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Anao Zhang

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Anao Zhang

Dr. Anao Zhang is an assistant professor of social work at the University of Michigan and the clinical research director of the Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) Oncology Program at Michigan Medicine. Zhang is a health and mental health intervention researcher with a primary research interest in psycho-oncology and adolescent and young adult cancer survivorship. An intervention researcher by training, Zhang contextualizes his work using the social determinants of youth health framework, and aims to develop and deliver integrated and empirically supported mental health treatment to individuals with co-morbid physical and mental health condition, e.g., AYA cancer survivors with depression. Zhang is also an applied quantitative methodologist who uses advanced statistical methods to support his research, including meta-analysis, structural equation modeling, analyzing experimental data, causal inference and machine learning. Zhang serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, and the deputy chair of survivorship SIG at the International Psycho-Oncology Society.

Clinically, 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 experience in various hospital settings and specializes in solution-focused brief therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Zhang's teaching interests include advanced clinical social work practice, clinical social work practice in integrated healthcare, inter-professional education, and advanced quantitative methods in social work research. Zhang received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin where he also completed the graduate portfolio program in Applied Statistical Modeling. Zhang received his MSW from the University of Pennsylvania.

Research Interests / Focus

Psych-Oncology; AYA survivorship; social determinants of youth health and mental health; evidence-based practice; and integrated behavioral health.

