Monica Wang

Monica L. Wang, ScD

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


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 an 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 $4 million in federal and foundation funding for her program of research 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 (traditional, in-person, and hybrid) 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. 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.

Other Positions

  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research - Boston University


  • 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

Classes Taught

  • SPHPH720


  • 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 Apr 13. 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 Aug; 49(4):362-368. PMID: 33389770.

    Read At: PubMed
  • 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.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 10/27/2020

    Godinez Puig L, Lusk K, Glick D, Einstein KL, Palmer M, Fox S, Wang ML. Perceptions of Public Health Priorities and Accountability Among US Mayors. Public Health Rep. 2021 Mar-Apr; 136(2):161-171. PMID: 33108978.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 10/15/2020

    Gordon AR, Austin SB, Schultz J, Guss CE, Calzo JP, Wang ML. Gender Expression, Peer Victimization, and Disordered Weight-Control Behaviors Among U.S. High School Students. J Adolesc Health. 2021 06; 68(6):1148-1154. PMID: 33071166.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 8/7/2020

    Wang ML, Behrman P, Dulin A, Baskin ML, Buscemi J, Alcaraz KI, Goldstein CM, Carson TL, Shen M, Fitzgibbon M. Addressing inequities in COVID-19 morbidity and mortality: research and policy recommendations. Transl Behav Med. 2020 08 07; 10(3):516-519. PMID: 32542349.

    Read At: PubMed
  • Published on 7/21/2020

    Berhman P, Fitzgibbon M, Dulin A, Wang ML, Baskin M. Society of Behavioral Medicine Position Statement on COVID-19 and Rural Health. Society of Behavioral Medicine. 2020.

    Read At: Custom
  • Published on 6/30/2020

    Lingisetty C, Wang ML, Palabindala R. Manage the Pandemic with a Multidisciplinary Coalition. The Hospitalist. 2020.

  • Published on 6/19/2020

    Watson KS, Alcaraz K, Tucker-Seeley RD, Miller SJ, Baskin ML, Berhman P, Sly J, Fitzgibbon M, Goldstein CM, Gleen J, Barcelo H, Johnson S, Carson TL, Buscemi J, Wang ML. The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Urges Congress to Reform Policing and Increase Funding for Anti-Racist Research. Society of Behavioral Medicine. 2020.

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