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Shanyang Zhao, PhD

Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
Professor, Center for Asian Health

Shanyang Zhao
Contact Information

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About Me

Research Interests

  • Mental Health
  • Self and Identity
  • New Media
  • Research Methodology
Education, Training & Credentials

Educational Background

  • Research Fellow, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, 1994-1997
  • Postdoctoral Trainee, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, 1991-1994
  • Research Intern, Survey Research Center, University of Maryland, 1989-1991
  • PhD, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
  • MA, University of Missouri, Kansas City, Mo.
  • BA, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China


Zhao, Shanyang. 2015. “Reconceptualizing the Self Phenomenon: Toward an Emic Conception of the Self.” Symbolic Interaction 38(2):235-260.

Zhao, Shanyang. 2014. “Ethnographic Studies of Social Causation: Observing Conjunctures of Action Sequences in Particular Settings.” Quality & Quantity 48(5):2791-2800.

Zhao, Shanyang. 2014. “Content Analysis of Facebook Pages: Decoding Expressions Given Off.” In SAGE Research Methods Cases. London, United Kingdom: SAGE.

Zhao, Shanyang. 2009. “Parental Education and Children’s Online Health Information Seeking: Beyond the Digital Divide Debate.” Social Science & Medicine 69:1501-1505.

Zhao, Shanyang. 2005. "The Digital Self: Through the Looking Glass of Telecopresent Others." Symbolic Interaction 28(3): 387-405.  

Kessler, Ronald. C., Shanyang Zhao, Steven J. Katz, Anthony C. Kouzis, Richard G. Frank, Mark Edlund, and Philip Leaf. 1999. “Past Year Use of Outpatient Services for Psychiatric Problems in the National Comorbidity Survey.” American Journal of Psychiatry 156(1):115-123.

Kessler, Ronald, C., Shanyang Zhao, Dan G. Blazer, and Marvin Swartz. 1997. “Prevalence, Correlates, and Course of Minor Depression and Major Depression in the National Comorbidity Survey.” Journal of Affective Disorder 45:19-30.

Wittchen, Hans-Ulrich, Shanyang Zhao, Ronald C. Kessler, and William W. Eaton. 1994. “DSM-III-R Generalized Anxiety Disorder in the National Comorbidity Survey.” Archives of General Psychiatry 51:355-364.