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Junxin Li, PhD, MS, RN

Associate Professor
Junxin Li
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Aging
  • Chronic Care
  • Community
  • Dementia
  • Gerontology
  • Health Technology
  • Pain/Symptom Management
  • Sleep


Junxin Li works to promote health and well-being of older adults, particularly by understanding how physical activity and sleep affect cognitive function. Research interests include the associations between daytime activities, sleep, and cognitive function; the biological mechanisms for these associations; the short- and long-term impacts of daytime napping on cognitive functions; and testing individually tailored interventions implementing mHealth technology to promote healthy aging.

Additional Resources

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  • Publications/Research

    *Li, J., Yang, B.,Varrasse, M., Ji, X., Wu, M., Li, M., & Li, K. (2018). Physical activity in relation to sleep among community-dwelling older adults in China. Journal of aging and physical activity, doi: 10.1123/japa.2017-0270

    *Li, J., Chang, Y.P., Riegel, B… & Gooneratne, N.S. (2018). Intermediate, but not Extended, Afternoon Naps Preserve Cognition in Chinese Older Adults, Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glx069 (Editor’s Choice Article)

    Li,J., Vitiello, M. V., & Gooneratne, N. S. (2018). Sleep in normal aging. Sleep medicine clinics, 13(1), 1-11

    *Li, J., Cacchione, P.Z…,& Gooneratne, N.S. (2017) Afternoon Napping and Cognition in Chinese Older Adults: Findings from the CHARLS Baseline Assessment, Journal of American Geriatric Society. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14368

    *Li, J., A. Grandner, M., Chang, Y. P., Jungquist, C., & Porock, D. (2015). Person- Centered Dementia Care and Sleep in Assisted Living Residents with Dementia: A Pilot Study. Behavioral sleep medicine, 1-17. doi: 10.1080/15402002.2015.1104686

  • Awards/Honors

    2016 Okura Mental Health Fellow Award, Asian American Pacific Islander Nurse Association

    2014 Ruth Bale Elder Award for Excellence in Nursing Research, SUNY, Buffalo, NY

    2013 Person-in-Training Award, Gerontological Society of America 66th Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, LA