Zhang, Casper Jiapeng

Post-doctoral Fellow

Division of Community Medicine and Public Health Practice

  • PhD, MPH

Casper Zhang holds a PhD, with academic backgrounds in psychology and public health. He also holds professional memberships of American Psychological Association (Division 38: Health Psychology), Australian Psychological Society, and Royal Society for Public Health. His research revolves around urban environment, active living and mental health. In addition, he oversees the conduct of the international Mind, Activities and urban Places (iMAP) in Hong Kong study, and liaises with overseas colleagues in Melbourne, Australia.

Casper actively collaborates with clinicians and researchers from Australia, Belgium, Mainland China, Malaysia, Nigeria, Singapore, the UK and the US in contributing to knowledge bases in the fields of health and behavioural sciences.

Casper has authored or co-authored more than 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 2 book chapters. He also supervises research support staff, and mentors medical and postgraduate students undertaking research projects on a range of health-related topics.
Selected Publications
  1. Zhang, C. J. P., Wu, H., He, Z., Chan, N. K., Huang, J., Wang, H., Yin, Z., Akinwunmi, B., & Ming, W. K. (2021). Psychobehavioral responses, post-traumatic stress and depression in pregnancy during the early phase of COVID-19 outbreak. Psychiatric Research and Clinical Practice, 3(1): 46-54. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.prcp.20200019
  2. Liu, T., He, Z., Huang, J., Yan, N., Chen, Q., Huang, F., Zhang, Y., Akinwunmi, O.M., Akinwunmi, B.O., Zhang, C. J. P., Wu, Y., & Ming, W. K. (2021). A comparison of vaccine hesitancy of COVID-19 vaccination in China and the United States. Vaccines, 9(6), 649. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9060649
  3. Wu, H. L., Huang, J., Zhang, C. J. P. *, He, Z., & Ming, W.K. (2020). Facemask shortage and the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak: Reflections on public health measures. EClinicalMedicine, 21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eclinm.2020.100329 (*jointed first authorship)
  4. Liu, Q., Zheng, Z., Zheng, J., Chen, Q., Liu, G., Chen, S., Chu, B., Zhu, H., Akinwunmi, B., Huang, J., Zhang, C. J. P., & Ming, W. K. (2020). Health communication through news media during the early stage of the COVID-19 outbreak in china: Digital topic modeling approach. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22(4):e19118. https://doi.org/10.2196/19118 
  5. Barnett A., Van Dyck D., Van Cauwenberg J., Zhang, C. J. P., Lai, P. C., & Cerin, E. (2020). Objective neighbourhood attributes as correlates of neighbourhood dissatisfaction and the mediating role of neighbourhood perceptions in older adults from culturally and physically diverse urban environments. Cities, 107:102879. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2020.102879 
  6. Cerin, E., Van Dyck, D., Zhang, C. J. P., Van Cauwenberg, J., Lai, P.C., & Barnett, A. (2020). Urban environments and objectively-assessed physical activity and sedentary time in older Belgian and Chinese community dwellers: Potential pathways of influence and the moderating role of physical function. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 17(1), 73. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-020-00979-8
  7. Zhang, C. J. P., Barnett, A., Johnston, J. M., Lai, P. C., Lee, R. S. Y., Sit, C. H. P., & Cerin, E. (2019). Objectively-measured neighbourhood attributes as correlates and moderators of quality of life in older adults with different living arrangements: the ALECS cross-sectional study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(5), 876. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16050876
  8. Zhang, C. J. P., Barnett, A., Sit, C. H. P., Lai, P. C., Johnston, J. M., Lee, R. S. Y., & Cerin, E. (2019). To what extent does physical activity explain the associations between neighbourhood environment and depressive symptoms in older adults living in an Asian metropolis? Mental Health and Physical Activity, 16, 96-104. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mhpa.2018.11.005
  9. Shen J., Zhang C. J. P. *, Jiang B., Chen J., Song J., Liu Z., He Z., Wong S. Y., Fang P. H., & Ming W. K. (2019). Artificial intelligence versus clinicians in disease diagnosis: Systematic review. JMIR Medical Informatics; 7(3):e10010. https://doi.org/10.2196/10010 (*jointed first authorship)
  10. Zhang, C. J. P., Barnett, A., Sit, C. H. P., Lai, P. C., Johnston, J. M., Lee, R. S. Y., & Cerin, E. (2018). Cross-sectional associations of objectively assessed neighbourhood attributes with depressive symptoms in older adults of an ultra-dense urban environment: the Hong Kong ALECS study. BMJ Open, 8. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020480
  11. Barnett, A., Zhang, C. J. P. *, Johnston, J. M., & Cerin, E. (2018). Relationships between the neighborhood environment and depression in older adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. International Psychogeriatrics, 30(8), 1153-1176. https://doi.org/10.1017/S104161021700271X (*jointed first authorship)