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Frances M. Yang, PhD

Research Associate Professor
T32 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School
Ph.D., University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
B.S.G., University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology


  • KUMC faculty since 2019
  • Immediate Past-Chair for the Psychometrics Special Interest Group, International Society for Quality of Life Research

Academic Program Affiliations

  • DNP
  • PhD

Current Areas of Teaching

  • Principles of Epidemiology

Select Publications

  • Yang FM, Jones RN. Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale (CES-D) item response bias found with Mantel-Haenszel method was successfully replicated using latent variable modeling. J Clin Epidemiol. 2007;60(11):1195-200. PMCID: PMC2254214
  • Yang FM, Cazorla-Lancaster Y, Jones RN. Within-group differences in depression among older Hispanics living in the United States. J. Gerontol B. Psychol Sci. 2009; 63(1): P27-32. PMCID: PMC2366970
  • Yang FM, Tommet D, Jones RN. Disparities in self-reported geriatric depressive symptoms due to sociodemographic differences: An extension of the bi-factor item response theory model for use in differential item functioning. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 2009; 43, 1025-1035. PMCID: PMC2753876
  • Yang FM, Inouye SK, Fearing MA, Kiely DK, Marcantonio ER, Jones RN. Participation in Activity and Risk for Incident Delirium. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2008; 56:1479-1484. PMCID: PMC2575031
  • Yang FM, Heslin KC, Mehta KM, Yang CW, Ocepek-Welikson K, Kleinman M, Morales LS, Hays RD, Stewart AL, Mungas DM, Jones RN, Teresi JA. A comparison of item response theory-based methods for examining differential item functioning in object naming test by language of assessment among older Latinos. Psychological Test and Assessment Modeling. 2011; 53 (4): 440-460. PMCID: PMC3588164

Select Presentations

  • Yang FM (2020) Introduction to Item Response Theory and the National Health and Aging Trends Study.  International Society for the Quality of Life Research.  Psychometrics Special Interest Group Symposium Session: Longitudinal Item Response Theory On-Demand Session.
  • Yang FM, Kao ST (2020) Differential Item Functioning due to Comorbid Chronic Health Conditions in the Quality of Life Measure in the National Health and Aging Trends Study.  International Society for the Quality of Life Research. Oral Presentation Session 109: Cardiology Clinical Research, Oral presentation number 109.3
  • Yang FM, Danley, CM (2020) Hearing Aid Use and Quality of Life in a Diverse Population of Older Adults. International Society for the Quality of Life Research.  Oral Brief Session 205: Clinical Applications, Oral presentation number 205.1
  • Yang FM.  (2018) Clinical and Translational Psychometrics Research for Patient Centered Outcomes.  Duke University, School of Medicine, Center for Health Assessment, Durham, NC.
  • Yang FM.  (2018) Using Latent Variable Modeling to Identify Neuropsychological Measures for Alzheimer's Disease and Cerebral Infarcts validated by Brain Autopsy data.  Emory University, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Atlanta, GA.


  • 2020, $30,000, Principal Investigator, University of Kansas Medical Center, School of Health Professions, Faculty Research Grant, Translating Patient Reported Outcomes from Research to Clinical Care: Improving Patient Outcomes and Clinician Experience by integrating EPIC PROMIS into the Clinical Workflow
  • 2014-2020, Co-investigator, R01NS086882, Neuroimaging and Neuropsychological Biomarkers of Vascular Risk Factors
  • 2014, $25,000, Principal Investigator, Georgia Board of Regents, Quality of Life Research for Patients Living with Diabetes Type II.
  • 2015, $25,000 Principal Investigator, Georgia Board of Regents, Patient Reported Outcomes for Renal Disease Patients After the Occurrence of Fracture
  • 2014, Sub-Contract Principal Investigator, U01AR057954, Patient Reported Outcomes in Clinical Care of Patients with HIV.

Awards & Honors

  • 2012, American Academy for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) Patient Reported Outcomes and Person Centered Care in Mental Health Research Award
  • 2011, NIH/NIA Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center Pilot Grant Award
  • 2010, NIH/ National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Advancing Longitudinal Drug Abuse Research Pilot Study Emerging Investigators Award
  • 2008, NIH/NIMH Summer Research Institute Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, PA
Last modified: Apr 14, 2021


Frances M. Yang, PhD
Research Associate Professor