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Yizhen Yu

【Source: | Date:2019-08-31 】


Professor of Maternal and Child Health     undefined

Department of Maternal and Child Health



As a tenured Professor of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST). Dr. Yus research is mainly focused on the physical and psychological development of child and adolescent, especially the genetic and environment factors of behavior problems in childhood and puberty .He has published over 100 original papers(including 22 SCI articles,) such as J Affect Disorders, CNS Neurosci Ther, Addict Behav,BMC Public Health,BMC Psychiatyr, Scientific Rep, etc.)

Academic Areas

Growth and development of Child and Adolescent

Research Interests

Psychological development and mental health (especially behavior problem)

Constitution and health (Environments, genes and their interactions in role of child physical and psychological development)

Health education

Selected Professional Affiliations

2013-    A vice president of Mental Heath Association of Hubei Province

2015‑    Associate Editor of Chinese Journal of school health

2016‑    Vice chairman of child and adolescent branch of China Preventive Medicine Association

2016‑    Chairman of Association of Hygiene of Child and Adolescent of Hubei Province  

Courses Taught

Child and adolescent health / Medical psychology


2003‑2006       Ph.D., Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

1987‑1990        M.M., Tongji Medical University, Wuhan, China

1982-1987        B.M., Tongji Medical University, Wuhan, China

Professional/working Experience

2011-present    Professor, School of Public Health, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

2000-2011        Associate Professor, Tongji Medical University, Wuhan, China

1993-2000       Lecturer, Tongji Medical University, Wuhan, China

1990-1993        Assistant Professor, Tongji Medical University, Wuhan, China

Past and ongoing projects, funding, programs

Total 6.5M RMB from NSFC , Ministry of Education  and National Health Commission of P.R.C.Some of these as fellow:

Development of norm of Aggression Questionaire of students aged 9-18 years old in city of China and study on fMRI of social cognition of aggressive students(supported by National natural science foundation of China,2010.1~2012.12)

Investigation of child obesity and its’ intervention strategy (Supported by Ministry of Health of P.R.C,2010.1~2012.12)

Literature review of maternal and child health information construction (Supported by Ministry of Health of P.R.C,2011.6~2012.6)

Students common disease prevention and control technology and related standards for development and application (Supported by Ministry of Health of P.R.C,2012.6~2014.6)

Gene polymorphism and gene-behavior interaction of MAOANr2e1APP etc. of adolescents with aggression. ( supported by National natural science foundation of China,2014.1~2017.12)

Study on constitution and health status of students of Hubei Province.( Supported by Department of Education of Hubei Province of P.R.C,2014.6~2016.6)

Study on the mechanism of phenotypic diversity in adolescent aggression:data mining and application on the basis of high throughout sequencing.(supported by National natural science foundation of China,2016.1~2019.12)

Study on molecular genetics diversity of proactive and reactive aggression in adolescents. (supported by  natural science foundation of Hubei Province,China,2015.1~2017.12)

Select Publications

Books, patents

1.       Zhangxin, Majun,Wu Lijie ,Yu Yizhen et al. Health of child and adolescent(case version).Science Press,2017,1. Beijing, China

2.      Tao Fangbiao, Zhangxin, Majun,Wu Lijie ,Yu Yizhen et al. Child and adolescent health.People’s Medical Publication House Co. LTD. 2017.7 Beijing, China

3.      Yu Yizhen, Jingjin,Song Ranran,et al. Medical psychology. Huazhong University of Science nad Technology Press.2019.9 Wuhan,China

Journal Article

* Corresponding author

1.         Prevalence of internet addiction and its association with stressful life events and psychological symptoms among adolescent internet users. ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS   2014,39(3):744-747

2.        Indirect aggression and parental attachment in early adolescence: Examining the role of perspective taking and empathetic concern. Personality and Individual Differences.  2015,86:499-503

3.        Stressful Life Events as a Predictor for Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in Southern Chinese Adolescence: A Cross-Sectional Study. Medicine. 2016,95(9): 10.1097/MD.0000000000002637

4.        Aggression and related stressful life events among Chinese adolescents living in rural areas: A cross-sectional study .Journal of Affective Disorders  2017,21115): 20–26

5.        Possible association between SIRT1 single nucleotide polymorphisms and predisposition to antisocial personality traits in Chinese adolescents   Scientific Reports DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-01208-2(2017)

6.        A comparative analysis of suicide attempts in left-behind children and non-left-behind children in rural China  PloS ONE. 10.1371/journal.pone.0178743 (2017)

7.        Factors Associated with Trait Anger Level of Juvenile Offenders in Hubei Province: A Binary Logistic Regression Analysis   J Huazhong Univ Sci TechnolMed Sci].2017,37(1):20-24

8.       Treadmill Measurement of Maximal Aerobic Capacity in Untrained Students Aged 9-18 Year   Iran J Public Health. 2017;46(5): 711-712.

9.        Association of aggression and suicide behaviors: A school-based sample of rural Chinese adolescents. Journal of Affective Disorders.  2018,239(10):295-302

10.    Genetic variants in oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) and childhood physical abuse collaborate to modify the risk of aggression in chinese adolescents.Journal of Affective Disorders  2018,229(3):105-110

11.     Prevalence of and risk factors for non-suicidal self-injury in rural China: Results from a nationwide survey in China.Journal of Affective Disorders.  2018,22(1):188-195

12.    Association of genetic variations in the serotonin and dopamine systems with aggressive behavior in the Chinese adolescent population: Single- and multiple-risk genetic variants. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2018,22(1):188-195

13.    Multi-type child maltreatment: prevalence and its relationship with self-esteem among secondary school students in Tanzania. BMC Psychology.  2018;(3).

14.    Psychological maltreatment and its relationship with self-esteem and psychological stress among dolescents in Tanzania: a community based,cross-sectional study.BMC Psychiatry.