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Chatham University

Business Administration (MBA) Faculty and Staff

Xiaoyan Zhang Dr.

Xiaoyan Zhang

Adjunct Business Faculty
Hometown : Pittsburgh
Joined Chatham : 2016

Academic Areas of Interest

Applying big data, data science, and data visual analytic technology for designing data-driven decision support systems for decision makers in government and non-profit organizations with a special focus on health and human services.

Personal Areas of Interest

Walking, Swimming, Writing, and Cooking.


As a data scientist, Dr. Zhang’s current research focus is on applying big data technology, especially visual analytic for designing data-driven decision support systems for decision makers in government and non-profit sectors. On August 1, 2015, Dr. Zhang received a NIH SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Fast-Track grant titled “Prevention Economic Impact Model”. The goal of this grant is to develop a visual analytic tool empowering prevention organizations at federal, state, and local levels to (1) select cost/effective drug prevention interventions, and (2) measure the economic impact of prevention services based on scientific models and systematic data. Before merging his company into Mosaix Software in 2014, he served as CEO of KIT Solutions® LLC. , a company provided cloud-based grantee performance management services empowering government and social service organizations to effectively manage social investment and measure accountability, performance and outcomes. Dr. Zhang has over 25 years of experience in conducting evaluation research for numerous social service programs funded by federal, state, and local governments and accumulated extensive expertise in combining social science research principles and practice with the state-of-the-art information technology. Since 1998, Dr. Zhang has assisted many states in implementing KIT Prevention, a web-based, intelligent, and knowledge based substance abuse prevention data service that integrate Assessment, Capacity, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation. He also led the effort to integrate 11 legacy data systems to develop a national data management platform for substance abuse prevention under a federal contract with Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA). Dr. Zhang received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the recipient of NPN (National Prevention Network) 2007 Award of Excellence. He served on the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse between 2007 and 2010. He was a finalist for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 Award in Upstate New York, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He was also one of the 2010 Pace Setter award winners selected by Pittsburgh Smart Business magazine.