Dr. Zhang Yanjie is currently an Associate Professor in the Physical Education Unit, School of Humanities and Social Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen. His research primarily focuses on physical education, physical activity and health promotion, exercise psychophysiology, and quantitative research methods. He has published over 40 English peer-reviewed journal articles (Google h-index of 23). 

My research aims to explore the association between physical activity and psychological/physiological outcomes (e.g., fitness, physical performance, cognition, and mental health) across the lifespan; to investigate the effects of different forms of physical activities on psychological/physiological health.

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  2. 16. Zhang, Y., Liu, X., Ma, Y., & Li, X. (2023). Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior, Fruit and Vegetable Consumption, and Sarcopenia in Older Chinese Adults: A Cross-Sectional Study. Nutrients15(15), 3417.

  3. 15.Xie, H., Chen, E., & Zhang, Y.* (2023). Association of walking pace and fall-related injury among Chinese older adults: Data from the SAGE survey. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 101710.

  4. 14Zhang, Y., Chen, S., Wang, C., Zhang, X., Zou, L., Chi, X., & Jiao, C. (2021). Does more sedentary time associate with higher risks for sleep disorder among adolescents? A pooled analysis. Frontiers in Pediatrics, 8, 571.

  5. 13. Lu, S., Herold, F., Zhang, Y.,* Lei, Y., Kramer, A. F., Jiao, C., ... & Zou, L. (2021). Higher Handgrip Strength Is Linked to Better Cognitive Performance in Chinese Adults with Hypertension. Brain Sciences11(8), 985.

  6. 12. Zhang, Y., Zou, L., Chen, S. T., Bae, J. H., Kim, D. Y., Liu, X., & SONG, W. (2021). Effects and Moderators of Exercise on Sarcopenic components in Sarcopenic Elderly: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Frontiers in Medicine8, 571.

  7. 11. Yu, Q., Herold, F., Becker, B., KluGah-Brown, B., Zhang, Y., Perrey, S., ... & Zou, L. (2021). Cognitive benefits of exercise interventions: an fMRI activation likelihood estimation meta-analysis. Brain Structure and Function, 1-19.

  8. 10. Zhu, X., Chu, T., Yu, Q., Li, J., Zhang, X., Zhang, Y.,* & Zou, L. (2021). Effectiveness of Mind-Body Exercise on Burnout and Stress in Female Undergraduate Students. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion23(3), 353-360.

  9. 9.  Chen, S., Zhang, Y.*, Wang, Y., Liu, X., Song W., & Du, X. (2020). The Effect of Qigong-based Therapy on Patients with Parkinson’s Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Clinical Rehabilitation, 34(12):1436-1448.

  10. 8.  Li, C., Zhang, Y.*, Randhawa, A.K., Madigan, D.J., (2020). Emotional exhaustion and sleep problems in university students: Does mental toughness matter? Personality and Individual Differences. 163, 110046.

  11. 7.  Noh, K., Lee, K., Jamrasi, P., Zhang, Y., Park, S., Seo, D., ... & Song, W. (2020). Physical fitness levels of South Korean national male and female firefighters. Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness. 18(3), 109.

  12. 6.  Yue, C., Zhang, Y.#, Jian, M., Herold, F., Yu, Q., Mueller, P., ... & Zou, L. (2020). Differential Effects of Tai Chi Chuan (Motor-Cognitive Training) and Walking on Brain Networks: A Resting-State fMRI Study in Chinese Women Aged 60. Healthcare, 8(1).

  13. 5.  Zhang, Y., Loprinzi, P. D., Yang, L., Liu, J., Liu, S., & Zou, L. (2019). The Beneficial Effects of Traditional Chinese Exercises for Adults with Low Back Pain: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Medicina55(5), 118. [Cover page]

  14. 4.  Zhang Y. J., Li C. X., Zou, L., Liu X. L., & Song W. (2018) The Effects of Mind-body Exercise on Cognitive Performance in Elderly: A Meta-analysis. International Journal of Environment and Public Health, 15 (12), 2791.

  15. 3.  Sun, F. H., Stephen, H. S. Wong, Li, C. X., Chen, Y. J., Zhang, Y. J. & Huang, Y. J. (2017). Effect of Pre-exercise Carbohydrate Diets with High- and Low- Glycemic Index on Exercise Performance: A Meta-Analysis. Nutrition Reviews.

  16. 2.  Chen, S. H., Zhang, Y. J., Wang, Y, T. & Liu, X. L. (2016). Traditional Chinese Mind and Body Exercises for Promoting Balance Ability of Old Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2.

  17. 1.  Sun, F. H., Li, C. X., Zhang, Y. J., Stephen, H. S. Wong & Wang, L. (2016). Effect of Glycemic Index of Breakfast on Energy Intake at Subsequent Meal among Healthy People: A Meta-Analysis. Nutrients. 8,