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Wanqing Zhang, MD, PhD

Associate Professor
Research Methodologist

  • Mixed Methods (Quantitative + Qualitative)
  • Secondary data analysis
  • Health services research methods
  • Public health research
  • Grant applications – not limited to HRSA, NIH, IES, PCORI, CDC, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

3003 Bondurant Hall
CB #7122
Office phone:  (919) 962-4069


Recent Courses Taught:

AHSC 905: Designing Mixed Methods Research in Allied Health Sciences
AHSC 903: Qualitative Foundations: Understanding People and Practices
AHSC 896: Independent Study: Research Methodology in Allied Health Research

Recent Publications

Zhang, W., Baranek, G.T., & Boyd, B. (2018). Brief report: Factors associated with emergency department visits for epilepsy among children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48(5),1854-1860.

DuBay, M., Watson, L. R., & Zhang, W. (2018). In search of culturally appropriate autism interventions: Perspectives of Latino caregivers. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48(5),1623-1639.

Zhang, W., Mason, A. E., Boyd, B., Sikich, L., & Baranek, G.T. (2017). A Rural–Urban Comparison in Emergency Department Visits for U.S. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47(3), 590-598.

Coppola, S., Miao, A., Allmendinger C.M., & Zhang, W. (2017). Art in Occupational Therapy Education: An Exploratory Mixed Methods Study of an Arts-Based Module. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 5(4), article 8. Available at:

Zhang, W., & Baranek, G. T. (2016). The impact of insurance coverage types on access and utilization of health services for U.S. children with autism. Psychiatric Services, 67:8. doi: 10.1176/

Kirby, A. V., Little, L. M., Schultz, B., Watson, L. R., Zhang, W., & Baranek, G. T. (2016). Brief report: Development and pilot of the Caregiver Strategies Inventory. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70(4): 7004360010p1–7004360010p6.

Zhang, W. (2014). Mixed methods application in health intervention research: a multiple case study. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 8(1), 24-35.

Zhang W., & Watanabe-Galloway S. (2014). Using mixed methods effectively in prevention science: designs, procedures, and examples. Prevention Science, 15(5):654-662, doi: 10.1007/s11121-013-0415-5.

Watanabe-Galloway, S., Zhang, W., Watkins, K., Islam, K. M., Nayar, P., Boilesen, E., Wang, H., & Qiu, F. (2014). Quality of end-of-life care among rural Medicare beneficiaries with colorectal cancer. Journal of Rural Health, 30(4):397-405.

Zhang, W., & Creswell, J. W. (2013). The Use of “Mixing” Procedure of Mixed Methods in Health Services Research. Medical Care, 51(8), e51-5.

Kettles, A. M., Creswell, J. W., & Zhang, W. (2011). Mixed Methods Research in Mental Health Nursing. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 18(6), 535-542.

Creswell, J. W., & Zhang, W. (2009). The Application of Mixed Methods Designs to Trauma Research. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 22(6), 612–621.

Zhang, W., Mueller, K.J., & Chen, L. (2009). Do rural hospitals lag behind urban hospitals in addressing community health needs? An analysis of recent trends in US community hospitals. The Australian Journal of Rural Health 17(4), 183-188.

Chen, L., Zhang, W., Sun, J., & Mueller, K. J. (2009). The Magnitude, Variation, and Determinants of Rural Hospital Resource Utilization Associated with Hospitalizations Due to Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 15(3), 216-222.

Zhang, W., Watanabe-Galloway, S. (2008). Ten-Year Secular Trends for Congestive Heart Failure Hospitalizations: An Analysis of Regional Differences in the United States. Congestive Heart Failure, 14, 266-271.

Feresu, S.A., Zhang, W., Puumala, S. E., Ullrich, F.,& Anderson, J. R. (2008). Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Among Low-income Women in Nebraska: Findings from the Every Woman Matters Program, 1993-2004. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 19(3), 797-813.

Zhang, W., Mueller, K. J., Chen, L. (2008).Uninsured hospitalizations: urban and rural differences. Journal of Rural Health. 24(2), 194-202.

Feresu, S.A., Zhang, W., Puumala, S.E., Ullrich, F., & Anderson, J.R. (2008). The Frequency and Distribution of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors Among Nebraska Women Enrolled in the WISEWOMAN Screening Program, Journal of Women’s Health, 17(4), 607-617.

Watanabe-Galloway, S., & Zhang, W. (2007). Analysis of US trends in general hospital discharges after episodes of serious mental illness, 1995-2002. Psychiatric Services, 58 (4), 496-502.

Zhang, W., Mueller, K. J., Chen, L., & Conway, K. (2006). The role of rural health clinics in hospitalization due to ambulatory care sensitive conditions: a study in Nebraska. Journal of Rural Health. 22(3):220-223.

Assistant Professor
3003 Bondurant Hall
CB #7122
Office phone:  (919) 962-4069