Research Interests/Focus

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

Contact Information

PhoneEmailRoomAddress
(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

Websites

https://www.mottchildren.org/conditions-treatments/ped-cancer/aya-oncology-program
https://sites.google.com/umich.edu/aya-care
Year Description
2021 Zhang, A., Guz, S., Franklin, C., & Kim, J. (2021, Jan.). Characteristics of effective school-based, teacher-delivered mental health services for children using meta-regression. Poster presentation at the 2021 Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference: Social Work Science for Social Change. Online virtual.
2021 Corcoran, J., Zhang, A., & Li, L. (2020, Nov.). A systematic review and meta-analysis of interventions for low-income women with depression. Paper presentation at the 2020 Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting: Leading, Critical, Conversations: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Denver, CO.
2021 Levin, N., Zhang, A., & Zebrack, B. (2021, Jan.). Sexual and gender plurality: Considerations for a diverse and inclusive approach to quality care for adolescents and young adults with cancer. Panel presentation at the 2021 Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference: Social Work Science for Social Change. Online Virtual.
2021 Zhang, A., Guz, S., Kim, J., & Franklin, C. (2021, Jan.). Solution-focused brief therapy for students in schools: A comparative meta-analysis of the English and Chinese literature. Oral presentation at the 2021 Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference: Social Work Science for Social Change. Online Virtual.
2021 Stuchell, B., Walling, E., Zhang, A., & Dils, A. (2021, May.). Creating a program to support adolescents and young adults with cancer. Oral presentation at the 2021 Virtual Conference on Adolescent Health. Online Virtual.
2021 Acquati, C., Hibbard, J. H., Soner, E., Zhang, A., & Lonescu, E. (2021, June). The moderating role of informal caregiver’s involvement on the relationship between patient activation and adherence to treatment: Implications for self-management intervention in cancer care. Poster presentation at the 2021 American Society of Clinical Oncology: Equity: Every Patient, Every Day, Everywhere. Online virtual.
2020 Zhang, A., & Franklin, C. (2020, Nov.). Teaching evidence-based practice through systematic review and meta-analysis for doctoral students. Interactive Workshop at the 2020 Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting: Leading, Critical, Conversations: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Denver, CO.
2020 Wang, K., Zhang, A., Kim, Y., Padilla, Y. (2020, Jan.). Proximal social determinants of adolescent health: Findings from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. Poster presentation at the 2020 Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference: Reducing Racial and Economic Inequality, Washington, DC.
2020 Bornheimer, L., Wang, K., Zhang, A., Li, J. (2020, Apr.). Non-fatal suicide behavior trends among adults in the United States from 2009-2017. Poster presentation at the American Association of Suicidology Annual Conference, Portland, OR.
2020 Zhang, A. (2020, June). Understanding depression and anxiety among Chinese adolescent and young adult cancer patients. AYA Panel Symposium at the 2020 Association of Oncology Social Work Annual Conference: Creating a 2020 Vision in Oncology Social Work, Raleigh, North Carolina.
2020 Zhang, A., & Currin-McColluch, J. (2020, June). Delivering solution-focused brief therapy for cancer patients: Bridging theory and clinical practices. Clinical Learning Institute at the 2020 Association of Oncology Social Work Annual Conference: Creating a 2020 Vision in Oncology Social Work, Raleigh, North Carolina.
2020 Nelson, A., Ayers, E., Sun, F., & Zhang, A. (2020, Jan.). A systematic review and meta-analysis of culturally adaptive interventions for Latino populations with anxiety or depression. Oral presentation at the 2020 Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference: Reducing Racial and Economic Inequality, Washington, DC.
2020 Zhang., A., Wang, K., & Chen, Y. (2020, Jan.). Meta-regression with robust variance estimation: A friendly introduction with R. Oral presentation at the 2020 Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference: Reducing Racial and Economic Inequality, Washington, DC.
2019 Guz, S., Zhang, A.,Franklin, C. (2019, Jan.). Intervention characteristics in relation to school-based mental health service outcomes: A secondary meta-analysis.Poster presentation at the 2019 Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference: Ending Gender Based, Family and Community Violence, San Francisco, CA.
2019 Wang, K., Zhang, A.,Sun, F., & Hu, R. (2019, Nov.). Family cohesion moderates the relationship between acculturation and health among older Chinese Americans.Oral presentationat the GSA 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting: Strength in Age: Harnessing the Power of Networks, Austin, Texas.
2019 Zhang, A.,Hu, R., Li, L., & Wang, K. (2019, Nov.). Age moderates the association between engagement in mindfulness and psychological distress among cancer survivors.Oral presentation at the GSA 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting: Strength in Age: Harnessing the Power of Networks, Austin, Texas.
