Jian (Jason) Liu, PhD

Professor, Health Sciences

Jian Liu, Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Office: STH 309
905 688 5550 x5106

My academic roots are in medicine with advanced studies in biostatistics and epidemiology. I teach six courses in biostatistics at the undergraduate and graduate level. Instruction emphasizes how “statistical thinking” applies to real world experience. My research interests focus on the epidemiology of chronic disease, with special attention to cardiovascular disease risk factors.

Biostatistics may captivate the intellect, but from faith comes meaning – “Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

  • Lipids and the cardiovascular risk prediction.
  • Early life experience and cardiovascular risk.
  • Insulin resistance and chronic diseases.
  • Life styles modification and prevention/intervention of chronic diseases.
  • Member of Society for Epidemiological Research
  • Member of Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics

LENG,J., HAY, J., LIU,G., ZHANG,J., WANG, J., LIU, H., YANG, X., LIU, J. (2016) Small-for-gestational age and its association with maternal blood glucose, body mass index and stature: a perinatal cohort study among Chinese women. BMJ Open; 6:e010984. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015010984

NARUSHIMA, M., LIU, J., & DIESTELKAMP, N. (2016). Lifelong learning in active ageing discourse: its conserving effect on wellbeing, health and vulnerability. Age & Society DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X16001136

LIU, J. and MACINTYLE, J. (2016).Anti-depression medication taking and risk of metabolic syndrome among US citizens aged 60+ years: an across-sectional analysis of the NHANES 2007-2008. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Mental Health 1(1):25- 34

PRYZBEK, M and LIU, J. (2016).The association between upper leg length and metabolic syndrome among US elderly participants—results from the NHANES (2009–2010). Journal of Geriatric Cardiology 13(1):58-63

CHIRICO, D., LIU, J., KLENTROU, P., SHOEMAKER, J. K., & O’LEARY, D. D. (2015). The effects of sex and pubertal maturation on cardiovagal baroreflex sensitivity. The Journal of Pediatrics 167(5):1067-73

ALEXANDER, R., HAY, J.A., LIU, J., FAUGHT, B.E., ENGEMANN, J., CAIRNEY, J. (2015). The influence of aerobic fitness on the relationship between academic performance and motor proficiency. Universal J Public Health 3(4): 145 -152

MARTIN, B., FAUGHT, B., LIU, J., NARUSHIMA, M., CAIRNEY, J., AND HAY, J. (2015).  Social  competence  as  a  role-player  in  the  game  between  motor  performance  and  organized  sports  participation  among  school-age   children. Sport   Exerc Med Open J. 2015; 1(3): 118-12.

LIU, G., LIU, J., LI, N., TANG, Z., LAN, F., PAN, L., YANG, X., HU, G., & YU, Z.  (2014). Association between Leg Length-to-Height Ratio and Metabolic Syndrome in Chinese Children Aged 3 to 6 Years. Preventive Medicine Reports 11(2):62-7.

刘健, 冷俊宏, 唐宸, 刘功姝, Hay, J., 王晶, … & 佘野. (2014). 妊娠期糖尿病筛查 时所测得的母亲血糖水平, 体质指数与巨大儿出生的风险: 一项围产期队列研究的结果. 英国医学杂志: 中文版 (BMJ), (005), 300-305.

LIU, J., LENG, J., TANG, C., LIU, G., HAY, J., WANG, J., WEN, S., LI, Z., & SHE, Y. (2014). Maternal glucose level and body mass index measured at gestational diabetes mellitus screening and the risk of macrosomia: results from a perinatal cohort study BMJ Open 4:e004538 doi:10.1136

HAJINA, S., LEBLANC, P., FAUGHT, B., CAIRNEY,J., HAY, J., MERCHANT,A., & LIU, J. (2014) Associations between family eating behaviours and body composition measures in peri-adolescents: Results from a community-based study of school-aged children. Canadian Journal of Public Health 105(1):e15-21

LIU, J., YUEN, J., & KANG, S. (2014). Sleep duration, C-reactive protein and risk of incident coronary heart disease – results from the Framingham Offspring Study. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis 24(6):600 -5

FAUGHT, B.E., RIVILIS, I., KLENTROU, P., CAIRNEY, J., HAY, J., & LIU, J. (2013). Submaximal oxygen cost during incremental exercise in children with developmental coordination disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities 34(12): 4439-46

LIU, J., HAY, J. & FAUGHT BE. (2013). The association of sleep disorder, obesity status and diabetes mellitus among us adults – the NHANES 2009-2010 survey results. International Journal of Endocrinology 2013:234129. doi: 10.1155/2013/234129

LENG, J., LIU, G., WANG, J., LI, W., LIU, H., SHE, Y., & LIU, J. (2013). The association between glucose challenge test level and foetal nutritional status. The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine 27(5):479-83

LIU, J. (2013). The impact of diabetes mellitus on pneumonia mortality in a senior population: results from the NHANES III follow-up study. Journal of Geriatric Cardiology 10(3):267-71

BOGAERT, AF & LIU, J. (2013). Physical Size and Sexual Orientation: Analysis of the Chinese Health and Family Life Survey. Archives of Sexual Behavior 42(8):1555-9

LIU, J. (2013). Vitamin D and diabetes mellitus: what do we know?  J Hypo & Hyperglycemia 1:1 – 8.

NARUSHIMA, M., LIU, J., & DIESTELKAMP, N. (2013). Association between the Lifelong Learning and Psychological Well-Being among Older Adults: Implications for Interdisciplinary Health Promotion in an Aging Society. Activity, Adaptation & Aging 37 (3): 239-50

NARUSHIMA, M., LIU, J., & DIESTELKAMP, N. (2013). Motivations and perceived benefits of older learners in a public continuing education program: Influence of gender, income, and health. Educational Gerontology 39: 569–84.

HAJINA, S., LIU, J., LEBLANC, P.J., FAUGHT, B.E., MERCHANT, A.T., CAIRNEY, J., & HAY, J. (2012). Association between body composition and conformity to the recommendations of the Canada’s Food Guide and the DASH diet in peri-adolescence. Public Health Nutrition 15(10):1890 – 6

LIU, J., HAY, J., FAUGHT, B.E., WADE, T., CAIRNEY, J., MERCHANT, A.T., & TREVISAN, M. (2012). Family eating and activity habits, diet quality and preadolescent overweight and obesity. Public Health 126(6):532 – 4

LIU, J., AKSEER, N., FAUGHT, B.E., CAIRNEY, J., & HAY, J. (2012). Using leg-length to height ratio to assess the risk of childhood overweight and obesity:  results from a longitudinal cohort study. Annals of Epidemiology  22(2):120-5

RIVILIS, I., LIU, J., CAIRNEY, J., HAY, J., KLENTROU, P., & FAUGHT, B.E. (2012). A prospective cohort study comparing workload in children with and without developmental coordination disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 33(2): 442–8.

Undergraduate courses

  • Biostatistics I
  • Biostatistics II
  • Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Experiential Learning in Biostatistics

Graduate courses

  • Biostatistics in Public Health
  • Biostatistics in Applied Health Sciences Research