Dr. LIN Shen (林珅)

Ph.D. (Social Work)  University of Toronto, Canada

Visiting address
Phone: +852 34428768

Author IDs

Willing to take PhD students: yes


Dr. Shen (Lamson) Lin received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Toronto's Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW). With interdisciplinary training in social work (FIFSW), gerontology (Institute for Life Course & Aging), and population health (Dalla Lana School of Public Health), Lamson's scholarship centers around social determinants of health, minority ageing, health and mental health equity.

More recently, Lamson's research has been using statistical and computational techniques to examine the mechanisms, risk and protective factors, through which the COVID-19 pandemic influences individuals' psychosocial wellbeing (e.g., anxiety disorders, loneliness, stigma, and vaccine hesitancy). As a first-generation college graduate from his family, Lamson recognizes social/structural vulnerability (e.g., racialized identity, migration status, job precairty) in shaping resource distribution, power dynamics and consequantial health inequalities across the human life course.

To date, Lamson has published 19 SCI/SSCI-indexed scholarly articles and his representative papers can be found in top-tier peer-reviewed journals across health and social sciences, including Journal of Affective Disorders, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences (Oxford University Press), Ageing & Society (Cambridge University Press), Journal of Social Work, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. Prior to joining CityU, he was a course instructor teaching Social Work Practice in Health (MSW postgraduate course) at FIFSW since 2020.

Lamson has received multiple academic awards from professional organizations in North America, including the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) - 2018 Best Abstract Award (Gero-Ed Track), Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)- 2019 Travel Grant, Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers (SRHP)- 2019 Best Original Research Award - and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - 2020 Travel grant for CPHA Conference.


Assistant Professor (Social Work), Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, City University of Hong Kong

Research Interests/Areas

  • Healthy Ageing: Social gerontology; Geriatric psychiatry; Multimorbidity; Late-life mental disorders; Chronic and long-term care 
  • Diversity: Immigrant, refugee and racialized minority health; Anti-racism; Anti-oppression; Decolonizing social work practice
  • Health Equity: Social determinants/dimensions of health & illness; Health service research; Social epidemiology
  • COVID-19 Pandemic: Pandemic anxiety; Pandemic loneliness; Social isolation; Infodemic; Health behavioural changes
  • Methodology: Large-scale population-based survey; Quantitative Intersectionality; Machine Learning/Artificial intelligence


Representative papers: Sole/first authored (N=10)

Notes: IF=impact factor; * indicates corresponding author

  1. Lin, S. L.* (2022). Generalized anxiety disorder during COVID-19 in Canada: Gender-specific association of COVID-19 misinformation exposure, precarious employment, and health behavior change.Journal of Affective Disorders (SCI & SSCI, IF=6.53, Q1).   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2022.01.100
  2. Lin, S. L.* (2022). The “loneliness epidemic”, intersecting risk factors and relations to mental health help-seeking: a population-based study during COVID-19 lockdown in Canada. Journal of Affective Disorders (SCI & SSCI, IF=6.53, Q1). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2022.08.131
  3. Lin, S. L.* & Fang L. (2022) Chronic care for all? The Intersecting Roles of Race and Migration in Shaping Multimorbidity, Primary Care Coordination, and Unmet Healthcare Needs among Older Canadians, Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences (SSCI, IF=4.94, Q1). https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbac125
  4. Lin, S. L.*, (2021) Access to health care among racialized immigrants to Canada in later life: A theoretical and empirical synthesis, Ageing & Society (SSCI, IF=3.71, Q2)., 1-25. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X20001841
  5. Lin, S. L.* (2022). COVID-19 pandemic and im/migrants’ elevated health concerns in Canada: Vaccine hesitancy, anticipated Stigma, and risk Perception of accessing care. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health (SSCI, IF=2.01, Q3). https://org/10.1007/s10903-022-01337-5
  6. Lin, S. L.* (2022). Functional disability among middle-aged and older adults in China: the intersecting roles of ethnicity, social class, and urban/rural residency. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (SSCI, IF=2.24, Q3). https://doi.org/10.1177/00914150221092129
  7. Lin, S. L.*, (2021). Social work indigenization in Mainland China: Towards a state-led decolonizing framework, Journal of Social Work (SSCI, IF=2.29, Q2). https://doi.org/10.1177/1468017320981707
  8. Lin, S. L.* (2020). Inequities in Access: The Impact of a Segmented Health Insurance System on Physician Visits and Hospital Admissions Among Older Adults in the 2014 China Family Panel Studies. International Journal of Health Services (SSCI, IF=1.85, Q4)50(2), 184-198. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020731419867529
  9. Lin, S. L.*, Kobayashi K., Hongmei T., Davison, K. M., Simran R. A., Fuller-Thomson E (2020). Close Relations Matter: The Association between Depression and Refugee Status in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health (SSCI, IF=2.05, Q3). https://org/10.1007/s10903-020-00980-0
  10. Lin, S. L.* (2018) “We work like ants…we avoid being troublemaker”: An exploratory inquiry on resilience of Chinese street vendors in the urban village, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy (ESSCI), https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSSP-01-2018-0008

