Siew Sun Wong is an Assistant Professor in Nutrition at the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. She also serves as an Extension Nutrition Specialist in Family and Community Health Program. Dr. Wong earned her bachelor’s degree in 1996, master degree in 1999, and doctorate degree in 2005 at Utah State University, in Nutrition and Food Sciences with the emphases in community nutrition and epidemiology. Prior to working at OSU, she was on faculty at Utah State University, and directed the Utah Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. Growing up in a third-world and multicultural country like Malaysia, she is trilingual and appreciates working with diverse populations across culture and socioeconomic groups. She currently serves on the USDA NIFA Nutrition Program Planning and Guidance Evaluation Subcommittee and several USDA NIFA Agriculture Experimental Station multistate research groups to engage in dietary assessment methods, specifically for low-income youth and families. Dr. Wong’s area of expertise is nutrition education. She conducts interdisciplinary and translational research that integrates Extension and education to solve public health nutrition problems. Her focus is obesity prevention through nutrition education interventions and dietary assessments. Her innovations leverage from the use of technology, such as the social media and smart phone apps, virtual worlds, and multimedia interactive education activities to make learning fun and equally effective as classical didactic teaching. Her innovative multidisciplinary collaborations in childhood obesity prevention also made her a recipient of two multimillion awards from the USDA NIFA AFRI between 2010 and 2013.
Faculty page link: http://health.oregonstate.edu/people/wong-siewsun