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Yan Wang, BM, DrPH

Academic Title:

Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:


Secondary Appointment(s):

Epidemiology & Public Health

Additional Title:

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics (primary) Department of Epidemiology & Public Health (secondary)


737 West Lombard Street, 167

Phone (Primary):




Education and Training

2002-2007 Dr.P.H.


I received my DrPH in 2007. I worked as a biostatistian in 2007-2009 and as a research associate in 2009-2011. I have been an assistant professor in Department of Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine since 2011. I also have a secondary appointment in Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (Divison of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics). I am an adjunct faculty member at Department of Mathmatics and Statistics, University of Maryland at Baltimore County. I published 25 peer-reviewed articles and received an NIH R03 grant.

Research/Clinical Keywords

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

Highlighted Publications

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.

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.

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.

Hager, E., Tilton, N., Wang, Y., Kapur, N., Arbaiza, R., Merry, B, , Black, M.M. (2015). The home environment and toddler physical activity: An ecological momentary assessment study, Pediatr Obes. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12098. [Epub ahead of print]

Buckingham-Howes, S., Oberlander, S.E., Wang, Y., Black, M.M.(in press). Longitudinal Transactional Investigation of Depressive Symptoms among Adolescent Mothers and Behavior Problems among Their Children, Journal of Family Psychology.

Additional Publication Citations

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Mulligan MJ , Sanchez PG., Evans CF, Wang, Y, Kon ZN, Rajagopal K., Gammie JS, Griffith B.P.2, Pham SM. (in press). The use of extended criteria donors decreases one-year survival in high-risk lung recipients. A review of the United Network of Organ Sharing Database, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

Buckingham-Howes, S., Mazza, D., Wang, Y., Granger, D.A., Black, M. (in press). Cortisol Reactivity among Adolescents with Prenatal Drug Exposure: Associations with Drug Experimentation, Behavior, and Body Mass. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.

Hager, E.R., Calamaro C.J., Bentley, L.X., Hurley, K.M., Wang, Y., Black, M.M. (in press). Nighttime sleep duration and Sleep Behaviors among Low-Income Toddlers: Associations with Obesogenic Behaviors and Obesity and the Role of Parenting. Childhood Obesity.


Research Interests

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.

Awards and Affiliations


2004, 2006            Women & Gender Junior Investigator Travel Award for 2004, 2006 College of  Problems on Drug Dependence (CPDD) Annual Meeting, awarded by National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

2005                      Early Career Investigator Travel Award for 2005 College of Problems on Drug                Dependence (CPDD) Annual Meeting, awarded by CPDD

2008                      Travel Scholarship to Increase Diversity in Nicotine and Tobacco Research for Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) 14th Annual Meeting, awarded by American Legacy Foundation

2010                      Travel award to attend the Summer Institute (Analysis of Longitudinal Dyadic Data) at the Methodology Center, Penn State University        

2013                       First prize, poster competition, 2013 Obesity Symposium, Baltimore, MD 


2007-present                Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society

2008-present               Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Disparities Network

2009-present                College of Problems on Drug Dependence (CPDD)  Associate member

2011-present                Obesity Society

2015-present                Society for Prevention Research (SPR)





Grants and Contracts

Active Grants

7/1/2013- 6/30/2016
Role: Co-investigator (PI: Hager)
"The Home Environment and Toddler Diet/Physical Activity: an EMA Study"
National Institute of Child Health and Development
R03 HD073802

Role: Principal Investigator
"Safety Promotion Intervention among Toddlers"
National Institute of Child Health and Development
R03 HD077156
Total cost: $162,240
Impact score: 12, Percentile: 1
This grant examines the impact of a safety promotion trial on changes in behavior and environment among low-income families of toddlers.

