Fang Yu, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN

Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Fang Yu

Contact Info

yuxxx244@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-624-5435

Fax 612-625-7180

Office Address:
6-157A Weaver-Densford Hall

Mailing Address:
School of Nursing
University of Minnesota
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Associate Director for Doctoral Recruitment and Career Development

Minnesota Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence (MnCGNE)


PhD, University of Pennsylvania (Nursing), 1999-2003

MSN, University of Pennsylvania (Gerontological Nurse Practitioner), 1999-2002

John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Postdoctoral Fellow, State College (Gerontology and Nursing), 2004-2006; BM, Beijing Medical University, Beijing, China (Nursing), 1991-1996

Summary

Professional Associations

  • Co-operative Membership:
    Adult and Gerontological Health
  • Center Membership:
    Center on Aging
    Center for Aging Science and Care Innovation
    Minnesota Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence

Research

Research Summary/Interests

Effects of aerobic exercise in Alzheimer’s disease; Physical activity and cognition; Community-based care for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease; Prevent cognitive decline in older adults

Research Funding Grants

Ongoing Research Grants:

Li, D., Yu, F., Vock, D., & Li, L 10/1/2015 – 9/30/2017
Alzheimer’s Association. Amount: $100,000
Vascular Biomarkers to Predict Response to Exercise in Alzheimer’s Disease
Purpose: Develop vascular biomarker-based prediction of exercise treatment responses in Alzheimer’s disease.
Role: Co-Investigator Effort: 5%

Johnson, J., Hanson, J., Ferrell, M., & Yu, F. 8/1/2014 – 6/30/2016
HealthPartners Foundation Amount: $35,000
“CLEVER - PD” Pilot Study
Purpose: Determine the feasibility of conducting a trial of the “CLEVER – PD”
(Cognition Linked to Endurance & Vigorous Exercise Research) in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and to estimate its effectiveness to improve cognition.
Role: Co-Investigator Effort: 2%

Yu, F., Bronas, U. G., Dysken, K., Jack, C. Jr., Konety, U., 8/1/2013 – 7/31/2018
Nelson, N. W., Savik K., Smith, G., Thomas, W., Wyman, J. F. Amount: $3.04 Million
National Institute on Aging PAR-11-100 AD Pilot Clinical Trials (R01)
Aerobic Exercise in Alzheimer’s Disease: Cognition and Hippocampal Volume Effects
Purpose: This randomized controlled trial is to investigate the effects of a novel 6-month, individualized, moderate intensity cycling intervention on cognition and hippocampal volume in community-dwelling older adults with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease.
Role: Principal Investigator Effort: 30%

To learn about this study or interest in participating, please click here.

Completed Research Grants:

Gibson, P.A., Yu, F. 2/24/2015 – 9/7/2015
University of Minnesota Driven to Discovery State Fair Program
Intergenerational Grandparenting in Minorities: Effects on Cognition and Physical Function
Purpose: Evaluate the effects of grandparent caregiving on grandparents’ cognition and physical
function.
Role: Co-PI 5%

Yu, F., Painter, P., Nelson, N. W., Dysken, M., Savik, S.,
Wyman, J. F. & Bronas, U. G. 04/01/2009 – 01/31/2012
American Health Assistance Foundation (AHAF A2009344) Amount: $154,000
Feasibility of Aerobic Exercise in Alzheimer’s Disease
Purpose: To determine the feasibility of 6-month aerobic exercise training for older adults with dementia
Role: Principal Investigator Effort: 25%

Yu, F., Gaugler, J., & Wyman, J. F. 01/01/2007 – 07/31/2011
The NIH National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project Amount: $1,500
The Interplay of Factors, Cognition, and Critical Healthcare Events
Purpose: To understand the relationships among factors (physical function, obesity, and blood pressure), cognition, and critical healthcare events
Role: Principal Investigator Effort: 5%

Yu, F., Nelson, N. W., Dysken, M., Savik, S. & Wyman, J. F. 07/01/2009 – 06/30/2011
University of Minnesota Academic Health Center Amount: $25,000 (Seed Grant 2009-40)
Validating Clinical Measures of Executive Function in U.S. Veterans with Dementia
Purpose: To validate the Executive Interview-25 and the Executive Clock Drawing test against gold-standard neuropsychological measures in older veterans with dementia
Role: Principal Investigator Effort: 5%

Yu, F., Wyman, J. F., Dysken, M., Leon, A., & Bliss, D. 03/15/2007 – 07/31/2010
NIH K12 Career Development Award (RR023247-04) Amount: $351,000
Promoting Cognitive and Functional Independence in Older Adults with Dementia through Aerobic Exercise
Purpose: To increase content expertise, build an interdisciplinary research team, and develop a feasible aerobic exercise intervention for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease
Role: NIH K12 Scholar, Principal Investigator Effort: 75%

