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

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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 the 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 $5 million in federal and foundation grants and over $1.5 million in gifts for her portfolio of work 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 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 Leading the Narrative Award, 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 and Excellence in Public Health Practice 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. She is an advisory board member of The Emancipator and sits on the Board of Directors of Vital CxNS.

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

Core support for the Center for Antiracist Research, including their work on The Emancipator
12/01/2021 - 11/30/2025 (Multi-PI)
PI: Monica Wang, ScD
The Ford Foundation

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

To support the narrative work of the Center for Antiracist Research
06/18/2021 - 06/18/2024 (Multi-PI)
PI: Monica Wang, ScD
Barr Foundation, Inc.

The Emancipator, BU Center for Antiracist Research
09/01/2021 - 08/31/2023 (Multi-PI)
PI: Monica Wang, ScD
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Racial Reporting Initiative
09/01/2020 - 08/31/2023 (PI)
The Ford Foundation

Center for Antiracist Research
07/01/2020 - 03/31/2023 (PI)
Open Society Foundations

Washington, D.C. Policy Tracker and Policy Initiative
12/01/2021 - 11/30/2022 (Multi-PI)
PI: Monica Wang, ScD
Melville Charitable Trust

Washington, D.C. Policy Tracker and Policy Initiative
11/08/2021 - 11/07/2022 (Co-Investigator)
IF 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, Britton OJ, Beard J. The call for science communication and public scholarship. Transl Behav Med. 2022 Dec 16.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36525596; DOI: 10.1093/tbm/ibac096;
  2. Wang ML, Narcisse MR, McElfish PA. Higher walkability associated with increased physical activity and reduced obesity among United States adults. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2023 Feb; 31(2):553-564. PMID: 36504362; DOI: 10.1002/oby.23634;
  3. Alatorre S, Schwarz AG, Egan KA, Feldman AR, Wang ML. Exploring Social Media Preferences for Healthy Weight Management Interventions among Adolescents of Color: A Mixed-Methods Pilot Study. JMIR Preprints. 2022; (43961).
  4. Wang, ML. Health Misinformation is Making Us Sick. The Boston Globe Opinion. 2022. View Publication
  5. Wang ML. To Transform Public Health, Invest in Behavioral Research. The Boston Globe Opinion. 2022. View Publication
  6. Egan KA, Waring ME, Wang ML. Pilot Intervention Targeting Sugary Drink Intake Associated With Improvements in Adolescent Sleep Duration. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2022 03; 54(3):276-281.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34920968
  7. Wang ML, Narcisse MR, Alatorre S, Kozak AT, McElfish PA. Neighborhood social cohesion and physical activity and obesity outcomes among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander individuals. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2022 01; 30(1):249-256. PMID: 34910366
  8. 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 Dec; 28(Suppl 3):585-586.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34368929
  9. Wang, ML. With COVID-19 Vaccine For Younger Children, a Chance to Promote Health Equity Across All Ages. The Boston Globe. 2021. View Publication
  10. 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;
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Why racism is a public health crisis

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Health misinformation is making us sick

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Greater social cohesion associated with more physical activity, less obesity

Healio 1/25/2022

New lawn libraries are popping up across the country, and they’re stocked with just one kind of book: Anti-racist

The Washington Post 12/16/2021

Is Covid’s winter surge already here? Experts warn the pandemic isn’t over

Yahoo! News 11/10/2021

Medical Campus Promotes 13 Faculty to Associate Professor

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Solving Health Disparities In Communities of Color Requires Holistic Approach

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BU Today 4/20/2021

Ayanna Pressley, Elizabeth Warren to Headline Forum on Antiracism as Health Policy

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PhD Students Host Podcast on BU, Antiracism, and Next Steps

BU Today 3/23/2021

Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research and Boston Globe’s Opinion Team to Bring Back Antislavery Newspaper, The Emancipator

Diverse Issues in Higher Education 3/16/2021

BU Community Writes Joe Biden’s Inaugural Address

BU Today 1/19/2021

BU Community Writes Joe Biden’s Inaugural Address

BU Today 1/19/2021

A Novel Program to Reduce Sugary Drink Consumption and Obesity Risk in Children

BU Today 3/9/2020

2021 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Public Health Practice
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
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