Molly Waring, PhD

Assistant Professor

Koons Hall, Room 322

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Dr. Molly Waring is an epidemiologist, Assistant Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, and Director of the Methodology Core of the UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media. Her program of research focuses on leveraging technology and social media for health promotion, with a focus on weight management among pregnant and post-partum women. She has served as the principal investigator of three grant-funded projects to develop and test the feasibility of interventions that deliver evidence-based weight loss strategies via social media or interactive websites, including currently via a three-year R34 grand from the NIH/NHLBI to conduct a feasibility randomized controlled trial to compare a post-partum weight loss delivered via Facebook versus in-person groups. Dr. Waring's research program also includes public health surveillance studies using data from nationally-representative public health surveys (e.g., the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey [NHANES]) and social media (e.g., Twitter) to improve our understanding of the national and international landscape of health behavior and healthcare utilization, particularly related to obesity and women's health. Dr. Waring has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals (see bibliography) and mentors both undergraduate and graduate students.