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Catharine Wang, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentCommunity Health Sciences
Address801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 638-5187
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0001-8584-2781
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
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.

 Publications
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  1. 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.
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  2. 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. PMID: 27891830.
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  3. 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. PMID: 26771309.
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  4. 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.
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  5. 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.
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  6. 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. PMID: 25590980.
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  7. 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.
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  8. 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. PMID: 24216219.
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  9. 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.
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  10. Vig HS, Wang C. The evolution of personalized cancer genetic counseling in the era of personalized medicine. Fam Cancer. 2012 Sep; 11(3):539-44. PMID: 22419176.
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  11. Dorman JS, Valdez R, Liu T, Wang C, Rubinstein WS, O'Neill SM, Acheson LS, Ruffin MT, Khoury MJ. Health beliefs among individuals at increased familial risk for type 2 diabetes: implications for prevention. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2012 May; 96(2):156-62. PMID: 22257420.
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  12. Rubinstein WS, Acheson LS, O'Neill SM, Ruffin MT, Wang C, Beaumont JL, Rothrock N. Clinical utility of family history for cancer screening and referral in primary care: a report from the Family Healthware Impact Trial. Genet Med. 2011 Nov; 13(11):956-65. PMID: 22075527.
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  13. Ruffin MT, Nease DE, Sen A, Pace WD, Wang C, Acheson LS, Rubinstein WS, O'Neill S, Gramling R. Effect of preventive messages tailored to family history on health behaviors: the Family Healthware Impact Trial. Ann Fam Med. 2011 Jan-Feb; 9(1):3-11. PMID: 21242555.
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  14. Rubinstein WS, O'neill SM, Rothrock N, Starzyk EJ, Beaumont JL, Acheson LS, Wang C, Gramling R, Galliher JM, Ruffin MT. Components of family history associated with women's disease perceptions for cancer: a report from the Family Healthware™ Impact Trial. Genet Med. 2011 Jan; 13(1):52-62. PMID: 21150785.
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  15. Acheson LS, Wang C, Zyzanski SJ, Lynn A, Ruffin MT, Gramling R, Rubinstein WS, O'Neill SM, Nease DE. Family history and perceptions about risk and prevention for chronic diseases in primary care: a report from the family healthware impact trial. Genet Med. 2010 Apr; 12(4):212-8. PMID: 20216073.
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  16. Wang C, Coups EJ. Causal beliefs about obesity and associated health behaviors: results from a population-based survey. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2010; 7:19. PMID: 20199677.
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  17. Wang C, Gallo RE, Fleisher L, Miller SM. Literacy assessment of family health history tools for public health prevention. Public Health Genomics. 2011; 14(4-5):222-37. PMID: 20090283.
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  18. Kiviniemi MT, Hay JL, James AS, Lipkus IM, Meissner HI, Stefanek M, Studts JL, Bridges JF, Close DR, Erwin DO, Jones RM, Kaiser K, Kash KM, Kelly KM, Craddock Lee SJ, Purnell JQ, Siminoff LA, Vadaparampil ST, Wang C. Decision making about cancer screening: an assessment of the state of the science and a suggested research agenda from the ASPO Behavioral Oncology and Cancer Communication Special Interest Group. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2009 Nov; 18(11):3133-7. PMID: 19900944.
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  19. Wang C, Miller SM, Egleston BL, Hay JL, Weinberg DS. Beliefs about the causes of breast and colorectal cancer among women in the general population. Cancer Causes Control. 2010 Jan; 21(1):99-107. PMID: 19787437.
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  20. O'Neill SM, Rubinstein WS, Wang C, Yoon PW, Acheson LS, Rothrock N, Starzyk EJ, Beaumont JL, Galliher JM, Ruffin MT. Familial risk for common diseases in primary care: the Family Healthware Impact Trial. Am J Prev Med. 2009 Jun; 36(6):506-14. PMID: 19460658.
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  21. Wang C, O'Neill SM, Rothrock N, Gramling R, Sen A, Acheson LS, Rubinstein WS, Nease DE, Ruffin MT. Comparison of risk perceptions and beliefs across common chronic diseases. Prev Med. 2009 Feb; 48(2):197-202. PMID: 19073208.