2019 Wang, K., Zhang, A., Hu, X. R., Sun, F. (2019, Oct.). Family-cohesion moderates the relationship between acculturation and health among older Chinese immigrants. Oral presentation at the 2019 Council on Social Work Education 65th Annual Program Meeting: Social Work Education: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Denver, Colorado.
2019 Zhang, A., Bornheimer, L. A., & Wang, K. (2019, Oct.). Does CBT remain effective for depression and anxiety in primarycare? A meta-analysis. Oral presentation at the 2019 Council on Social Work Education 65th Annual Program Meeting: Social Work Education: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Denver, Colorado.
2019 Gutierrez, T., Wang, K., & Zhang, A. (2019, Oct.). Instructor-Student Relationship Quality and Student Engagement in Online Social Work Education. Oral presentation at the 2019 Council on Social Work Education 65th Annual Program Meeting: Social Work Education: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Denver, Colorado.
2019 Zhang, A., Bornheimer, L. A., Franklin, C., & Oh, S. (2019, Oct.). Supporting Asian-Pacific-Islanders doctoral students for an increasingly competitive job market. Panel presentation at the 2019 Council on Social Work Education 65th Annual Program Meeting: Social Work Education: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Denver, Colorado.
2019 O’Gara, J., Zhang, A., Padilla, Y., Liu, C., & Wang, K. (2019, Oct.). The crucial role of closeness: Linking father-child relationships with adolescent health. Oral presentation at the 2019 Council on Social Work Education 65th Annual Program Meeting: Social Work Education: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Denver, Colorado.
2019 Zhang, A., Oh, S., & Hai, A. H. (2019, Jan.). Improving propensity score analysis using machine learning: A friendly introduction with R demonstration. Workshop presentation at the 2019 Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference: Ending Gender Based, Family and Community Violence, San Francisco, CA.
2018 Zhang, A., Park, S., & Franklin, C. (2018, Jan.). Advances in Single-Subject Design Effect Size for Meta-Analysis: Introducing a 4-Parameter Regression Model. Workshop presentation at the 2018 Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference: Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice, Washington D.C.
2017 Zhang, A. (2017, Apr.). Probability theories, effect size estimates in the context of meta-analysis. Invited presentation at Data Analysis and Computers II (Ph.D. Seminar). The University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Austin, TX.
2017 Zhang, A. (2017, Sep.). Managing quantitative data of effect size estimates in primary studies to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis. Invited presentation at Colloquium on Social Work Education and Research (Ph.D. Seminar). The University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Austin, TX.
2017 Padilla, Y., & Zhang, A. (2017, Jan.). How early do social determinants of health begin to operate on children? Results from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. Oral presentation at the 2017 Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference: Ensure Healthy Development of All Youth, New Orleans, LA.
2017 Zhang, A., & Ji, Q. Y. (2017, Oct.). Solution focused brief therapy in managing Chinese parents’ distress in pediatric cancer: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Poster presentation at the 2017 Council on Social Work Education 63rd Annual Program Meeting: Educating for the Social Work Grand Challenges, Dallas, TX.
2017 Beretvas, S. N., Park, S., Franklin, C., & Zhang, A. (2017, Jan.). Handling dependent effect sizes using robust variance estimation: An SPSS demonstration. Workshop presentation at the 2017 Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference: Ensure Healthy Development of All Youth, New Orleans, LA.
2017 Zhang, A., Ji, Q. Y., & Currin-McColluch, J. (2017, Jan.). The effectiveness of Solution-focused brief therapy for distress of parents of children with congenital heart conditions in China: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Oral presentation at the 2017 Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference: Ensure Healthy Development of All Youth, New Orleans, LA.
2017 Franklin, C., & Zhang, A. (2017, Jan.). Tackling challenges in systematic review and meta-analysis: An update on methodological advances. Symposium presentation at the 2017 Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference: Ensure Healthy Development of All Youth, New Orleans, LA.
2017 Currin-McCulloch, J. A. & Zhang, A. (2017, June) The effectiveness of solution-focused brief therapy for distress in Chinese parents of children with cancer diagnoses: A randomized controlled trial. The 2017 Association of Oncology Social Work Conference, Denver, CO.
2017 Kim, J., Franklin, C., Zhang, A., & Guz, S. (2017, Oct.). Evidence-based collaboration with teachers: Systematic review and meta-analysis of teacher delivered school based mental health interventions. Oral presentation at the 2017 Council on Social Work Education 63rd Annual Program Meeting: Educating for the Social Work Grand Challenges, Dallas, TX.
2017 Zhang, A., & Currin-McColluch, J. (2017, Oct.). Solution focused brief therapy in addressing Chinese parents’ distress in pediatric cardiology: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Oral presentation at The 2017 Council on Social Work Education 63rd Annual Program Meeting: Educating for the Social Work Grand Challenges, Dallas, TX.
