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Yan  Wang

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

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Primary Appointment: Pediatrics
Secondary Appointments: Epidemiology & Public Health
Location: 737 West Lombard Street, 167
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, injury, 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, injury, risky sexual behaviors, advanced data analysis (SEM, multi-level modeling, survival analysis, and dual trajectory analysis)

Grants & Contracts:

Selective Active Grants

Role: Principal Investigator
"Safety Promotion Intervention among Toddlers"
National Institute of Child Health and Development
R03 HD077156

4/1/2013 - 3/31/2015
Role: Co-investigator (PI: E. Hager)
The Home Environment and Toddler Diet/Physical Activity: an EMA Study
National Institute of Child Health and Development
R03 HD073802

1/1/2010 - 6/31/2014
Role: Co-investigator (PI: M. Black)
Micronutrient Initiative
In collaboration with National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, India Selected Completed Grants

06/20/2008 - 03/31/2013
Role: Co-investigator (PI: M. Black)
"Challenge in Schools: Adolescent Overweight Prevention"
National Institute of Child Health and Development
R01 HD054727

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
"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


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles (16 out of 20)

  1. Wang, Y., Buckingham-Howes, S., Naira, P., Zhu, S., Magder, L., Black, M.M. (2014). Prenatal drug exposure, behavioral problems and drug experimentation among African American urban adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health. 55(3):423-431
  2. Hurley, K.M., Pepper, M.R., Candelaria, M., Wang, Y., Caulfield, L.E., Latta, L., Hager, E.R., & Black, M.M. (2013). Systematic Development and Validation of a Theory-Based Questionnaire to Assess Toddler Feeding. The Journal of Nutrition. 143(12):2044-9.
  3. Witherspoon Dawn, Latta L., Wang, Y., Black M.M. (2013). Do depression, self-esteem, body-esteem and eating attitudes vary by BMI among African American adolescents? Journal of Pediatric Psychology.38(10):1112-20.
  4. Hager, E.R., Candelaria M., Latta L.W., Hurley K.M., Wang, Y., Caulfield L.E., Black M.M. (2012). Maternal perceptions of Toddler Body Size: Accuracy and Satisfaction. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.166(5):417-22.
  5. 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.
  6. Black, M.M., Arteaga, S.S., Sanders, J., Hager, E., Anliker, J.A., Gittelsohn, J., & Wang, Y (2012). College Mentors: Innovative Strategies to Promote Health Behaviors Among Low-Income, Urban, African American Adolescents, Health Promotion Practice. 13(2):238-44.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Sheikhattari, P., Clubb, P.A., Beharie, R., Zhu, S., Wang, Y., & Wagner, F.A. (2010) Risky Sexual Behavior among Freshman Students at a Historically Black College in the United States of America. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology 66:1537-1544.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Zhu S., Wang Y., Browne D.C. & Wagner F. (2009). Racial/Ethnic Differences in Parental Concern About Their Childâ?Ts Drug Use in a Nationally Representative Sample in the United States, Journal of the National Medical Association.101:915-919.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.