May C. Wang


Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences

Home Department: Community Health Sciences

Areas of Interest

Social and physical environmental determinants of diet-related conditions with a focus on childhood obesity, immigrant food-related behaviors, and evaluations of nutrition programs for children.




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.

Selected Research

1.  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.   

2. Wang May-Choo, Dixon L Beth Socioeconomic influences on bone health in postmenopausal women: findings from NHANES III, 1988-1994.. Osteoporosis international. 2006; 17(1): 91-8.   

3.  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.