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. Dr. Wang has collaborated 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 study examines the adoption of prenatal cell-free fetal DNA testing in diverse patient populations in efforts to identify and address potential inequities in use. Finally, Dr. Wang is collaborating with investigators from the Black Women's Health Study to examine scalable communication modalities for returning breast cancer genetic research results to African American women.

Dr. Wang currently teaches SB821: Intervention Strategies for Health Promotion.

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BU-BMC Cancer Center


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Boston University
Genome Science Institute




Implementing the moon: Getting genomic testing to the public
10/01/2019 - 08/31/2024 (Subcontract PI)
University of Washington NIH NCI
1U01CA232795-01A1

Testing scalable communication modalities for returning breast cancer genetic research results to African American women
06/12/2020 - 01/31/2024 (PI)
NIH/National Inst on Minority Health and Health Disparities
1R01MD014312-01A1

Genetic Testing in the Safety-Net: Improving Equity in Prostate Cancer Treatment
04/01/2020 - 03/31/2021 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation DOD Army Med Resrch


Adoption of Non-invasive Prenatal Testing in Diverse Populations: Multilevel Approach
09/27/2016 - 05/31/2020 (Multi-PI)
PI: Catharine Wang, PhD
NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute
5R21HG009567-02

Using virtual counselors to overcome genetic literacy barriers: Project VICKY
05/16/2014 - 10/31/2019 (PI)
NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute
3R01HG007746-03S1

Education and outreach for Autism Spectrum Disorders: ASD Link
05/01/2014 - 04/30/2016 (Subcontract 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 - 04/30/2013 (PI of Sub-Project / SP)
PI: David M. Center, MD
NIH/National Center for Health Research Resources
3UL1RR025771-04



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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2021 Testing scalable communication modalities for returning breast cancer genetic research results to African American women 5R01MD014312-02
2020 Testing scalable communication modalities for returning breast cancer genetic research results to African American women 1R01MD014312-01A1
2018 Using virtual counselors to overcome genetic literacy barriers: Project VICKY 3R01HG007746-03S1 1
2017 Adoption of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing in Diverse Populations: A Multilevel Approach 5R21HG009567-02
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 1
2015 Using virtual counselors to overcome genetic literacy barriers: Project VICKY 5R01HG007746-02 1
2014 Using virtual counselors to overcome genetic literacy barriers: Project VICKY 1R01HG007746-01 1
2012 Communicating Genetic Information for Obesity 5R21HG006073-02 2
2012 Communication of Genetic and Environmental Risks in Colorectal Cancer Prevention 5K07CA131103-05 20
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  1. Wang, C, Paasche-Orlow, MK, Bowen, DJ, Cabral, H, Winter, MR, Norkunas Cunningham, T, Trevino-Talbot, M, Toledo, DM, Cortes, DE, Campion, M., Bickmore, T. . Utility of a virtual counselor (VICKY) to collect family health histories among vulnerable patient populations: A randomized controlled trial. Patient Education and Counseling. 2021. View Publication
  2. Wang C, Paasche-Orlow MK, Bowen DJ, Cabral H, Winter MR, Norkunas Cunningham T, Trevino-Talbot M, Toledo DM, Cortes DE, Campion M, Bickmore T. Utility of a virtual counselor (VICKY) to collect family health histories among vulnerable patient populations: A randomized controlled trial. Patient Educ Couns. 2021 Feb 18.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33750594
     
  3. Bowen DJ, Wang C, Cole AM, Norquist BM, Knerr S, Devine B, Shirts B, Cain K, Harris HM, Haile HG, Swisher EM. Design of a study to implement population-based risk assessment for hereditary cancer genetic testing in primary care. Contemp Clin Trials. 2021 Feb; 101:106257. PMID: 33373667; DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2020.106257;
     
  4. McGuinness M, Fassi E, Wang C, Hacking C, Ellis V. Breast cancer polygenic risk scores in the clinical cancer genetic counseling setting: Current practices and impact on patient management. J Genet Couns. 2020 Oct 30.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33124135
     
  5. Schleimer LE, Desameau PG, Damuse R, Olsen M, Manzo V, Cardenas C, Mehrtash H, Krakauer EL, Masamba L, Wang C, Bhatt AS, Shulman LN, Huang FW. Assessing and Addressing the Need for Cancer Patient Education in a Resource-Limited Setting in Haiti. Oncologist. 2020 12; 25(12):1039-1046. PMID: 32335989
     
  6. Cerda Diez M, E Cortés D, Trevino-Talbot M, Bangham C, Winter MR, Cabral H, Norkunas Cunningham T, M Toledo D, J Bowen D, K Paasche-Orlow M, Bickmore T, Wang C. Designing and Evaluating a Digital Family Health History Tool for Spanish Speakers. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 12 07; 16(24).View Related Profiles. PMID: 31817849; DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16244979;
     
  7. McBride CM, Graves KD, Kaphingst KA, Allen CG, Wang C, Arredondo E, Klein WMP. Behavioral and social scientists' reflections on genomics: a systematic evaluation within the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Transl Behav Med. 2019 11 25; 9(6):1012-1019.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30950497
     
  8. Cahill TJ, Wertz B, Zhong Q, Parlato A, Donegan J, Forman R, Manot S, Wu T, Xu Y, Cummings JJ, Norkunas Cunningham T, Wang C. The Search for Consumers of Web-Based Raw DNA Interpretation Services: Using Social Media to Target Hard-to-Reach Populations. J Med Internet Res. 2019 07 30; 21(7):e12980. PMID: 31364607
     
  9. Mueller A, Dalton E, Enserro D, Wang C, Flynn M. Recontact practices of cancer genetic counselors and an exploration of professional, legal, and ethical duty. J Genet Couns. 2019 08; 28(4):836-846. PMID: 31058402
     
  10. Klein WMP, McBride CM, Allen CG, Arredondo EM, Bloss CS, Kaphingst KA, Sturm AC, Wang C. Optimal Integration of Behavioral Medicine into Clinical Genetics and Genomics. Am J Hum Genet. 2019 02 07; 104(2):193-196.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30735659
     
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