4/1/2016 - 3/31/2021
Role: Co-investigator (PI: Black)
"Building-Block for Healthy Preschoolers: Child Care and Family Models"
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
R01 DK107761
Total cost: $3,428,993
This application proposes to evaluate strategies to prevent health disparities early in life by developing environmental wellness-related interventions focused on child-care center staff and families.

3/1/2016- 2/28/2021
Role: Co-investigator (PI: Hager)
"Approaches to Enhancing Wellness Policy Implementation in Schools to Promote Healthy Behaviors and Prevent Obesity"
Agency: USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) -Integrated Approaches to Prevent Childhood Obesity
Total cost: $4,112,688
This application proposes to develop and evaluate a novel randomized intervention designed to enhance Wellness Policy Implementation in Schools on obesity prevention among school students.

Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Hager)
"Maryland Wellness Policies and Practices Project"
 Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Monitor the implementation of school-system level wellness policies among schools throughout Maryland and conduct a state-wide survey of childcare wellness policies and practices."

Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Hager)
"Healthiest Maryland Schools"
Community Health Resources Commission: Supporting Community Health Resources: Building Capacity and Expanding Access to Care for Marylanders Selected Completed Grants

9/30/2005 - 7/31/2010
Role: Co-investigator (PI: Black)
"Prenatal Drug Exposure: Effects on Adolescent Brain and Behavioral Development"
National Institute on Drug Abuse            
R01 DA021059
The goal of this study is to examine the effects of prenatal substance exposure and social risk factors on the neurocognitive and social development of teenagers from urban, low-income environments.

Role: Co-investigator (PI: Black)
"Toddler Overweight Prevention: Comparison of Maternal and Toddler Interventions� U.S. Department of Agriculture CREES 2005-04808 Evaluation of whether low-income mothers who receive either a health promotion/overweight prevention intervention for themselves or a parenting/child development intervention will adopt healthier dietary and activity practices for their children, in comparison to mothers who receive a placebo (child-safety) intervention."

6/20/2008 - 3/31/2013
Role: Co-investigator (PI: Black)
"Challenge in Schools: Adolescent Overweight Prevention"
National Institute of Child Health and Development
R01 HD054727
The goal of this study is to evaluate whether small group and school-wide interventions among 12-13 year old females in urban middle schools are effective in increasing consumption of healthy foods (fruits and vegetables) and time spent in physical activity.

Role: Principal Investigator
" Is the relationship between depressive symptoms and obesity explained by physical activity and diet? A prospective study among African American adolescent"?
Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) of Maryland Pilot and Feasibility Program
Total Direct Costs: $25,000


Professional Activity


2014-2016             Co-instructor, Analysis of Longitudinal and Clustered Data(PREV 801) University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

2016                      Instructor, STAT 454, Applied Statistics, University of Maryland at Baltimore CountyDepartment of Mathematics and Statistics

Local and National Service


2004-present          Ad Hoc Reviewer of American Journal of Public Health,  Addiction, BMC Public Health, Pediatrics, Nicontine & Tobacco Resarch, the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Journal of Obesity, Journal of Physical Activity and Health


2005                      Chair of session “Epidemiology, prevention, comorbidity and treatment” at 2005 CPDD Annual Meeting


2008-present          Member of SRNT Tobacco-Related Health Disparities Committee

2009                      Chair of session “Adolescents” at 2009 CPDD Annual Meeting


2009                      Reviewer of a proposal for grant application submitted to Bureau of Tobacco Prevention Program managed by the Florida Department of Health (DOH)


2009, 2014, 2015  Reviewer of nationwide application for Increasing Diversity in Nicotine and Tobacco Research Travel Scholarship to attend Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Annual Meeting


2010-2011             Reviewer of four proposals for NIR (New Investigator) grant application submitted to the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program managed by the Florida Department of Health (DOH)     


2015-2016             Reviewer of abstracts submitted to Society for Prevention Research (SPR) 2016 Annual Meeting


2016                      Society for Prevention Research (SPR) Annual Meeting theme committees