Molly Waring, PhD

Associate Professor (PI)

Department of Allied Health Sciences

Research Overview

Dr. Waring’s program of research focuses on leveraging social media for health promotion, with a focus on weight management and healthy eating among pregnant and post-partum persons, parents, and families. She has been the principal investigator of multiple grant-funded projects in the areas of post-partum weight loss, gestational weight gain, and misinformation about child nutrition funded by the NIH, USDA, and InCHIP. Dr. Waring’s research program also includes public health surveillance studies using public social media posts (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) to improve our understanding of the national and international landscape of health behavior and health (mis)information, particularly related to obesity and women’s health. In addition to leading digital health research studies as PI, Dr. Waring is a collaborative methodologist, serving the role of statistical scientist on projects utilizing social media for participant recruitment, intervention delivery, or public health surveillance.


2003, Harvey Mudd College, BS, Psychology/Biology
2007, Brown University, AM, Epidemiology
2009, Brown University, PhD, Epidemiology

Recent/Selected Publications


Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-1446
Mailing Address358 Mansfield Road
Unit 1101
Storrs, CT 06269