Amy Y. Zhang, PhD

Amy Y. Zhang

Contact

Email: axz16@case.edu

Phone: 216.368.0968

 

Associate Professor

Research Interests

  • Intervention to Urinary Incontinence of Prostate Cancer Survivors
  • Psychosocial Behavioral Studies of Patients with Cancer: Depression in Cancer Patients
  • Quality of Life in Cancer Patients
  • Cancer Disparities

Research Projects

  • Principal Investigator, “Assessing Depression in Chinese Cancer Patients.” U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program (Research Award to China): 2017- 2019.
  • Principal Investigator, “Irritability, Depression and Their Biomarkers in African American Breast Cancer Patients.” ACES+ Advance Opportunity Grant at Case Western Reserve University (2017–2018)
  • Principal Investigator, "Improving Erectile Function and Quality of Life After Prostate Cancer Treatment," American Cancer Society (PEP-13-235-01–PCSM), 7/2013-6/2014.
  • Principal Investigator, “Economic Impact of Interventions Targeting Cancer Survivors and/or their Families.” National Institutes of Health / National Cancer Institute (Supplement, R01CA127493-01A2), 2010-2012.
  • Co-Investigator, "Teaching Resourcefulness to Women Caregivers of Elders with Dementia.” National Institutes of Health / National Institute for Nursing Research (R21NR010368-02), 2009-2012.
  • Principal Investigator, "Improving Urinary Continence and Quality of Life in Prostate Cancer Patients," National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute (1R01CA127493-01A2), 1/2009-11/2012.
  • Principal Investigator, “Assessing Depression in African American Cancer Patients,” National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute (R03 CA115191-01A2), 2006-2008.
  • Principal Investigator, "Psychosocial Intervention for Functional Impairment in Cancer Patients," American Cancer Society (Ohio Division, Inc.).
  • Principal Investigator, "A Tool to Measure Family Concordance on End-of-Life Care," American Cancer Society (Institutional Research Grant #IRG-91-022-06).
  • Co-Principal Investigator, "Family Conflicts and Decision-Making for Advanced Cancer," PI:  Laura Siminoff. National Institute of Health, National Cancer Institute (RO1 CA89513-01), 2001-2005.
  • Co-Investigator, “Culturally Sensitive Electronic Nursing Interventions,” PI: Shirley Moore. National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Nursing Research (R03 NR08551), 2003-2006.

Training Projects

  • Sponsor, “Effect of Adjuvant Therapy on Cancer Neuropathy Symptoms.” Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA). National Institutes of Health / National Institute of Nursing Research (F31NR012345-01A1) 2011-2013.
  • Collaborating Faculty, “Multiple Morbidities in Vulnerable Populations: Nurse Scientist Training.” Program Director: Shirley Moore. National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Nursing Research (T32 NR009761), 2006-2011.

Education Interests

  • Statistics
  • Research Methodology
  • Complementary and Alternative Therapies

Educational Background

  • BA, Journalism, Peking University, Beijing, China
  • MS, Clinical Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University, PA
  • PhD, Cross-Cultural Studies in the Behavioral and Social Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, PA
  • Post-doc, AHCPR Postdoctoral Fellow, NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California-Berkeley

Recent Publications

  • Zhang, A.Y., Bodner, D.R., Fu, A.Z., Moore, S., Zhu, H., Strauss, G., Kresevic, D., Klein, E., Ponsky, L., & Bodner, D.R. (2017). Is a behavioral treatment for urinary incontinence beneficial to prostate cancer survivors as a follow-up care? Journal of Cancer Survivorship– Research and Practice, 11(1): 24-31.
  • Zhang, A. Y. & Fu, A. Z. (2016). Cost-effectiveness of a behavioral intervention for persistent urinary incontinence on prostate cancer patients. Psycho-oncology, 25: 421-427.
  • Zhang, A.Y., Bodner, D.R., Fu, A.Z., Ganzler, D.D.., Klein, E., Kresevic, D., Moore, S., Ponsky, L., Purdum, M., Strauss, G., & Zhu, H. (2015). Effects of patient-centered interventions on persistent urinary incontinence after prostate cancer treatment: A randomized controlled trial. The Journal of Urology, 194(6): 1675-81.
  • Zhang, A.Y., Gary, F., Zhu, H. (2015). Exploration of Depressive Symptoms in African American Cancer Patients. Journal of Mental Health, 24(6): 351-356.
  • Pepper, J., Zhang, A.Y., Li, R., & Wang, X. H. (2015). Usage and results of a mobile app for managing urinary incontinence. The Journal of Urology, 193: 1292-1297.
  • Zhang, A.Y., Gary, F., Zhu, H. (2014). Attitudes toward cancer and implications for mental health outcome in African American cancer patients. Journal of Cancer Education, 30(1):138-144 (2015).
  • Zhang, A. Y., Gary, F. (2013). Discord of Measurements in Assessing Depression among African Americans with Cancer Diagnoses. International Journal of Culture and Mental Health, 6(1): 58-71.
  • Zhang, A. Y., Gary, F., & Zhu, H. (2012). What precipitated depression in African American cancer patients? Triggers and stressors. Palliative & Supportive Care, 10(4), 279-286.
  • Zhang, A. Y., Zyzanski, S. J, & Siminoff, L. A. (2012). Ethnic Differences in the Caregiver’s Attitudes and Preferences for the Treatment and Care of Advanced Lung Cancer Patients. Psycho-Oncology 21: 1250-1253.
  • Zhang, A. Y., Zyzanski, S. J, & Siminoff, L. A. (2010). Differential patient-caregiver opinions of treatment and care for advanced lung cancer patients. Social Science & Medicine, 70 (2010), 1155–1158.