Yuan Zhang

PhD, Parenting and Parent-child relationship

Human Development and Family Studies


Entered the Program: 2017

Hometown:  China

Current program: PhD, Parenting and Parent-child relationship

Previous Education:

  • M.A. in Psychology, Pepperdine University, 2016
  • M.P. in Applied Psychology, Shanxi University, China 2014
  • B.S. in Applied Psychology, Shanxi University, China 2011

Research Interests:

  • Parenting and culture
  • Parent-child relationship
  • Immigrant acculturation and identity development

Advising Committee:

    Major advisor: Linda C. Halgunseth

    Associate advisor: Preston Britner

    Associate advisor: Eric Loken

Teaching Experience:

  • Instructor of Record (2020–Present)
    • HDFS 2100 Infancy through Adolescence

Assistantship Experience:

  • Research Assistant (2018–Present)
    • The Center for Applied Research in Human Development
  • Teaching Assistant (2017–Present)
    • HDFS 1070 Individual and Family Development
    • HDFS 2200 Adulthood and Aging
    • HDFS 2001 Diversity Issues in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Research Assistant (2015–2016)
    • UCLA PEERS Clinic

Research Grants and Fellowships:

  • Zhang, Y. (Principal Investigator). The Role of Gender in Parental Behavior and Chinese Adolescents’ Mental Health. Wood/Raith Gender Identity Living Trust summer fellowships, University of Connecticut, 5/20 – 8/20. $4,000.
  • Zhang, Y. (Principal Investigator). Parental Behavior and Chinese Adolescents’ Mental Health in Rural China. Summer Fellowships for Advanced Graduate Students, University of Connecticut, 5/20 – 8/20. $2,000.
  • Lefkowitz E. S., (Principal Investigator). Clark, A. N., Farina, R. E., Lawrence, S. E., Walters, T. L., & Zhang, Y. (Co-Investigator) LGBTQ+ college students’ living arrangements and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy, University of Connecticut, 4/20 – 3/21. $5,000.
  • Zhang, Y. (Principal Investigator). The Relation Between Acculturation and Mental Health of International Students. President’s Commitment to Community Initiative award, University of Connecticut, 3/20 – 12/20. $1,000.
  • Zhang, Y. (Principal Investigator). Parent-Child Acculturation Gaps and the Influence on Children’s Behavioral and Cognitive Developmental Outcomes in Asian Immigrant Families. The Connecticut Institute for Brain and Cognitive Sciences (CT IBACS) Graduate Summer Fellowship, University of Connecticut, 6/19 – 8/19. $5,000.

Awards:

  • President’s Commitment to Community Initiative Award, UCONN (2020)
  • Summer Fellowships for Advanced Graduate Students, UCONN (2018)
  • Eugene Thomas Fund, UCONN (2018)
  • Outstanding Graduate School Students of Shanxi University (2014)
  • Chinese National Scholarship for Graduate School Students (2013)
  • Merit Student of Shanxi Province (2013)
Yuan Zhang
Contact Information
Emailyuan.5.zhang@uconn.edu
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