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Yuan Zhang

Zhang-Yuan
Dr. Yuan ZhangAssistant Professor
  • CollegeZuckerberg College of Health Sciences
  • DepartmentSusan and Alan Solomont School of Nursing
  • Phone(978) 934-4421
  • Fax(978) 934-2015
  • OfficeHealth and Social Sciences Building - 285
  • Emailyuan_zhang@uml.edu
  • Profile URLs

Research Interests

Occupational health and health promotion

Shift work sleep disorders; sleep quality and workplace safety and health; sleep promotion and health promotion; work organization and health outcomes; intention to turnover and turnover in healthcare; workplace participatory interventions.

Education

  • Ph D: Occupational Health and Health Promotion, (2013), University of Massachusetts Lowell - Lowell, MA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Sleep duration and health outcomes of formal caregivers in skilled nursing facilities: The contribution of the work environment
  • Other: Nursing Education and Environmental Risk Assessment, (2011), University of Massachusetts Lowell - Lowell, MA
  • MS: Clinical Nursing and Nursing Education, (2007), Shandong University - Jinan, Shandong, P. R. China
  • BS, (2004), Shandong University - Jinan, Shandong, P. R. China

Biography

Dr. Yuan Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. major research focuses on promoting sleep quality among health care workers. Her other research interests include work environment and health outcomes, workplace intervention linking occupational health and health promotion, as well as turnover in the healthcare workforce.

Awards and Honors

  • Faculty Teaching Award (2017), Teaching - Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • Teaching Excellent Award (2016), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Research Travel Award (2015), Service, Professional - Sigma Theta Tau International Eta Omega Chapter
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award (2010) - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • May Futrell Scholarship (2009), Scholarship/Research - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • May Futrell Scholarship (2008), Scholarship/Research - University of Massachusetts Lowell

