Zheng Yan

Dynamic and complex relations between emerging technologies and human development

The World Within Reach
Zheng Yan, Ed.D.
Associate Professor

School of Education
Department: Educational and Counseling Psychology

Division of Educational Psychology and Methodology
ED 227



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's research mainly concerns dynamic and complex relations between emerging technologies and human development. He has been studying three technology-based human behaviors: (1) computer behavior (e.g., how students learn to use computer software. how computer users develop Computer Vision Syndrome), (2) cyber behavior (e.g., how children understand the technical and social complexity of Internet, how Internet users make online decisions), and (3) mobile phone behavior (e.g., how school mobile phone policies impact learning and teaching, how mobile phone multitasking produces academic distraction). His current research focuses on cybersecurity judgment in particular and cybersecurity behavior in general. He is the co-editor of International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning.

He teaches courses in the area of human development and learning, including Child Development, Adolescent Development, Seminar in Learning, and in the area of research methodology, including Research Project in the Educational Psychology, Intermediate Statistics, and Seminar in Structural Equation Modeling.



Yan, Z. (2017). Mobile Phone Behavior. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Yan, Z. (Ed.). (2015). Encyclopedia of Mobile Phone Behavior (Volumes 1, 2, & 3). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

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

Special Issues and Sections

Yan, Z., & Hardell, L. (Eds.). (2017). Contemporary Mobile Technology and Child and Adolescent Development (Special Section). Child Development.

Atkinson, R., & Yan, Z. (Eds.). (2012). Mobile Computing Behavior: Connecting Anywhere, Anytime, and Anyone (Special Issue). The International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning, 3, 1-102.

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.

Selected Journal Articles

Gao, Q., Yan, Z., Wei, C., Liang, Y., Mo. L. (2016). Three different roles, five different aspects: Differences and similarities in viewing school mobile phone policies among teachers, parents, and students. Computers and Education.

Chen, L., Yan, Z., Tang, W., Yang, F., Xie, X., & He, J. (2016). Mobile phone addition levels and negative emotions among Chinese young adults: The mediating role of interpersonal problems. Computers in Human Behavior, 55, 856-866.

Chen, Q., & Yan, Z. (2016). Does multitasking with mobile phones affect learning? A review. Computers in Human Behavior, 54, 34-42.

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

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.