Dr Yannan Jiang


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Senior Research Fellow


Yannan gained the first degree in Mathematics from Beijing Normal University, and completed her MSc and PhD degrees in Statistics at the University of Auckland. A major focus of her research is designing innovative intervention trials to improve population health in New Zealand and other countries. As a study co-investigator and principal statistician, she has been involved in a wide range of research and commercial projects working with different organisations and providing statistical advice on study design, data monitoring, statistical analysis and reporting, and expert review. Yannan has been a senior statistical consultant of the Statistical Consulting Centre (SCC) since its inception in 2009, and is an invited statistical reviewer for the Lancet and other medical journals. She was elected to the membership of International Statistical Institute (ISI) in 2012, and is a member of the New Zealand Statistical Association (NZSA).

Research | Current

Yannan's current research areas include: clincial trials in nutrition and physical activity, newborn and pregnant women, diabetes and heart diseases; cluster randomized trial design; national survey design and analysis; longitudinal studies; case-control sampling and missing data problems.

Postgraduate supervision

I supervise postgraduate students on research projects in the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences.

Areas of expertise


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Liu, Z., Li, Q., Maddison, R., Ni Mhurchu, C., Jiang, Y., Wei, D.-M., ... Wang, H.-J. (2019). A School-Based Comprehensive Intervention for Childhood Obesity in China: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. Childhood obesity (Print), 15 (2), 105-115. 10.1089/chi.2018.0251
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cliona Ni Mhurchu
  • Lovell, A. L., Milne, T., Jiang, Y., Chen, R. X., Grant, C. C., & Wall, C. R. (2019). Evaluation of the Effect of a Growing up Milk Lite vs. Cow's Milk on Diet Quality and Dietary Intakes in Early Childhood: The Growing up Milk Lite (GUMLi) Randomised Controlled Trial. Nutrients, 11 (1).10.3390/nu11010203
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rachel Chen, Clare Wall, Cameron Grant
  • Maddison, R., Rawstorn, J. C., Stewart, R. A. H., Benatar, J., Whittaker, R., Rolleston, A., ... Warren, I. (2019). Effects and costs of real-time cardiac telerehabilitation: randomised controlled non-inferiority trial. Heart (British Cardiac Society), 105 (2), 122-129. 10.1136/heartjnl-2018-313189
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nicholas Gant, Andrew Meads
  • Selak, V., Stewart, T., Jiang, Y., Reid, J., Tane, T., Carswell, P., & Harwood, M. (2018). Indigenous health worker support for patients with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes: study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial of the Mana Tū programme. BMJ open, 8 (12)10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019572
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Vanessa Selak, Matire Harwood
  • Rawstorn, J. C., Gant, N., Rolleston, A., Whittaker, R., Stewart, R., Benatar, J., ... Maddison, R. (2018). End Users Want Alternative Intervention Delivery Models: Usability and Acceptability of the REMOTE-CR Exercise-Based Cardiac Telerehabilitation Program. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 99 (11), 2373-2377. 10.1016/j.apmr.2018.06.027
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nicholas Gant, Andrew Meads
  • Chu, J. T. W., Whittaker, R., Jiang, Y., Wadham, A., Stasiak, K., Shepherd, M., & Bullen, C. (2018). Evaluation of MyTeen - a SMS-based mobile intervention for parents of adolescents: a randomised controlled trial protocol. BMC public health, 18 (1)10.1186/s12889-018-6132-z
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Chris Bullen, Joanna Chu, Karolina Stasiak
  • Lovell, A. L., Davies, P. S. W., Hill, R. J., Milne, T., Matsuyama, M., Jiang, Y., ... Grant, C. C. (2018). Compared with Cow Milk, a Growing-Up Milk Increases Vitamin D and Iron Status in Healthy Children at 2 Years of Age: The Growing-Up Milk-Lite (GUMLi) Randomized Controlled Trial. The Journal of nutrition, 148 (10), 1570-1579. 10.1093/jn/nxy167
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Clare Wall, Trecia Wouldes, Cameron Grant, Rachel Chen
  • Verbiest, M., Borrell, S., Dalhousie, S., Tupa'i-Firestone R, Funaki, T., Goodwin, D., ... Humphrey, G. (2018). A Co-Designed, Culturally-Tailored mHealth Tool to Support Healthy Lifestyles in Māori and Pasifika Communities in New Zealand: Protocol for a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR research protocols, 7 (8)10.2196/10789
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Gayl Humphrey, Andrew Jull, Cliona Ni Mhurchu

Contact details

Alternative contact

Extension number 88490

Primary office location

Level 3, Room 393
New Zealand