Catharine Wang
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Catharine Wang, PhD

Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences - Boston University School of Public Health

clwang@bu.edu

Biography

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

Education

  • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, PhD Field of Study: Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • University Waterloo, MSc Field of Study: Social & Behavioral Sciences

Classes Taught

  • SPHSB821

Publications

  • Published on 8/23/2021

    Henderson V, Ganschow P, Wang C, Hoskins KF. Population screening to identify women at risk for hereditary breast cancer syndromes: The path forward or the road not taken? Cancer. 2021 Aug 23. PMID: 34424551.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 8/9/2021

    Yarrington CD, Smith-Lin C, Neuhalfen R, Hanchate A, Connors P, Wang C. Racial and ethnic differences in uptake of cell-free fetal DNA aneuploidy screening in an urban safety net hospital. Prenat Diagn. 2021 Aug 09. PMID: 34369603.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 7/21/2021

    Uhlmann WR, McKeon AJ, Wang C. Genetic counseling, virtual visits, and equity in the era of COVID-19 and beyond. J Genet Couns. 2021 08; 30(4):1038-1045. PMID: 34291525.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 2/18/2021

    Wang C, Paasche-Orlow MK, Bowen DJ, Cabral H, Winter MR, Norkunas Cunningham T, Trevino-Talbot M, Toledo DM, Cortes DE, Campion M, Bickmore T. Utility of a virtual counselor (VICKY) to collect family health histories among vulnerable patient populations: A randomized controlled trial. Patient Educ Couns. 2021 05; 104(5):979-988. PMID: 33750594.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 12/26/2020

    Bowen DJ, Wang C, Cole AM, Norquist BM, Knerr S, Devine B, Shirts B, Cain K, Harris HM, Haile HG, Swisher EM. Design of a study to implement population-based risk assessment for hereditary cancer genetic testing in primary care. Contemp Clin Trials. 2021 02; 101:106257. PMID: 33373667.

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  • Published on 10/30/2020

    McGuinness M, Fassi E, Wang C, Hacking C, Ellis V. Breast cancer polygenic risk scores in the clinical cancer genetic counseling setting: Current practices and impact on patient management. J Genet Couns. 2021 04; 30(2):588-597. PMID: 33124135.

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  • Published on 6/8/2020

    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 12; 25(12):1039-1046. 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 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.

    Read At: PubMed

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