Fang Yu, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN is Professor and Edson Chair in Dementia Translational Nursing Science at the Arizona State University Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation. She received her BS from Peking University Health Science Center and MS as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and PhD in gerontological nursing from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She completed a 2-year John A. Hartford Claire M. Fagin Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing. She joined the University of Minnesota School of Nursing as an Assistant Professor in 2006 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012 and Professor in 2018. She held Long-Term Care Professorship and was Chair of the Adult and Gerontological Health Cooperative. Dr. Yu is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of the America and American Academy of Nursing. Her proliferative research focus on developing exercise and cognitive interventions to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease. Her research findings have led to many peer-reviewed papers, a book titled Alzheimer's Rx: Aerobic Exercise (Use the Approach AD S.A.F.E.ly™ Protocol to Engage Purposefully), and the FIT-AD™ Certificate Program to increase exercise access for people with AD.
Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing, BM in Nursing, 07/1996
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA, MSN in Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, 05/2002
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA, PhD in Gerontology Nurse, 12/2003
The Pennsylvania State University School of Nursing & Center for Healthy Aging, John A. Hartford Foundation Claire M. Fagin Building Academic Excellence in Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC) Postdoctoral Fellowship, State College, PA, 08/2006
Fang Yu is passionate about developing and testing exercise interventions to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Her vision is to improve function and quality of life for older adults with AD and related dementia and their family caregivers. Since 2005, she has been testing the effects and mechanisms of aerobic exercise alone and in combination with other interventions such as iPad-based or computerized cognitive training on cognition, while using blood and imaging biomarkers to study the mechanisms of action for the interventions.