2016 Zhang, A. (2016. Jan.). Collaborating with faculties for research and publication. Invited presentation at Ph.D. Colloquium on Social Work Research (Ph.D. Seminar). The University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Austin, TX.
2016 Zhang, A. (2016, Feb.). Understanding DSM-5: Other conditions that may be a focus of clinical attention. Invited presentation at Differential Diagnosis and Clinical Assessment (MSW Clinical). The University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Austin, TX.
2016 Currin-McCulloch, J. A., & Zhang, A., (2016, Sep.). The process of conducting a systematic review [and meta-analysis]. Invited presentation at Ph.D. Colloquium on Social Work Research (Doctoral Seminar). The University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Austin, TX.
2016 Zhang, A. (2016, Nov.). Introduction to Solution-focused brief therapy: A strength-based, future-oriented, and empirically supported clinical intervention approach. Invited presentation at Social Work Practice Methods: Individuals and Systems (MSW Core Course). The University of Minnesota, School of Social Work, Saint Paul, MN.
2016 Zhang, A. (2016, Dec.). A step-to-step guide to conducting a meta-analysis: Synthesizing quantitative data from different statistical tests. Invited presentation at Introduction to Advanced Social Work Research (MSW Research). East China University of Political Science and Law, School of Social Development, Shanghai, China.
2016 Zhang, A., & Currin-McColluch, J. A. (2016, Apr.). The effectiveness of solution-focused brief therapy in healthcare settings: A systematic review. The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business Innovation in Healthcare Delivery Systems Symposium: Reimagining Healthcare: Improving the Present, Designing the Future, Austin, TX.
2016 Ji, Q. Y., Zhang, A., & Chen, Y. T. (2016, Jun.). Transforming healthcare of the future: Integrated behavioral health in medical settings. Oral presentation at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development. COEX, Seoul, Korea.
2016 Zhang, A., Chen, Y. T., & Li, Y. X. (2016, Jun.). Demographic, structural and psychosocial variables associated with an individual’s internal health locus of control. Oral presentation at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development. COEX, Seoul, Korea.
2016 Franklin, C., Zhang, A., Jordan, C. (2016, Jun.). Effective Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Interventions with Chinese Populations. Symposium presentation at the NASW National Conference, Leading Change | Transforming Lives, Washington, D.C.
2016 Zhang, A., & Ji, Q. Y. (2016, Jul.). Integrated healthcare and integrated behavioral health: From theory to practice implications. Oral presentation at the Annual Conference of China Sociology Association, LanZhou, China.
2016 Currin-McColluch, J., & Zhang, A. (2016, Nov.). Inter-professional education: An international perspective derived from systematic review of the empirical literature. Symposium presentation at the 2016 Council on Social Work Education 62nd Annual Program Meeting: Advancing Collaborative Practice through Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA.
2016 Zhang, A., Currin-McColluch, J., & Franklin, C. (2016, Nov.). Teaching SFBT for Collaborative Practice in Health Care: A Systematic Review of Evidence. Oral presentation at the 2016 Council on Social Work Education 62nd Annual Program Meeting: Advancing Collaborative Practice through Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA.
2016 Zhang, A. (2016, Oct.). Calling for a paradigm change in providing clinical social work services in Chinese pediatric hospitals: A presentation based on recent theoretical advancements in the field of social and health sciences. Keynote presentation at the 2016 Chinese National Pediatric Hospital Social Work Conference: Better Care for the Next Generation. KunMing, China.
2015 Zhang, A. (2015, Oct.). The CBTs and CBT: From theory to practice. Invited presentation at Theories of Social Work Practice (Ph.D. Seminar). The University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Austin, TX.
2015 Zhang, A., & Guo, Z. (2015, Apr.). Demographic, structural and psycho-social variables associated with an individual’s internal health locus of control: Results from MIDUS II. Poster presentation at the 2015 St. David’s CHPR Annual Conference: Preventing Chronic Disease across the Lifespan, Austin, TX.
2015 Zhang, A., & Walsh, C. (2015, Oct.). Preparing students for transdisciplinary and interprofessional practice within integrative healthcare settings. Poster presentation at the 2015 Council on Social Work Education 61st Annual Program Meeting: Social Work on the Frontiers of Change, Denver, CO.
2015 Zhang, A., & Walsh, C. (2015, Jul.). Understanding theoretical frameworks of collaboration in an interdisciplinary healthcare team. Oral presentation at the 2015 Chinese International Medical/Healthcare Social Work Symposium: Health / Medical Social Work – Mission, Professionalization and the Future, Shanghai, China.
2015 Zhang, A., Li, Y. X., & Chen, Y. T. (2015, Sep.). Practicing SFBT in an integrated medical/healthcare setting: Why it will work? Oral presentation at the 2015 SFBT Clinical Applications Conference, Online at Stockholm, Sweden.

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