May Wang, Dr.P.H.

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UCLA Professor, Community Health Sciences Professor, Community Health Sciences, Health Equity Member, JCCC Healthy and At-Risk Populations Program Area
Dr.P.H., University of California at Berkeley

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(310) 206-5306

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UCLA Pub Hlth-Cmnty Hlth Sci
BOX 951772, 26-051A CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Detailed Biography:

DR. MAY WANG joined the faculty as associate professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences in 2008. She received an undergraduate degree from the National University of Singapore, a master's degree in nutritional science from the University of Texas at Austin, and master's and doctorate degrees in public health from the University of California at Berkeley. After obtaining her doctorate degree, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine where she was trained in the emerging field of pediatric bone health research. Since then, she has conducted research related to child obesity and bone health with a focus on addressing health disparities. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association and Excellence in Education Award from the California Dietetic Association.


A selected list of publications:

Crespi Catherine M, Alfonso Vivian H, Whaley Shannon E, Wang May C   Validity of child anthropometric measurements in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Pediatric research, 2012; 71(3): 286-92.
Wang May C, Crespi Catherine M   The influence of childhood and adolescent environmental exposure to a westernized environment on the relation between body mass index and adiposity in young Asian American women The American journal of clinical nutrition, 2011; 93(5): 1168S-74S.
Ong Hilary, Meng Mao, Wei Liu, Xiawei Zhao, Wang May C   Chinese children at a crossroads: influence of family socioeconomic factors on diet patterns Ecology of food and nutrition, 2010; 49(4): 247-61.
Wang May C, Rauzon Suzanne, Studer Natalie, Martin Anna C, Craig Launa, Merlo Caitlin, Fung Kelly, Kursunoglu Deniz, Shannguan Muyun, Crawford Patricia   Exposure to a comprehensive school intervention increases vegetable consumption The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 2010; 47(1): 74-82.
Shabbir Sanaa, Kwan David, Wang May C, Shih Margaret, Simon Paul A   Asians and Pacific Islanders and the growing childhood obesity epidemic Ethnicity & disease, 2010; 20(2): 129-35.
McCarthy William J, Wang May C, Roberts Christian K   Exercise and ambient temperature may influence energy balance via satiation processes The American journal of clinical nutrition, 2010; 91(3): 817-8; author reply 818-9.
Braithwaite Dejana, Moore Dan H, Lustig Robert H, Epel Elissa S, Ong Ken K, Rehkopf David H, Wang May C, Miller Suzanne M, Hiatt Robert A   Socioeconomic status in relation to early menarche among black and white girls Cancer causes & control : CCC, 2009; 20(5): 713-20.
Wang May C, Cubbin Catherine, Ahn Dave, Winkleby Marilyn A   Changes in neighbourhood food store environment, food behaviour and body mass index, 1981--1990 Public health nutrition, 2008; 11(9): 963-70.
MacLeod K E, Gee G C, Crawford P, Wang M C   Neighbourhood environment as a predictor of television watching among girls Journal of epidemiology and community health, 2008; 62(4): 288-92.
Wang May C, Kim Soowon, Gonzalez Alma A, MacLeod Kara E, Winkleby Marilyn A   Socioeconomic and food-related physical characteristics of the neighbourhood environment are associated with body mass index Journal of epidemiology and community health, 2007; 61(6): 491-8.
Ritchie Lorrene D, Spector Phil, Stevens Mary J, Schmidt Marcia M, Schreiber George B, Striegel-Moore Ruth H, Wang May-Choo, Crawford Patricia B   Dietary patterns in adolescence are related to adiposity in young adulthood in black and white females The Journal of nutrition, 2007; 137(2): 399-406.
Wang May C, Gonzalez Alma A, Ritchie Lorrene D, Winkleby Marilyn A   The neighborhood food environment: sources of historical data on retail food stores The international journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, 2006; 3(3): 15.
Wang May-Choo, Dixon L Beth   Socioeconomic influences on bone health in postmenopausal women: findings from NHANES III, 1988-1994 Osteoporosis international : a journal established as result of cooperation between the European Foundation for Osteoporosis and the National Osteoporosis Foundation of the USA, 2006; 17(1): 91-8.
Wang M C, Bachrach L K, Van Loan M, Hudes M, Flegal K M, Crawford P B   The relative contributions of lean tissue mass and fat mass to bone density in young women Bone, 2005; 37(4): 474-81.
Wang May-Choo, Crawford Patricia B, Hudes Mark, Van Loan Marta, Siemering Kirstin, Bachrach Laura K   Diet in midpuberty and sedentary activity in prepuberty predict peak bone mass The American journal of clinical nutrition, 2003; 77(2): 495-503.
Fielding Krista T, Backrach Laura K, Hudes Mark L, Crawford Patricia B, Wang May-Choo   Ethnic differences in bone mass of young women vary with method of assessment Journal of clinical densitometry : the official journal of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry, 2002; 5(3): 229-38.
Crawford P B, Story M, Wang M C, Ritchie L D, Sabry Z I   Ethnic issues in the epidemiology of childhood obesity Pediatric clinics of North America, 2001; 48(4): 855-78.
Wang M C, Moore E C, Crawford P B, Hudes M, Sabry Z I, Marcus R, Bachrach L K   Influence of pre-adolescent diet on quantitative ultrasound measurements of the calcaneus in young adult women Osteoporosis international : a journal established as result of cooperation between the European Foundation for Osteoporosis and the National Osteoporosis Foundation of the USA, 1999; 9(6): 532-5.
Wang M C, Crawford P B, Bachrach L K   Intakes of nutrients and foods relevant to bone health in ethnically diverse youths Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 1997; 97(9): 1010-3.

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