Associate Professor

Female faculty member

PhD (Toronto)

MA (Institute of Social Studies, The Hague)

519-888-4567 x 47768

Research and teaching areas

Research areas:

  • Social Policy
  • Population Health
  • Healthcare Systems

Teaching areas:

  • Social Policy Analysis
  • Sociology of Health
  • Comparative Healthcare Systems
  • Research Design

Graduate Supervision: Social Justice and Equity, Health and Wellbeing, Healthcare Systems, Policy Analysis

Selected publications

  • Dong W (2022) “Adult Day Programs in the New Reality of High Prevalence of Dementia” European Journal of Medical and Health Sciences, Volume-4, Issue-1. Pp27-34 DOI:10.24018/ejmed.2022.4.1.1206
  • Dong W (2022) “Informal Caregiving and Its Hidden Cost to National Economy: With a Toronto Case Study”. EJ-MED Volume-4, Issue-1. Pp15-23 
  • Chen Y, Wang Z, Zhang Q,  Dong W et al. (2022). “Compassion, Discrimination, and Prosocial Behaviors: Young Diasporic Chinese during the COVID-19 pandemic”. Front. Psychol., Front. Psychol. 13:814869.
  • Cui S, Yu Y, Dong W et al (2021) “Are there Gender Differences in the Trajectories of Self-rated Health among Chinese Older Adults? An Analysis of the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey (CLHLS)”, BMC Geriatrics, 21:563
  • Chen Y, Wang Z, Dong W et al (2021) “The pathways from perceived discrimination to self-rated health among Chinese diaspora during the COVID-19 pandemic: investigation of the roles of depression, anxiety and social support”, Int J Equity Health (2021) 20:192. 
  • Chen Y, Jin J, Zhang X, Zhang Q, Dong W, Chen C (2021) “Reducing objectification could tackle stigma in the COVID-19 pandemic” Frontiers in Psychology, section Personality and Social Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.664422
  • Dong W. (2021) “Elders’ quality of life in Canada”, Social Security Studies. Vol. 1, 2021 ISSN 1674-4802, CN 42-1792/F
  • Chen Y, Dong W. et al (2021) “Perceived discrimination and mental health among the Chinese diaspora during COVID-19”. Asian Journal of Psychiatry 57, 102584
  • Pan Z & Dong W (2020) “Can money substitute adult children's absence? Measuring remittances' compensation effect on the health of rural migrants' left-behind elderly parents”, Journal of Rural Studies, Volume 79, October 2020, Pp 216-225
  • Dong W (2020) “Growth with Justice: Finding Post-COVID-19 New Domestic Market Demand in Improving Quality of Life”, American Review of China Studies, Vol 21-1, Pp 66-83
  • Pan J, Yao Y, Liu Z, Li M, Wang Y, Dong W, Kan H, Wang W (2020). “Effectiveness of Control Strategies for Coronavirus Disease 2019: a SEIR Dynamic Modelling Study” Bulletin of the World Health Organization Online 1st
  • Czarnecki L, Contreras K, Dong W (2020) “Measuring Education Index for China and Mexico”. Journal of Applied Social Science, Volume 14 Issue 1, pp. 106–122
  • Dong, W. (2019). “Self-rated health among elders in different outmigration areas”. Journal of Chinese Sociology. 6:9
  • Dong, W. (2018). “Quality of Life at an Elder’s Collective Dwelling Community”. Journal of Applied Social Science. ISSN: 1937-0245.
  • Wang L, Dong W, Ou Y, Chen S, Chen J, Jiang Q. (2018). “Regional differences and determinants of self-rated health in a lower middle income rural Society of China”. Int J Equity Health. 17(1):162. doi: 10.1186/s12939-018-0875-0.
  • Mursal, A & Dong, W. (2018). "Education as a key determinant of health: A case study from rural Anhui, China".  J Health Soc Sci. 2018;3(1):59-74.
  • Dong W, Wang Y, Yang Y, Wan J, Xu Y, Chen C, Bai G, Fang L, and Sun A. (2017) “Determinants of self-rated health among shanghai elders: a cross-sectional study”. BMC Public Health 17:807  
  • Curtis J, Dong W, Lightman N, Parbst M. (2017) “Race, Language, or Length of Residency? Explaining Unequal Uptake of Government Pensions in Canada”. J Aging Soc Policy. Jul-Sep; 29(4):332-351. 
  • Chen, J.; S. Chen, Q. Jiang, W. Dong, and L. Wang, (2016) “Research on the health related quality of life among rural residents in Anhui Province with EQ-5D-5L scale” Journal of Nanjing Medical University (Social Sciences), 2016(1): 19~23
  • Dong, W., (2015) "Migrant Workers' Healthcare Challenge and Workplace Intervention Strategy", American Review of China Studies, Fall Issue
  • Wang Y, Dong W. et al. (2015) "Nurses' Practice Environment and Their Job Satisfaction: A Study on Nurses Caring for Older Adults in Shanghai" PLOS ONE 10(9): e0138035.
  • Chen C., Dong W. et al (2014). "Is Chinese Physicians' Prescribing Behavior Driven by Financial Incentives?" Social Sciences and Medicine, 05 033
  • Dong W. (2013) "Healthcare Cost Escalation and the Burden of Disease". American Review of China Studies
  • Dong W., F Fung and K. C. Chan (2010): "Community Mobilization and Empowerment for Combating a Pandemic", Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health Vol. 64, No. 2 Pp 182-3
  • Flager J and Dong W. (2010). "The Uncompassionate Elements of the Compassionate Care Benefits Program - A Critical Analysis", IUHPE - Global Health Promotion Vol. 17, No. 1 Pp 50-59
  • Dong W. (2008). "Beyond SARS: Ethnic Community Organizations' Role in Public Health", Promotion & Education, No. 15 (4)
  • Dong W. (2008). "Cost Containment and Access to Care: The Shanghai Health Care Financing Model", The Singapore Economic Review, Vol. 53 (1): 27-41.
  • Dong W. (2008). "Rural Health" in Rural Sociology, Liu, H (ed.), Renmin University Press, pp. 215-243.
  • Dong W. (2007). "Sociological Studies in Medicine and Health", in Sociology, Li, J. (ed.), pp. 209-235. Renmin University Press.
  • Dong W. (2007). "Translating Research into Policy", in Sociology, Li, J. (ed.), pp. 357-381. Renmin University Press.
  • Dong W. (2006). "Can Health Care Financing Policy Be Emulated? The Singaporean Medical Savings Accounts Model and Its Shanghai Replica", Journal of Public Health, Oxford Journals, UK, Volume 28, Number 3 Pp. 209-214.

