Monica Wang, ScD
Assistant 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 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 T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Wang obtained her doctorate in Social and Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health from Harvard. 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 programs and policies 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, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Boston University School 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. She currently sits on the advisory committee of the Massachusetts legislative task force to reduce sugary drink consumption and promote water consumption.

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

A culturally-tailored narrative intervention to target disparities in obesity
09/15/2014 - 07/31/2019 (PI)
NIH/National Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases

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  1. Menon U, Ashing K, Chang MW, Christy SM, Friberg-Felsted K, Rivas VG, Gwede CK, Lu Q, Meade CD, Sly J, Wang M, Yanez B, Yeary K, Yi JC, Alcaraz KI. Application of the ConNECT Framework to Precision Health and Health Disparities. Nurs Res. 2018 Dec 12. PMID: 30540700.
  2. Wang ML, Little TV, Frisard C, Borg A, Lemon SC, Rosal MC. Development and validation of a Weight Literacy Scale in English and Spanish. PLoS One. 2018; 13(10):e0204678. PMID: 30356277.
  3. Silfee VJ, Lopez-Cepero A, Lemon SC, Estabrook B, Nguyen O, Wang ML, Rosal MC. Adapting a Behavioral Weight Loss Intervention for Facebook Delivery: A Pilot Series among Low Income Postpartum Women. JMIR Formative Research. 2018; 2(2):e18.
  4. Silfee VJ, Lopez-Cepero A, Lemon SC, Estabrook B, Nguyen O, Wang ML, Rosal MC. Adapting a Behavioral Weight Loss Intervention for Delivery via Facebook: A Pilot Series Among Low-Income Postpartum Women. JMIR Form Res. 2018 Sep 10; 2(2):e18. PMID: 30684423.
  5. Haughton CF, Waring ME, Wang ML, Rosal MC, Pbert L, Lemon SC. Home Matters: Adolescents Drink More Sugar-Sweetened Beverages When Available at Home. J Pediatr. 2018 11; 202:121-128. PMID: 30029864.
  6. Rosal MC, Wang ML, Silfee V. In: The Handbook of Health Behavior Change. ME Hilliard, KA Riekert, JK Ockene, L Pbert (eds). Culture, Behavior and Health. Springer Publishing Company. New York, NY. 2018; 103-132.
  7. Haughton CF, Silfee VJ, Wang ML, Lopez-Cepero AC, Estabrook DP, Frisard C, Rosal MC, Pagoto SL, Lemon SC. Racial/ethnic representation in lifestyle weight loss intervention studies in the United States: A systematic review. Prev Med Rep. 2018 Mar; 9:131-137. PMID: 29616185.
  8. Wang ML, Waring ME, Jake-Schoffman DE, Oleski JL, Michaels Z, Goetz JM, Lemon SC, Ma Y, Pagoto SL. Clinic Versus Online Social Network-Delivered Lifestyle Interventions: Protocol for the Get Social Noninferiority Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2017 Dec 11; 6(12):e243. PMID: 29229591.
  9. Morgan PJ, Young MD, Lloyd AB, Wang ML, Eather N, Miller A, Murtagh EM, Barnes AT, Pagoto SL. Involvement of Fathers in Pediatric Obesity Treatment and Prevention Trials: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics. 2017 Feb; 139(2). PMID: 28130430; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2016-2635;.
  10. 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; DOI: 10.1002/oby.21685;.
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