Chiung-ju Liu, Ph.D.
1140 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: (317) 274-8006
Research Program Membership
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences-IUPUI
My current research focuses on health literacy and colorectal cancer prevention. My research goals are to increase the readability of cancer prevention information and to increase cancer screening rates, which coincide with objectives in Healthy People 2020: 1) To improve health literacy of the population; and 2) to increase the proportion of adults who receive a colorectal cancer screening. Poor knowledge and awareness of colorectal cancer and screening tests has long been a barrier for people to utilize screening services. The barrier is widen by poor readability of current online and print written prevention information, which makes the information hard to read for the general population. Although lowering the reading grade levels is the common approach to increase readability, this approach is now considered too simplistic because reading grade levels only measure word and sentence length. To increase the readability, I am studying the effect of text cohesion on understanding, remembering, and the degree of intention to get screened on colorectal cancer prevention information. I have received an RSFG grant from IUPUI to conduct a pilot study and have leveraged it to a NIH research proposal. In the future, I plan to incorporate emotional factors in additional to cognitive factors in designing optimal cancer prevention information. I also plan to apply my knowledge in health literacy to assist cancer survivors in learning the knowledge and skills of symptom management.
Ph.D. - University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 2006