Na Zhang

Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Na Zhang is accepting graduate student applicants for the 2022-2023 academic year. Please email me if you are interested.

Educational Background:

NIDA T32 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Prevention Science, REACH Institute, Arizona State University, 2018-2020
Ph.D. in Family Social Science (Prevention Science Minor), University of Minnesota, 2018
M.Ed. in Psychology (Clinical Science Track), Tsinghua University, 2013
B.S. in Psychology, Capital Normal University, 2010

Editorial Boards

Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

Journal of Family Psychology

Research interests:

  • The intrapersonal (e.g., mental health) and interpersonal (e.g., family wellbeing, loneliness) benefits of mindfulness in diverse contexts;
  • Mindfulness, self-compassion, and self-regulation processes (i.e., emotion regulation and cognitive control);
  • Resilience in youth who were affected by traumatic stress or adversities such as death of a parent and parental divorce;
  • The determinants and outcomes of negative and positive parenting, including behavioral parenting skills and emotion-related parenting (or parental emotion socialization)
  • Group- and web-based parenting interventions for preventing youth mental health problems;
  • Mechanisms of change in preventive interventions (i.e., how does it work and for whom?).

Selected publications:

Zhang, N., Hoch, J., Gewirtz, A. H., Barnes, A. & Snyder, J. (2021). Vagal suppression buffers against the negative effects of psychological inflexibility on parenting in combat deployed fathers. Parenting Science and Practice, 21, 55-78.

Liu, G., Zhang, N., Teoh, J. Y., Egan C., Zeffiro, T. A., Davidson, R. J., & Quevedo, K. (2020). Self-compassion and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex activity during sad self-face recognition in depressed adolescents. Psychological Medicine.

Zhang, N., Hoch, J., & Gewirtz, A. H. (2020). The physiological regulation of emotion during social interactions: Vagal flexibility moderates the effects of a military parenting intervention on father involvement in a randomized trial. Prevention Science, 21, 691-701.

Zhang, N., Lee, S., Zhang, J., Piehler, T. F., & Gewirtz, A. H. (2020). Growth trajectories of parental emotion socialization and child adjustment following a military parenting intervention: A randomized controlled trial. Developmental Psychology, 56, 652-663.

Gewirtz, A. H., Snyder, J., Zamir, O., Zhang, J., Zhang, N.* (2019). (*All authors are primary authors and authorship is listed alphabetically). Effects of the After Deployment Adaptive Parenting Tools (ADAPT) intervention on fathers and their children: A moderated mediation model. Development and Psychopathology, 31, 1837-1849.

Zhang, N., Zhang, J., & Gewirtz, A. H. (2019). Do less mindful mothers show better parenting via improvements in trait mindfulness following a military parent training program? Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 909.

Zhang, N., Piehler, T. F., Gewirtz, A. H., Zamir, O., & Snyder, J. J. (2019). Trait mindfulness and anger in the family: A dyadic analysis of male service members and their female partners. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

Zhang, N., Zhang, J., Gewirtz, A. H., & Piehler, T. F. (2018). Improving parental emotion socialization in military families: Results of a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Family Psychology, 32, 1046-1056.

Zhang, N., Rudi, J., Zamir, O., & Gewirtz, A. (2018). Parent engagement in online mindfulness exercises within a parent training program for postdeployed military families. Mindfulness, 9, 725-736.

Zhang, N., Fan, F., Huang, S., & Rodriguez, M. (2018). Mindfulness training for loneliness among Chinese college students: A pilot randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Psychology, 53, 373-378.


Na Zhang
Contact Information
Mailing Address1 University Pl, Rm 3.35C, Stamford CT 06901
Office LocationStamford campus: 1 University Pl, Rm 3.35C, Stamford CT 06901; Storrs campus: 348 Mansfield Rd, Unit 1058, 123C, Storrs CT 06269