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Monica L. Wang, ScD, MS


Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

677 Huntington Avenue
Kresge, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02115

Background & Research Interests

Dr. Wang is a research fellow in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and an instructor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health.  She has served as an evaluation consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning for the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative.

In 2011, she was awarded the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to support her work to reduce the sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among youth through media literacy, health literacy, and healthy communication training in collaboration with Sociedad Latina. Her research interests include addressing racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in obesity and obesity-related conditions through community-engaged research, as well as the design, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of culturally- and linguistically-tailored interventions that promote healthy eating and physical activity among underserved children and families. Her research has been supported by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau Training Grant, the Ellen Feldberg Gordon Fund for Eating Disorders Research, and the University of Massachusetts Worcester Prevention Research Center.


Since 2010, Dr. Wang has taught in-person and online courses on the social and behavioral determinants of health (ID 538, HCM 708, PH201x) at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Other Affiliations

Research Fellow, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine

Honors and Awards

Dissertation Award, Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders, 2012
Teaching Assistance Award, Harvard School of Public Health, 2010
Doctoral Student Award, Glickenhaus Fund, Harvard School of Public Health,  2009, 2010

Select Peer-reviewed Publications

  1. Lindsay AC, Sussner KM, Greaney ML, Wang ML, Davis RE, Peterson KE. Using Qualitative Methods to Design a Culturally Appropriate Child Feeding Questionnaire for Low-Income, Latina Mothers. Journal of Maternal & Child Health. 2012 May;16(4):860-6.
  2. Austin SB, Spadano-Gasbarro JL, Greaney ML, Blood EA, Hunt AT, Richmond TK, Wang ML, Mezgebu S, Osganian SK, Peterson KE. Effect of the Planet Health intervention on eating disorder symptoms in a large-scale dissemination to Massachusetts middle schools. Prev Chronic Dis 2012; 9: E171. Designated by Medscape, LLC as a Journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.
  3. Wang ML, Walls C, Peterson KE, Richmond TK, Greaney ML, Spadano-Gasbarro J, Blood E, Mezegebu, S, McCormick MC, Subramanian SV, Austin SB. Dietary and physical activity factors related to eating disorder symptoms among middle-school youth. Journal of School Health. 2013 Jan; 83(1):14-20.
  4. Austin SB, Richmond TK, Spadano-Gasbarro J, Greaney ML, Blood EA, Walls C, Wang ML, Mezgebu S, Osganian SK, Peterson KE. The Contribution of School Environmental Factors to Individual and School Variation in Disordered Weight Control Behaviors in a Statewide Sample of Middle Schools. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. 2013; 21(2):91-108.
  5. Wang ML, Peterson KE, McCormick MC, Austin SB. Environmental factors associated with disordered weight control behaviors among youth: a systematic review. Public Health Nutrition. 2013; Jun 19:1-14. [Epub ahead of print]
  6. Wang ML, Peterson KE, Richmond TK, Spadano-Gasbarro J, Greaney ML, Mezgebu S, McCormick M, Austin SB. Family practices associated with disordered weight control behaviors in a multi-ethnic sample of middle-school youth. Academic Pediatrics. 2013. Jul-Aug;13(4):379-85.
  7. Wang ML, Lemon SC, Olendzki B, Rosal MC. Beverage Consumption Patterns and Associations with Metabolic Risk Factors among Low-Income Latinos with Uncontrolled Type 2 Diabetes. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  2013 Aug 30. pii: S2212-2672(13)01115-5. [Epub ahead of print].
  8. Richmond TK, Spadano-Gasbarro JL, Walls CE, Austin SB, Greaney ML, Wang ML, Mezgebu S, Peterson KE. Middle school food environments and racial/ethnic differences in sugar-sweetened beverage consumption: Findings from the Healthy Choices study. Preventive Medicine. 2013 Sep 10. pii: S0091-7435(13)00327-7. [Epub ahead of print].
  9. Wang ML, Lemon SC, Welch G, Rosal MC. Development and Validation of the Lifestyle Self-Efficacy Scale for Latinos with Diabetes (LSESLD). Ethnicity & Disease. 2013 Autumn; 23:428-435.
  10. Lemon SC, Wang ML, Wedick NM, Estabrook B, Druker S, Schneider K, Li W, Pbert L. Weight gain prevention in the school worksite settings: Results of a multi-level cluster randomized trial. Preventive Medicine. 2013 Dec 14. pii: S0091-7435(13)00464-7. [Epub ahead of print].
  11. Lemon SC, Schneider KL, Liu Q, Wang ML, Magner R, Estabrook B, Druker S, Pbert L. Weight Loss Motivations: A Latent Class Analysis Approach. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2014 July/August;38(4):605-613.
  12. Wang ML, Lemon SC, Whited M, Rosal MC. Who benefits from diabetes self-management interventions? The influence of depression in the Latinos en Control Trial. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. [In press].
  13. Richardson M, Waring ME, Wang ML, Nobel L, Cuffee Y, Person SD, Hullett S, Kiefe CI, Allison A. Weight-Based Discrimination and Medication Non-Adherence among Low-Income African-Americans with Hypertension: How much of the association is mediated by self-efficacy? Ethnicity & Disease. [In press].

Book contributions

  1. Rosal MC, Wang ML, Bodenlos, J. (2013). Culture, Behavior and Health. In: KA Riekert, JK Ockene, L Pbert (eds). The Handbook of Health Behavior Change, Fourth Edition. Chapter 6, pp. 109-136. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.
  2. Lemon SC, Bowen DJ, Rosal MC, Pagoto SL, Schneider KL, Pbert L, Wang ML, Allen JD, Ockene JK. (2013). Translational Research Phases in the Behavioral and Social Sciences: Adaptations from the Biomedical Sciences. In: Riekert KA, Ockene JK, Pbert L (eds). The Handbook of Health Behavior Change, Fourth Edition. Chapter 24, pp. 483-497. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Education and Training

BA, Tufts University (summa cum laude), Medford, MA
MS, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
ScD, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston MA
Postdoctoral Training, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA