ZHANG Yunting

Associate Researcher

Email: edwinazhang@shsmu.edu.cn

Tel: 021-38626064

Research Areas: child health


Yunting Zhang graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine with her MD degree in health economics in 2010 and her Ph.D. Degree of epidemiology in 2017. She worked in Harvard Medical School as visiting assistant professor in 2019. She has been working in Shanghai Children’s Medical Center affiliated Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine as a research fellow from 2010. Right now, she is an associate professor as well as director of Global Child and Adolescent Health Division in Child Health Advocacy Institute. Her major research interests are in pediatrics and child health. She is experienced in population assessment and monitoring of early childhood development, with special attention to the influence of socio-economic factors, family parenting style and lifestyles on early childhood development, as well as the practice and evaluation of related interventions. She is member of Early Child Development Committee of the Society of Pediatrics Chinese Medical Association, member of Maternal and Child Health Committee of Shanghai Preventive Medicine Association, chief secretary of the Child Health Alliance of National Children’s Medical Center. She is also an Equity Initiative Fellow of China Medical Board and Atlantic Fellow by the Atlantic Philanthropies.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2014.9-2017.6 PhD(Epidemiology) Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Medicine

  • 2007.9-2010.6 Master(Health Economics) Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Medicine

  • 2003.9-2007.6 B.A. Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Medicine


  • 2019.12-now Shanghai Children’s Medical Center,Assistant Professor

  • 2010.7-2019.12 Shanghai Children’s Medical Center,Research assistant

  • 2014.1-now Child Health Advocacy Institute, Shanghai Children’s Medical Center,Office Director

  • 2010.1-2014.1 Party Committee Office, Shanghai Children’s Medical Center,Staff

Research Projects

  1. 2019.4-2019.12 National Health Commission,Establishing the norm of population level early child development tool for children aged 0-3 in China,PI

  2. 2018.10-2021.9 UNICEF,Assessment of early childhood development and development strategies in China,Co-investigator

  3. 2018.10-2021.9 Shanghai Jiao Tong University,Innovation Team on Pediatric Research,Participant

  4. 2018.7-2019.6 Shanghai Municipal of Education Committee,Association between 24-hour accelerometer measured Physical Activity and Physical and Mental Health in Shanghai Adolescents,PI

  5. 2018.4-2019.4 Shanghai Municipal of Education Committee,Project title: Establishment and Application of Evaluation and Intervention System for Early Child Development in Yunnan Province,Co-investigator

  6. 2018.10-2021.9 Shanghai JiaoTong University, school of medicine,6.Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine Innovation Team on Pediatric Research,Participant

  7. 2018.3-2018.12 United Nations Children's Fund & National Health Commission,Research on Needs Assessment and Strategy Design of Early Child Development in China,Co-investigator

  8. 2017.1-2019.12 Natural Science Foundation of China,Effect of Physical Activity on Academic Performance, Cognitive Function and Related Mechanism in Children,PI

  9. 2015.1-2019.12 Shanghai Municipal of Education Committee,Effect of Parenting in Early Child Development with Scientific Evidence,Co-investigator

  10. 2015.1-2017.12 Shanghai Education Committee,Validation of Early Child Development Assessment Tool,PI

  11. 2015.1-2017.12 Shanghai Health and Family Planning Bureau,Strategy and Method to Improve Child and Adolescent Health with Joint Effort of Pediatric, Education and Physical Activity,Co-investigator

  12. 2015.1-2017.12 Shanghai Health and Family Planning Bureau,Establishment and Application of Major Pediatric Disease Registry ,Co-investigator

  13. 2015.1-2017.12  National Natural Science Foundation,Maternal and Child Health (Outstanding Young Scholar Award),Participant

  14. 2012.10-2015.9  Shanghai Science and Technology Committee,Multicenter Clinical Research for Child Precocious,Participant

  15. 2011.1-2011.11 Shanghai Science and Technology Committee,Integration and Redesign of Shanghai Children’s Health Insurance System,Participant

  16. 2008.1-2009.12 Ministry of Health,Status and Recommendation on Reimbursement of State-owned Hospital,Participant

  17. 2008.1-2008.12 Comparison on different monitoring, management and investment measures and policies in sanitation,UNICEF

Peer Reviewed Publications

  1. Zhang Y, Kang L, Zhao J, Song PY, Jiang PF, Lu C. Assessing the Inequality of Early Child Development in China - A Population-Based Study. The Lancet Regional Health – Western Pacific. 2021;14.