Yu, F. 11/01/2005 – 07/31/2007
American Nurses Foundation (ANF grant 2005102) Amount: $4,998
The Effect of Aerobic Fitness Exercise on Executive Functioning and Function in Community-dwelling Persons with AD
Purpose: To supply data for future studies examining the impact of 2-month aerobic exercise training on executive function and function in older adults with AD
Role: Principal Investigator Effort: 5%

Yu, F., Kolanowski, A.M., & Strumpf, N. 09/01/2004 – 08/31/2006
John A. Hartford Foundation (JAH 04-201) Amount: $100,000
Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Excellence (BAGNC) Clair M. Fagin Post-doctoral Fellowship
Purpose: To evolve research programs for promoting function in older adults with dementia based on findings from doctoral dissertation study
Role: Principal Investigator Effort: 100%

Yu, F. 01/01/2002 – 07/31/2003
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Frank Morgan Amount: $2,500
Jones Research Fund
Sigma Theta Tau International – Xi Chapter Amount: $1,500
Effectiveness of Comprehensive Ambulatory Outpatient Rehabilitation for Cognitively Impaired Elders
Purpose: To compare functional outcomes from comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation between older adults with and without cognitive impairment
Role: Principal Investigator Effort: 100%

Teaching Grants:
Wyman, J. Mueller, C., Kaas, M., Krichbaum, K. 06/01/2012-08/31/2015
Westra, B., & Yu, F.
John A. Hartford Foundation Amount: $400,000
Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence (MnHCGNE)
Purpose: To address the critical need for nurses with expertise in caring for older adults by preparing outstanding nursing faculty to teach geriatric nursing in associate and higher degree programs in the Upper Midwest and tribal colleges.
Role: Co-investigator Effort: 5%

Yu, F., Mueller, C., & Wyman, J. 06/01/2012-08/31/2014
China Senior Care Amount: $47,400
Modernizing Senior Care in China through the China Senior Care and the University of Minnesota School of Nursing Partnership (CSC-UMN SoN Partnership)
Purpose: To establish a China Senior Care (CSC) and the University of Minnesota School of Nursing (UMN SoN) partnership (the CSC-UMN SoN partnership) to promote professional leadership and gerontological nursing expertise for CSC key nursing personnel.
Role: Principal Investigator Effort: 10%

Muller, C., Talley, K., goering, M., Zaccagnini, M.,
Wingert, D., & Yu, F. 07/01/2009 – 06/30/2012
Health Resources and Services Administration, US DHHS Amount: $450,947
Developing Exemplary Clinical Education Partnerships and Learning in Nursing Homes
Purpose: To strengthen clinical teaching capacity of nursing faculty in nursing homes
Role: Co-investigator from 04/01/2011-06/30/2012 Effort: 5%

Wyman, J. F., Dunlap, K., Gaugler, J., Kaas, M.,
Mueller, C., Rowan, M., Talley, K., & Yu, F. 03/01/2011 – 02/30/2012
University of Minnesota Office of Public Engagement Amount: $10,000
Developing a Model of Excellence for Community-based Teaching and Research to Improve the Care of Vulnerable Older Adults
Purpose: To establish a collaborative partnership with Presbyterian Homes and Services of Minnesota to improve the health and health care delivery for older adults receiving home and community-based services
Role: Co-investigator Effort: 2%

Ratner, E., Estrom, L., & Yu, F. 07/01/2009 – 06/30/2011
University of Minnesota Office of Public Engagement Amount: $10,000
Developing Multidisciplinary Gerontology Service Learning Course
Purpose: To develop a residential service learning courses in gerontology across disciplines
Role: Co-investigator Effort: 2%

Publications

Publication:

Peer-reviewed (*Data-based):

