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. Dr. Wang has collaborated 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 study examines the adoption of prenatal cell-free fetal DNA testing in diverse patient populations in efforts to identify and address potential inequities in use. Finally, Dr. Wang is collaborating with investigators from the Black Women's Health Study to examine scalable communication modalities for returning breast cancer genetic research results to African American women. Dr. Wang currently teaches SB821: Intervention Strategies for Health Promotion.

Other Positions

  • Member, BU-BMC Cancer Center, Boston University
  • Member, Genome Science Institute, Boston University


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

Classes Taught

  • SPHSB821


  • Published on 4/25/2020

    Schleimer LE, Desameau PG, Damuse R, Olsen M, Manzo V, Cardenas C, Mehrtash H, Krakauer EL, Masamba L, Wang C, Bhatt AS, Shulman LN, Huang FW. Assessing and Addressing the Need for Cancer Patient Education in a Resource-Limited Setting in Haiti. Oncologist. 2020 Apr 25. PMID: 32335989.

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  • Published on 12/7/2019

    Cerda Diez M, E Cortés D, Trevino-Talbot M, Bangham C, Winter MR, Cabral H, Norkunas Cunningham T, M Toledo D, J Bowen D, K Paasche-Orlow M, Bickmore T, Wang C. Designing and Evaluating a Digital Family Health History Tool for Spanish Speakers. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 12 07; 16(24). PMID: 31817849.

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  • Published on 11/25/2019

    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 11 25; 9(6):1012-1019. PMID: 30950497.

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  • Published on 8/13/2019

    Cahill TJ, Wertz B, Zhong Q, Parlato A, Donegan J, Forman R, Manot S, Wu T, Xu Y, Cummings JJ, Norkunas Cunningham T, Wang C. Correction: The Search for Consumers of Web-Based Raw DNA Interpretation Services: Using Social Media to Target Hard-to-Reach Populations. J Med Internet Res. 2019 Aug 13; 21(8):e15735. PMID: 31411145.

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  • Published on 7/30/2019

    Cahill TJ, Wertz B, Zhong Q, Parlato A, Donegan J, Forman R, Manot S, Wu T, Xu Y, Cummings JJ, Norkunas Cunningham T, Wang C. The Search for Consumers of Web-Based Raw DNA Interpretation Services: Using Social Media to Target Hard-to-Reach Populations. J Med Internet Res. 2019 07 30; 21(7):e12980. PMID: 31364607.

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  • Published on 5/6/2019

    Mueller A, Dalton E, Enserro D, Wang C, Flynn M. Recontact practices of cancer genetic counselors and an exploration of professional, legal, and ethical duty. J Genet Couns. 2019 08; 28(4):836-846. PMID: 31058402.

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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 02 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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