Journal of Preventive Medicine And Care

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Preventive Medicine And Care-childhood obesity; health disparities-Monica Wang

United States

University of Massachusetts Medical School

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Monica Wang


55 Lake Ave North
Worcester, MA 01655

Research Interests:

childhood obesity; health disparities, diet, physical activity; family-based interventions; social epidemiology


  • Dr. Wang is a Research Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and an Instructor at the 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. 
  • 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.