Wan-chin Kuo, PhD, RN

Position title: Assistant Professor

Email: wkuo4@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-9886

4121 Signe Skott Cooper Hall

Kuo Wan Chin headshot

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of WisconsinMadison, Nursing & Data Science
PhD, UW–Madison, Nursing
Certificate, UW–Madison, Prevention and Intervention Science
BS, National Taiwan University, Nursing

2021 Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration (VCFA) Professional Development Scholarship, UW-Madison
2020 Midwest Nursing Research Society/Sigma Research Award
2016 Johnson Research Award, UW-Madison, School of Nursing
2015 Dr. Joy Calkin Doctoral Student Support Award for Nursing, UW-Madison, School of Nursing

Areas of expertise: Psychological Stress, 24-hour activity cycle, metabolic syndrome

After two years of postdoctoral training focusing on data science, Dr. Kuo is now an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing. Her research utilizes social and behavioral data from population-based longitudinal studies to examine how social determinants of health interact with individual behaviors and shape disparities in cardiometabolic outcomes. Much of her work in this area has used systematic review and meta-analysis, quasi-experimental research designs, structural equation modeling, and propensity score matching/weighting to investigate: (1) the gender paradox in cholesterol management and cardiovascular diseases, (2) the stress proliferation process in mid to late life, and (3) the complex behavioral and physiological pathways underlying the stress-metabolism relationship. Her recent findings highlight the ongoing sleep and sedentary problems in older adults living with financial disadvantage during the COVID-19 pandemic and suggest that optimizing the sleep-wake cycle and physical activities is a crucial step to alleviate stress-driven metabolic health disparities in the post-COVID-19 era.

Research focus area

Aging & Care for Older Adults Health Disparities Symptom Science & Palliative Care