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About Monica L. Wang

Monica Wang, ScD, MS, joined the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine and the UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center (UMW-PRC) in 2012. Her major research interests include obesity and chronic disease prevention, promotion of healthy diet and physical activity among youth, and addressing racial and ethnic health disparities through interventions directed at schools, community, physical environment and public policy. Dr. Wang’s current projects include the UMMS CHEIR Community Engagement Core and FRESH Start Research Project and the evaluation of Be the Change for Health Program at the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center (EMKCHC) in Worcester. Also at EMKCHC, she is conducting an evaluation of the UMW-PRC's Core Project: Patient Navigation to Reach Disengaged Patients with Hypertension at a Community Health Center. Dr. Wang received her graduate degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health, where she continues to be an instructor for the Foundations in Public Health course, focusing on social and behavioral determinants of health. She has served as an evaluation consultant for the CDC, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning on the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative. In 2011, she was awarded the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to support her work with Sociedad Latina to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage consumption through youth-led advocacy among high school youth in Boston. Also in 2011, she received the Strategic Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders Research Dissertation Award. Her dissertation, funded by the Ellen Feldberg Gordon Fund for Eating Disorders Research, examined racial and ethnic disparities in disordered weight control behaviors among youth, and identified recommendations for programs and policies to address those behaviors as well as obesity.


Present Research Fellow, UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center, Boston University
Present Research Fellow, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, Boston University

Research Interests

Obesity, Chronic disease prevention, Youth health behavior, and Health disparities

Honors and Awards

  • Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (2011)
  • Strategic Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders Research Dissertation Award (2011)

Contact Information

University of Massachusetts Medical School
Div. of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
55 Lake Ave North, S7-746
Worcester, MA 01655


Articles (11)

Contributions to Books (2)