Liang Wang

Liang Wang

Assistant Professor
Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Associate Director
China-Tennessee Health Education Training Institute  

Phone: 423-439-4435
Office Address: Lamb Hall, room 149F


DrPH Epidemiology (2011) East Tennessee State University
MPH Epidemiology (2008) East Tennessee State University 
MD Medicine (2004) Wuhan University of Science and Technology

Courses Taught

Epidemiology I (EPID 5400)
Epidemiology II (EPID 5405)
Advanced multivariate analysis (EPID 6410)
Applied epidemiology analysis (EPID 6420)
Doctor Public Health Dissertation (EPID 6960)
Graduate Research (EPID 5029)

Honors and Awards

  • The Westlake Summer Youth Forum on Health Policy and Systems Sciences (HPSS) Travel Fellowship Award, 2012.
  • An American Public Health Association (APHA) Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Section Outstanding Student Author for 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, respectively.
  • Member of the Alpha Pi chapter of the Delta Omega: Honorary Society in Public Health
  • Elected Full Member of the American College of Epidemiology (M.A.C.E. distinction)
  • Biostatistics and Epidemiology Student Award of Excellence, East Tennessee State University, 2010.
  • SAS (Statistics Analysis System) Base Programmer for 9.1 Certification with 100% Score.
  • Top 5 National Trainee: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Pharmaceutical Company, Great China Area, 2004.
  • President of Student Government of undergraduate and high school, respectively
  • One of five representatives of Guangzhou City for competing in CCTV for "Samsung Intelligence Express".
  • Member of the Obesity Society, American Society of Nutrition, the Society of Epidemiologic Research, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, American Heart Association, American Public Health Association, and the Planning Committee member of China Health Policy and Management Society, etc.


Research Focus

Obesity, health disparities, application of advanced statistical data analysis methods in epidemiologic research, non-communicable chronic diseases (e.g., type 2 diabetes, hypertension), maternal and child health.

Selected Reviewer Experiences (from 20 journals)


JAMA Pediatrics
Maternal and Child Health Journal
Pediatric Obesity
Childhood Obesity
The Journal of Rural Health
General Internal Medicine
Maternal and Child Nutrition
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
International Journal of Public Health
PloS One

Selected Publications (2011-2014, from 36 publications)

  1. Wang L, Mamudu H, Alamian A, Anderson JL, Brook B. Independent and joint effects of prenatal maternal smoking and maternal exposure to secondhand smoke on the development of adolescent obesity: A longitudinal study. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health . 2014 Jun 12. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12667. [Epub ahead of print].
  2. Dalton W, Wang L, Southerland J, Schetzina K, Slawson D. Utilizing Self-Reported versus Actual Weight and Height Data Contributes to Different Weight Misperception Classifications. Southern Medical Journal . 2014; 107(6): 348-355. DOI: 10.14423/01.SMJ.0000450708.52011.7c.
  3. Zhang M, Zhao X, Cheng H, Wang L, Xi B, Shen Y, Hou D, Mi J. Age- and sex-dependent association of FTO rs9939609 with obesity-related traits in Chinese children and adolescents. 2014; PLoS ONE 9(5): e97545.
  4. Wei X, Wang L*, Dong J, Zhang M, Anderson JL. Evaluation of health advisory service for H7N9 control in China. Annals of Epidemiology . 2013;23(11):724-5. (*Corresponding author)
  5. Wang K, Wang L, Liu XF, Zheng M. Association of HS6ST3 gene polymorphisms with obesity and triglycerides: gene x gender interaction. Journal of Genetics. Vol. 92, No. 3, December 2013.
  6. Li Q, Xiong RB, Wang L, Cui JY, Shi LN, Liu YG, Luo BD. Associations of dietary habits, physical activity, and cognitive views with gestational diabetes mellitus among Chinese women. Public Health Nutrition . 2013 Aug 7:1-8. [Epub ahead of print]
  7. Tian X, Zhao G, Li Y, Wang L*, Shi Y. Overweight and obesity difference of Chinese population between different urbanization levels. The Journal of Rural Health . 2014;30(1):101-112. (*Corresponding author).
  8. Wang L, Liu XF, Luo XG, Zeng M, Zuo LJ, Wang KS. Genetic variants in the fat mass- and obesity- associated (FTO) gene are associated with alcohol dependence.  Journal of Molecular Neuroscience . 2013;51(2):416-424.  
  9. Wang L, Alamian A, Southerland J, Wang KS, Anderson JL, Stevens M. Cesarean section and the risk of overweight in grade 6 children. European Journal of Pediatrics . 2013;172(10):1341-1347.
  10. Liu X, Wang K, Wang L, Tsilimingras D. Microalbuminuria, Macroalbuminuria and uncontrolled blood pressure among diagnosed hypertensive patients: the aspect of racial disparity in the NHANES study. Hypertension Research . 2013;36(12):1100-1106.
  11. Southerland J, Wang L, Richards K, Pack R, Slawson DL. Misperceptions of overweight: associations of weight misperception with health-related quality of life among normal-weight college students. Public Health Report . 2013;128(6):562-568.
  12. Wang L, Dalton W, Schetzina K, Fulton-Robinson H, Holt N, Ho Ai-leng, Tudiver F, Wu T. Modeling aspects of home food environment with dietary intake and body mass index among overweight and obese children in southern Appalachia. Southern Medical Journal . 2013;106(10):550-557. 
  13. Wang X, Guo H, Wang L*, et al. Investigation of residents' health literacy status and its risk factors in Jiangsu Province of China. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health 2013 May 10. [Epub ahead of print] (*Corresponding author)
  14. Wang L, Wang K. Age Differences in the Associations of Behavioral and Psychosocial Factors with Stroke. Neuroepidemiology . 2013; 41(2): 94-100.
  15. Wang L, Anderson J, Dalton W, Wu T, Liu C, Zheng S, Liu X. Maternal depressive symptoms and the risk of overweight in their children. Maternal and Child Health Journal . 2013; 17(5):940-948.
  16. Wang L, Mamudu H, Wu T. The Impact of maternal prenatal smoking on the development of childhood overweight in school-aged children. Pediatric Obesity . 2013; 8(3):178-188.
  17. Wang L, Wu T, Liu XF, Anderson J, Alamian A, Fu M, Li J. Pesticide exposure during pregnancy and low birth weight. WHO South-SEAJPH . 2012; 1(3):232-238.
  18. Wang L, Wu T, Anderson J, Florence L. Prevalence and risk factors of maternal depression during the first three years of child-rearing. Journal of Women's Health (Larchmt) . 2011; 20: 711-718.

