Dr. Wong uses her extensive research background to guide her current policy work. Social determinants of health/health-related social needs, health care delivery, successful aging in place, behavioral health across the lifespan, the impact of the built environment, and community stakeholder engagement are of great interest to her.
She completed her doctoral degree in experimental psychology from the University of Montana. Prior to her doctoral degree, she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a master’s degree in psychology from California State University, Sacramento. She joined the Health and Aging Policy Fellowship through a National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research funded fellowship in rehabilitation policy research at the University of Washington.
Her previous experience in policy include the implementation of state and federal regulations of Medicaid in California. In Montana, she was involved in a multifaceted intervention for rural patients receiving health care in an urban hospital and recovering in rural communities. In general, she studies systems-level variables, attributes of the physical environment, clinical interventions, and individuals’ characteristics (e.g., age and disability) on health and wellbeing. During her fellowship year, Dr. Wong worked on rural health care policy for the Washington Health Care Authority and aging policy for Seattle & King County - Public Health.
Dr. Wong is the owner and principal consultant for JLW Health Consulting where she builds strong relationships with clients who are passionate about promoting health and well-being in individuals’ and communities. She is also the Director of Wallis Annenberg GenSpace, a new community space in Los Angeles focused on aging and the longevity phenomenon.
Why I Applied to be a Fellow
"America is aging rapidly. I am passionate about ensuring that our current systems provide quality health care and services to older adults so they may achieve their goals. As individuals age, their risk for experiencing disability increases. I believe that research can help provide evidence for how adults are currently aging with a disability or aging into a disability. However, research is only a part of the effort in how we prepare for our growing aging population. I am fascinated in the mechanisms of how empirical evidence influences policy and how policy influences research, which led me to apply to be a Health and Aging Policy Fellow. I hope my experiences as a fellow support my long-term goals of being a well-versed researcher, a strong advocate for equity and welfare, and contribute to the improvement of health care policy and reform."
Washington State Healthcare Authority, Seattle-King County