Jinjin Zhang

Researcher

Jinjin Zhang is a Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Zhang conducts empirical research using administrative data from a number of jurisdictions to support their efforts to better understand child welfare outcomes, and to structure their systems to align those outcomes with payments. Zhang mainly works on projects in Tennessee and Mississippi. The core focus of her work is to use SAS programming to make methodological progress on these projects, develop analytic files, and then use them for analyses. She is also responsible for updating Tennessee placement data and helping Mississippi implement performance-based contracts with their provider network.

Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Zhang worked with Rady’s Children Hospital, Child & Adolescent Services Research Center, San Diego, as a Senior Research Analyst. In that role, Zhang contributed to the areas of statistical design, methodology, and analysis for multiple projects in children’s mental health and well-being using child welfare data. Her areas of expertise including statistical modeling/programming techniques, methodology, and analysis for working with multistage cluster, weighted, and stratified longitudinal data for complex surveys. Zhang has 10 years of in-depth analytical experience with the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being data.

Zhang holds a Master of Science degree in health care research from University of Calgary and a Master of Arts degree in cultural anthropology from University of Kanazawa.

Master of Science in Health Care Research, University of Calgary

Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology, University of Kanazawa

Fowler, P. J., Marcal, K. E., Zhang, J., Day, O., & Landsverk, J. (2017). Homelessness and aging out of foster care: A national comparison of child welfare-involved adolescents. Children and Youth Services Review, 77, 27-33.

Fowler, P. J., Motley, D., Zhang, J., Rolls-Reutz, J., & Landsverk, J. (2014). Adolescent maltreatment in the child welfare system and developmental patterns of sexual risk behaviors. Child Maltreatment, 20(1), 50-60.

Stein, R. E. K., Hurlburt, M. S., Heneghan, A. M., Zhang, J., Rolls-Reutz, J., Landsverk, J., & Horwitz, S. M.(2014). Health status and type of out-of-home placement: Informal kinship care in an investigated sample. Academic Pediatrics, 14(6), 559-564.

Garland, A. F., Accurso, E. C., Haine-Schlagel, R., Brookman-Frazee, L., Roesch, S., & Zhang, J. (2014). Searching for elements of evidence-based practices in children’s usual care and examining their impact. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 43(2), 201-215.

Traube, D. E., Holloway, I. W., & Zhang, J. (2013). National study of the role of recent illicit substance use on the relationship between depressive symptoms and sexual risk behavior among child welfare–involved adolescents. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74(4), 589-597.

Hurlburt, M. S., Nguyen, K., Reid, J., Webster-Stratton, C., & Zhang, J. (2013). Efficacy of the Incredible Years group parent program with families in Head Start who self-reported a history of child maltreatment. Child Abuse & Neglect, 37(8), 531-543.

Fawley-King, K., Haine-Schlagel, R., Trask, E. V., Zhang, J., & Garland, A. F. (2013). Caregiver participation in community-based mental health services for children receiving outpatient care. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 40(2), 180-190.

Stein, R. E. K., Hurlburt, M. S., Heneghan, A. M., Zhang, J., Rolls-Reutz, J., Silver, E. J., Fisher, E., Landsverk, J., & Horwitz, S. M. (2013). Chronic conditions among children investigated by child welfare: A national sample. Pediatrics, 131(3), 455-462.

Heneghan, A., Stein, R. E. K., Hurlburt, M. S., Zhang, J., Rolls-Reutz, J., Fisher, E., Landsverk, J., & Horwitz, S. M. (2013). Mental health problems in teens investigated by US child welfare agencies. Journal of Adolescent Health, 52(5), 634-640.

Horwitz, S. M., Hurlburt, M. S., Heneghan, A., Zhang, J., Rolls-Reutz, J., Landsverk, J., & Stein, R. E. K. (2013). Persistence of mental health problems in very young children investigated by US child welfare agencies. Academic Pediatrics, 13(6), 524-530.

Horwitz, S. M., Hurlburt, M. S., Goldhaber-Fiebert, J. D., Heneghan, A., Zhang, J., Rolls-Reutz, J., Fisher, E., Landsverk, J., & Stein, R. E. K. (2012). Mental health services use by children investigated by child welfare agencies. Pediatrics, 130(5), 861-869.