  • Yu, F., Vock, D., & Demorest, S. L. (2015). Testing a modified perceived exertion scale for Alzheimer’s disease. PsyCh Journal, 4, 38-46. DOI: 10.1002/pchj.82.*
  • Yu, F., Bronas, U.G., Konety, S., Nelson, N.W., Dysken, M., Jack Jr., C., Wyman, J.F., & Vock, D (2014). Effects of aerobic exercise on cognition and hippocampal volume in Alzheimer’s disease: Study protocol of a randomized controlled trial (The FIT-AD Trial). The Trials Journal, 15, 394. http://www.trialsjournal.com/content/15/1/394. PMID: 25304364.
  • Gaugler, J. E., Yu, F., Davila, H. W., & Shippee, T (2014). Alzheimer’s disease and nursing homes. Health Affair, 33, 650-657. DOI:10.1377/hlthaff.2013.1268.
  • Yu, F., Thomas, W., Nelson, N. W., Bronas, U. G., Dysken, M., & Wyman, J. F. (2013). Impact of 6-month aerobic exercise on Alzheimer’s symptoms, Journal of Applied Gerontology. DOI: 10.1177/0733464813512895.*
  • Watson, E., & Yu, F. (2013). Monitoring exercise delivery to increase participation adherence in older adults with Alzheimer’s disease, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 39(5), 11-14. DOI: 10.3928/00989134-20130313-04.* 
  • Yu, F. (2013). Improving recruitment, retention, and adherence to 6-month cycling in Alzheimer's disease. Geriatric Nursing, 34(3), 181-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2012.12.014.*
  • Yu, F., Nelson, N. W., Savik, K., Wyman, J. F., Dysken, M., & Bronas, U. G. (2013). Affecting cognition and quality of life via aerobic exercise in Alzheimer’s disease, Western Journal of Nursing Research, 35(1), 24-38. DOI: 10.1177/0193945911420174.*
  • Yu, F., & Swartwood, R (2012). Feasibility and perceptions of the impact of 6-month aerobic exercise in older adults with Alzheimer’s disease, American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, 27(6), 398-406. DOI 10.1177/1533317512453492.*
  • Yu, F., Savik, K., Wyman, J. F., & Bronas, U. G. (2011). Maintaining physical function: A pilot study of aerobic exercise in Alzheimer’s disease, American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias, 26(5) 406-412. DOI: 10.1177/1533317511414861.*
  • Yu, F. (2011). Guiding research and practice: A conceptual model for aerobic exercise training in Alzheimer’s disease, American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias, 26(3), 184-194. PMID21417188. DOI: 10.1177/1533317511402317.
  • Monsen, K. A., Sanders, A. N., Yu, F., & Radosevich, D. M (2011). Comparing family home visiting outcomes for mothers with and without intellectual disabilities, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 55(5), 484-499.*
  • Monsen, K. A., Westra, B. L., Oancea, S. C., Yu, F., & Kerr, M. J. (2011). Linking home care interventions and hospitalization outcomes for frail and non-frail elderly patients, Research in Health and Nursing, 34(2), 160-168. NIHMS274649.*
  • Yu, F., Leon, A., Bliss, D., Dysken, M., Savik, K., & Wyman, J. F. (2011) Aerobic training for older Men with Alzheimer's disease: Individual examples of progression, Research in Gerontological Nursing, 4(4), 243-250. DOI: 10.3928/19404921-20110303-01.*
  • Buettner, L., Yu, F., & Burgener, S. (2010). Evidence supporting technology-based interventions for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 36(10), 15-19.
  • Yu, F., & Bil, K. (2010). Correlation between heart rate and perceived exertion during aerobic exercise in older men with Alzheimer’s disease, Nursing and Health Sciences, 12(3), 375-380. NIHMS225866. DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2010.00543.x.*
  • Rose, K., Yu, F., Palmer, J., Richeson, N., & Burgener, S. (2010). Care considerations for persons with early onset dementia: A case studies analysis. Alzheimer’s Care Today, 11(3), 151-161.*
  • Gaugler, J., Yu, F., Wyman, J. F., & Krichbaum, K. (2009). Predictors of nursing home admission for persons with dementia, Medical Care, 47(2), 191-198.
  • Yu, F., Rose, K., Burgener, S., Cunningham, C., Buettner, L., Beattie, E., Bossen, A., Buckwalter, K., Fick, D., Fitzsimmons, S., Kolanowski, A., Specht, J., Richeson, N., Testad, I., & McKenzie, S. (2009). Cognitive training for early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 35(2), 23-30.
  • Yu, F., & Kolanowski, A. (2009). Facilitating aerobic exercise training in persons with Alzheimer's disease, Geriatric Nursing, 30(4), 250-259.*
  • Yu, F., Ryan, L. H., Schaie, K. W., Willis, S. L., Kolanowski, A. (2009). Factors associated with cognition in adults:The Seattle Longitudinal Study, Research in Nursing and Health, 32(5), 540-550. NIHMS234604.*
  • Monsen, K. A., Westra, B. L., Yu, F., Ramadoss, V. K., Kerr, M. J. (2009). Data management for intervention effective research: Compare deductive and inductive approaches. Research in Nursing and Health, 32,647-656.*
  • Burgener, S., Buettner, L., Buckwalter, K., Beattie, E., Bossen, A., Fick, D., Fitzsimmons, S., 
  • Kolanowski, A., Richeson, N., Rose, K., Schreiner, A., Specht, J., Smith, M., Testad, I., 
  • Richeson, N., Yu, F., Gabrielson, M., & McKenzie, S. (2008). Review of exemplar programs for adults with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 1(4), 295-304. 
  • Burgener, S., Buettner, L., Buckwalter, K., Beattie, E., Bossen, A., Fick, D., Fitzsimmons, S., Kolanowski, A., Richeson, N., Rose, K., Schreiner, A., Specht, J., Testad, I., Yu, F., & McKenzie, S. (2008). Evidence supporting nutritional interventions for persons in early stage Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Nutrition Health and Aging, 12(1), 18-21.
  • Wan, H., Yu, F., & Kolanowski, A. (2008). Caring for aging Chinese: Lessons learned from the USA. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 19, 114-120.
  • Yu, F., & Lang, N. (2008). Using the Omaha System to examine outpatient rehabilitation problems, interventions, and outcomes between clients with and without cognitive impairment. Rehabilitation Nursing, 33(3), 124-131.*
  • Loeb, S. J., Penrod, J., Kolanowski, A., Hupcey, J. E., Haidet, K. K., Fick, D. M., McCongle, D., Yu, F. (2008). Creating cross-disciplinary research alliances to advance nursing science. 
  • Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 40(2), 195-201.
  • Buettner, L., Richeson, N., Yu, F., Burgener, S., Buckwalter, K., Beattie, E., Bossen, A., Fick, D., Fitzsimmons, S., Kolanowski, A., Rose, K., Schreiner, A., Specht, J., Testad, I., & McKenzie, S. (2008). Evidence supporting exercise interventions for persons in early stage Alzheimer’s disease. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 7(1), 17-24.
  • Penrod, J., Yu, F., Kolanowski, A., Fick, D., Loeb, S., & Hupcey, J. (2007). Reframing person-centered care for persons with dementia. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice: An International Journal, 21(1), 61-76.
  • Buettner, L., Kolanowski, A., & Yu, F. (2007). Recreational games: Simple and effective cognitive stimulation programs for residents with dementia in long-term care settings. American Journal of Recreational Therapy, 6(1), 25-30.
  • Kolanowski, A., Buettner, L., Litaker, M., & Yu, F. (2006). Factors that relate to activity engagement in nursing home residents. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, 21(1), 15-22.*
  • Yu, F., Kolanowski, A., Strumpf, N., & Eslinger, P. (2006). Improving cognition and function through exercise intervention in Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 38(4), 358-365.
  • Yu, F., Kolanowski, A., & Litaker, M. (2006). The association of physical function with agitation and passivity in nursing home residents with dementia. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 32(12), 30-36.*
  • Yu, F., Evans, L. K., & Sullivan-Marx, E. M. (2005). Functional outcomes for older adults with cognitive impairment in a comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facility. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 53, 1599-1606 (Editorial commentary by Dr. Vince S. Thomas on pp 1624-1626).*
  • Yu, F., & Richmond, T. (2005). Factors affecting outpatient rehabilitation outcomes in elders Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 37(3), 229-236.*

