Jingzhen Ginger Yang, PhD, MPH
Dr. Jingzhen (Ginger) Yang is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine. She is also an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the OSU College of Public Health. Dr. Yang’s primary research interest is injury prevention with an emphasis on injuries to children and adolescents. Much of her current research 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.
Funding for Dr. Yang’s work has been provided primarily through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This research includes studies that monitor physical and cognitive rest following sports-related concussion for optimal recovery, and evaluate the effects of state traumatic brain injury laws on rates and patterns of pediatric concussions and concussion-related healthcare utilization. Dr. Yang is currently 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.
Dr. Yang has merited a distinguished national and international record of achievement through involvement in a wide range of other injury prevention, intervention, and evaluation research projects. For instance, 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 received the American Public Health Association (APHA), Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section (ICEHS) “Excellence in Science Award,” a prestigious award for her outstanding achievements in the field of injury prevention. At Nationwide Children’s Hospital Abigail Wexner Research Institute, she collaborates with sport medicine physicians, emergency room physicians, and genomic medicine researchers on basic and clinical research related to pediatric sport-related injuries.
Dr. Yang has a national and international reputation as a consummate researcher and is recognized for her leadership in the field of injury prevention. Dr. Yang’s research has not only advanced scientific knowledge but also significantly impacted children and their families by preventing and reducing the burden of injuries.