With the increasing number of cancer survivors, more people and their families are being challenged to achieve a new “normal,” living as or with a cancer survivor. Consequently, it is crucial that nursing researchers provide the best possible evidence to support patients with cancer. Dr. Zhang's research program is focused on contributing to knowledge that addresses uncertainty and the psychosocial needs of patients with cancer and their families through the development of optimized, easily accessible, and tailored psychosocial interventions.

Verduzco-Aguirre, H., Babu, D., Mohile, S., Bautista, j., Xu, H, Culakova, E., Canin, B., Zhang, Y. et al. (2021). Associations of uncertainty with psychological health and quality of life in older adults with advanced cancer. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.08.012

Zhang, Y. & Kwekkeboom, K (2020). Feasibility study of an uncertainty management intervention for patient-partner dyads undergoing cancer treatment. oncology nursing forum. DOI: 10.1188/20.onf.595-608

Zhang, Y., Kwekkeboom, K., Kim, K., Loring, S., & Weiben, A. (2020). Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Psychosocial Uncertainty Management Interventions. Nursing research, 69 (1), 3-12. DOI: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000368

Zhang, Y. (2018). Family functioning in the context of an adult family member with illness: A concept analysis. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27, 3205-3224. DOI: 10.1111/jocn.14500

Kwekkeboom, K., Zhang, Y., Campbell, T., Cleary, J., Coe, C. L., Costanzo, E., Serlin, R. C., & Ward, S. E. (2018). Randomized controlled trial of a brief cognitive-behavioral strategies intervention for the pain, fatigue, and sleep disturbance symptom cluster in advanced cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 27 (12), 2761-2769. DOI: 10.1002/pon.4883

Kwekkeboom, K., Tostrud, L., Costanzo, E., Coe, C. L., Serlin, R. C., Ward, S. E., & Zhang, Y. (2018). The Role of Inflammation in the Pain, Fatigue, and Sleep Disturbance Symptom Cluster in Advanced Cancer. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 55 (5), 1286-1295. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.01.008

Zhang, Y. (2017). Uncertainty in illness: Theory review, application, and extension. Oncology Nursing Forum, 44 (6), 645-649. DOI: 10.1188/17.ONF.645-649

Zhang, Y., Kwekkeboom, K., & Petrini, M. (2015). Uncertainty, self-efficacy, and self-care behavior in patients with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy in China. Cancer Nursing, 38 (3), E19-E26. DOI: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000165