  • PI, Transitions in Care for Older Nursing Home Residents with Dementia from Entry to Death. National Institute on Aging (1R03AG070810-01).Period: 02/15/21 – 1/31/23. Total: $289,462.