Dr. Peijia Zha, Assistant Professor, joined the School of Nursing faculty in June 2013. Prior to joining the School of Nursing, she is a Research Associate at the Newark Schools Research Collaborative. Dr. Zha received her Ph.D. in Urban Systems from Rutgers University in 2009 and her MA in Educational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University in 2003.

Dr. Zha is a quantitative research methodologist with experience teaching a broad range of statistical courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. At the School of Nursing, she teaches epidemiology for PhD programs, she also does statistical consulting for Ph.D. and DNP students.

Dr. Zha has been involved in many research projects funded by local, state and national foundation as well as by state and federal agencies, which yielded several publications. She has reviewed grant applications for the U.S. Department of Education.  She also served as research consultant for a local foundation to manage their research projects.

Dr. Zha’s primary research interests are 1) multivariate statistical modeling; 2) causal modeling; 3) survey design; 4) program evaluation. She is also interested in race & equity in health, immigrant health, and urban community health systems.

Selected Publications

  1. Walczyk, J., Ramsey, L., & Zha, P. (2007). Obstacles to instructional innovation according to college science and mathematics faculty; Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 44(1), 85-106.
  2. Walczyk, J., Wei, M., Griffith-Ross, D., Goubert, S., & Zha, P. (2007). Development of the interplay between automatic processes and cognitive resources in reading; Journal of Educational Psychology, 99(4), 867-887.
  3. Zha, P., Walczyk, J., Griffith-Ross, D., Tobacky, J., & Walczyk, D. (2006). The impact of culture and individualism-collectivism on the creativity and achievement of American and Chinese adults; Creativity Research Journal, 18(30), 355-366.

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