  2. Qiao Jie#*,Wang Yuanyuan#, Li Xiaohong#, Jiang Fan, Zhang Yunting, Ma Jun, Song Yi, Ma Jing, Fu Wei, Pang Ruyan, Zhu Zhaofang, Zhang Jun, Qian Xu, Wang Linhong, Wu Jiuling, Chang Hsun-Ming, Leung Peter C K, Mao Meng, Ma Duan, Guo Yan, Qiu Jie, Liu Li, Wang Haidong, Norman Robert J, Lawn Joy, Black Robert E, Ronsmans Carine, Patton George, Zhu Jun#*, Song Li#*, Hesketh Therese. A Lancet Commission on 70 years of women‘s reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health in China[J]. The Lancet, 2021,397(10293):

  3. Xuelai Wang#, Yunting Zhang#, Jin Zhao, Wenjie Shan, Zichen Zhang, Guanghai Wang, Yanrui Jiang, Weiming Zhu, Donglan Zhang, Fan Jiang*, Cohort Profile: The Shanghai Children’s Health, Education and Lifestyle Evaluation, Preschool (SCHEDULE-P) Study, International Journal of Epidemiology, 2021;, dyaa279, https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyaa279

  4. Zhao Jin, Brinkman Sally Anne, Zhang Yunting*, Song Yingquan, Lu Chunling,Young Mary Eming, Zhang Yue, Ip Patrick, Shan Wenjie, Jiang Fan*. Measuring early childhood development with The Early Human Capability Index (eHCI): a reliability and validity study in China.[J]. BMC pediatrics, 2020,20(1).

  5. Guanghai Wang, Yunting Zhang, Jin Zhao, Jun Zhang, Fan Jiang*. Mitigate the effects of home confinement on children during the COVID-19 outbreak[J]. The Lancet,2020

  6. Zhang Yunting#, Li Niu, Donglan Zhang*, Patrick Ip, Frederick Ho,Yanrui Jiang, Wanqi Sun, Qi Zhu, and Fan Jiang*. Social-Emotional Functioning Explains the Effects of Physical Activity on Academic Performance among Chinese Primary School Students: A Mediation Analysis. The Journal of Pediatrics 2019; 208: 74-80

  7. Dong Yuanyuan#, Zhang Yunting#, Tong Shilu, Jiang Zhongyi,Xu Zhiwei,Li Xinyue,Wang Wei. Analysis of the Seasonal Trend of Congenital Heart Defects. The Journal of Pediatrics 2019; 207: 29-33.e1

  8. 张云婷, 赵瑾, 单文婕, Mary Eming Young, 何幼华, 茅红美, 瞿佳杰, 赵正言*, 江帆*. 儿童早期发展评估工具及其在中国的开发应用. 中华儿科杂志[J],2018,56 (2): 84-87. DOI: 10.3760/cma.j.issn.0578-1310.2018.02.002

  9. Zhao J#, Zhang Y#, Jiang F, et al. Excessive Screen Time and Psychosocial Well-Being: The Mediating Role of Body Mass Index, Sleep Duration, and Parent-Child Interaction. The Journal of Pediatrics 2018; 202: 157-62.e1.

  10. 张云婷#,马生霞#,陈畅#,刘世建,张崇凡*,曹振波*,江帆*.中国儿童青少年身体活动指南.中国循证儿科杂志.2017, 12 (6): 401-409