Dr. Monica Wang, an assistant professor in the department of community health sciences at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), was recently awarded a mentored research scientist development award through the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).
The study aims to target health disparities in childhood obesity through a culturally tailored behavioral intervention designed to reduce purchase and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, a leading contributor to the obesity epidemic, among underserved families. This community-based study will be delivered through local Boys and Girls Clubs of America sites, a community setting that serves an ethnically diverse and predominantly low socioeconomic status population.
The five-year award will provide Dr. Wang with training in developing behavioral interventions and conducting randomized controlled trials in community settings and will contribute to her long-term goal of designing and evaluating family-based obesity prevention programs that can be sustained and disseminated in community settings.
To read more about the award, go to: http://www.bu.edu/sph/2014/09/29/monica-wang-to-receive-five-year-mentored-research-award/