Yan Wang, PhD
Research Assistant Scientist
Yan Wang is a Research Assistant Scientist of Epidemiology. She has training and expertise in both psychology and epidemiology. Dr. Wang received her MS and PhD in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University in 2013. She joined the Department of Epidemiology as a postdoctoral research associate in 2014 working on NIH funded projects on risk behaviors among rural-to-urban migrants in China. With an interdisciplinary perspective, her research focuses on using advanced methodology to investigate the complex etiological processes involved in risk behaviors, especially alcohol/tobacco use and sexual risk behaviors among youth and vulnerable populations such as rural residents and persons living with HIV/AIDS. She has worked on a number of NIH funded projects including those on mental health and risk behaviors among urban, rural-to-urban migrants, and rural residents in China, alcohol use among persons living with HIV/AIDS in Florida, and advanced quantum modeling on sexual risk behaviors. One of her research papers, “Stress and alcohol use in rural Chinese residents: A moderated mediation model examining the roles of resilience and negative emotions” published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence has been recently recognized by the Matilda White Riley Early Stage Investigator Honor Program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (NIH/OBSSR).