Wen You

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Wen You, an associate professor of agricultural and applied economics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, for her research into the economic causes of the obesity epidemic in Virginia and throughout the world.

photo of Scholar of the Week Wen YouThe focus of You’s research program is the role individual choice plays in improving the quality of people’s health. She studies the way people react to different incentives for behavior changes, and how those reactions result in the choices they make. As a faculty member in both agricultural and applied economics and health sciences, she is involved in multidisciplinary scientific research across campus and with university partners.

She has published on topics including federal school nutrition programs, rural-urban health disparities, and the effectiveness of weight-loss programs in the workplace.

In 2016, You was among a group of researchers who won the Michael P. O'Donnell Paper of the Year Award from the American Journal of Health Promotion Papers for a paper entitled “The Influence of Health Literacy on Reach, Retention, and Success in a Worksite Weight Loss Program.”

She received her B.A. in international trade from Nankai University and her Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Texas A&M.

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The goals of the Scholar of the Week are to recognize individuals while also telling people about research and scholarly activities at the university.

Recognition is based on research and/or scholarship.

Please nominate individuals — not teams, groups, or more than one person.

Please provide a sentence describing the research, scholarship, or creative work in non-technical, generally accessible language. A second sentence with an example or application is helpful.

  • Send nominations to: Srinath Ekkad, Associate Vice President for Research Programs, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.