Ning Hsieh


Ning Hsieh

  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Email:    Phone: 517-353-9505
  • Office: 406 Berkey Hall

Degree: University of Pennsylvania, 2014


Ning Hsieh is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. Her research examines disparities in health and social resources within and between national and cultural contexts. Currently her work focuses on three themes: the link between mental health and social relationships in cross-national comparative perspective; inequalities in health, access to health care, and exposure to stress and behavioral risk factors by sexual orientation, gender, and race; social interaction/isolation/support in relation to functional and cognitive limitations among older populations. Overall, Dr. Hsieh’s research seeks to understand how social, behavioral, institutional, and cultural factors contribute to health and well-being. Before joining MSU, Dr. Hsieh was a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago. She received her Ph.D. in demography and sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Research Areas: Health and Medicine, Family, Aging, Sexuality
Selected Publications:

Hsieh, Ning and Matt Ruther. Forthcoming. “Despite increased insurance coverage, nonwhite sexual minorities still experience disparities in access to care.” Health Affairs

Hsieh, Ning. 2017. “A global perspective on religious participation and suicide.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 58(3): 322-339

Wong, Jaclyn, and Ning Hsieh. 2017. “Functional status, cognition, and social relationships in dyadic perspective.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences. Published first online

Hsieh, Ning, and Matt Ruther. 2016. “Sexual minority health and health risk factors: Intersection effects of gender, race, and sexual identity.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine 50(6): 746-755

Hsieh, Ning. 2015. “Economic security, social cohesion, and depression disparities in post-transition societies: A comparison of older adults in China and Russia.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 56(4): 534-551

Hsieh, Ning. 2014. “Explaining the mental health disparity by sexual orientation: The importance of social resources.” Society and Mental Health 4(2): 129-146

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