Heping Zhang, Ph.D., a specialist in research on substance use, statistical methods in genetic studies of substance use, and research training in mental health epidemiology, has been appointed as the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Biostatistics in the School of Public Health.

Zhang has developed statistical methods and software to analyze data related to a broad range of health outcomes including pregnancy outcome, mental health, and substance use. He has published over 180 research articles.

In 2005, Zhang founded the Yale Collaborative Center for Statistics in Science (C2S2) to foster collaboration on statistical methods and technologies, particularly for understanding the etiology of pregnancy outcomes and to evaluate treatment effectiveness for infertility. In only a few years, his center has emerged as a major national resource for reproductive sciences.

He directs a training program for pre- and postdoctoral students, which is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, and he is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Zhang was named the 2008 Myrto Lefokopoulou Distinguished Lecturer by the Harvard School of Public Health and a Medallion Lecturer by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.

Zhang has also received a FIRST Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and an Independent Scientist Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

In 2009, Zhang, who received his doctorate from Stanford University. was a Chang-Jiang Scholar with the Chinese Ministry of Education. In 2011, he received the Royan International Award on Reproductive Health.