Dr. Jingzhen (Ginger) Yang is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine. Dr. Yang’s primary research interest is injury prevention with an emphasis on injuries to children and adolescents. Her current research, primarily funded through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), focuses on the trajectory of recovery from sports-related mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI) among children as well as parental engagement in teen driving safety. Dr. Yang’s research interests address some of the leading causes of death and disability among children in the US and worldwide. Dr. Yang has a national and international reputation as a consummate researcher and is recognized for her leadership in the field of injury prevention. Currently, Dr. Yang is directing an NIH-funded R01 study to assess the effectiveness of an evidence-based, parent-focused teen driving safety program on the driving practices of teen drivers who have received a traffic violation. From 2010 to 2015, she was appointed to the Major League Baseball Injury Research Committee, which provides guidance in injury research among professional baseball players. In 2013, she was the recipient of the American Public Health Association (APHA) Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section “Excellence in Science Award.” Dr. Yang is a graduate of Soochow University, China (BA), Indiana University at Bloomington (MPH), and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (PhD).
- Faculty Excellence Award in Research, Kent State University, 2013
- 2012 Kenneth L. Knight Award for the Outstanding Research Manuscript, Journal of Athletic Training, 2013
- Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching, Kent State University, 2013
- Excellence in Science Award, American Public Health Association, Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section, 2013
- The Best Paper Award for the Student Paper Competition, American Public Health Association, Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section, 2004