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  22. Wang, C, Miller, SM. . Psychological issues in genetic testing. In SM Miller, DJ Bowen, RT Croyle, JH Rowland (Eds.) Handbook of Cancer Control and Behavioral Science: A Resource for Researchers, Practitioners, and Policy Makers. American Psychological Association. 2008.
  23. Wang, C, Gonzalez, R, Janz, NK, Milliron, KJ, Merajver, SD. The role of cognitive appraisal and worry in BRCA1/2 testing decisions among a clinic population. Psychol Health. 2007; 6(22):719-736.
  24. Beene-Harris RY, Wang C, Bach JV. Barriers to access: results from focus groups to identify genetic service needs in the community. Community Genet. 2007; 10(1):10-8. PMID: 17167245.
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  25. Gorin SS, Wang C, Raich P, Bowen DJ, Hay J. Decision making in cancer primary prevention and chemoprevention. Ann Behav Med. 2006 Dec; 32(3):179-87. PMID: 17107290.
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  26. Wang C, Bowen DJ, Kardia SL. Research and practice opportunities at the intersection of health education, health behavior, and genomics. Health Educ Behav. 2005 Oct; 32(5):686-701. PMID: 16148214.
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  27. Kardia SL, Wang C. The role of health education and behavior in public health genetics. Health Educ Behav. 2005 Oct; 32(5):583-8. PMID: 16252432.
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  28. Fagerlin A, Wang C, Ubel PA. Reducing the influence of anecdotal reasoning on people's health care decisions: is a picture worth a thousand statistics? Med Decis Making. 2005 Jul-Aug; 25(4):398-405. PMID: 16061891.
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  29. Wang C, Gonzalez R, Milliron KJ, Strecher VJ, Merajver SD. Genetic counseling for BRCA1/2: a randomized controlled trial of two strategies to facilitate the education and counseling process. Am J Med Genet A. 2005 Apr 1; 134A(1):66-73. PMID: 15690408.
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  30. Theisen V, Duquette D, Kardia S, Wang C, Beene-Harris R, Bach J. Blood Pressure Sunday: introducing genomics to the community through family history. Prev Chronic Dis. 2005 Apr; 2(2):A23. PMID: 15888234.
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  31. Wang C, Gonzalez R, Merajver SD. Assessment of genetic testing and related counseling services: current research and future directions. Soc Sci Med. 2004 Apr; 58(7):1427-42. PMID: 14759687.
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  32. Miller SM, Bowen DJ, Campbell MK, Diefenbach MA, Gritz ER, Jacobsen PB, Stefanek M, Fang CY, Lazovich D, Sherman KA, Wang C. Current research promises and challenges in behavioral oncology: report from the American Society of Preventive Oncology annual meeting, 2002. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2004 Feb; 13(2):171-80. PMID: 14973109.
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  33. Strecher V, Wang C, Derry H, Wildenhaus K, Johnson C. Tailored interventions for multiple risk behaviors. Health Educ Res. 2002 Oct; 17(5):619-26. PMID: 12408206.
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  34. Trask, PC, Paterson, AG, Wang, C, Hayasaka, S, Milliron, KJ, Blumberg, LR, Gonzalez, R, Murray, S, Merajver, SD. Cancer-specific worry interference in women attending a breast and ovarian cancer risk evaluation program: Impact on emotional distress and health functioning. Psycho-Oncology. 2001; (10):349-360.
  35. Ritvo, P, Robinson, G, Irvine, J, Brown, L, Matthew, A, Murphy, KJ, Stewart, DS, Styra, R, Wang, C, Mullen, M, Cole, D, Rosen, B. . Psychological adjustment to familial genetic risk assessment: Differences in two longitudinal samples. Patient Educ Couns. 2000; (40):163-172.
  36. Strecher, VJ, Greenwood, T, Wang, C, Dumont, D. Interactive multimedia and risk communication. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Monographs. 1999; (25):134-139.
  37. Ritvo, P, Robinson, G, Irvine, J, Brown, L, Murphy, KJ, Stewart, DS, Styra, R, Wang, C, Mullen, M, Cole, D, Rosen, B. A longitudinal study of psychological adjustment to familial genetic risk assessment for ovarian cancer. Gynecol Oncol. 1999; 3(74):331-7.
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