Dr. Yan Wang Organizes Symposium at APS Annual Convention

At the 29th Association for Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention in May in Boston, MA, Research Assistant Scientist in Epidemiology Yan Wang, PhD, organized a symposium to discuss recent developments in and applications of cusp catastrophe modeling. Entitled “Capturing the quantum changes in human behavior: From solution to application of the cusp catastrophe modeling,” the symposium included four presenters across universities, including Dr. Wang and Bin Yu, a PhD student in Epidemiology. Professor in Epidemiology Xinguang (Jim) Chen, MD, PhD, served as discussant for the symposium. The discussion led to the development of a new mathematical approach to this modeling technique, and the presenters are working to develop a statistical package to facilitate the use of this method. Congratulations to Dr. Wang on her contributions to this complex research method, and thank you to the Department for supporting the symposium through the Chair’s Travel Award.