Selected Manuscripts Currently under Revision (2011-2014, from 8 manuscripts)

  1. Liang Y, Hou D, Zhao X, Wang L, Hu Y, Liu J, et al. Metabolic syndrome and diabetes in adults relate to childhood obesity: the Beijing Blood Pressure Cohort Study. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (under revision).
  2. Slawson D, Dalton W, Wang L. et al. College Students as Facilitators in Reducing Adolescent Obesity Disparity in Southern Appalachia: Team Up for Healthy Living Contemporary Clinical Trials. Contemporary Clinical Trials (under revision).

Published Book

Li X, Li Y, Guo H, Wang L, et al. (2013). Health Literacy: surveillance and evaluation guide. Nanjing, China: Southeast University Press.


Wang L. HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) Appalachia: Fighting obesity for our children. American Public Health Association (APHA) Student Assembly (SA), the winter 2010 issue of News & Views, the Student Assembly newsletter.

Selected Published Abstracts (from >20 abstracts)

  1. Alamian A, Wang L, Pitts M, Ikekwere J, Hall A. Infant sleep problems increase the odds of childhood overweight at grade 6: differential effects of commonly used definitions of sleep problems. Circulation. 2014;129(Suppl 1):AP106.
  2. Southerland J, Wang L, Dalton W, Slawson D. Weight misperception and health-related quality of life in Appalachian adolescents. Circulation. 2014;129(Suppl 1):AP287.
  3. Wang L, Alamian A, Southerland J, Wang KS, Anderson JL, Stevens M. Cesarean section associated with increased risk for overweight and obesity in grade six children. Circulation. 2013: 127: AP289.
  4. Wang L, Mamudu HM, Anderson JM, Alamian A. Maternal smoking during pregnancy and the risk of adolescent obesity. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2012;175(Suppl 11):1-145.

Selected Presentations (from >20)

  1. Wang L, Wang K, Wang Y. Association between obesity and asthma in US adults: Findings from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey. American Society for Nutrition. Community, Public Health and Global Nutrition session. Experimental Biology 2014. April 26-60. San Diego, California, USA.
  2. Wang L, Southerland J, Slawson D, Mozen D. The role of peer eating and physical activity in the prevalence of obesity among Appalachia children. The 31st Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society- Obesity Week 2013. Atlanta, Georgia. November 11-16, 2013.
  3. Wang L, Alamian A. Child's sleep problems and risk of childhood overweight: A longitudinal study. (2013) Poster presented at the Society for Epidemiologic Research, Boston, Massachusetts.
  4. Wang L, Alamian A, Southerland J, Wang KS, Anderson JL, Stevens M. "Cesarean section associated with increased risk for overweight and obesity in grade six children". Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 Scientific Sessions.
  5. Wang L, Wu T, Anderson JL, Dalton W, Liu X. Breastfeeding and the development of childhood obesity from grades 1 through 6. Oral presenter at the 139th American Public Health Association (APHA) national conference Obesity and Nutrition Session of Epidemiology Section in Washington DC, 2011.
  6. Wang L, Wu T. Effects of maternal depression on the development of childhood obesity. Greg Alexander Outstanding student paper session: Maternal and Child Health Research and Implications. Oral presenter at the 2010 Greg Alexander Outstanding Students Papers Session for the 138th American Public Health Association (APHA) national conference in Denver, 2010.
  7. Wang L, Wu T, Anderson JL, Florence LE. Prevalence and Risk Factors of Maternal Depression during the First Three Years of Child-Rearing. Greg Alexander Outstanding student paper session: Maternal and Child Health Research and Implications. Oral presenter at the 2009 Greg Alexander Outstanding Students Papers Session for the 137th American Public Health Association (APHA) national conference in Philadelphia, 2009.

Selected Research Grants

NIH Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01)
Title:   College students as facilitators to reduce adolescent obesity disparity
P.I.:    Slawson D, Co-I: Wang L.

ETSU Research Development Committee
Title:  Age differences in the association of behavioral/social factors with stroke
P.I.:    Wang L.

ETSU Research Development Committee
Title:  The impact of maternal prenatal smoking on childhood obesity
P.I.:    Wang L.

ETSU Research Development Committee
Title:  Sleep problems and overweight among American youth
P.I.:    Alamian A. Co-I: Wang L.

Selected Links/News;

The article "Wang L et al. The Impact of Maternal Prenatal Smoking on the Development of Childhood Overweight in School -aged Children. Pediatric Obesity. 2013; 8(3):178-188." was reported in, ASPPH Friday Letter, East Tennessean, and related news was featured in the first page of Johnson City Press.

Personal Interests

Basketball, table tennis, Chinese chess.
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