Traube, D. E., James, S., Zhang, J., & Landsverk, J. (2012). A national study of risk and protective factors for substance use among youth in the child welfare system. Addictive Behaviors, 37(5), 641-650.

Horwitz, S. M, Hurlburt, M. S., Heneghan, A., Zhang, J., Rolls-Reutz, J., Fisher, E., Landsverk, J., & Stein, R. E. K. (2012). Mental health problems in young children investigated by U.S. child welfare agencies. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 51(6), 572-581.

James, S., Zhang, J., & Landsverk, J. (2012). Residential care for youth in the child welfare system: Stop-gap options or not? Residential Treatment for Children & Youth, 29(1). doi: 10.1080/0886571X.2012.643678

Goldhaber-Fiebert, J. D., Bailey, S. L., Hurlburt, M. S., Zhang, J., Snowden, L. R., Wulczyn, F., Landsverk, J., Horwitz, S. M. (2012). Evaluating child welfare policies with decision-analytic simulation models. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 39(6), 466-477.

Schneiderman, J. U., Hurlburt, M. S., Leslie, L. K., Zhang, J., & Horwitz, S. M. (2012). Child, caregiver, and family characteristics associated with emergency department use by children who remain at home after a child protective services investigation. Child Abuse & Neglect, 36(1), 4-11.

James, S., Roesch, S., & Zhang, J. (2012). Characteristics and behavioral outcomes for youth in group care and family-based care: A propensity score matching approach using national data. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 20(3). doi:10.1177/1063426611409041

Schneiderman, J. U., Leslie, L. K., Hurlburt, M. S., Zhang, J., & Horwitz, S. M. (2012). Caregiver reports of serious injuries in children who remain at home after a child protective services investigation. Maternal Child Health Journal, 16(2), 328-335.

Lambros, K., Hurley, M., Hurlburt, M. S., Zhang, J., & Leslie, L. K. (2012). Special education services for children involved with child welfare / child protective services. School Mental Health, 2(4), 177-191.

Leslie, L. K., Raghavan, R., Aarons, G., James, S., Zhang, J., Hurley, M., & Doerfer, M. (2011). Investigating geographic variation in use of psychotropic medications among youth in child welfare. Child Abuse & Neglect, 35(5), 333-342.

Horwitz, S., Hurlburt, M., Cohen, S., Zhang, J., & Landsverk, J. (2011). Predictors of placement for children who initially remained in their homes after an investigation for abuse or neglect. Child Abuse & Neglect, 35(3), 188-198.

Kolko, D., Hurlburt, M., Zhang, J., Barth, R., Leslie, L., & Burns, B. (2010). Posttraumatic stress symptoms in children and adolescents referred for child welfare investigation: A national sample of in-home and out-of-home care. Child Maltreatment, 15(1), 48-63.

Leslie, L. K., Raghavan, R., Zhang, J., & Aarons, G. A. (2010). Rates of psychotropic medication use over time among youth in child welfare/child protective services. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 20(2), 135-143.

Leslie, L., James, S., Monn, A., Kauten, M., Zhang, J., Aarons, G. (2010). Health-risk behaviors in young adolescents in the child welfare system. Journal of Adolescent Health, 47(1), 26-34.

Hurlburt, M., Chamberlain, P., DeGarmo, D., Zhang, J., & Price, J. (2010). Advancing prediction of foster placement disruption using brief behavioral screening. Child Abuse & Neglect, 34(12), 917-926.

Horwitz, S. M., Hurlburt, M. S., Farmer, E. M. Z., & Zhang, J. (2009). The patterns and predictors of mental health services use by children in contact with the child welfare system. In M. B. Webb, K. Dowd, B. J. Harden, J. Landsverk, & M. F. Testa (Eds.). Child welfare and child well-being: New perspectives from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (pp. 279-329). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Landsverk, J., Hurlburt, M. S., Leslie, L., Rolls-Reutz, J., Zhang, J. (2009). Exits from out-of-home care and continuity of mental health service use. In M. B. Webb, K. Dowd, B. J. Harden, J. Landsverk, & M. F. Testa. (Eds.). Child welfare and child well-being: New perspectives from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (pp. 330-350). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Stahmer, A. C., Hurlburt, M., Horwitz, S. M., Landsverk, J., Zhang, J., & Leslie, L.K. (2009). Associations between intensity of child welfare involvement and child development among young children in child welfare. Child Abuse & Neglect, 33(9), 598-611.

