Zheng Yan

Zheng Yan

Associate Professor

Ed.D. Harvard University

Email: ZYan@albany.edu

Dr. Yan joined the faculty of the Educational Psychology and Methodology Division in the fall of 2001. Prior to that, he was Lecturer and Research Associate at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Dr. Yan teaches courses in both development and learning (e.g., Child Development, Adolescent Development, Seminar in Learning, Seminar in Internet, Development, and Education) and in research methodology (e.g., Research Project in the Educational Psychology, Seminar in Structural Equation Modeling, and Intermediate Statistics). His research mainly concerns dynamic and complex relations between contemporary technologies and human development (e.g., whether young children are able to understand the Internet as a complex artifact, how school students’ knowledge of Internet safety changes over time).

His current research programs are focusing on cyber behaviors (e.g., how people make decisions when receiving emails, how people develop Computer Vision Syndrome) and mobile phone behaviors (e.g., how to use mobile phones to collect data, whether cell phone use lead to brain tumor).


Yan, Z. (Ed.). (2012). Encyclopedia of Cyber Behavior (Volumes 1, 2, & 3). Hershey, PA:IGI Global.

Yan, Z. (under contract). Cyber Behavior: Technologies, Concepts, and Domains. Hershey, PA:IGI Global.

Representative Journal Articles (Doctoral student co-authors in bold)

Chen, Q., & Yan, Z. (in press). New Evidence of Impacts of Cell Phone Use on Driving Performance: A Review. The International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning.

Hu, L., Yan, Z., Ye, T., Lu, F., Xu, P., Chen, H. (in press). Differences in Children and Adolescents’ Ability of Reporting Two CVS-Related Visual Problems. Ergonomics.  

Şahin, F., & Yan, Z. (in press). Mobile Phones in Data Collection: A Systematic Review. The International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning.

Yan, Z., Chen, Q., Yu, C. (2013). The Science of Cell Phone Use: Its Past, Present, and Future. The International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning, 3(1), 7-18.

Yan, Z., & Hamide, Y. G. (2012). Online Decision-Making in Receiving Spam Emails among Colleges Students. The International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning, 2(1), 1-12.

Lou, L., & Yan, Z. (2012). Scientific Evidence of Associations between Cell Phone Use and Brain Tumors. The International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning, 2(3), 30-38.

Mai, Y., Hu, J., Yan, Z., Zhen, S., Wang, S., & Zhang, W. (2012). Structure and Function of Maladaptive Cognitions in Pathological Internet Use among Chinese Adolescents. Computers in Human Behavior, 28, 2376–2386.

Sheonfeld, D., & Yan, Z. (2012). Prevalence and Correlates of Internet Addiction in Undergraduate Students: Assessing with Two Major Measures. The International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning, 2(2), 16-34.

Nagelsmith, L., Bryer, J., & Yan, Z. (2012). Measuring Motivation and Volition of Nursing Students in Nontraditional Learning Environments. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 20(2), 90-112.

Luo, L., Yan, Z, & McMorris, R. (2011). An Examination of Reciprocal Relationship of Loneliness and Facebook Use. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 46, 105-117.

Cheng, H., Andrade, H., Yan, Z. (2011). A Cross-cultural Study of Learning Behaviours in the Classroom: From a Thinking Style Perspective. Educational Psychology, 31(7), 825-841.

Yan, Z., & Zheng, R. (2011). Growing from childhood into adolescence: The science of cyber behavior.  The International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning, 1(1), 1-12.

Jiang, S., Yan, Z., Xie, X., Tang, W., Lu, F., & He, J. (2010). Initial Knowledge of Medical Professionalism among Chinese Medical Students. Medical Teacher, 32, 961–970.

Fan, W., & Yan, Z. (2010). Factors affecting response rates of the web survey: A systematic review. Computers in Human Behavior, 26, 132–139.

Jaeger. P. T., & Yan, Z. (2009). One law with two outcomes: Comparing the implementation of the Children’s Internet Protection Act in public libraries and public schools. Information Technology and Libraries, 28, 6-14.

Yan, Z. (2009). Limited knowledge, limited resources: Understanding the Internet among elementary, middle, and high school students. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 30, 103-115

Yan, Z. (2009). Differences in High School and College Students' Basic Knowledge and Perceived Education of Internet Safety: Do High School Students Really Benefit from the Children’s Internet Protection Act? Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 30, 209–217.

Yan, Z. (2008). Useful resources, important messages: The explosion of parenting books on adolescents and social networking sites. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 29, 472–474.

Yan, Z., Hu, L, Chen, H., & Lu, F. (2008). Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS): A widely spreading but largely unknown epidemic among computer users. Computers in Human Behavior, 24, 2026-2042.

Hobbs, L.J., & Yan, Z. (2008). Cracking the walnut: Using a computer game to impact cognition, emotion, and behavior of highly aggressive fifth grade students. Computers in Human Behavior, 24, 421–438.

Yan, Z., & Fischer, K. (2007). Pattern emergence and pattern transition in microdevelopmental variation: Evidence of complex dynamics of developmental processes. Journal of Developmental Processes, 2(2), 39-62.

Yan, Z. (2006). What influences children’s and adolescents’ understanding of the complexity of the Internet? Developmental Psychology, 42, 418-428.

Greenfield, P. & Yan, Z. (2006). Children, adolescents, and the Internet: A new field of enquiry in developmental psychology. Developmental Psychology, 42, 391-394.

Yan, Z. (2006). Different experiences, different effects: A longitudinal study of learning a computer program in a network environment. Computers in Human Behavior, 22, 364-380.

Liang, Z., & Yan, Z. (2006). Software piracy among college students: Contributing factors, underlying processes, and tackling strategies. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 33, 115-140.

Yan, Z. (2005). Age differences in children’s understanding of complexity of the Internet. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 26, 385-396.

Yan, Z., & Fischer, K. (2004). How children and adults learn to use computers: A developmental approach. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 105, 41-61.

Yan, Z., Hao, H., Hobbs, J., & Wen, N. (2003). The psychology of E-learning: A field of study. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 29, 285-296.

Yan, Z., & Fischer, K. (2002). Always under construction: Dynamic variations in adult cognitive development. Human Development, 45, 141–160.