Publications

  • Zhang, Y., Duffy, J., de Castillero, E., Wang, K. (2017) "Chronotype, sleep characteristics, and musculoskeletal disorders among hospital nurses," Workplace Health and Safety
  • Peters, A.A., Kellogg, M., Zhang, Y., () "Implementation of a smartphone app to measure and manage anxiety in undergraduate clinical nursing students," Nursing Education Perspectives
  • Zhang, Y., Peters, A.A., Chen, G. () "Perceived stress mediates the association between sleep quality and mental disorders among college nursing students," International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
  • Zhang, Y., Duffy, J., de Castillero, E. (2017) "Do sleep disturbances mediate the association between work-family conflict and depression among nurses? A cross-sectional study. ," Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 24:8 pp. 620-628. doi:10.1111/jpm.12409
  • Zhang, Y., Punnett, L., Gore, R. (2017) "Predictors of nursing staff voluntary termination in nursing homes: A case-control study," Journal of Applied Gerontology
  • Zhang, Y., Chernaik, M., Hallet, K. (2017) "Relationship issues among college nursing students: Associations with stress, coping, sleep and mental disorders," Teaching and Learning in Nursing 12:4 pp. 246-252. doi:10.1016/j.teln.2017.06.005
  • Zhang, Y., Punnett, L., Nannini, A.M. (2017) "Work-Family Conflict, Sleep, and Mental Health of Nursing Assistants Working in Nursing Homes," Workplace Health & Safety 65:7 pp. 295-303
  • Zhang, Y., Cifuentes, M., Gao, X., Amaral, G., Tucker, K.L. (2017) "Age- and gender-specific associations between insomnia and falls in Boston Puerto Rican adults.," Quality of Life Research 26:1 pp. 25 - 34 doi:10.1007/s11136-016-1374-7
  • Ding, X., Xu, J., Wang, H., Chen, G., Thind, H., Zhang, Y. (2016) "WalkMore: Promoting walking with just-in-time context-aware prompts ," National Institute of Health
  • Zhang, Y., Punnett, L., Mawn, B., Gore, R. (2016) "Working Conditions and Mental Health of Nursing Staff in Nursing Homes.," Issues in Mental Health Nursing 37:7 pp. 485 - 492 doi: 10.3109/01612840.2016.1162884
  • Zhang, Y., Flum, M., Kotejoshyer, R., Fleishman, J.M., Henning, R., Punnett, L. (2016) "Workplace Participatory Occupational Health/Health Promotion Program: Facilitators and Barriers Observed in Three Nursing Homes," Journal of Gerontological Nursing 42:6 pp. 34-42
  • Xu, D., Chen, L., Wan, X., Zhang, Y., Liu, N., Wang, K. (2016) "Toileting behavior and related health beliefs among Chinese female nurses," International Journal of Clinical Practice 70:5 pp. 416-423. doi:10.1111/ijcp.12798
  • Zhang, Y., Punnett, L., McEnany, G.P., Gore, R. (2016) "Contributing influences of work environment on sleep quantity and quality of nursing assistants in long-term care facilities: A cross-sectional study.," Geriatric Nursing (New York, N.Y.) 37:1 pp. 13-18
  • Zhang, Y., Soroken, L., Laccetti, M., Ronan De Castillero, E., Konadu, A. (2015) "Centralized to hybrid nurse station: Communication and teamwork among nursing staff," Journal of Nursing Education and Practice 5:12 pp. p34
  • Zhang, Y., Flum, M., West, C., Punnett, L. (2015) "Assessing organizational readiness for a participatory occupational health/health promotion intervention in skilled nursing facilities," Health Promotion Practice 16:5 pp. 724-732
  • Zhang, Y., Punnett, L., Gore, R. (2014) "Relationships among employees’ working conditions, mental health, and intention to leave in nursing homes," Journal of Applied Gerontology 33:1 pp. 6-23
  • Raman, G., Zhang, Y., Minichiello, V.J., D'Ambrosio, C., Wang, C. (2013) "Tai Chi improves sleep quality in healthy adults and patients with chronic conditions: A systematic review and meta-analysis," Journal of Sleep Disorders & Therapy 2:141
  • Holmberg, M.D., Flum, M., West, C., Zhang, Y., Qamili, S., Punnett, L. (2013) "Nursing assistants' dilemma: caregiver versus caretaker.," Hospital Topics 91:1 pp. 1-8
  • Zhang, Y., Flum, M., Nobrega, S., Blais, L., Qamili, S., Punnett, L. (2011) "Work organization and health issues in long-term care centers.," Journal of gerontological nursing 37:5 pp. 32-40