James, S., Montgomery, S. B., Leslie, L.K., & Zhang, J. (2009). Sexual risk behaviors among youth in the child welfare system. Children & Youth Services Review, 31(9), 990-1000.

James, S., Landsverk, J., Leslie, L. K., Slymen, D. & Zhang, J. (2008). Entry into restrictive care settings—placement of last resort? Families in Society, 89(3), 348-359.

James, S., Leslie, L. K., Hurlburt, M. S., Slymen, D. J., Landsverk, J., Davis, I., Mathiesen, S. G., & Zhang, J. (2006). Children in out-of-home care: Entry into intensive or restrictive mental health and residential care placements. Journal of Emotional and Behavior Disorders, 14(4), 196-208.

Stahmer, A. C., Leslie, L. K., Landsverk, J. A.,Zhang, J., & Rolls, J. A. (2006). Developmental services for young children in foster care: Assessment and service delivery. Journal of Social Service Research, 33(2), 27-38.

Stahmer, A. C., Leslie, L. K., Hurlburt, M., Barth, R. P., Webb, M. B., Landsverk, J., & Zhang, J. (2005). Developmental and behavioral needs and service use for young children in child welfare. Pediatrics, 116(4), 891-900.

Leslie, L. K., Hurlburt, M. S., James, S., Landsverk, J. A., Slymen, D. J., & Zhang, J. (2005). Relationship between entry into child welfare and mental health service use. Psychiatric Services, 56(8), 981-987.

Hurlburt, M. S., Leslie, L. K., Landsverk, J., Barth, R. P., Burns, B. J., Gibbons, R. D., Slymen, D. J., & Zhang, J. (2004). Contextual predictors of mental health service use among a cohort of children open to child welfare. Archives of General Psychiatry, 61(12), 1217-1224.

Barber, P. A., Demchuk, A. M., Zhang, J., Kasner, S. E., Hill, M. D., Berrouschot, J., Schmutzhard, E., Harms, L., Verro, P., & Krieger, D. (2003). Computed tomographic parameters predicting fatal outcome in large middle cerebral artery infarction. Cerebrovascular Diseases, 16(3), 230-235 .

Zhang, J., & Verhoef, M. J. (2002). Illness management strategies among Chinese immigrants living with arthritis. Social Science and Medicine, 55(10), 1795-1802.

Baker, M. J., Miller, B., Ganger, W., Wilhite-Grow, D., Mueggenborg, M. G., & Zhang, J. (2003). Children’s mental health services fourth annual system of care report. San Diego, CA: County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency.

Baker, M. J., Culver, S., Garland, A., Ganger, W., Durant, K. & Zhang, J. (2002). Children’s mental health services third annual system of care report. San Diego, CA: County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency.

Blood, C. G., Zhang, J., Walker, G.J.(2002) Implications for modeling casualty sustainment during peacekeeping operations. Military Medicine, 167(10), 868-872.

Blood, C. G., Puyana, J. C., Pitlyk ,P. J., Hoyt, D. B., Bjerke, H. S., Fridman, J., Walker, G. J., Zouris, J. M., & Zhang, J. (2002). An assessment of the potential for reducing future combat deaths through medical technologies and training. The Journal of Trauma Injury, Infection, and Critical Care, 53(6), 1160-1165.

Barber, P. A., Zhang, J., Demchuk, A. M., Hill, M. D., & Buchan, A. M. (2001). Why are stroke patients excluded from TPA therapy?: An analysis of patient eligibility. Neurology, 56(8), 1015-1020.

Barber, P.A., Demchuk, A.M., Zhang, J., Buchan, A.M. (2000).Validity and reliability of a quantitative computed tomography score in predicting outcome of hyperacute stroke before thrombolytic therapy. The Lancet355(9216), 1670-1674.