Monica Wang
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Monica L. Wang, ScD

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

Biography

Dr. Wang is an Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health, an Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Associate Director of Narrative at the BU Center for Antiracist Research.

Dr. Wang is nationally recognized as a leading health equity researcher in obesity and chronic disease prevention. She directs community-engaged research to target racial inequities in health and pursues cross-sector collaborations to promote health and health equity through public health interventions and policies. Dr. Wang has generated over $5 million in federal and foundation grants and over $1.5 million in gifts for her portfolio of work and published over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts and over a dozen policy and public engagement documents. One of her current studies is a randomized controlled trial of a youth empowerment intervention to reduce consumption of sugary drinks and obesity risk through youth narratives. As an expert in curriculum development, case-based teaching, and digital learning design, Dr. Wang has developed and taught graduate courses on the social determinants of health at Harvard and Boston University since 2010.

Dr. Wang has received numerous national, regional, and institutional awards for her research, teaching, and service, including the Society of Behavioral Medicine Early Investigator Award, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Award, and the Boston University School of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award and Excellence in Public Health Practice Award. At the national level, she advances science communication initiatives through her role as former Chair and current member of the Civic and Public Engagement Committee of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and as a co-founding Editorial Board Member of The Emancipator.

Other Positions

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Health Policy & Management - Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Associate Director of Narrative , Center for Antiracist Research - Boston University
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research - Boston University

Education

  • Harvard School of Public Health, ScD Field of Study: Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MS Field of Study: Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Tufts University, BA Field of Study: Public Health

Publications

  • Published on 12/14/2021

    Egan KA, Waring ME, Wang ML. Pilot Intervention Targeting Sugary Drink Intake Associated With Improvements in Adolescent Sleep Duration. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2022 03; 54(3):276-281. PMID: 34920968.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 12/14/2021

    Wang ML, Narcisse MR, Alatorre S, Kozak AT, McElfish PA. Neighborhood social cohesion and physical activity and obesity outcomes among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander individuals. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2022 01; 30(1):249-256. PMID: 34910366.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 12/1/2021

    Kantor O, Wang ML, Bertrand K, Pierce L, Freedman RA, Chavez-MacGregor M, King TA, Mittendorf EA. ASO Visual Abstract: Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Breast Cancer Outcomes within the AJCC Pathologic Prognostic Staging System. Ann Surg Oncol. 2021 Dec; 28(Suppl 3):585-586. PMID: 34368929.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 11/4/2021

    Wang, ML. With COVID-19 Vaccine For Younger Children, a Chance to Promote Health Equity Across All Ages. The Boston Globe. 2021.

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  • Published on 9/15/2021

    Wang ML, Sprague Martinez LS, Weinberg J, Alatorre S, Lemon SC, Rosal MC. A youth empowerment intervention to prevent childhood obesity: design and methods for a cluster randomized trial of the H2GO! program. BMC Public Health. 2021 09 15; 21(1):1675. PMID: 34525990.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 7/30/2021

    Kantor O, Wang ML, Bertrand K, Pierce L, Freedman RA, Chavez-MacGregor M, King TA, Mittendorf EA. Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Breast Cancer Outcomes within the AJCC Pathologic Prognostic Staging System. Ann Surg Oncol. 2022 Jan; 29(1):686-696. PMID: 34331158.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 4/13/2021

    Wang ML, Libby BA, Moore Simas TA, Waring ME. Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption and Sleep Duration and Quality Among Pregnant Women. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2021 09; 53(9):793-797. PMID: 33858771.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 3/16/2021

    Behrman P, Fitzgibbon ML, Dulin A, Wang ML, Baskin M. Society of behavioral medicine statement on COVID-19 and rural health. Transl Behav Med. 2021 03 16; 11(2):625-630. PMID: 33289790.

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  • Published on 1/3/2021

    Wang ML, Minyé HM, Egan KA, Heaton B. Community-based sugar-sweetened beverage intervention associated with short-term improvements in self-rated oral health. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2021 08; 49(4):362-368. PMID: 33389770.

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  • Published on 12/1/2020

    Goldstein CM, Murray EJ, Beard J, Schnoes AM, Wang ML. Science Communication in the Age of Misinformation. Ann Behav Med. 2020 12 01; 54(12):985-990. PMID: 33416836.

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