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Anao Zhang

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Anao Zhang
Anao Zhang received his Ph.D. in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin with certification in the graduate portfolio program in applied statistical modeling from the Department of Statistics and Data Science. His MSW was from the University of Pennsylvania. A health and mental health intervention researcher, Zhang researches evidence-based practice, integrated behavioral health, psychosocial oncology and social determinants of health. Zhang's research focuses on understanding the interconnectedness between mental and physical health, and how such connection can inform psychosocial interventions to benefit clients' health in medical settings, especially oncology patients and their family members. Zhang is also an applied quantitative methodologist with expertise in meta-analysis, multi-level modeling, analyzing experimental data, causal inference and Bayesian inference.

Zhang is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, and a diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Zhang has over five years of clinical experiences in various hospital settings and specializes in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Zhang's teaching interests include: advanced social work practice, clinical social work practice in healthcare settings, inter-professional education, and advanced quantitative methods in social work research.

Research Interests/Focus

Health and mental; Evidence-based practice; Psychosocial oncology; Social determinants of health; Integrated behavioral health; and Quantitative methods.

Contact Information

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(734) 647-6787zhangan@umich.edu3704 SSWBUniversity of Michigan
School of Social Work
1080 S. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 647-6787Michigan Medicine
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Adolescent & Young Adult Program
1500 E. Medical Center Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Education

Year Degree   School
2018 PhD Social Work University of Texas, Austin
2012 MSW Social Work University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
2010 LLB Social Work Fudan University, Shanghai, PRC

Zhang, A., Kong, D., Jiang, L., Sun, F., Dunkle, R., & Liu, C. (in press). Psychosocial services for Anxiety and Depression in Chinese older adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis of controlled trials. The Gerontologist.

Bornheimer, L., Zhang, A., Tarrier, N., Li, J., Ng, Y., & Himle, J. (in press). Moderating effects of depression in the relationships between positive symptoms of psychosis and suicidal ideation: The cumulative effect of multiple positive symptoms. Journal of Psychiatric Research.

Zhang, A., Franklin, C., Jing, S., Bornheimer, L. A., Hai, A., Himle, J. A., Kong, D, & Ji, Q. (2019). The effectiveness of four empirically supported psychotherapies for primary care depression and anxiety: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders, 245, 1168-1186.

Zhang, A., De Luca, S., Oh, S., Liu, C., & Song, X. (2019). The moderating effect of gender on the relationship between bullying and adolescents’ self-rated health: An exploratory study using the Fragile Families and Wellbeing Study. Children and Youth Services Review, 96, 155-162.

Li, Y., Solomon, P., Zhang, A., Franklin, C., Ji, Q. Y., & Chen, Y. (2018). Efficacy of solution-focused brief therapy for distress among parents of children with congenital heart diseases in China. Health and Social Work, 43(1), 30-40.

Zhang, A., Park, S., Sullivan, J. E., & Jing, S. (2018). The effectiveness of problem-solving therapy for primary care patients' depressive and/or anxiety disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis. The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 31(1), 139-150.

Zhang, A., Ji, Q., Currin-McCulloch, J., Solomon, P., Chen, Y., Li, Y., Jones, B., Franklin, C., & Nowicki, J. (2018). The effectiveness of solution-focused brief therapy for psychological distress among Chinese parents of children with a cancer diagnosis: a pilot randomized controlled trial. Supportive Care in Cancer.

Chen, H., Liu, X., Guz, S., Zhang, A., Franklin, C., Zhang, Y. & Qu, Y. (2018). The use of solution-focused brief therapy in Chinese schools: A qualitative analysis of practitioners’ perceptions. International Journal of School Social Work, 3(1).

Zhang, A., Franklin, C., Ji, Q. Y., Chen, Y. T., & Jing, S. J. (2018). Evidence-based practice in Chinese social work: Overcoming language and developmental barriers. China Journal of Social Work, 11(1), 41-55.

Kim, Y., Padilla, Y., Zhang, A., & Oh, S. (2018). Young children’s internalizing and externalizing behaviors after mothers exit welfare: Comparisons with children of non-welfare mothers. Children and Youth Services Review, 86, 316-323.

Zhang, A., Franklin, C., Currin-Mcculloch, J., Park, S., & Kim, J. S. (2017). The effectiveness of strength-based, solution-focused brief therapy in medical settings: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 41(2), 139-151.

Ji, Q. Y., Currin-McCulloch, J., Zhang, A., Streeter, C. J., Jones, B. L., & Chen, Y. (2017). Assessing the needs of parents of children diagnosed with cancer in China: A psychometric study developing a needs assessment tool. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 35(1), 6-15.

Zhang, A., Padilla, Y., & Kim, Y. (2017). How early do social determinants start to operate? Results from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 37, 42-50.

Franklin, C., Kim, J. S., Beretvas, N., Zhang, A., Guz, S., Park, S., Montgomery, K., Chung, S., & Maynard, B. R. (2017). The effectiveness of psychosocial interventions delivered by teachers in schools: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Child Family Psychology Review, 20(3), 333-350.

Zhang, A., & Jang, Y. (2017). The role of internal health locus of control in relation to self-rated health in older adults. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 60(1), 68-78.

Ji, Q., & Zhang, A. (2017). Development of Medical Social Work in Shanghai. Encyclopedia of Social Work. Oxford University Press.

Franklin, C., Zhang, A., Froerer, A., & Shannon, J. (2016). Solution focused brief therapy: A systematic review and meta-summary of process research. Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy, 43(1), 16-30.

Franklin, C., & Zhang, A. (2016). Quantitative assessment methods. In C. Jordan, & C. Franklin (Eds.), Clinical Assessment for Social Workers (4th ed.). Chicago, IL: Lyceum Book Inc.

Franklin, C., Hopson, L., Guo, Y., & Zhang, A. (2016). Family systems. In C. Jordan, & C. Franklin (Eds.), Clinical Assessment for Social Workers (4th ed.). Chicago, IL: Lyceum Book Inc.

Zhang, A., & Ji, Q. (2012). The effectiveness of family system intervention of pediatric oncology patients: A randomized control trial. Chinese Journal of Hospital Administration, 28(3), 203-208.

Zhang, A., & Gao, J. (2009). Using Satir family intervention in treating pediatric oncology patients’ familial stress: A qualitative study. China Social Work, 7(2), 39-45.

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