Zhang, N., Sandler, I., Thieleman, K., O’Hara, K., & Wolchik, S. (in press). Self-compassion for caregivers of children in bereaved families: A theoretical model and intervention example. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review.

Sandler, I., Tein, J., Zhang, N., & Wolchik, S. (2023). Developmental Pathways of the Family Bereavement Program to Prevent Major Depression 15 Years Later. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


Sandler, I., Wolchik, S., Sandler, J., Tein, J., Gaffney, D., Zhang, N., & Porter, M. (2022). Feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of adding an evidence-based parent/caregiver program for bereaved families to usual community-based services. OMEGA – Journal of Death and Dying.

Ahrweiler, N., Santana-Gonzales, C., Zhang, N., Quandt, G., Ashtiani, N., Liu, G., Engstrom, M., Schultz, E., Liengswangwong, R., Teoh, J. Y., Kozachok, K., Quevedo, K. (2022). Neural Activity Associated with Symptoms Change in Depressed Adolescents Following Self-Processing Neurofeedback. Brain Science, 12(9), 1128.

Causadias, J. M., Alcalá, L., Morris, K. S., Yaylaci, F. T., & Zhang, N. (2022).Future directions on BIPOC youth mental health: The importance of cultural rituals in the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Zhang, N., Russell, B., Park, C. & Fendrich, M. (2022). Effects of Mindful Emotion Regulation on Parents’ Loneliness and Social Support: A Longitudinal Study During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic in the United States. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Alvis, L., Zhang, N., Sandler, I., & Kaplow, J. (2022). Developmental Manifestations of Grief in Children and Adolescents: Caregivers as Key Grief Facilitators. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma.

Zhang, N., Sandler, I., Tein, J., Wolchik, S. & Donohue, E. (2022). Caregivers’ self-compassion and bereaved children’s adjustment: Testing caregivers’ mental health and parenting as mediators. Mindfulness.


Zhang, N., Sandler, I., Tein, J., & Wolchik, S. (2021). Reducing suicide risk in parentally bereaved youth through promoting effective parenting: Testing a developmental cascade model. Development and Psychopathology.

Sandler, I., Tein, J., Zhang, N., Wolchik, S., & Thieleman, K. (2021). Grief as a predictor of long-term suicidality above and beyond PTSD symptoms and other risk factors in parentally bereaved children and adolescents. Journal of Traumatic Stress.

Zhang, J., Zhang, N., Piehler, T. F., Gewirtz, A. H. (2021). Emotion regulation difficulties in military fathers magnify their benefit from a parenting program. Prevention Science.

Zhang, N., Hoch, J., Gewirtz, A. H., Barnes, A. & Snyder, J. (2021). Vagal suppression buffers against the negative effects of psychological inflexibility on parenting in combat deployed fathers. Parenting Science and Practice21, 55-78.


Liu, G., Zhang, N., Teoh, J. Y., Egan C., Zeffiro, T. A., Davidson, R. J., & Quevedo, K. (2020).Self-compassion and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex activity during sad self-face recognition in depressed adolescents. Psychological Medicine.

Zhang, N., Hoch, J., & Gewirtz, A. H. (2020). The physiological regulation of emotion during social interactions: Vagal flexibility moderates the effects of a military parenting intervention on father involvement in a randomized trial. Prevention Science, 21, 691-701.

This article received the 2021 Barbara Thompson Excellence in Research on Military and Veteran Families Award.

Zhang, N., Lee, S., Zhang, J., Piehler, T. F., & Gewirtz, A. H. (2020). Growth trajectories of parental emotion socialization and child adjustment following a military parenting intervention: A randomized controlled trial. Developmental Psychology, 56, 652-663.

Zhang, J., Palmer, A., Zhang, N., & Gewirtz, A. (2020). Coercive parenting mediates the relationship between fathers’ emotion regulation problems and children’s adjustment. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.


Gewirtz, A. H., Snyder, J., Zamir, O., Zhang, J., Zhang, N. (2019). (Authorship is listed alphabetically). Effects of the After Deployment Adaptive Parenting Tools (ADAPT) intervention on fathers and their children: A moderated mediation model. Development and Psychopathology, 31, 1837-1849

This article was awarded Best Research Article on Men in Families by NCFR in 2020.

Quevedo, K., Liu, G., Teoh, J. Y., Ghosh, S., Zeffiro, T., Ahrweiler, N., Zhang, N., Wedan, R., Oh, S., & Paret, C. (2019). Neurofeedback and neuroplasticity of visual self-processing in depressed and healthy adolescents: A preliminary study. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 40.

Zamir, O., Gewirtz, A. H., Cheng, C. H., Zhang, N., & Lavee, Y. (2019). Psychological distress and communication quality in military couples after deployment to war. Journal of Family Psychology.

Zhang, N., Zhang, J., & Gewirtz, A. H. (2019). Do less mindful mothers show better parenting via improvements in trait mindfulness following a military parent training program? Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 909.

Zhang, N., Piehler, T. F., Gewirtz, A. H., Zamir, O., & Snyder, J. J. (2019). Trait mindfulness and anger in the family: A dyadic analysis of male service members and their female partners. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

This article was a finalist for the 2020 Barbara Thompson Award for Excellence in Research on Military and Veteran Families by Purdue University.

Watch the award ceremony recording here.


Monn, A., Zhang, N., & Gewirtz, A. H. (2018). Deficits in inhibitory control may place service members at risk for PTSD and impaired parenting behaviors following deployment-related trauma. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 31, 866-875.

Zhang, N., Zhang, J., Gewirtz, A. H., & Piehler, T. F. (2018). Improving parental emotion socialization in military families: Results of a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Family Psychology, 32, 1046-1056.

An, Y., Yuan, G., Zhang, N., Zhou, F., & Xu, W. (2018). Longitudinal cross-lagged relationships between mindfulness, posttraumatic stress symptoms, and posttraumatic growth in adolescents following the Yancheng tornado in China. Psychiatry Research, 266, 334-340.

Chesmore, A. A., He, Y., Zhang, N., & Gewirtz, A. H. (2018). Parent discrepancies in ratings of child behaviors following wartime deployment. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 31, 79-88

Zhang, N., Rudi, J., Zamir, O., & Gewirtz, A. (2018). Parent engagement in online mindfulness exercises within a parent training program for postdeployed military families. Mindfulness, 9, 725-736.

Zhang, N., Fan, F., Huang, S., & Rodriguez, M. (2018). Mindfulness training for loneliness among Chinese college students: A pilot randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Psychology, 53, 373-378.


Zamir, O., Gewirtz, A. H., & Zhang, N. (2017). Actor-partner associations of mindfulness and marital quality following military deployment. Family Relations, 66, 412-424 10.1111/fare.12266

Pinna, K., Hanson, S., Zhang, N., & Gewirtz, A. (2017). Fostering resilience in National Guard & Reserve families: A contextual adaptation of an evidence-based parenting program. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry87, 185-193.