Amy Y. Zhang, PhD

Associate Professor in the School of Nursing

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Research Interests

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

Research Projects

  • Principal Investigator, "Improving Erectile Function and Quality of Life After Prostate Cancer Treatment," American Cancer Society (PEP-13-235-01–PCSM), 7/2013-6/2015.
  • Principal Investigator, "Improving Urinary Continence and Quality of Life in Prostate Cancer Patients," National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute (1R01CA127493-01A2), 1/2009-11/2013.
  • Principal Investigator, “Economic Impact of Interventions Targeting Cancer Survivors and/or their Families.” National Institutes of Health / National Cancer Institute (Supplement, R01CA127493-01A2), 2010-2013.
  • 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, “Assessing Depression in African American Cancer Patients,” National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute (R03 CA115191-01A2), 2006-2008.
  • 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.
  • Principal Investigator, "Psychosocial Intervention for Functional Impairment in Cancer Patients," American Cancer Society (Ohio Division, Inc.), 2003-2004.
  • Principal Investigator, "A Tool to Measure Family Concordance on End-of-Life Care," American Cancer Society (Institutional Research Grant #IRG-91-022-06).

Training Projects

  • 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

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., 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. Journal of Urology (, July 28, 2015; doi: [Epub ahead of print]).
  • Zhang, A. Y. & Fu, A. Z. (2015). Cost-effectiveness of a behavioral intervention for persistent urinary incontinence on prostate cancer patients. Psycho-oncology (, May 12, 2015 doi: 10.1002/pon.3849. [Epub ahead of print]).
  • Zhang, A.Y., Gary, F., Zhu, H. (2015). Exploration of Depressive Symptoms in African American Cancer Patients. Journal of Mental Health (, Jan. 5, 2015 doi:10.3109/09638237.2014.998806. [Epub ahead of print]).
  • Pepper, J., Zhang, A.Y., Li, R., & Wang, X. H. (2014). Usage and results of a mobile app for managing urinary incontinence. The Journal of Urology, 193: 1292-1297 (2015). (, Oct. 13, 2014 doi:
  • 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 (, Dec 13, 2011).
  • Zhang, A. Y., Zyzanski, S. J, & Siminoff, L. A. (2011). Ethnic Differences in the Caregiver’s Attitudes and Preferences for the Treatment and Care of Advanced Lung Cancer Patients. Psycho-Oncology 21: 1250-1253 (2012) ( 10.1002/pon.2031, Aug. 12 2011).
  • 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 (, Feb. 8, 2010).
  • Siminoff, L. A., Zyzanski, S. J, Rose, J. H., & Zhang, A. Y. (2008). The Cancer Communication Assessment Tool for Patients and Families (CCAT-PF): a new measure. Psycho-Oncology 17: 1216-1224.

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