School of Nursing


ZHU Bingqian

PhD, Research Associate Professor


Tel: 86-021-63846590-776738

Address: 227 S Chongqing Rd, Shanghai, 200025

Research Interest: Sleep and cardiometabolic health


  • Dr. Zhu received her PhD in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2018. She was awarded the “Young Eastern Scholar” (2020-2023). She was selected as a mentee by the “International Sleep Research Training Program” of the World Sleep Society (cohort 2021) and was mentored by Dr. Simon Kyle from the University of Oxford. Dr. Zhu is passionate about serving. She is a committee member of the Shanghai Nursing Association-Diabetes Care, an editorial board member of the International Journal of Nursing Studies (top journal in Nursing) and the Chinese General Practice. Dr. Zhu also organized the “World Sleep Day” activity in 2021 and 2022. Her activity in 2021 received the “Distinguished Activity Award”.

  • The long-term goal of Dr. Zhu’s research is to develop interventions to improve sleep in an effort to decrease the cardiometabolic risks associated with sleep disturbances and maximize the well-being of adults. Her research has been focused on sleep health among various populations, including people with diabetes, pregnant women, and patients with chronic pain. She has expertise in using novel data collection methods such as Ecological Momentary Assessment and wearable devices including actigraphy and continuous glucose monitor. She has experience in instrument validation and systematic review. Dr. Zhu is also interested in symptom management (e.g., pain and fatigue). During the past five years, Dr. Zhu has received national, municipal, and intramural funding, with a total amount of over 1.5 million CNY. She has published over 30 research papers as the first or corresponding author in peer-reviewed journals, including Sleep Medicine Reviews, Journal of Advanced Nursing, and Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.


  • Wang, J., Zhu, B., Wu, R., Chang, Y.S., Cao, Y.*, Zhu, D. (2022). Bidirectional associations between parental non-responsive feeding practices and child eating behaviors: A systematic review and meta-analysis of longitudinal prospective studies. Nutrients. [In press]

  • Izci-Balserak, B., Zhu, B.*, Wang, H., Bronas, U., & Gooneratne, N. (2021). Independent associations between sleep duration, gamma gap, and cognitive function among older adults: Results from the NHANES 2013-2014. Geriatric Nursing, 5 (44),1-7.

  • Zhu, B., Abu Irsheed, G. M., Martyn-Nemeth, P., & Reutrakul, S. (2021). Type 1 diabetes, sleep, and hypoglycemia. Current Diabetes Reports, 21 (12), 55.

  • Zhu, B., Yin, Y., Shi, C., Chaiard, J., Park, C. G., Chen, X., & Izci-Balserak, B. (2022).  Feasibility of sleep extension and its effect on cardiometabolic parameters in free-living settings: A systematic review and meta-analysis of experimental studies. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 21 (1),9-25.

  • Zhu, B., Chen, P., Kim, M. J., Chen, X., Quinn, L., & Fritschi, C. (2021).  Fluctuations in self-reported symptoms predict objective physical activity in adults with type 2 diabetes. The Science of Diabetes Self-Management and Care, 47 (4), 255-263.

  • Zhu, B., Grandner, M. A., Jackson, N. J., Pien, G. W., Knutson, K. L., & Izci-Balserak, B. (2021).  Dietary factors are associated with sleep duration during the menopausal transition. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 43 (10), 984-994.

  • Wu, R., Zhu, B., Chen, R., Chen, L., Chen, R., & Zhu, D. (2021). Weight perception measured by verbal descriptions and visual descriptions: Which measurement correlates with weight loss intentions among female nursing students? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (10), 5200.

  • Li, Y., He, H. G., Bressington, D., Zhu, B., Chien, W. T. (2021). Predictors of self-efficacy among people with spinal cord injury during inpatient rehabilitation: A cross-sectional study. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 53(2), 218-226.

  • Zhu, B., Bronas, U. G., Carley, D. W., Lee, K., Steffen, A., Kapella, M. C., Izci-Balserak, B. (2020). Relationships between objective sleep parameters and inflammatory biomarkers in pregnancy. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1473 (1), 62-73.

  • Zhu, B., Feng, T., & Izci-Balserak, B. (2020). Using Research Electronic Data Capture for longitudinal assessment among older adults with diabetes enhances real-time data collection. CIN-Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 39(1), 32-41.

  • Zhu, B., Chen, X., Park, C., Zhu, D., & Izci-Balserak, B. (2020) Fatigue and sleep quality predict eating behavior among people with type 2 diabetes. Nursing Research, 69(6), 419-426.

  • Zhu, B., Shi, C., Park, C., & Reutrakul, S. (2020). Sleep quality and gestational diabetes in pregnant women: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Sleep Medicine, 67(2020), 47-55.

  • Zhu, B.*, Kapella, M. C., Zhao, X., & Fritschi, C. (2020). Intra-individual variability in sleep is related to glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 76(4), 991-998.

  • Chen, P., Wan, G., & Zhu, B. (2021). Incidence and risk factors of symptomatic thrombosis related to peripherally inserted central catheter in patients with lung cancer. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 77(3), 1284-1292.

