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Dr Yinyin Zang

Yinyin received her Master’s degree in Management Psychology at the Institute of Work, Health and Organisations at the University of Nottingham in 2009 and her PhD in Applied Psychology in 2013 from the University of Nottingham, UK. During her doctoral study (supervisors: Dr Nigel Hunt and Prof. Tom Cox), Yinyin conducted 4 randomized controlled trials to develop and evaluate narrative exposure intervention for both adult and child earthquake survivors after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. The project aimed to facilitate the wider dissemination of psychological interventions to promote recovery from traumatic stress after a large-scale disaster. She also explored the features of survivors’ autobiographic memory and posttraumatic growth using qualitative methods. She joined the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA) in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 as a Postdoctoral Fellow (2014-2015) and then as a Research Associate (2015-2019). She has been involved in several large-scale multi-centered randomized controlled trials examining the effectiveness of prolonged exposure therapy treating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and improving its dissemination in different traumatized populations, including both active duty members and civilians. Yinyin also worked in the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania from 2018-2019 conducting sleep disorder research. Clinically, Yinyin specializes in Narrative Exposure Treatment (NET), Guided Narrative Technique (GNT) and Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) for PTSD, Exposure and Response (Ritual) Prevention (EX/RP) for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and cognitive-behavioral treatment for social anxiety, panic disorder, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety, etc.
Yinyin is currently Research Scientist (Independent investigator, tenure-tracked) in Applied/Clinical Psychology in Peking University, China. More information about Yinyin Zang can be obtained from the following links:
Her current research interests include:
PTSD and anxiety related disorders: Psychopathology, the effectiveness of psychotherapies, and the therapeutic mechanisms.
Cancer survivorship, work and posttraumatic stress symptoms.
Dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices in mental health.
Applying digital technology to mental health care.
Positive psychology in diverse culture: Understanding how people make meaning of adversity, cultural and societal influence in psychological trauma recovery, resilience and posttraumatic growth.
Applying neuroimaging and advanced algorithm in psychological treatment studies.

Some Recent Publications

McLean, C. P., Zang, Y., Gallagher, T., Suzuki, N., Yarvis, J. S., Litz, B., Mintz, J., Young-McCaughan, S., Peterson, A., & Foa, E.B. (2019). Trauma-Related Cognitions and Cognitive Emotion Regulation as Mediators of PTSD Change Among Treatment-Seeking Active Duty Military Personnel with PTSD. Behavior Therapy.

Brown, L. A., Zang, Y., Benhamou, K., Taylor, D. J., Bryan, C. J., Yarvis, J. S., … Foa, E. B. (2019). Mediation of suicide ideation in prolonged exposure therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 119, 103409. IF: 4.31

Zang, Y., Su, Y. J., McLean, C. P., & Foa, E. B. (2019). Predictors for Excellent Versus Partial Response to Prolonged Exposure Therapy: Who Needs Additional Sessions? Journal of traumatic stress, 32(4):577-585. IF: 2.46

Foa, E. B., Mclean, C. P., Zang, Y., Rosenfield, D., Yadin, E., Yarvis, J. S., … Peterson, A. (2018). Effect of Prolonged Exposure Therapy Delivered Over 2 Weeks vs 8 Weeks vs Present-Centered Therapy on PTSD Symptom Severity in Military Personnel A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA, 319(4), 354–364.

Zang, Y., Gay, G. G., Kaczkurkin, A. N., McLean, C. P., Wachen, J. W., Yarvis, J. S., Foa, E. B., Resick, P. A., and the STRONG STAR Consortium. (2018) Factor Structure and Psychometric Properties of the Peritraumatic and Posttraumatic Emotions Questionnaires among Active Duty Military Personnel with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 31(6), 826-836.

Zang, Y., Yu, J., Chazin, D., Asnaani, A., Zandberg, L. J., & Foa, E. B. (2017). Changes in coping behavior in a randomized controlled trial of concurrent treatment for PTSD and alcohol dependence. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 90, 9–15.

Zang, Y., Gallagher, T., McLean, C. P., Tannahill, H. S., Yarvis, J. S., Foa, E. B., & Consortium, S. (2016). The impact of social support, unit cohesion, and trait resilience on PTSD in treatment-seeking military personnel with PTSD: The role of posttraumatic cognitions. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 86, 18–25.

McLean, C. P., Zang, Y., Zandberg, L., Bryan, C. J., Gay, N., Yarvis, J. S., & Foa, E. B. (2017). Predictors of suicidal ideation among active duty military personnel with posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 208 (August 2016), 392–398.

Zang, Y., Hunt, N. & Cox, T. (2014). Adapting Narrative Exposure Therapy for Chinese earthquake survivors: A randomized controlled feasibility study, BMC Psychiatry, 14, 262.

Zang, Y., Hunt, N. & Cox, T. (2013). A randomised controlled pilot study: The effectiveness of narrative exposure therapy with adult survivors of the Sichuan earthquake, BMC Psychiatry, 13, 41.

Zang, Y., Hunt, N., Cox, T., Joseph. S. (2012). Short form of the Changes in Outlook Questionnaire: Translation and validation of the Chinese version, Health and Quality of Life Outcome, 10, 41.

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