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Monica Wang, ScD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentCommunity Health Sciences
Address801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 414-1357
 Awards and Honors

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2016Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching Award
2016Society of Behavioral Medicine: Early Career Investigator Award
2014Boston University School of Public Health: Junior Faculty Research Poster Award, 1st Prize
2014National Institutes of Health: NIH Loan Repayment Program Awardee
2012Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston Children's Hospital: Dissertation Award
2011-2012Harvard University: Harvard University Presidential Instructional Technology Fellowship
2010-2011Albert Schweitzer Fellowship: Elected Fellow
2011Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Doctoral Research Poster Honorable Mention
2010Harvard T.H. School of Public Health: Teaching Assistance Award
2009-2010Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Doctoral Student Award, Glickenhaus Fund
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health and an Instructor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Wang obtained her doctorate in Social and Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research interests include addressing racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in obesity and chronic diseases and the design, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of culturally-tailored interventions that promote healthy eating and physical activity among underserved children and families. Dr. Wang is the Principal Investigator on a K-01 award from the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage purchase and consumption among children and families.

Dr. Wang has served as an evaluation consultant for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning. In 2010, she was awarded the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to support her work to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among youth in collaboration with Sociedad Latina. She has taught graduate courses, including hybrid in-person and online courses and a massive open online course (MOOC) at the Harvard School of Public Health since 2010. Her research has been supported by NIH, CDC, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau Training Grant, and the Ellen Feldberg Gordon Fund for Eating Disorders Research.

