Monica Wang, ScD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Community Health Sciences

ScD, Harvard School of Public Health
MS, Harvard 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.

Adjunct Associate Professor
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Health Policy & Management

Associate Director of Narrative
Boston University
Center for Antiracist Research

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

2018 Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce: Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Award
2016 Society of Behavioral Medicine: Early Career Investigator Award
2016 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching Award
2014 Boston University School of Public Health: Junior Faculty Research Poster Award, 1st Prize
2014 National Institutes of Health: NIH Loan Repayment Program Awardee
2012 Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston Children's Hospital: Dissertation Award
2011-2012 Harvard University: Harvard University Presidential Instructional Technology Fellowship
2011 Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Doctoral Research Poster Honorable Mention
2010-2011 Albert Schweitzer Fellowship: Elected Fellow
2010 Harvard T.H. School of Public Health: Teaching Assistance Award
2009-2010 Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Doctoral Student Award, Glickenhaus Fund

Preventing Childhood Obesity Through Youth Empowerment: A Cluster RCT of the H2GO! Program
02/01/2020 - 01/31/2025 (PI)
NIH/National Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases

Center for Antiracist Research
07/01/2020 - 10/31/2021 (PI)
Open Society Foundations

Racial Reporting Initiative
09/01/2020 - 08/31/2021 (PI)
The Ford Foundation

BU Center for Antiracist Research - The COVID Racial Data Tracker
08/01/2020 - 07/31/2021 (PI)
The Nathan Cummings Foundation

A culturally-tailored narrative intervention to target disparities in obesity
09/15/2014 - 07/31/2020 (PI)
NIH/National Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases


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  1. Wang ML, Sprague Martinez LS, Weinberg J, Alatorre S, Lemon SC, Rosal MC. A youth empowerment intervention to prevent childhood obesity: design and methods for a cluster randomized trial of the H2GO! program. BMC Public Health. 2021 09 15; 21(1):1675.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34525990; PMCID: PMC8441230; DOI: 10.1186/s12889-021-11660-5;
  2. Kantor O, Wang ML, Bertrand K, Pierce L, Freedman RA, Chavez-MacGregor M, King TA, Mittendorf EA. ASO Visual Abstract: Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Breast Cancer Outcomes within the AJCC Pathologic Prognostic Staging System. Ann Surg Oncol. 2021 Aug 08.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34368929
  3. Kantor O, Wang ML, Bertrand K, Pierce L, Freedman RA, Chavez-MacGregor M, King TA, Mittendorf EA. Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Breast Cancer Outcomes within the AJCC Pathologic Prognostic Staging System. Ann Surg Oncol. 2021 Jul 30.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34331158
  4. 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 Sep; 53(9):793-797. PMID: 33858771; PMCID: PMC8440333; DOI: 10.1016/j.jneb.2021.02.010;
  5. 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; PMCID: PMC7798550; DOI: 10.1093/tbm/ibaa114;
  6. 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 08; 49(4):362-368.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33389770
  7. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33416836; PMCID: PMC7791627; DOI: 10.1093/abm/kaaa088;
  8. 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; PMCID: PMC8093833; DOI: 10.1177/0033354920966050;
  9. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33071166
  10. 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; PMCID: PMC7337775; DOI: 10.1093/tbm/ibaa055;
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