Presentations

  • Communication and teamwork among nursing staff after work station transition - Lowell General Hospital Research Symposium, 2014 - Lowell, MA
  • The States of Southeast Asian Communities in New England. - The 2014 States of Southeast Asian American Studies, October 2014 - Minneapolis, MN
  • Sleep mediates the relationship between work-family spillover and mental health of nursing home caregivers - UMass Lowell Faculty Research and Creative Work Symposium, February 2014 - Lowell, MA
  • Predictors of nursing staff voluntary termination in skilled nursing facilities. - Semi-annual Sturbridge Symposium by UMass Lowell and UConn, January 2014 - Sturbridge, MA
  • Facilitators and barriers for workplace participatory programs: Perspectives from employees and management in three nursing homes. - 3rd Annual Symposium _ Community Engaged Research: Exploring the Reach, Impact, & Value, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, UMass Medical, November 2013 - Worcester, MA
  • Key factors influencing the success of participatory health promotion and protection programs: A comparison of intervention and non-intervention centers. - 3rd Annual Symposium _ Community Engaged Research: Exploring the Reach, Impact, & Value, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, UMass Medical, November 2013 - Worcester, MA
  • Work-family conflict and health among caregivers in skilled nursing facilities: The role of sleep. - American Public Health Association Conference, November 2013 - Boston, MA
  • Facilitators and barriers for workplace participatory interventions: Perspectives from employees and management in three nursing homes. - Work, Stress, and Health Conference, May 2013 - Los Angeles, CA
  • Sleep duration and health outcomes among formal caregivers in skilled nursing facilities: The contribution of the work environment - Semi-annual Sturbridge Symposium by UMass Lowell and UConn, January 2013 - Sturbridge, MA
  • Sleep quality among employees in long-term care centers: The contribution of the work environment. - 2nd Annual Symposium _ Challenging Issues in Community Health: The Role of Research, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, UMass Medical, November 2012 - Shrewsbury, MA
  • Relationships between working conditions and sleep quality among employees in long-term care centers. - 2012 Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care: Bridging the Gap, March 2012 - Baltimore, MD
  • Sleep quality among employees in long-term care centers: The contribution of the work environment - American Public Health Association Conference, November 2011 - Washington, DC
  • A Research-to-Practice Partnership in the Long-Term Care Sector. - NIOSH NORA Conference, July 2011 - Cincinnati, OH
  • Relationships among working conditions, mental health and caregiversê intention to leave in long-term care centers. - Work, Stress, and Health Conference, May 2011 - Orlando, FL
  • A Research-to-Practice Partnership in the Long-Term Care Sector. - School of Health and Work Environment Research Symposium, UMass Lowell, May 2010 - Lowell, MA
  • Relationships among employeesê working conditions, mental health and intention to leave in long-term care centers. - School of Health and Work Environment Research Symposium, UMass Lowell, May 2010 - Lowell, MA
  • Work organization and health among long-term care employees: Perceptions of health needs & participatory intervention. - School of Health and Work Environment Research Symposium, UMass Lowell, May 2010 - Lowell, MA
  • Work organization and health issues in long-term care centers: Comparison of perceptions between caregivers and management - American Public Health Association Conference, November 2009 - Philadelphia, PA

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Implementation and evaluation of an evidence-based sleep strategy for shift workers (2019), Grant - National Institute of Aging
    Zhang, Y. (Co-Principal), Duffy, J. (Principal)
  • Workplace yoga for nurses with chronic low back pain (2019), Grant - National Institute for Complementary and Integrative Health
    Zhang, Y. (Principal), Punnett, L. (Co-Principal), Thind, H.K. (Co-Principal), Kim, S. (Co-Principal)
  • Treatment of circadian disruption from shiftwork in older adults (2016), Grant - National Institute of Aging
    Zhang, Y. (Co-Principal), Duffy, J. (Co-Principal)
  • CPHNEW Research Center Renewal (2017), Grant - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
    Zhang, Y. (Other), Punnett, L. (Principal)
  • Using smartwatch to investigate health behaviors of night shift nurses (2016), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Zhang, Y. (Principal), Chen, G. (Co-Principal), Duffy, J. (Co-Principal), Peters, A.A. (Co-Principal)
  • Development and implementation of a healthy sleep intervention for correctional supervisors using participatory action research (2016), Grant - Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace
    Zhang, Y. (Supporting), Dugan, A. (Principal)
  • Coping with stress and sleep quality among college nursing students (2015), Grant - Sigma Theta Tau International, Eta Omega Chapter
    Zhang, Y. (Principal)
  • Reinvigorating engagement and collaboration through interprofessional education (2015), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Zhang, Y. (Principal), Tickner, J. (Principal)
  • Investigation of physical workload and sleep quality with objective field measures among rehabilitation professionals (2014), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    zhang, Y. (Principal), Punnett, L. (Co-Principal), Buchholz, B. (Co-Principal)
  • Assessing the occupational health risks and health behaviors for men in correctional nursing and evaluating the barriers and facilitators for a peer mediation program (2015), Grant - Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace
    zhang, Y. (Co-Principal), ElGhaziri, M. (Principal), Dugan, A. (Co-Principal), Castro, M. (Co-Principal)