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Jingzen (Ginger) Yang, Ph.D

Associate Professor - Social & Behavioral Sciences


PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education (minor: Biostatistics), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004.

MPH, Applied Health Sciences, Indiana University at Bloomington, 2000.


Dr. Yang joined the faculty of Kent State University College of Public Health in August 2012. Prior to arrival KSU, Dr. Yang was a tenured Associate Professor at the Department of Community and Behavioral Health, College of Public Health, University of Iowa. Dr. Yang’s research has primarily focused on injury and violence prevention and control among youth and adolescents, specifically sports injury prevention and control. During the eight years that she was on the University of Iowa faculty, she was actively involved in the Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC), one of 11 CDC funded centers of excellence. She has established a successful record in interdisciplinary collaborative research on sports injury and has directed a multi-site study that involved Division I intercollegiate athletes. She has also built strong methodological skills through involvement in a wide range of other injury prevention intervention and evaluation research projects, including randomized trials on residential fire prevention, effective parent-teen communication on teen driving safety, and a hospital based program to help birthing mothers cope with stress associated with infant crying.  She has been PI, Co-PI, or an investigator on 16 grants or contracts, with the majority of these funded by the CDC, NIH, or NIOSH. She has been a lead or co-author of over 70 peer reviewed papers and book chapters. In 2010, she was appointed to serve on the Major League Baseball Injury Research Committee, which provides guidance in injury research among professional baseball players.  Dr. Yang has had many years of teaching experience at the university level both in the United States and in China. She teaches and mentors both graduate and undergraduate students.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Yang JZ, Campo S, Ramirez M, Krapfl JR, Cheng G, Peek-Asa C. Family communication patterns and teen drivers' attitudes toward driving safety. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. (in press)

Yang JZ, O’Gara E, Cheng G, Kelly KM, Ramirez M, Burmeister LF, Merchant JA,

At what age should children engage in agricultural tasks. Journal of Rural Health (in press)

Yang JZ, Tibbetts AS, Covassin T, Cheng G, Nayar S, Heiden E. Epidemiology of overuse and acute injuries among competitive collegiate athletes. J Athl Train 2012;47(2):198-204.

Yang JZ, Jones MP, Cheng G, Ramirez M, Taylor C, Peek-Asa C. Do nuisance alarms decrease functionality of smoke alarms near the kitchen? Findings from a randomized controlled trial.Inj Prev. 2011 Jun 17(3): 160-5. Epub 2011Jan 8.

Yang JZ, Peek-Asa C, Lowe JB, Heiden E, Foster DT. Social support patterns of collegiate athletes before and after injury. J Athl Train. 2010, July;45(4):372-379.

Yang JZ, Peek-Asa C, Cheng G, Heiden E, Falb S, Ramirez M. Incidence and characteristics of school bus crashes and injuries. Accid Anal Prev. clear2009 Mar;41(2):336-41. Epub 2009 Jan 29.

Ramirez M, Yang JZ, Bourque L, Javien J, Kashani S, Limbos M. Peek-Asa C. Sports injuries to high school athletes with disabilities. Pediatrics. 2009; 123(2):690-6.

Yang JZ, Peek-Asa C, Jones MP, Nordstrom DL, Taylor C, Young TL, et al. Smoke alarms by type and battery life in rural households: A randomized controlled trial.Am J Prev Med. 2008;35(1): 20-24.

Yang JZ, Phillips G, Xiang H, Allareddy v, Heiden E, Peek-Asa C. Hospitalizations for sport-related concussions in US children aged 5 to 18 years during 2000-2004. Br J Sports Med. 2008;42:664-669.

Yang JZ, Peek-Asa C, Corlette JD, Cheng G, Foster DT, Albright J. Prevalence of and risk factors associated with symptoms of depression in competitive collegiate student-athletes. Clin J Sport Med. 2007;17(6):481-487.

Yang JZ, Peek-Asa C, Allareddy v, Phillips G, Zhang Y, Cheng G. Patient and hospital characteristics associated with length of stay and hospital charges for pediatric sports related injury hospitalizations in the United States, 2000-2003. Pediatrics. 2007;119(4):e813-e820.

Yang JZ, Bowling JM, Lewis MA, Marshall SW, Runyan CW, Mueller FO. Use of discretionary protective equipment in high school athletes: Prevalence and determinants. Am J Public Health. 2005;95:1996-2002.

Yang, J.Z.,Marshall, S.W., Bowling, J.M., Runyan, C.W., Mueller, F.O., Lewis, M.A. Use of discretionary protective equipment and rate of lower extremity injury in high school athletes. Am J Epidemiol. 2005;161(6):511-519.

Marshall SW, Mueller FO, Kirby DP, Yang JZ. Evaluation of Safety Balls and Faceguards for Prevention of Injuries in Youth Baseball. JAMA. 2003;289:568-574.

McCrea M, Guskiewicz KM, Marshall SW, Barr W, Randolph C, Cantu RC, Yang JZ, Kelly J. Acute effects and recovery time following concussion in collegiate football players: the NCAA concussion study. JAMA. 2003;290(19):2556-2563.


Research Areas
  • • Sports and recreation-related injuries
  • • Injury and psychological impact
  • • Injury and violence prevention and control among children and young adults
  • • Dissemination and implementation science in injury prevention and control
Jingzen (Ginger) Yang, Ph.D
College of Public Health
PO Box 5190
Phone: 330-672-2679
Fax: 330-672-6505