School: Milken Institute School of Public Health
Department: Prevention and Community Health
Yan Wang, MD, DrPH, is an associate professor at the Department of Prevention and Community Health at the George Washington University (GWU) Milken Institute School of Public Health. She joined GWU from University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMB), School of Medicine in 2020, where she had been an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics.
Dr. Wang's research has two main focuses. One is on epidemiology and prevention intervention on risky health behaviors and health problems, including substance use, especially tobacco smoking, obesity, risky sexual behaviors, unintentional injuries, mental health disorders, and medical problems, e.g. lung cancer and HIV infection. The other focus is on the statistical methodology and causal inference. She has conducted multilevel modeling, Generalized Estimation Equation (GEE) modeling, survival analyses, structural equation modeling (e.g. mediation analysis, cross-lagged panel model, exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses, latent class analysis, latent growth modeling, dyadic analyses). She is also specialized in causal inference, e.g. the evaluation of intervention effect in Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT), cluster RCT, quasi-experimental designs, including propensity score analysis (PSA), complier average causal effect (CACE), interrupted time series (ITS) design and difference in difference (DID) analyses. She is also conducted research on health disparities. She has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles in health behaviors/problems. She was a PI for two NIH R03 grants and have been a co-I for numerous NIH R01 or equivalent grants.