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UCLA Institute of American Cultures

Title: Professor
Department: Public Health
Email: maywang@ucla.edu

Current Project(s):

  • Funded by that National Institutes of Health
    9/16/13-6/30/18
    The Impact of Natural Experiments on Child Obesity: A systems science approach.
    This study challenges and shifts current paradigms in evaluation research methodology by developing a methodology for retrospectively quantifying the impact of community efforts to address obesity or obesity-related behaviors (diet and physical activity), and pioneering the combined use of causal inference methods and systems science approaches for the analysis.
    Role: PI
  • Funded by the American Heart Association
    7/1/17-6/30/20
    Title: The impact of the 2009 WIC food package change on child obesity: an innovative quasi-experimental approach
    Role: PI of sub-award to UCLA (PI: Chaparro, Pia of Tulane University)

Available Publications/Books:

  • Nobari, T.Z., Jiang, L., Wang, M.C., Whaley, S.E. (2017) Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and Breastfeeding Among WIC-Participating Infants in Los Angeles County. J Hum Lact. 33(4):677-683. doi: 10.1177/0890334417716118. Epub 2017 Aug 9. PubMed PMID: 28793204.
  • Nobari, T.Z., Whaley, S.E., Prelip, M.L., Crespi, C.M., Wang, M.C. (2018) Trends in Socioeconomic Disparities in Obesity Prevalence among Low-Income Children Aged 2-4 Years in Los Angeles County, 2003-2014. Child Obesity 14(4):248-258. doi:10.1089/chi.2017.0264. Epub 2018 May 9. PubMed PMID: 29741920; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6001382.
  • Nobari, T.Z., Whaley, S.E., Crespi, C.M., Prelip, M.L., Wang, M.C. (2018) Widening socio-economic disparities in early childhood obesity in Los Angeles County after the Great Recession. Public Health Nutrition 2:1-10. doi: 10.1017/S1368980018000666. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29607794.

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