Book Publications


  • Dong, W. (2019). Social Policy in China: From State-Led to Market-Led Economy (ed), Rock's Mills Press. ISBN-10: 1772441651  ISBN-13: 978-1772441659
  • Dong, W. (2009). Public Health Sciences (ed), Renmin University Press. ISBN 978-7300112619


Chapters in Social Policy in China: From State-Led to Market-Led Economy (2019), Weizhen Dong (ed), Rock's Mills Press:

  • Dong, W. “Understand China Through its Social Policy” Pp vii-xiii
  • Dong, W. “Migrant Workers’ Healthcare Access and Policy Implications” Pp21-43
  • Zhao, C & Dong, W. “Population Mobility and Migration Policy” Pp44-67
  • Dong, W. & Zhao, C. “Hukou System and Rural Migrant Workers’ Assimilation” Pp68-79
  • Yang, X. & Dong, W. “Aging and Elder Care in Shanghai” Pp98-108
  • Dong, W. & Le, X. “Employment and Income Policy” Pp124-145
  • Dong, W., Qin, L. & Wang, Z. “Education Policy in China” Pp146-169
  • Dong, W., Chen, C. & Shen, L. “Healthcare Policy in Urban China” Pp170-187
  • Dong, W., Jiang, Q., Yang, S., Wang, L. & Pan, Z “Healthcare Policy in Rural China” Pp188-210

Public Health Sciences (editor), Renmin University Press:

  • Dong, W. 2009. “Public Health: Research and Development” in Public Health Sciences, Dong, W. (ed), Pp1-23, Renmin University Press.
  • Dong, W. and M. Jovanovic, 2009. “Cultural Competency in Health Care” in Public Health Sciences, Dong, W. (ed), Pp 137-163, Renmin University Press.
  • Dong, W., Fung, K. and Chan, K., 2009. “Coping with Public Health Crisis”, in Public Health Sciences, Dong, W. (ed), Pp 288-302, Renmin University Press.
  • Dong, W., Fung, K. and Chan, K., 2009. “Coping with Public Health Crisis”, in Public Health Sciences, Dong, W. (ed), Pp 288-302, Renmin University Press.
  • Dong, W., 2007, “Western Sociological Studies in Medicine and Health”, in Sociology, Li, J. (ed.), Pp209-235. Renmin University Press.
  • Dong, W., 2007, “Translating Research into Policy”, in Sociology, Li, J. (ed.), Pp357-381. Renmin University Press.
  • Dong, W., 2006, “Cost Containment Strategy and Health Care Access Inequality – Medical Savings Accounts in Shanghai and Singapore” in Yang T. and Guan X. (eds.) Contemporary Social Policy Research, Tianjin People’s Press, Tianjin, China.
  • Dong, W., 2002, “Social Network and Its Impact on International Migration” in Social Science Methodology in the New Millennium, J. Blasius, J.Hox, Leeuw and P. Schmidt (eds.), Leske + Budrich Press, Opladen: Germany.
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