RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Area(s) of Expertise:
Biostatistics, Behavioral Policy Sciences
Constance Wang Ph.D. is an epidemiologist with interdisciplinary training in biostatistics and in biological, behavioral and decision sciences. She earned her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Texas School of Public Health in 2003. Her overall research interests relate to the social determinants of population health and healthy aging. Specifically, her research is focused on understanding, from a lifecourse perspective, the social influences on disease causation in populations, with the ultimate goal of pinpointing what actions, in the form of intervention programs and health policies, need to be taken at what age across the lifespan of individuals to prevent disease and to enhance population health and healthy aging. She is engaged in an interdisciplinary research program through her National Institute on Aging-funded Career Development Award (K01) to identify the constellation of multilevel factors that predict multiple-disease vulnerability and resilience in the population. Constance takes an epidemiology-based approach to integrate theories and methodologies from diverse, but complementary disciplines (social and policy sciences, medicine and public health, biology and human development), to account for health and disease over the lifespan of individuals. The most important aspect of her work is to describe how a multiplicity of biological, physiological, psychosocial, social, and environmental factors act in concert to impair health and/or decrease resilience in populations. In this work, she is developing systematic and simplified ways in which computational methods can be implemented to integrate social and biological complexity in the discovery of underlying preventable causes of vulnerabilities and diseases.