Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Research Staff

Yinyin Zang, Ph.D. Yinyin Zang, Ph.D.

Research Associate
Ph.D., 2013
The University of Nottingham, UK

Yinyin Zang, Ph.D., is a Research Associate at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA) in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Master’s degree in management psychology and doctoral degree in applied psychology from the University of Nottingham, UK. During her doctoral study, Dr. Zang conducted 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 by qualitative methods. After Dr. Zang completed her doctoral study, she worked in Shanghai Mental Health Center as an exchange research fellow focusing on developing a brief treatment for anxiety inpatients before joining the CTSA in 2014. Her current interests include understanding how people make meaning of adversity, cultural and societal influence in psychological trauma recovery, posttraumatic growth, and effectively increasing dissemination of empirically supported treatments for PTSD and other anxiety disorders. Dr. Zang specializes in Narrative Exposure Treatment, Guided Narrative Technique and Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) for PTSD, Exposure and Response Prevention (EX/RP) for OCD, and cognitive-behavioral treatment for social anxiety, panic disorder, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety.

Selected Publications

  • Zang, Y., Hunt, N. & Cox, T. (2014). Adapting Narrative Exposure Therapy for Chinese earthquake survivors: A randomised controlled feasibility study, BMC Psychiatry.
  • 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.
  • Zang, Y., Hunt, N. & Cox, T. (2011). The effect of a Guided Narrative Technique among children traumatized by the earthquake. In C. Barrette, B. Haylock, & D. Mortimer (Eds.), Trauma imprints: Performance, art, literature and theoretical practice (pp. 273-282). Oxford: Inter-disciplinary Press.
  • Wang, Y., Zang, Y., & Chen, W. (2011). From “chameleon effect” to “mirror neurons” and to “echopraxia” —Human mimicry is a product of social interaction. Advances in Psychological Science, 19(6), 916-924.

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