Qian Lu, M.D., Ph.D.

Qian Lu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor  
Director of Culture and
Health Research Center

Director of Health Psychology Lab
Social Psychology
Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles
B.A., Shandong Medical University

Heyne Building, Room 103C
qlu3 AT uh DOT edu

Recent Research Funding

  • American Cancer Society: To reduce psychosocial burdens among Chinese speaking breast cancer survivors
  • Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation: Testing a Culturally Sensitive Intervention among Breast Cancer Survivors Using Expressive Writing
  • The National Cancer Institute (NCI): Health Benefits of Expressive Writing among Chinese Breast Cancer Survivors
  • The National Cancer Institute (NCI): Culture, Support & Quality of Life: Asian American Breast Cancer Survivors

Research Interests

Psychosocial and cultural influences on health and illness (such as expressive writing, emotion regulation, social support, posttraumatic growth), cancer survivorship, psychosocial interventions to improve adjustment, biopsychosocial model of pain and chronic illness, health disparity, cultural differences, Asian cancer survivors

As a health and social psychologist, Dr. Lu’s goal is to understand biological, psychosocial, and cultural factors that may influence the origin, development, and consequences of diseases and to develop social and behavioral interventions, particularly for vulnerable populations.  Dr. Lu has developed several intertwined lines of research:

Cancer survivorship
  • Developing culturally competent psychosocial interventions for Asian Americans cancer survivors,
  • Cultural and ethnic differences in quality of life and underlying pathways
Cognitive, emotional, and interpersonal process and its health implications
  • Health benefits of expressive writing and emotional disclosure
  • Emotion suppression
  • Cognitive reappraisal and posttraumatic growth
  • Stress, coping, and stigma
  • Social support
Pain and chronic illness
  • Biopsychosocial model of pain
  • Culture, ethnic and gender differences in pain
Research methodology
  • Applying advanced quantitative methods (i.e., multivariate and multilevel modeling) in these areas above.
  • Qualitative methods
  • Mixed qualitative and quantitative methods


  • Foundations of Health Psychology (graduate level)
  • Research in Health Psychology (graduate level)
  • Expressive writing (graduate level)
  • Health Psychology

Selected Publications

All articles are the sole copyright of the respective publishers. Materials are provided for educational use only.

Yeung, N.*, Lu, Q. # (in press). Affect as a mediator between self-efficacy and quality of life among Chinese cancer survivors in China. European Journal of Cancer Care. Download Acrobat file

Jiang, H., Wang, L., Zhang, Q., Liu, D.X., Ding J., Lei, Z., Lu, Q. #c, Pan, F. #c (in press). Family functioning, marital satisfaction and social support in hemodialysis patients and their spouses. Stress and Health.

Yeung, N.* & Lu, Q. # (2013). Fighting spirit, positive affect, and quality of life among Chinese cancer survivors. Journal of Health Psychology.

Lu, Q., Tsao, J. C. I., Zeltzer, L. K. (2013). Ethnic differences in experimental pain response in children. Health Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0032428 DownloadAcrobat file

Lu, Q., Zheng, D. H.*, Young, L., Kagawa-Singer, M., & Loh, A. (2012). A pilot study of expressive writing intervention among Chinese-speaking breast cancer survivors. Health Psychology. 31, 548-551. Download Acrobat file

Umezawa, Y., Lu, Q. #, You, J.*, Kagawa-Singer, M., & Maly, R. (2012). Belief in divine control, coping, and race/ethnicity among older women with breast cancer. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 44, 21-32. DownloadAcrobat file

Kaur, J. S., Coe, K., Rowland, J., Braun, K. L., Conde, F. A., Burhansstipanov, L., Heiney, S., Kagawa-Singer, M., Lu, Q., & Witte, C. (2012). Enhancing Life after Cancer in Diverse Communities. Cancer. doi: 10.1002/cncr.27491. DownloadAcrobat file

Yang, Z., Meng, Q., Luo, J., Lu, Q., Li, X. J., Li, G. F., & Wan, C. H. (2011). Development and Validation of the Simplified Chinese Version of EORTC QLQ-H&N35 for Patients with Head and Neck Cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer, 1-10.

Lu, Q., Kevin, K., Owen, J., Kawashima, T., Leisenring, W., Myers, C. D., Zebrack, B., Tsao, J. C. I., Mertens, A. C., Robison, L. L., & Zeltzer, L. K. (2011). Pain in Adult Childhood Cancer Survivors: a Report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Pain, 152(11), 2616-24. Download Acrobat file

Hass, K.*, Lu, Q. #, Evans, S., Tsao, J. C. I., & Zeltzer, L. K. (2011). Relationship Between Resting Blood Pressure and Laboratory-Induced Pain Among Healthy Children. Gender Medicine, 8(6), 388-98.

Uysal, A. *, & Lu, Q. (2011). Self-concealment and Pain in Healthy and Chronic Pain Samples. Health Psychology, 30(5), 606-14. Download Acrobat file

Lu, Q., Uysal, A.*, & Teo, I.*. (2011). Need Satisfaction and Catastrophizing: Explaining the Relationship among Emotional Ambivalence, Pain, and Depressive Symptoms. Journal of Health Psychology, 16(5), 819-27. Download Acrobat file

Allen, L. B.*, Lu, Q., Tsao, J. C. I., Haynes, L. P., & Zeltzer, L. K. (2011). Depression mediates the relationship between alexithymia and somatization in a sample of healthy children. Journal of Health Psychology, 16(8), 1177-1186.

Uysal, A.*, & Lu, Q. (2010). Self-handicapping and pain catastrophizing. Personality and Individual Differences, 49(5), 502-505.

Lu, Q., & Stanton, A. L. (2010). How benefits of expressive writing vary as a function of writing instructions, ethnicity and ambivalence over emotional expression. Psychology & Health, 25(6), 669-684.Download Acrobat file

Tsao, J. C. I., Allen, L. B. *, Evans, S., Lu, Q., Myers, C. D., & Zeltzer, L. K. (2009). Anxiety Sensitivity and Catastrophizing: Associations with Pain and Somatization in Non-clinical Children. Journal of Health Psychology, 14(8), 1085-1094.

Zeltzer, L. K., Recklitis, C., Buchbinder, D., Zebrack, B., Casillas, J., Tsao, J. C. I., et al. (2009). Psychological Status in Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Report From the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. J Clin Oncol, 27(14), 2396-2404. Download Acrobat file

Allen, L. B., Lu, Q., Tsao, J. C. I., Worthman, C. M., & Zeltzer, L. K. (2009). Sex differences in the association between cortisol concentrations and laboratory pain responses in healthy children. Gender Medicine, 6(Part 2), 193. Download Acrobat file

Evans, S., Tsao, J. C. I., Lu, Q., Kim, S. C., Turk, N., Myers, C. D., et al. (2009). Sex Differences in the Relationship Between Maternal Negative Life Events and Children's Laboratory Pain Responsivity. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 30(4), 279-288. Download Acrobat file

Tsao, J. C. I., Lu, Q., & Zeltzer, L. K. (2008). Beyond traditional cognitive-behavioral therapy: Novel psychological and alternative approaches to pediatric pain. Journal of Pain Management, 1(2), 81-89. Download Acrobat file

Evans, S., Lu, Q., Tsao, J. C. I., & Zeltzer, L. K. (2008). The role of coping and race in healthy children's experimental pain responses. Journal of Pain Management, 1(2), 151-162. Download Acrobat file

Zeltzer LK, Lu Q, Leisenring W, Tsao JCI, Recklitis C, Armstrong G, Mertens AC, Robision LL, Ness KK. (2008) Psychosocial outcomes and health-related quality of life in childhood cancer survivors: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 17(2): 435-46. Download Acrobat file

Lu Q., Tsao, J. C. I., Myers, C. D., Kim, S. C., & Zeltzer, L. K. (2007). Coping predictors of children's laboratory-induced pain tolerance, intensity, and unpleasantness. Journal of Pain, 8(9), 708. Download Acrobat file

Tsao, J.C.I., Lu, Q. Su, K., Myers, C.D. & Zeltzer, L.K. (2006) Structural equation modeling of the relationships among parent and child anxiety sensitivity and child laboratory pain. Journal of Pain. 2006 May; 7(5):319-26. Download Acrobat file

Tsao, J.C.I., Lu, Q. Su, K., & Zeltzer, L. (2006) Relationships among anxious symptomology, anxiety sensitivity and laboratory pain response in children: A structural equation modeling approach. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, 33: 207-215. Download Acrobat file

Lu, Q., Zeltzer, L., Tsao, JCI, Kim, SC & Naliboff, B.D. (2005) Heart rate mediation of sex differences in pain tolerance in children. Pain, 118, 185-193. Download Acrobat file

Lu, Q., Lu, M., & Dunkel Schetter, C. (2005) Learning from success and failure in psychosocial interventions: An evaluation of low birth weight prevention trials. Journal of Health Psychology. 10, 185-195. Download Acrobat file

Zhang, A. Q., & Lu, Q. (2002) The regulation of self-efficacy and attributional feedback on motivation. Social Behavior and Personality, 30, 281-288

Zhang, A.Q., Guan, P.L., Zhou, F.G, & Lu, Q. (2002). The models of judgments of behavior responsibility in Chinese culture from an attributional perspective. Social Behavior and Personality, 31, 205-214