Catharine Wang, PhD

Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences
Catharine Wang
Crosstown Center – 451
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Dr. Wang is an Associate Professor in the Community Health Sciences Department, and a Peter T. Paul Career Development Professor, at Boston University. She obtained her doctorate in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan and has expertise in survey research methods, intervention development, and program evaluation. Her research has spanned across several areas including public health genomics, health communication/e-health, health literacy, and cancer prevention and control. Dr. Wang currently serves as a member of the National Cancer Institute's PDQ Cancer Genetics Editorial Board. Much of Dr. Wang’s work focuses on the effective translation of genomic discoveries into clinical and public health practice. She has been the Principal Investigator on several grants to examine how people understand and use complex risk information to make health decisions. Her work also examines how individuals adopt new health technologies, including genomics and molecular diagnostics, and examines barriers to the adoption and implementation of these technologies among underserved patient populations. With a grant from NHGRI, she is currently collaborating with clinicians and computer scientists at Boston Medical Center and Northeastern University to create a "virtual counselor" to ascertain family health history in efforts to overcome previously identified literacy-related barriers to using computerized tools and facilitate the use of family history a vehicle for precision medicine. Another NHGRI grant is examining the adoption of prenatal cell-free fetal DNA testing in diverse patient populations in efforts to identify and address potential inequities in use. Dr. Wang currently teaches SB821: Intervention Strategies for Health Promotion and PH757: Chronic Disease Prevention and Management.


  • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, PhD
  • University Waterloo, MSc

Classes Taught

  • SPHSB821


  • Published on 4/5/2019

    McBride CM, Graves KD, Kaphingst KA, Allen CG, Wang C, Arredondo E, Klein WMP. Behavioral and social scientists' reflections on genomics: a systematic evaluation within the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Transl Behav Med. 2019 Apr 05. PMID: 30950497.

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  • Published on 2/7/2019

    Klein WMP, McBride CM, Allen CG, Arredondo EM, Bloss CS, Kaphingst KA, Sturm AC, Wang C. Optimal Integration of Behavioral Medicine into Clinical Genetics and Genomics. Am J Hum Genet. 2019 Feb 07; 104(2):193-196. PMID: 30735659.

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  • Published on 1/29/2018

    Allen CG, Gabriel J, Flynn M, Cunningham TN, Wang C. The impact of raw DNA availability and corresponding online interpretation services: A mixed-methods study. Transl Behav Med. 2018 01 29; 8(1):105-112. PMID: 29385579.

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  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Murray, M. F., Evans, J. P., Angrist, M., Chan, K., Uhlmann, W., Doyle, D.L., Fullerton, S. M., Ganiats, T., Hagenkord, J., Imhof, S., Rim, S. H., Ortmann, L., Aziz, N., Dotson, W.D., Matloff, E., Young, K., Kaphingst, K., Bradbury, A., Scott, J., Wang, C., Zauber, A., Levine, M., Korf, B., Leonard, D.,Wicklund, C., Isham, G., and Khoury, M.J. A Proposed Approach for Implementing Genomics-Based Screening Programs for Healthy Adults. NAM Perspectives. Discussion Paper, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC. National Academy of Medicine. Washington, DC. 2018.

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  • Published on 11/2/2017

    Wang C, Cahill TJ, Parlato A, Wertz B, Zhong Q, Cunningham TN, Cummings JJ. Consumer use and response to online third-party raw DNA interpretation services. Mol Genet Genomic Med. 2018 01; 6(1):35-43. PMID: 29471590.

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  • Published on 5/2/2017

    Nielsen DE, Carere DA, Wang C, Roberts JS, Green RC. Diet and exercise changes following direct-to-consumer personal genomic testing. BMC Med Genomics. 2017 May 02; 10(1):24. PMID: 28464943.

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  • Published on 12/12/2016

    Gray SW, Gollust SE, Carere DA, Chen CA, Cronin A, Kalia SS, Rana HQ, Ruffin MT, Wang C, Roberts JS, Green RC. Personal Genomic Testing for Cancer Risk: Results From the Impact of Personal Genomics Study. J Clin Oncol. 2017 Feb 20; 35(6):636-644. PMID: 27937091.

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  • Published on 12/1/2016

    Wang C, Gordon ES, Norkunas T, Wawak L, Liu CT, Winter M, Kasper RS, Christman MF, Green RC, Bowen DJ. A randomized trial Examining The Impact Of Communicating Genetic And Lifestyle Risks For Obesity. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2016 Dec; 24(12):2481-2490. PMID: 27891830.

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  • Published on 1/15/2016

    Kim CS, Vanture S, Cho M, Klapperich CM, Wang C, Huang FW. Awareness, Interest, and Preferences of Primary Care Providers in Using Point-of-Care Cancer Screening Technology. PLoS One. 2016; 11(1):e0145215. PMID: 26771309.

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  • Published on 1/2/2016

    Knerr S, Bowen DJ, Beresford SA, Wang C. Genetic causal beliefs about obesity, self-efficacy for weight control, and obesity-related behaviours in a middle-aged female cohort. Psychol Health. 2016; 31(4):420-35. PMID: 26542069.

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