 Publications
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  1. Wang ML, Haughton CF, Frisard C, Pbert L, Geer C, Lemon SC. Perceived weight status and weight change among a U.S. adult sample. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2017 Jan; 25(1):223-228. PMID: 27863126.
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  2. Wang ML, Lemon SC, Clausen K, Whyte J, Rosal MC. Design and methods for a community-based intervention to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among youth: H2GO! study. BMC Public Health. 2016 Nov 09; 16(1):1150. PMID: 27829397.
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  3. Kozak AT, Buscemi J, Hawkins MA, Wang ML, Breland JY, Ross KM, Kommu A. Technology-based interventions for weight management: current randomized controlled trial evidence and future directions. J Behav Med. 2016 Oct 25. PMID: 27783259.
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  4. Rosal MC, Haughton CF, Estabrook BB, Wang ML, Chiriboga G, Nguyen OH, Person SD, Lemon SC. Fresh Start, a postpartum weight loss intervention for diverse low-income women: design and methods for a randomized clinical trial. BMC Public Health. 2016 Sep 09; 16:953. PMID: 27612615.
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  5. Rosal MC, Wang ML, Moore Simas TA, Bodenlos JS, Crawford SL, Leung K, Sankey HZ. Predictors of Gestational Weight Gain among White and Latina Women and Associations with Birth Weight. J Pregnancy. 2016; 2016:8984928. PMID: 27688913.
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  6. Wang ML, Goins KV, Anatchkova M, Brownson RC, Evenson K, Maddock J, Clausen KE, Lemon SC. Priorities of Municipal Policy Makers in Relation to Physical Activity and the Built Environment: A Latent Class Analysis. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2016 May-Jun; 22(3):221-30. PMID: 26079657.
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  7. Haughton CF, Wang ML, Lemon SC. Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Meeting 5-2-1-0 Recommendations among Children and Adolescents in the United States. J Pediatr. 2016 Aug; 175:188-194.e1. PMID: 27112040.
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  8. Lemon SC, Wang ML, Haughton CF, Estabrook DP, Frisard CF, Pagoto SL. Methodological quality of behavioural weight loss studies: a systematic review. Obes Rev. 2016 Jul; 17(7):636-44. PMID: 27071775.
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  9. Wang ML, Gallivan L, Lemon SC, Borg A, Ramirez J, Figueroa B, McGuire A, Rosal MC. Navigating to health: Evaluation of a community health center patient navigation program. Prev Med Rep. 2015; 2:664-8. PMID: 26844134.
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  10. Fitzpatrick SL, Wischenka D, Appelhans BM, Pbert L, Wang M, Wilson DK, Pagoto SL. An Evidence-based Guide for Obesity Treatment in Primary Care. Am J Med. 2016 Jan; 129(1):115.e1-7. PMID: 26239092.
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  11. Alker HJ, Wang ML, Pbert L, Thorsen N, Lemon SC. Impact of school staff health on work productivity in secondary schools in Massachusetts. J Sch Health. 2015 Jun; 85(6):398-404. PMID: 25877437.
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  12. Wang ML, Arroyo J, Druker S, Sankey HZ, Rosal MC. Knowledge, Attitudes and Provider Advice by Pre-Pregnancy Weight Status: A Qualitative Study of Pregnant Latinas With Excessive Gestational Weight Gain. Women Health. 2015; 55(7):805-28. PMID: 26016948.
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  13. Pbert L, Wang ML, Druker S, Jackson EA, Rosal MC. Designing and testing the feasibility of a multi-level intervention to treat adolescent obesity in the pediatric primary care setting. Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior. 2015; 3(196).
  14. Kreuter MW, Wang ML. From Evidence to Impact: Recommendations for a Dissemination Support System. New Dir Child Adolesc Dev. 2015; 2015(149):11-23. PMID: 26375188.
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  15. Wang ML, Gellar L, Nathanson BH, Pbert L, Ma Y, Ockene I, Rosal MC. Decrease in Glycemic Index Associated with Improved Glycemic Control among Latinos with Type 2 Diabetes. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015 Jun; 115(6):898-906. PMID: 25547339.
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  16. Little TV, Wang ML, Castro EM, Jiménez J, Rosal MC. Community health worker interventions for Latinos with type 2 diabetes: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Curr Diab Rep. 2014 Dec; 14(12):558. PMID: 25374313.
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  17. Wang ML, Lemon SC, Whited MC, Rosal MC. Who benefits from diabetes self-management interventions? The influence of depression in the Latinos en Control trial. Ann Behav Med. 2014 Oct; 48(2):256-64. PMID: 24664615.
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  18. Lemon SC, Schneider KL, Wang ML, Liu Q, Magner R, Estabrook B, Druker S, Pbert L. Weight loss motivations: a latent class analysis approach. Am J Health Behav. 2014 Jul; 38(4):605-13. PMID: 24636123.
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  19. Wang ML, Pbert L, Lemon SC. Influence of family, friend and coworker social support and social undermining on weight gain prevention among adults. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2014 Sep; 22(9):1973-80. PMID: 24942930.
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  20. Richardson MP, Waring ME, Wang ML, Nobel L, Cuffee Y, Person SD, Hullett S, Kiefe CI, Allison JJ. Weight-based discrimination and medication adherence among low-income African Americans with hypertension: how much of the association is mediated by self-efficacy? Ethn Dis. 2014; 24(2):162-8. PMID: 24804361.
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  21. Wang ML, Druker S, Gapinski MA, Gellar L, Schneider K, Osganian S, Olendzki B, Pbert L. Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior. The Role of Social Support vs. Modeling on Adolescents' Diet and Physical Activity: Findings from a School-based Weight Management Trial. 2014; 2(132).
  22. Lemon SC, Wang ML, Wedick NM, Estabrook B, Druker S, Schneider KL, Li W, Pbert L. Weight gain prevention in the school worksite setting: results of a multi-level cluster randomized trial. Prev Med. 2014 Mar; 60:41-7. PMID: 24345602.
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  23. Richmond TK, Spadano-Gasbarro JL, Walls CE, Austin SB, Greaney ML, Wang ML, Mezegebu S, Peterson KE. Middle school food environments and racial/ethnic differences in sugar-sweetened beverage consumption: findings from the Healthy Choices study. Prev Med. 2013 Nov; 57(5):735-8. PMID: 24036015.
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  24. Wang ML, Lemon SC, Olendzki B, Rosal MC. Beverage-consumption patterns and associations with metabolic risk factors among low-income Latinos with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2013 Dec; 113(12):1695-703. PMID: 23999278.
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  25. Wang ML, Peterson KE, Richmond TK, Spadano-Gasbarro J, Greaney ML, Mezgebu S, McCormick M, Austin SB. Family physical activity and meal practices associated with disordered weight control behaviors in a multiethnic sample of middle-school youth. Acad Pediatr. 2013 Jul-Aug; 13(4):379-85. PMID: 23830023.
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  26. Wang ML, Peterson KE, McCormick MC, Austin SB. Environmental factors associated with disordered weight-control behaviours among youth: a systematic review. Public Health Nutr. 2014 Jul; 17(7):1654-67. PMID: 23777623.
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  27. Austin SB, Richmond TK, Spadano-Gasbarro J, Greaney ML, Blood EA, Walls C, Wang ML, Mezgebu S, Osganian SK, Peterson KE. The contribution of school environmental factors to individual and school variation in disordered weight control behaviors in a statewide sample of middle schools. Eat Disord. 2013; 21(2):91-108. PMID: 23421693.
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  28. Wang ML, Walls CE, Peterson KE, Richmond TK, Spadano-Gasbarro J, Greaney ML, Blood E, Mezgebu S, McCormick MC, Subramanian SV, Bryn Austin S. Dietary and physical activity factors related to eating disorder symptoms among middle school youth. J Sch Health. 2013 Jan; 83(1):14-20. PMID: 23253286.
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  29. Wang ML, Lemon SC, Welch G, Rosal MC. Development and validation of the Lifestyle Self-Efficacy Scale for Latinos with Diabetes (LSESLD). Ethn Dis. 2013; 23(4):428-35. PMID: 24392604.
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  30. Lindsay AC, Sussner KM, Greaney M, Wang ML, Davis R, Peterson KE. Using qualitative methods to design a culturally appropriate child feeding questionnaire for low-income, Latina mothers. Matern Child Health J. 2012 May; 16(4):860-6. PMID: 21512780.
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  31. Austin SB, Spadano-Gasbarro JL, Greaney ML, Blood EA, Hunt AT, Richmond TK, Wang ML, Mezgebu S, Osganian SK, Peterson KE. Effect of the planet health intervention on eating disorder symptoms in Massachusetts middle schools, 2005-2008. Prev Chronic Dis. 2012; 9:E171; quiz E171. PMID: 23194779.
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