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Junya Zhu, PhD

Assistant Professor

Departmental Affiliation(s):

Health Policy and Management

Center & Institute Affiliation(s):

Contact Information

624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 344
Baltimore , Maryland   21205


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PhD , Brandeis University , 2013
MA , Brandeis University , 2008
MS , Brandeis University , 2006


Junya Zhu is a health services researcher who works at the intersection of quality of care, patient-reported outcomes, and clinical effectiveness with a focus in cancer and traumatic injury. Her research includes the examination of treatment patterns and quality of care and their impact on patient outcomes, and the assessment of patient experience with hospital care and its variations across different levels (patient, department, hospital) of the hierarchy. Other work includes the development of the Patient Safety Culture in Chinese Hospitals Survey that is used in hospitals in China to identify areas for improvement and monitor changes over time.

Much of her work involves the use of hierarchical modeling, structural equation modeling, and propensity score methods in disease registry, survey, administrative, and clinical datasets.

Honors and Awards

Associate Editor, Journal of Thoracic Disease, 2012-

The International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) Scholarship, 2007

Student Commencement Speaker, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, 2006

Provincial Science and Technology Innovation Award, Zhejiang, China, 2002

Provincial Outstanding Scholar Award, Zhejiang, China, 2001

Quality of care, patient safety, patient experience/satisfaction, comparative effectiveness


Longitudinal analysis, multilevel modeling, structure equation modeling, survey research

  • Zhu J, Li L, Zhao H, Han G, Wu AW, Weingart SN. Development of a patient safety climate survey for Chinese hospitals: cross-national adaptation and psychometric evaluation. BMJ Qual Saf. 2014 Apr 15. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2013-002664. [Epub ahead of print]

  • Zhu J, Sharma DB, Chen AB, Johnson BE, Weeks JC, Schrag D. Comparative effectiveness of three platinum-doublet chemotherapy regimens in elderly patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer. Cancer. 2013; 119(11): 2048-2060.

  • Zhu J, Sharma DB, Gray SW, Chen AB, Weeks JC, Schrag D. Carboplatin and paclitaxel with vs without bevacizumab in older patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer. JAMA. 2012; 307(15):1593-1601.

  • Zhu J, Davis RB, Stuver SO, Berry DL, Block S, Weeks JC, Weingart SN. A longitudinal study of pain variability and its correlates in ambulatory patients with advanced stage cancer. Cancer. 2012; 118(24):6278-6286.

  • Zhu J, Stuver SO, Epstein AM, Schneider EC, Weissman JS, Weingart SN. Can we rely on patients’ reports of adverse events? Med Care. 2011; 49(10):948-955.