Simin Wong, Ph.D.

Dr. Simin Wong is a community medicine and evidence-based research scientist, and health outcomes evaluator with an extensive background in strategic knowledge transfer and comparative effective research. Dr. Wong has served as a principal or co-investigator on multiple large-scale research studies, both nationally and internationally. Her responsibilities have included design and oversight in implementation of multiple research projects conducted for the Federal Government and universities. In addition, she has been responsible for overseeing Project Directors and staff, and coordinating all task order contracts under various IDIQ vehicles. Based on this experience and that of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), she brings an in-depth understanding of PCORI, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Dr. Wong has provided services with a primary focus on the prevention and management of cancer and other chronic and degenerative diseases, nutrition, youth violence prevention programs, tobacco and health, international substance abuse research studies, and substance abuse prevention programs in Europe and Latin America. Furthermore, she served as the Health Policy Advisor for the District of Columbia (DC) Mayor’s Office of Health Policy, DC Council Committee on Human Services, and Administration for HIV/AIDS. One of her most notable accomplishments was helping to launch and build from the ground up, the College of Medicine Research Center (CMRC) at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. She was appointed to manage the medical research center and responsible for developing research grant policies as well as application procedures, organizing annual conferences, recruiting and managing research staff, and the development of the health outcomes research infrastructure.

Her research studies include epidemiology of cancer, breast cancer and the environment, prevalence study of cervical cancer, nutrition and obesity, physical growth standards among newborns and pre-school children, hearing impairment among infants and preschool children, epidemiology of rheumatic heart disease in developing countries, substance abuse prevention programs, HIV prevention/intervention applications, health information communication development, and assessment of the dietary guidelines for Americans.

Dr. Wong received her Ph.D. in Public Health and Education from the University of Pittsburgh, and is certified in Health Outcomes Research by the Graduate School of Public Health at Harvard University. She has published in both domestic and international peer-reviewed scientific journals on a wide range of topics and is fluent in Persian and Arabic, with a basic working knowledge of Chinese and French. 

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