Ed.D. Harvard University
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 Research Project in the Educational Psychology, Child Development, Seminar in Learning, and Seminar in Structural Equation Modeling. His research mainly concerns dynamic and complex relations between contemporary technologies and human development. His recent research is intended to investigate whether young children are able to understand the Internet as a complex artifact, how school students’ knowledge of Internet safety changes over time, and what important psychological factors and mechanisms are involved in the process of E-learning.
Yan, Z. (Ed.). (Forthcoming). Encyclopedia of Cyber Behavior. Under contact to IGI Global.
Yan, Z. & Greenfield, P. (Eds.). (2006). Children, adolescents, and the Internet (Special Section). Developmental Psychology, 42, 391-458.
Yan, Z. (Ed.). (2003). The Psychology of E-learning: A Field of Study (Special Issue). Journal of Educational Computing Research, 29. 285-400.
Refereed Journal Articles
Yan, Z., & Zheng, R. (In press). Growing from childhood into adolescence: The science of cyber behavior. International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning.
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.