Catharine Wang, PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Community Health Sciences

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



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.


Using virtual counselors to overcome genetic literacy barriers: Project VICKY
05/16/2014 - 03/31/2018 (PI)
NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute
5R01HG007746-03

Adoption of Non-invasive Prenatal Testing in Diverse Populations: Multilevel Approach
09/27/2016 - 08/31/2017 (PI)
NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute
1R21HG009567-01

Education and outreach for Autism Spectrum Disorders: ASD Link
05/01/2014 - 04/30/2016 (PI)
Genetic Alliance HHS HRSA
U22MC04100

Communication of Genetic and Environmental Risks in Colorectal Cancer Prevention
09/01/2008 - 08/31/2015 (PI)
NIH/National Cancer Institute
5K07CA131103-05

Communicating Genetic Information for Obesity
12/24/2010 - 11/30/2014 (PI)
NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute
5R21HG006073-02

Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program UL1
05/01/2008 - 04/30/2012 (PI of Sub-Project / SP)
PI: David M. Center, MD
NIH/National Center for Health Research Resources
3UL1RR025771-04




Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2016 Adoption of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing in Diverse Populations: A Multilevel Approach 1R21HG009567-01
2016 Using virtual counselors to overcome genetic literacy barriers: Project VICKY 5R01HG007746-03
2015 Using virtual counselors to overcome genetic literacy barriers: Project VICKY 5R01HG007746-02
2014 Using virtual counselors to overcome genetic literacy barriers: Project VICKY 1R01HG007746-01
2012 Communicating Genetic Information for Obesity 5R21HG006073-02 2
2012 Communication of Genetic and Environmental Risks in Colorectal Cancer Prevention 5K07CA131103-05 15
2011 Communicating Genetic Information for Obesity 1R21HG006073-01 2
2011 Communicating Genetic Information for Obesity 1R21HG006073-01 2
2011 Communication of Genetic and Environmental Risks in Colorectal Cancer Prevention 5K07CA131103-04 15
2010 Communication of Genetic and Environmental Risks in Colorectal Cancer Prevention 5K07CA131103-03 15
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  1. 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; DOI: 10.1186/s12920-017-0258-1;.
  2. 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; DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2016.67.1503;.
  3. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27891830; DOI: 10.1002/oby.21661;.
  4. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26771309; PMCID: PMC4714834; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0145215;.
  5. 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; PMCID: PMC4769980; DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2015.1115503;.
  6. Wang C, Sen A, Plegue M, Ruffin MT, O'Neill SM, Rubinstein WS, Acheson LS. Impact of family history assessment on communication with family members and health care providers: A report from the Family Healthware™ Impact Trial (FHITr). Prev Med. 2015 Aug; 77:28-34. PMID: 25901453; PMCID: PMC4508012; DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.04.007;.
  7. Wang C, Bickmore T, Bowen DJ, Norkunas T, Campion M, Cabral H, Winter M, Paasche-Orlow M. Acceptability and feasibility of a virtual counselor (VICKY) to collect family health histories. Genet Med. 2015 Oct; 17(10):822-30.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25590980; PMCID: PMC4503525; DOI: 10.1038/gim.2014.198;.
  8. Juthe RH, Zaharchuk A, Wang C. Celebrity disclosures and information seeking: the case of Angelina Jolie. Genet Med. 2015 Jul; 17(7):545-53. PMID: 25341112; PMCID: PMC4408206; DOI: 10.1038/gim.2014.141;.
  9. Wang C, Gordon ES, Stack CB, Liu CT, Norkunas T, Wawak L, Christman MF, Green RC, Bowen DJ. A randomized trial of the clinical utility of genetic testing for obesity: design and implementation considerations. Clin Trials. 2014 Feb; 11(1):102-13.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24216219; PMCID: PMC3946398; DOI: 10.1177/1740774513508029;.
  10. Wang C, Sen A, Ruffin MT, Nease DE, Gramling R, Acheson LS, O'Neill SM, Rubinstein WS. Family history assessment: impact on disease risk perceptions. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Oct; 43(4):392-8. PMID: 22992357; PMCID: PMC3448124.
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