Sasha Zhou

Sasha Zhou

Assistant Professor

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Sasha Zhou

Dr. Zhou is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health at Wayne State's CLAS. Her research uses mixed methods to understand and address the mental health needs of emerging adults and college student populations with particular focus on underserved populations, including students of color, international students, and sexual and gender minorities. Dr. Zhou’s broader research portfolio combines varied methodological approaches to identify the mechanisms that perpetuate mental health disparities, including in-depth qualitative work and large-scale epidemiological surveys. 

Dr. Zhou is also a co-investigator of the Healthy Minds Network, a research-to-practice network dedicated to improving the mental and emotional wellbeing of young people through innovative, multidisciplinary scholarship. She received her Ph.D. in Health Services Organization and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where she was a Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health (CRECH) Scholar.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Mental health and help-seeking behavior among emerging and young adults

  • Health disparities

  • Mixed methods


  • Ph.D., Health Services Organization and Policy (Sociology Cognate), University of Michigan, 2020
  • M.P.H., Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan, 2013
  • M.H.S.A., Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan, 2013
  • B.S., Neuroscience, University of Michigan, 2008

Awards and grants

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Health Equity Scholars for Action 2022-2024
Project: Conducting a critical analysis of existing research methods and an exploration of promising new approaches to the study of structural racism
Role: PI

Selected publications

Zhou, S., Banawa, R., & Oh, H. (2023). Stop Asian Hate: The Mental Health Impact of Racial Discrimination Among Asian Pacific Islander Young and Emerging Adults during COVID-19. Journal of
Affective Disorders (in press).

Cohen, K., Manikandan, D., Jirsa, M., Gatto, A., & Zhou, S. (2023). Mental healthcare on college campuses during COVID-19: Comparing Telehealth, In-person, and Hybrid modes of delivery. Journal of American College Health (in press).

Lipson, S., Zhou, S., Abelson, S.,...Eisenberg, D. (2022). Trends in college student mental health and help-seeking by race/ethnicity: Findings from the national Healthy Minds Study, 2013-2020. Journal of Affective Disorders306, 138-147.

Oh, H., Goehring, J., Smith, L., Zhou, S., & Blosnich, J. (2022). Sexual minority status, religiosity, & suicidal behaviors among college students in the United States. Journal of Affective Disorders, 305, 65-70.

Oh, H., Smith, L., Jacob, L., Du, J., Cody, C., Shin, J., Koyanagi, A., Zhou, S. (2022). Food insecurity and mental health among young adult college students in the United States. Journal of Affective Disorders, 303, 359-363.

Zhou, S., Banawa, R., & Oh, H. (2021). The mental health impact of COVID-19 racial and ethnic discrimination against asian american and pacific islanders. Frontiers of Psychiatry, 12, 1950.

Raj, M., Zhou, S., Yi, S.S., and Kwon, S. Caregiving across cultures: Priority areas for research, policy and practice to support family caregivers of older Asian immigrants. (2021). American Journal of Public Health, 111(11), 1920-1922.

Oh, H., Zhou, S., & Banawa, R. (2021). The mental health consequences of discrimination against Asian American/Pacific Islanders. Psychiatric Services, 72(11), 1359.

Devylder, J., Zhou, S., & Oh, H. (2021). Suicide attempts among college students hospitalized for COVID-19. Journal of Affective Disorders, 294, 241-244.

Oh, H., Marinovich, C., Jay, S., Zhou, S., & Kim, J. (2021). Abuse and suicide risk among college students in the United States: Findings from the 2019 Healthy Minds Study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 282, 554-560.

Lederer, A., Hoban, M., Lipson, S., Zhou, S., & Eisenberg, D. (2021). More than inconvenienced: The unique needs of U.S. college students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health Education & Behavior, 48(1), 14-19.

Zhou, S. (2020, June 24). Breaking the Silence: Asian Pacific Islander American Mental Health in the COVID-19 Era. National Center for Institutional Diversity (via Medium)

Abelson, S., Lipson, S., Zhou, S., & Eisenberg, D. (2020). Young Adult Mental Health in the United State Before and After the 2016 Presidential Election: Unique Effects on Muslim Students. JAMA Pediatrics (in press).

Stallman, H., Lipson, S., Zhou, S., & Eisenberg, D. (2020). How do students cope? An exploration of the health theory of coping in a US sample. Journal of American College Health (in press).

Goodwill, J., & Zhou, S. (2019). Association between perceived public stigma and suicidal behaviors among college students of color in the U.S. Journal of Affective Disorders, 262, 1-7.

Zhou, S., Stojanovski, K., & King, E. (2018). Self concealment, discrimination, and mental health in Macedonia: Disparities experienced by sexual gender minorities. Global Public Health, 8, 1075-1086.

Courses taught by Sasha Zhou

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022