Invited Articles and Editorials:

  • Yu, F. (in press). Era of person-centered care for people with chronic illnesses. Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Yu, F. (2011). Analysis of the development of gerontological nursing in the U.S. and its implications for China. Chinese Nursing Management (the official journal of the Chinese Ministry of Health).
  • Yu, F. (2008). The expatriate experience: Teaching nursing across Eastern and Western cultures (editorial commentary). Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 40(2), 184-186.
  • Yu, F., & Kolanowski, A. (2006). Improve function through research (editorial commentary). Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 32(12), 4-5.
Reports/Monographs:
  • 1. Beattie, E., Bossen, A., Buckwalter, K., Buettner, L., Burgener, S., Fick, D., Fitzsimmons, S., Kolanowski, A., McKenzie, S., Richeson, N., Rose, K., Specht, J., & Yu, F. (2007). Consensus Report: Review of scientific evidence addressing prevalence, documented needs, and interdisciplinary research in Persons in early stage Alzheimer’s Disease, National Alzheimer’s Association, Chicago, Illinois, January 30, 2007. http://www.alz.org/national/documents/LitReview_ne...

Book Chapter:

  • Yu, F. (in press). Behavioral management in long-term care (LTC). Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging (Editor: Joseph Gaugler). 
  • Pittaway, D., Tucker, A., & Yu, F. (2015). Chapter 19. Nursing around the Globe. Choosing Nursing: From Application to Offer and Beyond (Editor: Cathy Poole). Oxon: Taylor & Francis Books. 
  • Yu., F. (2014). Chapter 26 Acupressure: 26.1 Sidebar Use of Acupressure in China. Complementary & Alternative Therapies in Nursing (Editor: Ruth Lindquist). New York: Springer Publishing Company.
  • Yu., F. (2012). Chapter 4. Geriatric Assessment. Gerontological Nursing, a Bilingual Textbook (Editor: Guifang Guo). P. R. China: People’s Medical Publishing House, the designated publisher for the Chinese Ministry of Health. 
    Awarded “Outstanding Textbook” in 2014 by the Ministry of Health, P. R. China.

Teaching

Academic Interests and Focus

Gerontological Nursing; Research, Evidence-based Practice; Science of Nursing Intervention; and AGNP specialty courses