  • Chen, P., Zhu, B., Wan, G., & Qin, L. (2021). The incidence of asymptomatic thrombosis related to peripherally inserted central catheter in adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Nursing Open, 77(3), 1284-1292.

  • Hao, G., Zhu, B., Li, Y., Wang, P., Li, L., & Hou, L. (2020). Sleep quality and disease activity in patients with inflammatory bowel disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Sleep Medicine, 75, 301-308.

  • Kim, M. J., Park, C., Zhu, B., & Fritschi, C. (2020). Subjective cognitive decline in diabetes: Associations with psychological, sleep, and diabetes-related factors. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 77(2), 693-702.

  • Izci-Balserak, B., Zhu, B.*, Gurubhagavatula, I., Keenan, B. T., & Pien, G. W. (2019). A screening algorithm for obstructive sleep apnea in pregnancy. Annals of the American Thoracic Society, 16(10), 1286-1294.

  • Zhu, B.*, Shi, C., Park, C., Zhao, X., & Reutrakul, S. (2019). Effects of sleep restriction on metabolism-related parameters in healthy adults: A comprehensive review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 45, 18-30.

  • Zhu, B., Sauer, R. Wu, L., Simon, L., Shah, K., Khain, U., & Izci-Balserak, B. (2018). Objective sleep in pregnant women: A comparison of actigraphy and polysomnography. Sleep Health, 4(5), 390-396.

  • Izci-Balserak, B., Zhu, B.*, Grander, M. A., Jackson, N., & Pien, G. W. (2019). Obstructive sleep apnea in pregnancy: Performance of a rapid screening tool. Sleep & Breathing, 23(2), 425-432.

  • Liu, L., Wang, S., Su, G., & Zhu, B.* (2019). The prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea and its association with pregnancy-related health outcomes: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Sleep & Breathing, 23(2), 399-412.

  • Zhu, B., Ma, C., Chaiard, J., & Shi, C. (2018). Effect of continuous positive airway pressure on glucose metabolism in adults with type 2 diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Sleep & Breathing, 22(2), 287-295.

  • Zhu, B., Martyn-Nemeth, P., Ruggiero, L., Park, C. G., Zhang, Y., & Fritschi, C. (2019). Associations between fatigue, sleep disturbance and eating style in adults with type 2 diabetes: A correlational study. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 28(17-18), 3200-3209.

  • Zhu, B., & Vincent, C. (2019). Response to Wi, D. (2018) Letter: Sleep disturbance in people with diabetes: A concept analysis. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 28(17-18), E2-E2.

  • Fritschi, C., Martyn-Nemeth, P., Zhu, B., & Kim, M. J. (2019) Active learning: Lessons from women with type 2 diabetes in a walking program. The Diabetes Educator, 45(4), 370-379.

  • Zhao, X., Li, Y., Tian, Q., Zhu, B., & Zhao, Z. (2019) Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation increases serum brain-derived neurotrophic factor and decreases interleukin-1b and tumor necrosis factor-a in elderly patients with refractory depression. Journal of International Medical Research, 16(10), 1286-1294.

  • Zhu, B., Quinn, L., Kapella, M. C., Bronas, U. G., Collins, E. G., Ruggiero, L., Park, C. G., & Fritschi, C. (2018). Relationships between sleep and self-care in adults with type 2 diabetes. Acta Diabetologica, 55(9), 963-970.

  • Zhu, B., Bronas, U., Fritschi, C. (2018). Sleep assessment in aging adults with type 2 diabetes: Agreement between actigraphy and sleep diaries. Sleep Medicine, 46, 88-94.

  • Zhu, B., Quinn, L., & Fritschi, C. (2017). Relationship and variation of diabetes-related symptoms, sleep disturbance and sleep-related impairment in adults with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73(4), 689-697.

  • Zhu, B., Vincent, C., Kapella, M., Quinn, L., Collins, E., Ruggiero, L., Park, C., & Fritschi, C. (2017). Sleep disturbance in people with diabetes: A concept analysis. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27(1-2), e50-e60.

  • Zhu, B., Hershberger, P., Kapella, M., & Fritschi, C. (2017). The relationship between sleep disturbance and glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes: An integrative review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 26(23-24), 4053-4064.

  • Zhu, B., Xie, M., Park, C., & Kapella, M. (2017). Adaptation of the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index in Chinese adults with type 2 diabetes. Journal of the Chinese Medical Association, 81(3), 242-247.

  • Kapella, M., Vispute, S., Zhu, B., & Herdegen, J. (2017). Actigraphy scoring for sleep outcome measures in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Sleep Medicine, 37, 124-129.

  • Shi, C., Qiu, S., Riester, S. M., Das, V., Zhu, B., Wallace, A. A., ... & Votta-Velis, G. (2017). Animal models for studying the etiology and treatment of low back pain. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 36, 1305-1312.

  • Zhu, B., Li, X., Wang, D., & Yu, X. (2014). Sleep quality and its impact on glycemic control in patients with T2DM. International Journal of Nursing Sciences, 1(3), 260-265.