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.

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

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  1. 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
  2. Otis M, Zhu J, Mustafa-Kutana SN, Bernier AV, Ma Shum J, Soros Dupre AA, Wang ML. Testing Usability and Feasibility of a Mobile Educator Tool for Pediatric Diabetes Self-Management: Mixed Methods Pilot Study. JMIR Form Res. 2020 May 01; 4(5):e16262.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32356773
  3. Wang ML, Lusk K. Engaging Local Policy Makers in Public Health: Current Perceptions and Future Directions. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2019 Nov/Dec; 25(6):619-620. PMID: 31569193
  4. Wang ML. Relevance and Uses of the Getting to Equity in Obesity Prevention Framework. Am J Public Health. 2019 10; 109(10):1321-1322. PMID: 31483733
  5. Lusk K, Wang ML. In: AcademyHealth Blog. Enlisting America’s Mayors as Public Health Allies. 2019.
  6. Wang ML, Otis M, Rosal MC, Griecci CF, Lemon SC. Reducing sugary drink intake through youth empowerment: results from a pilot-site randomized study. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2019 07 30; 16(1):58. PMID: 31362753
  7. Wang ML, McElfish PA, Long CR, Lee MS, Bursac Z, Kozak AT, Ko LK, Kulik N, Kim Yeary KH. BMI and related risk factors among U.S. Marshallese with diabetes and their families. Ethn Health. 2019 Jul 10; 1-13. PMID: 31288554
  8. Godinez Puig L, Lusk K, Wang ML. Mayors and the Health of Cities. Boston. 2019. View Publication
  9. Wang ML, Otis M. In: Urban Health. Eds. S Galea, CK Ettman, D Vlahov. Improving Access to Healthy Food in Cities. Oxford University Press. 2019.
  10. 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. 2019 Mar/Apr; 68(2):99-109. PMID: 30540700
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