Dr. Wang is a decision scientist and epidemiologist who uses mathematical models to integrate epidemiology and demography to inform policy. She is interested in the distribution of modifiable risk factors like diet, exercise, and preventive screening, and how they reduce disease risk across the population. Her present research focuses on obesity and cardiovascular disease prevention. Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she examined environmental and behavioral determinants of energy balance (energy intake vs. energy expenditure) to evaluate how various strategies and policies may help fight obesity in children and adolescents. One of her research areas is the role of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption by children and adults and the health and economic impacts of levying excise taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages (see report to New York State in 2010.) More recently, she led research projects to assess clinical guidelines of cardiovascular disease prevention, such as guidelines for blood pressure and cholesterol screening as part of pediatric services, and using imaging technologies to screen for atherosclerosis.
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Swart E, Redler L, Fabricant PD, Mandelbaum BR, Ahmad CS, & Wang YC. Prevention and Screening Programs or Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in Young AthletesA Cost-Effectiveness Analysis. The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, 2014: 96(9), 705-711.
Wang YC, Vine S. Caloric Impact of A 16-ounce Portion Size Cap on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Served in Restaurants. American Journal for Clinical Nutrition. 2013; 98(1)
Wang YC, Hsiao A, Orleans CT, Gortmaker S. The Caloric Calculator: Average Caloric Impact of Childhood Obesity Interventions. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2013; 45(2): e3-e13
Wang YC, Coxson P, Shen Y, Goldman L, Bibbins-Domingo, K. Potential Impact on Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases from a One-Penny-per-Ounce Excise Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages. Health Affairs. 2012; 31(1):199-207.
Wang YC, Orleans T, Gortmaker SL. Reaching the Healthy People Goals for Reducing Childhood Obesity: Closing the Energy Gap. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2012; 42(5): 437-444
Wang YC, Gortmaker SG, Taveras EM "Trends and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Severe Obesity among U.S. Children and Adolescents, 1976-2006." International Journal of Pediatric Obesity March 2010
Wang, Y.C., Bleich, S., Gortmaker, S.G. "Increasing Caloric Contribution from Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and 100% Fruit Juices among US Children and Adolescents" Pediatrics 121 e1604-e1614 2008
Wang, Y.C., Colditz, G.A., Kuntz, K.M. "Forecasting the Obesity Epidemic in the Aging United States Population" Obesity 15 (11) 2855-2865 2007
Wang, Y.C., Gortmaker, S.G., Sobol A.M., Kuntz, K.M. "Estimating the Energy Gap among US Children: A Counterfactual Approach" Pediatrics 118 (6) 1721-1733 2006