Jia grew up as an only child in South China. Both of her parents are physicians (obgyn and nephrology). Jia attended Beijing Language University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Teaching Chinese as 2nd Language. In 1991, she moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to earn her Masters of Science in Communicative Disorders from The University of Alabama. Jia has been a practicing Speech Therapist since 1995 in all settings, with a specializatoin in pediatrics. Jia is also certified in Interactive Metronome. She is married to Frank Lu, also a Speech Therapist and has a 20 yr old son. Jia enjoys exercising and can often be found on the tennis court.