Judy Huei-yu Wang, PhD

Behavioral Scientist

Dr. Wang is an Assistant Professor of Oncology and a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program in the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University. She obtained her Masters in Human Development and Doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to her faculty position at Georgetown, she completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. Since beginning her appointment at Georgetown in 2003, she has investigated the impact of culture on cancer screening and survivorship experiences among Asian Americans. For example, by utilizing community-based participatory research principles, she led a multidisciplinary team to develop the first theory-based, culturally targeted video to increase use of mammography screening among Chinese immigrants. Supported by an American Cancer Society mentored research grant, a National Cancer Institute (NCI) R03 grant, and a Susan G. Komen special population grant, she conducted a five-year randomized controlled trial (RCT) to rigorously test the efficacy of this culturally targeted video (vs. generic video as a print control). This trial is one of the very few studies that provided empirical evidence on acculturation and the effect of cultural targeting on increasing mammography screening. Currently, supported by the NCI R01 grant mechanism, she is leading a nationwide five-year randomized control trial to examine the impact of implementing the cultural video in a peer-led group discussion session (vs. individual viewing at home) on mammography adherence. She is also leading a multisite randomized trial to examine physician-based intervention (vs. usual care) in promoting colorectal cancer screening among Chinese Americans. She has presented data on the beliefs and attitudes toward cancer screening among Asian and non-Hispanic White populations in peer-reviewed articles. Furthermore, supported by the Livestrong Foundation and NCI R21 grants, she conducted mixed methods research to investigate the impact of culture on patient-physician communication, stress-coping processes, and quality of life among Chinese and White breast cancer survivors. In addition to her research activities, Dr. Wang teaches courses on tobacco and alcohol use, culture and lifestyle, cancer screening and survivorship, and behavioral intervention research. Her research interests include biological and psychosocial impact on cancer prevention and care, health disparities, culturally competent health communication, health behavior changes, cancer survivorship, integrated care (e.g., mind-body medicine), and hospice care.