Monica L. Wang, ScD, MS

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management

Department of Health Policy and Management

Background & Research Interests

Dr. Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her work focuses on addressing racial/ethnic and social inequities in obesity and chronic diseases through community-engaged interventions and pursuing cross-sector collaborations to implement and disseminate programs and policies that promote healthy eating and physical activity. One of her recent studies focuses on empowering youth to reduce sugary drink intake and obesity risk in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. She has generated over $4 million in federal and foundation funding for her program of research and published over 50 manuscripts, book chapters, and policy documents. Dr. Wang has developed and taught graduate courses (traditional and hybrid) at Harvard and Boston University since 2010. She has received numerous awards for her research, teaching, and service, including the Society of Behavioral Medicine Early Investigator Award and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Award. At the national level, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and as the Society’s Chair of the Civic and Public Engagement Committee.

Teaching

As an expert in case-based teaching, online education, and digital learning design, Dr. Wang has developed and taught graduate courses (traditional and hybrid) on the social and behavioral determinants of health (ID 538, HCM 708, PH201x) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the obesity epidemic (SB800) at the Boston University School of Public Health.

Other Affiliations

  1. Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health
  2. Chair, Civic and Public Engagement Committee, Society of Behavioral Medicine

Honors and Awards

  1. Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Award, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, 2018
  2. Excellence in Teaching Award, Boston University School of Public Health, 2016
  3. Early Career Investigator Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2016
  4. Junior Faculty Research Poster Award, Boston University School of Public Health, 2014
  5. Dissertation Award, Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders, 2012
  6. Teaching Assistance Award, Harvard School of Public Health, 2010
  7. Doctoral Student Award, Glickenhaus Fund, Harvard School of Public Health,  2009, 2010

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 Fellowship, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA