Department of Psychology
The University of Houston
126 Heyne Building
Houston, TX 77204-5502
Qian Lu, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of Culture and
Health Research Center
Director of Health Psychology Lab
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
Biopsychosocial model of pain and chronic illness, psychosocial intervention for ethnic minorities, cancer survivorship among Chinese, cancer survivorship among children, written emotional disclosure, emotion regulation, coping, posttraumatic growth
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:
- Developing culturally competent psychosocial interventions for Asian Americans cancer survivors
- Cancer survivorship issues among childhood cancer
- Cancer survivorship issues among Chinese breast cancer survivors
- Biopsychosocial model of pain
- Culture, ethnic and gender differences in pain
- Health benefits of expressive writing and emotional disclosure
- Emotion suppression
- Cognitive reappraisal and posttraumatic growth
- Stress and coping
- Social support
- Applying advanced quantitative methods (i.e., multivariate and multilevel modeling) in these areas above
- Qualitative methods
- Foundations of Health Psychology (graduate level)
- Advanced Research in Health Psychology (graduate level)
- Health Psychology
All articles are the sole copyright of the respective publishers. Materials are provided for educational use only.
Umezawa, Y., Lu, Q. #, Kagawa-Singer, M., You, J.*, & Maly, R. (in press). Religiosity and Coping among Diverse Racial/Ethnic Women with Breast Cancer. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
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. doi: 10.1037/a0026834
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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