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Zhen Yang, Ph.D.

Zhen Yang, Ph.D.

Research Scientist
Center for Biomedical Imaging and Neuromodulation

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Zhen Yang, PhD, is a research scientist at NKI. Her research focuses on using functional MRI techniques to understand brain development and identify biomarkers of mental disorders. Before joining NKI, Dr. Yang worked as an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, where she used resting-state and task-based fMRI to understand neural substrates of affective disorders and identify imaging markers of treatment responses to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Yang earned her PhD in Psychology, concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience, at the University of New Mexico. After graduation, she completed her post-doctoral training at the Child Mind Institute supervised by Dr. Michael Milham. Dr. Yang’s research has contributed to science in several areas, including clinical neuroscience, developmental neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging methods, and psychology.

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA), NIMH T32MH014654-37, University of Pennsylvania, 2015
  • Merit Abstract Award, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, 2015
  • Trainee Abstract Travel Award, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, 2013
  • The Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, UNM, 2011
  • The Benjamin Franklin Haught Scholarship, UNM, 2011
Select Publications

A.C. Tang, Z. Yang, B.C. Reeb-Sutherland, B.S. McEwen, & R.D. Romeo (2012). Maternal modulation of novelty effects on physical development. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(6).

Z. Yang, R.C. Craddock, D. Margulies, C. Yan, & M.P. Milham (2014). Common intrinsic connectivity states among posteromedial cortex subdivisions: insights from analysis of temporal dynamics. NeuroImage, 93.

Z. Yang, D. Jutagir, M. Koyama, R.C. Cradoock, C.G. Yan, Z. Shehzad, A. Di Matino, F.X. Castellanos, & M.P. Milham (2015). Intrinsic brain indices of verbal working memory capacity in children and adolescents. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 15

Z. Yang, C. Kelly, F. X. Castellanos, T. Leon, M.P. Milham, & L. Adler (2016) Neural correlates of symptomatic improvement with stimulant treatment in adults with ADHD. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.

Y. Luo, S. Qi, X. Chen, X. You, X. Huang*. & Z. Yang* (2017). Pleasure attainment or self-realization: the balance between two forms of well-beings are encoded in default mode network. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. * co-corresponding author