Wan-chin Kuo, PhD, RN

Position title: Assistant Professor

Email: wkuo4@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-9886

4121 Signe Skott Cooper Hall

Wan Chin Kuo

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

Dr. Kuo’s 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, meta-analysis, and quasi-experimental research designs to investigate: (1) adults’ behavioral and cardiometabolic adaptation under stressful environments, (2) the role of online information manipulation in cardiometabolic health disparities, and (3) effects of 24-hour activity cycle and chrononutrition on lipid phenotyping. Her recent findings highlight the behavioral adaptation in older adults living with financial disadvantages during the COVID-19 pandemic and suggest that optimizing 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 areas

Symptom Science and Palliative Care

  • Behavioral and cardiometabolic responses to chronic stress exposure
  • Online misinformation spread about health products for sleep and stress management
  • Effects of 24-hour activity cycle and chrononutrition on stress responses

Health Disparities

  • Identify disparities in cholesterol screening and cholesterol management
  • Alleviate metabolic health disparities driven by financial stress

Aging and Care for Older Adults

  • 24-hour activity cycle and lipid phenotyping in middle-aged and older adults
  • Health policy for sleep and metabolic health in middle-aged and older truck drivers

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

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