Associate Professor; Director of Doctoral Studies; Assistant Graduate Advisor
BiographyDr. Zhang's research interests are mainly within two areas: (1) users' perceptions of information systems, particularly web-based information retrieval (IR) systems, and (2) consumer health information needs and information seeking, as well as the design of consumer health information systems.
DegreesPh.D. School of Information and Library Science, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2009
M.S. Information Sciences, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2004
B.S. Information Management and Systems, Nanjing University, 2001
Areas Of Specialization
Human Factors In Information Retrieval
Consumer Health Information
Zhang, Y. (2014). Beyond quality and accessibility: Source selection in consumer health information searching. Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology, 65(5), 911-927.
Zhang, Y. , Broussard, R., Ke, W., & Gong, X. (2014). The evaluation of a Scatter/Gather interface for supporting distinct health information search tasks. Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology, 65(5), 1028-1041.
Zhang, Y. (2014). Searching for specific health-related information in MedlinePlus: Behavioral patterns and user experience. Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology, 65(1), 53-68.
Zhang, Y. (2013). The effects of preference for information on consumers' online health information search behavior. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 15(11), e234. http://www.jmir.org/2013/11/e234
Yalin Sun, Yan Zhang, Jacek Gwizdka, and Ciaran B. Trace, "Consumer Evaluation of the Quality of Online Health Information: Systematic Literature Review of Relevant Criteria and Indicators," JMIR: Journal of Medical Internet Research 21 (5) (2019). DOI: 10.2196/12522
Ciaran B. Trace and Yan Zhang, "The Quantified-Self Archive: Documenting Lives through Self-Tracking Data," Journal of Documentation 76 (1) (2019): 290-316. DOI: 10.1108/JD-04-2019-0064.View more in Google Scholar