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)

  • Wang, T. K. M., Grey, C., Jiang, Y., Jackson, R., & Kerr, A. (2019). TRENDS IN ACUTE CORONARY SYNDROME INCIDENCE, INVASIVE MANAGEMENT AND MORTALITY OUTCOMES IN NEW ZEALAND 2006-2016: A NATIONAL ANZACS-QI DATA LINKAGE STUDY. Paper presented at 68th Annual Scientific Session and Expo of the American-College-of-Cardiology (ACC), New Orleans, LA. 16 March - 18 March 2019. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY. (pp. 1).
  • Wall, C. R., Hill, R. J., Lovell, A. L., Matsuyama, M., Milne, T., Grant, C. C., ... Davies, P. S. W. (2019). A multicenter, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial to evaluate the effect of consuming Growing Up Milk "Lite" on body composition in children aged 12-23 mo. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION, 109 (3), 576-585. 10.1093/ajcn/nqy302
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cameron Grant, Rachel Chen, Trecia Wouldes
  • Maddison, R., Hargreaves, E. A., Wyke, S., Gray, C. M., Hunt, K., Heke, J. I., ... Jiang, Y. (2019). Rugby Fans in Training New Zealand (RUFIT-NZ): a pilot randomized controlled trial of a healthy lifestyle program for overweight men delivered through professional rugby clubs in New Zealand. BMC public health, 19 (1)10.1186/s12889-019-6472-3
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Gerhard Sundborn, Andrew Jull
  • 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

Contact details

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Extension number 88490

Primary office location

Level 3, Room 393
New Zealand