Kueifang (Kelly) Hsieh, PhD
Associate Director of Evaluation and Statistics

Kueifang (Kelly) Hsieh, PhD. is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Disability and Human Development, and Associate Director of Evaluation and Statistics for the RRTC on Lifespan Health and Function (http://rrtcadd.org/research/health_function/index.html). Her research interests explore the relationship between health risk behaviors and health outcomes including obesity, falls, cardiovascular disease, and dementia across the

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lifespan among individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities using epidemiological approach. Her interests also include investigating the efficacy of interventions to improve well-being and quality of life for adults with developmental disabilities through group exercise, health education, and web personal center based approach. Dr. Hsieh has provided statistical consulting for the RRTC on Aging with Developmental Disabilities for over 10 years. Dr. Hsieh has a PhD in Public Health with an emphasis in Community Health and Epidemiology. She is PI on a longitudinal study Prospective Cohort Study Examining the Effects of Modifiable Health Behaviors on Health and Function in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities (http://rrtcadd.org/research/health_function/cohort_study/index.html) examining the health behaviors of adults with intellectual disability and on the fall prevention project "A Randomized Controlled Trial to Reduce Risk of Falls in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities" (http://rrtcadd.org/research/health_function/reducing_falls/index.html).

Honors

Women’s International Science Collaboration (WISC) Program travel grant award, selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and funded by the National Science Foundation, 2003

Academy on Mental Retardation Dissertation Award, 2002

College of Applied Health Science Student Abstract Award

Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society in Nursing, 1989-1992

Publications

Hsieh, K., Rimmer, J., & Heller, T. (in press). Prevalence of Falls and Risk Factors in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Rimmer, J.H., Chen, M.D., & Hsieh, K. (2011). A conceptual model for identifying, preventing, and managing secondary conditions in people with disabilities. Physical Therapy, 91(12), pp. 1728-1739.

Hsieh, K., & Rimmer, J.H. (2011, May). Identification of fall risks in adults with intellectual disabilities. Proceedings of the Lifespan Health and Function of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities” Translating Research into Practice, State of the Science Conference, Bethesda, MD.

Rimmer, J.H., & Hsieh, K (2011, May). Longitudinal Health and Intellectual Disability Study (LHIDS) on Obesity and Health Risk Behaviors. Proceedings of the Lifespan Health and Function of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities” Translating Research into Practice, State of the Science Conference, Bethesda, MD.

Rimmer, J.H., Hsieh, K., Graham, B.C., Gerber, B.S., & Gray-Stanley, J.A. (2010). Barrier removal in increasing physical activity levels in obese African American women with disabilities. Journal of Women’s Health, 19(10), pp. 1869-1876.

Robinson, L.M., Davidson, P.W., Henderson, C.M., Janicki, M.P., Merrick, J., Morad, M., Wang, K.Y., Hsieh, K., Heller, T., Bishop, K.M., & Wexler, O. (2010). Health trends from an international sample of older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. International Journal on Disability and Human Development and Human Development, 9(4), pp. 329-338.

Hsieh, K., Heller, T., Freels, S. A. (2009).  Residential characteristics, social factors and mortality among adults with intellectual disabilities: Transitions out of nursing homes in Chicago Area. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 47(6), pp. 447-465

Yamaki, K., Hsieh, K., & Heller, T. (2009). Health profile of female caregivers supporting adults with intellectual disabilities at home. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 47(6), pp. 425-435.

Marks, B., Sisirak, J., Hsieh, K. (2008). Health services, health promotion, and health literacy: Report from the State of the Science in Aging with Developmental Disabilities Conference. Disability and Health Journal, 1(3), pp. 136-142.

 Wang, K-Y, Hsieh, K., Heller, T., Davidson, P.W., & Janicki, M.P. (2007). Carer reports of health status among adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities in Taiwan living at home and in institutions. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities Research, 51(3), 173-183.
Heller, T., Hsieh, K., & Rimmer, J. (2002). Barriers and supports for exercise participation among adults with Down syndrome. Journal of Gerontological Social Worker,38(1/2), 161-178.

Heller, T., & Miller, A. B. Hsieh, K. (2002). An eight-year follow-up study of the impact of environmental characteristics on the well-being of adults with mental retardation. Mental Retardation, 40(5), 366-378.

Hsieh, K. (2001). Residential characteristics, social factors and mortality among adults with developmental disabilities.  Doctoral dissertation. University of Illinois at Chicago.

Hsieh, K., Heller, T., & Miller, A. B. (2001). Risk factors for, injuries and falls among adults with developmental disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities Research, 45, 76-82.

Heller, T., Hsieh, K., & Rowitz, L. (2000). Grandparents as supports to mothers of persons with intellectual disability. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 33(4), 23-34.

Heller, T., Factor, A. R., Hsieh, K., & Hahn, J. E. (1998).  Impact of age and transitions out of nursing homes for adults with developmental disabilities. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 103, (3), 236-248.

Heller, T., & Miller, A. B. Hsieh, K. (1999). Impact of a consumer-directed family support program on adults with developmental disabilities and their family caregivers. Family Relations, 48, 419-427.

Heller, T., Rockford, J., Hsieh, K.F., Cook, J., & Pickett, S. (1997). Perceived benefits of participation in support groups for families of relatives with mental illness. Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 67, 187-198.

Heller, T., Hsieh, K. & Rowitz, L. (1997).  Maternal and paternal caregiving of persons with mental retardation across the lifespan. Family Relations, 46, 407-415.

Projects

Prospective Cohort Study Examining the Effects of Modifiable Health Behaviors on Health and Function in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities. National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Principal Investigator.

A Randomized Controlled Trial to Reduce Risk of falls in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities. National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Principal Investigator.

A Randomized Controlled Trial Fall Prevention Program for Older Minority Adults with Intellectual Disabilities National Institute on Aging, Principal Investigator.

Program Evaluation on Service Support Team. Illinois Department of Human Services, Co-Investigator.
Improving Health Care Quality through Health IT for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Co-Investigator.

Validation of Balance Measurements for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities. Campus Research Board, Principal Investigator. 

Behavioral Risk Factors and Utilization of Health Care for Persons with Intellectual/Developmental Disability and their Family Caregivers. National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Principal Investigator.
Exercise Adherence among Adults with Down Syndrome, National Institute on Aging, Study Coordinator.  

Exercise Adherence among Adults with Mental Retardation, Funded by National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Study Coordinator.

Evaluation of National Special Olympics Healthy Athlete Pilot Projects.  Special Olympics International, Co-Investigator.

Multicenter Trial of Vitamin E in Aging Persons with Down Syndrome. Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Study Coordinator.