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Meme Wang-Schweig, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

Community Health Sciences


Building & Room:

SPHPI Room 671


1603 West Taylor Street


I received my doctorate in the Public Health Sciences in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. From 2012 to 2015, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health and the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), funded by the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) (T32-AA014125).

Understanding the contexts that increase alcohol, tobacco, and other drug-related (ATOD) problem behaviors is critical, given that behaviors do not occur in a vacuum. My research goal is to reduce ATOD health disparities among immigrant families by examining and addressing the family and neighborhood environments that influence and shape individual behaviors. Specifically, my research program: (1) examines culturally-based family influences (e.g. family rituals, acculturative stress) on underage drinking and smoking; (2) demonstrates how ethnic enclaves shape ATOD behaviors among immigrant minority groups; and (3) translates research into practice by building culturally appropriate interventions that utilize interactive online technology for prevention.

Selected Publications

Kwon, S., Wang-Schweig, M., & Kandula, N.R. (2020). Body composition, physical activity, and convenience food consumption among Asian American youth. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Wang-Schweig, M., Jason, L.A., Stevens, E., & Chaparro, J. (2019). Tobacco use among recovery home residents: Vapers are less confident to quit. American Journal of Health Behavior, 43(6),1064-1074.

Byrnes, H.F., Miller, B.A., Grube, J.W., Bourdeau, B., Buller, D.B., Wang-Schweig, M., & Woodall, W.G. (2019). Prevention of alcohol use in older teens: A randomized trial of an online family prevention program. Online first at Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Wang-Schweig, M., Miller, B. A., Buller, D. B., Byrnes, H. F., Bourdeau, B., & Rogers, V. (2019). Using panel vendors for recruitment into a web-based family prevention program: Methodological considerations. Evaluation & the Health Professions, 42(1), 24–40. PMCID: PMC6403020

Wang-Schweig, M. & Miller, B.A. Examining the interdependence of parent-adolescent acculturation gaps on acculturation-based conflict: Using the Actor-Partner Interdependence Model (APIM). (2018). Online first at Journal of Youth and Adolescence. PMCID: PMC6467742

Wang-Schweig, M., Lipperman-Kreda, S., & Lee, J.P. Rapid assessment for establishing evidence of an underground cigarette market in Oakland Chinatown: A dual approach. (2018). Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 29(2), 615-622. PMCID: PMC6314805

Vaeth, P.A.C., Wang-Schweig, M., & Caetano, R. (2017). Drinking, alcohol use disorder, and treatment access and utilization among U.S. racial/ethnic groups. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 41(1), 6-19. PMCID: PMC5205547

Gruenewald, P.J., Wang-Schweig, M., & Mair, C. (2016). Sources of misspecification bias in assessments of risks related to alcohol use. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 77(5): 802-810. PMCID: PMC5015472

Wang-Schweig, M., Kviz, F.J., Altfeld, S.J., Miller, A.M., & Miller, B.A. (2014). Building a conceptual framework to culturally adapt health promotion and prevention programs at the deep structural level. Health Promotion Practice, 15(4), 575−584. PMCID: PMC4184993

Wang, M., Kviz, F.J., & Miller, A.M. (2012). The mediating role of parent-child bonding to prevent adolescent alcohol abuse among Asian American families. Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health, 14(5), 831−840.

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