Johnny Zhang

Contact Information

Zhiyong Johnny Zhang Johnny Zhang
Associate Professor
118B Haggar Hall
(574) 631-2902




Ph.D., University of Virginia 

Research interests

In general, Zhiyong Zhang is interested in developing and applying statistical methods in the areas of developmental and health research. Methodologically, his research interests include (1) continuous and categorical dynamic factor models, nonlinear time series models, and dynamical systems analysis, (2) linear and nonlinear models for analyzing longitudinal data, and (3) Bayesian methods and statistical computing. Substantively, he is interested in the analysis of intraindividual change and interindividual differences in change of life span development, cognitive aging, and emotion.

Select publications

Cheung, R. Y. M.*, Cummings, E. M., Zhang, Z., & Davies, P. (in press) Trivariate Modeling of Interparental Conflict and Adolescent Emotional Security: An Examination of Mother-Father-Child Dynamics. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Zhang, Z. & Yuan, K.-H. (in press). Robust Coefficients Alpha and Omega and Confidence Intervals with Outlying Observations and Missing Data: Methods and Software. Educational and Psychological Measurement.

Liu, H.*, Zhang, Z., & Grimm, K. J. (in press). Comparison of Inverse-Wishart and Separation-Strategy Priors for Bayesian Estimation of Covariance Parameter Matrix in Growth Curve Analysis. Structural Equation Modeling.

Zhang, Z. (in press). Monte Carlo Based Statistical Power Analysis for Mediation Models: Methods and Software. Behavior Research Methods.

Bernard, K., Peloso, E., Laurenceau, J-P, Zhang, Z., & Dozier, M. (2015). Examining Change in Cortisol Patterns During the 10-week Transition to a New Childcare Setting. Child Development, 86(2), 456–71.

Merluzzi, T.V., Philip, E.J., Zhang, Z., & Sullivan, C. (2015). Perceived discrimination, coping, and quality of life for African-American and Caucasian persons with cancer. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21(3), 337-344.

Serang, S.*, Zhang, Z., Helm, J., Steele, J. S., & Grimm, K. J. (2015). Evaluation of a Bayesian Approach to Estimating Nonlinear Mixed-Effects Mixture Models. Structural Equation Modeling, 22(2), 202–215.

Yuan, K.-H., Tong, X.*, & Zhang, Z. (2015). Bias and Efficiency for SEM with Missing Data and Auxiliary Variables: Two-Stage Robust Method versus Two-Stage ML. Structural Equation Modeling , 22(2), 178–192.

Zhang, Z., Hamagami, F., Grimm, K. J., & McArdle, J. J. (2015). Using R Package RAMpath for Tracing SEM Path Diagrams and Conducting Complex Longitudinal Data Analysis. Structural Equation Modeling, 22(1), 132–147.

Hardy, S. A., Zhang, Z., Skalski, J. E., Melling, B. S., & Brinton, C. T. (2014). Daily religious involvement, spirituality, and moral emotions. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 6(4), 338-348.