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Yuan Zhang

Yuan Zhang, Ph.D., R.N. Assistant Professor


Occupational Health, Shift Work and Sleep Health, Health-care Workforce

Research Interest

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.

List of Publications

Educational Background

Ph.D.    University of Massachusetts, Lowell 
M.S.N      Shandong University, Shandong, China
B.S.N       Shandong University, Shandong, China


Yuan Zhang, Ph.D., R.N., is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2013, where her dissertation work focused on the relationship of work environment, sleep duration, and health outcomes among nursing home caregivers.  She received her Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Shandong University, Shandong, China, in 2007 and 2004. She also earned post-Master’s certificates in Nursing Education and Environmental Risk Assessment from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2011. Zhang has worked at the Office of Occupational Health Nursing, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Washington, D.C., as an intern from June to August 2011, where she wrote a paper on demanding work schedules and fatigue management for national policy guide. Assistant Prof. Zhang’s 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. She had research experience in the past six years on healthcare workers’ health and safety issues, the workplace organizational environment, and the workplace participatory interventions in the long-term care settings. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented research outcomes at several national and international conferences. Zhang is a member of the American Public Health Association, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Sleep Research Society, and Eta Omega Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International.