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Yan  Wang

Yan Wang B.M., Dr. P.H.

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Primary Appointment: Pediatrics
Location: 737 West Lombard Street, 163
Phone: (410) 706-0213
Fax: (410) 706-5090

Personal History:

Dr. Wang's research focuses on the epidemiology of and prevention intervention for obesity, substance use, mental health disorders, and other health problems. Dr. Wang has strong interests in the application of advanced statistical models to understand the development of obesity, substance use, and other health problems, and the role of contexts in development. She has applied the following analytic techniques: multi-level modeling; generalized estimating equations (GEE) modeling; latent growth modeling; survival analysis, including discrete-time survival analysis; factor analysis; structural equation modeling (SEM), and dual trajectory analysis. She is proficient with multiple software packages, including STATA, SPSS, SAS and Mplus.

Research Interests:

Obesity, substance use, mental health disorders, risky sexual behaviors, advanced data analysis (SEM, multi-level modeling, survival analysis, and dual trajectory analysis)

Grants & Contracts:

Ongoing Research Support

"Challenge in Schools: Adolescent Overweight Prevention"
(PI: M. Black)
National Institute of Child Health and Development
Role: Co-investigator

"Toddler Overweight Prevention Study (TOPS)"
(PI: M. Black)
USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service
Role: Co-investigator

Completed Research Support

"Depressive symptoms, obesity and race: A prospective study among a multi-ethnic sample of adolescents"
Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) of Maryland Pilot and Feasibility Program
Role: Principal Investigator

"Is the relationship between depressive symptoms and obesity explained by physical activity and diet? A prospective study among African American adolescents"
Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) of Maryland Pilot and Feasibility Program
Role: Principal Investigator


Selected peer-reviewed publications (out of 16 journal papers and 1 book chapter)

Hager, E.R., Candelaria M., Latta L.W., Hurley K.M., Wang, Y., Caulfield L.E., Black M.M. (in press). Maternal perceptions of Toddler Body Size: Accuracy and Satisfaction. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Wang Y., Storr C., Green K, Stuart E.A., Zhu, S., Lynne S., Clemans K., Petras H., Kellam S.G., & Ialongo N.S. (2012). The Effect of Two Elementary School-based Prevention Interventions on Being Offered Tobacco and the Transition to Smoking, Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 120(1-3):202-8.

Oberlander, S.E., Wang, Y., Thompson, R. Lewis, T., Proctor, L, Isbell, P, English D.E., Dubowitz, H. Litrownik, A.J. & Black, M.M. (2011). Childhood maltreatment, emotional distress and early adolescent sexual intercourse: Multi-informant perspectives on parental monitoring, Journal of Family Psychology. 25(6):885-94.

Wang, Y., Storr, C. L., Wagner, F. A., & Browne, D. C. (2011). Early sex experience and later illegal drug use among HBCU college students. Substance Use and Misuse. 46(4):543-51.

Black, M.M., Arteaga, S.S., Sanders, J., Hager, E., Anliker, J.A., Gittelsohn, J., & Wang, Y (in press). College Mentors: Innovative Strategies to Promote Health Behaviors Among Low-Income, Urban, African American Adolescents, Health Promotion Practice.

Black, M.M., Hager, E., Lee K., Anliker, J., Arteaga, S.S., DiClemente, C., Gittelsohn, J., Levy, L., Magder, L., Papas, M., Shebl, F., Snitker, S., Treuth, M.S.,& Wang, Y. (2010). Challenge!: A Mentorship Model of Health Promotion and Obesity Prevention Among Urban, African-American Adolescents. Pediatrics.126(2):280-8.

Wang Y., Browne D.C., Petras H., Stuart E.A., Wagner F.A., Lambert S.F., Kellam S.G., & Ialongo N.S. (2009). Depressed mood and the effect of two universal first grade preventive interventions on survival to the first tobacco cigarette smoked among urban youth. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 100(3):194-203.

Browne D.C., Clubb P.A., Wang Y., & Wagner F. (2009). Drug Use and High-Risk Sexual Behaviors Among African American Men Who Have Sex With Men and Men Who Have Sex With Women. American Journal of Public Health. 99(6):1062-6.

Zhu S., Wang Y., Browne D.C. & Wagner F. (2009). Racial/Ethnic Differences in Parental Concern About Their Child's Drug Use in a Nationally Representative Sample in the United States, Journal of the National Medical Association.101:915-919.

Washington T.A., Wang Y., & Browne D. (2009). Difference in condom use among sexually active males at historically black colleges and universities. Journal of American College Health. 57(4):411-8.

Jagers, R.J., Wagner F.A., Scott-Johnson P.E., Wang, Y., & Browne, D.C. (2007). Elevated depressive symptoms in a community sample of African-Americans and Whites. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice 2(1): 21-34.

Wang, Y., Browne, D.C., Storr, C.L., & Wagner, F.A. (2005). Gender and the tobacco/depression relationship: A sample of African American college students at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). Addictive Behaviors 30(7): 1437-1441.