Co-authored papers (N=9)

  1. Hongmei T., Lung. Y., Lin, S. L., Kobayashi K., Davison, K. M., Fuller-Thomson E* (2021). Refugee Status is Associated with Double the Odds of Psychological Distress in mid-to-late life: Findings from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)Canadian Refugees, International Journal of Social Psychiatry (SSCI, IF=10.46). https://doi.org/10.1177/0020764020971003
  2. Davison, K.M., Hyland, C.E., West, M.L., Lin, S. L., Kobayashi K., Hongmei T., Fuller-Thomson, E*. (2021).Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in older adults differs by immigrant status and ethnicity, nutrition, and health characteristics in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.56 (SSCI, IF=4.52). 963–980. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00127-020-02003-7
  3. Davison K.M.*, Thakkar V, Lin, S. L., Stabler L, MacPhee M, Carroll S, Collins B, Rezler Z, Colautti J, Xu C, Fuller-Thomson E, Hey B, Kelly K, Mullaly L, Remick R, Ravindran A, Paric A, D’Andreamatteo C, Smye V. (2021) Interventions to Support Mental Health among Those with Health Conditions that Present Risk for Severe Infection from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): A Scoping Review of English and Chinese-Language Literature. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (SSCI, IF=4.61). 18(14):7265. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18147265
  4. Stabler, L., MacPhee, M., Collins, B., Carroll, S., Davison, K.*, Thakkar, V., & Lin, S. L., Hey, B. (2021). A rapid realist review of effective mental health interventions for individuals with chronic physical health conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic using a systems-level mental health promotion framework. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (SSCI, IF=4.61)18(23), 12292. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182312292
  5. Davison, K. M., Y., Lin, S. L. ,Kobayashi K., Hongmei T., Fuller-Thomson, E.* (2020) Psychological distress in older adults linked to immigrant status, dietary intake, and physical health conditions in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), Journal of Affective Disorders (SCI, IF=6.53) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2020.01.024 
  6. Fuller-Thomson, E., Davison, K. M., Lin, S. L., Kobayashi K., Hongmei T., (2020) Nutrition, Immigration and Health Determinants are Linked to Verbal Fluency among Anglophone Adults in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), Journal of Nutrition, Aging and Health (SCI, IF=4.07), 24,672–680 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12603-020-1402-8
  7. Davison, K. M., Lin, S. L., Tong, H., Kobayashi, K. M., Mora-Almanza, J. G., & Fuller-Thomson, E*. (2020). Nutritional Factors, Physical Health and Immigrant Status Are Associated with Anxiety Disorders among Middle-Aged and Older Adults: Findings from Baseline Data of The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (SSCI, IF=4.61)17(5), 1493.). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17051493      
  8. Davison, K. M., Yu, L., Lin, S. L. Kobayashi K., Hongmei T., Fuller-Thomson, E.* (2019), Depression in middle and older adulthood: The role of immigration, nutrition, and other determinants of health in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, BMC Psychiatry (SSCI, IF=4.14), https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-019-2309-y
  9. Ngai, S. Y.*, Cheung, C. K., Yuan, R., Lin, S. L. (2016). Work motivation of unemployed youths: Moderating effects of financial dependence on parents, Children and Youth Services Review (SSCI, IF=2.39), 71, 157-165. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.11.005