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Tsui-Sui Annie Kao

  • Associate professor


PhD, Univeristy of Michigan
MSN, University of Michigan
BSN, Eastern Michigan University
Diploma, Junior College of Nursing and Midwifery Taiwan

Interest Areas:

Family collective efficiency 
Adolescent health behaviors
Motivational interviewing 
Mindful meditations
Community-based interventions


Kao, T.-S. A., Reuille, K., Taylor, C., & Caldwell, C. H. (2019) Parenting influences on perceived adolescent health risks: A mixed-methods approach. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 28 (8), 2243-2258, 10.1007/s10826-019-01441-5

Kao, T.-S. A., Loveland-Cherry, C., & Guthrie, B. (2010). Maternal influences on Asian American Pacific Islander adolescents’ perceived maternal sexual expectations and their sexual initiation. Journal of Family Issues, 31(3), 381–406. doi:10.1177/0192513X09351150. PMID: 21060715

Kao, T.-S. A., Loveland-Cherry, C., Guthrie, B., & Caldwell, C. (2011), Acculturation influences on AAPI adolescents’ interactions with their mothers and their initiation of sexual activity. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 33(5), 712–773. doi:10.1177/0193945910382242. PMID: 20940445

Kao, T.-S. A., Gibbs, M. B., Clement-Stone, S. & Duffy, S. (2013). A comparison of family interventions to address adolescent risky behaviors: A literature review. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 35(5), 611–637. doi:10.1177/0193945912465021. PMID: 23166186

Kao, T.-S. A., & Caldwell, C. H. (2017). Family efficacy within ethnically diverse families: A qualitative study. Family Process. 56 (1): 217-233 doi: 10.1111/famp.12149. PMID:25801164




(PI) Tsui-Sui Annie Kao

Individual F31NR010174 NINR Pre-doctoral award

Maternal Influences on Adolescents’ Sexual Initiation



Early completion


(PI) Tsui-Sui Annie Kao

OVPR Faculty Grants and Awards Program, University of Michigan

Healthy Opportunity for Parental Expectancies (HOPE): AAPI and Whites




(PI) Tsui-Sui Annie Kao

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nursing Faculty Scholar Program

Family Collective Efficacy: An Underdeveloped Mechanism to Minimize Adolescent Risk Behaviors






(PI) Tsui-Sui Annie Kao

University of Michigan, School of Nursing, Internal Grant

Mindfulness Meditation (MM Good) family pilot



(PI) Tsui-Sui Annie Kao

Michigan State University, Trifecta award

Designing self-directed online learning modules for dyadic family-based weight lost intervention (Technology-assisted Motivational Interviewing [TAMI])