Thought Leader, Patient Engagement

Charlene Wong, MD, MSHP

Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics, Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, Duke University


Dr. Wong is an adolescent medicine pediatrician and health services researcher. Her clinical and research expertise is in working with adolescents and young adults to improve their health and well-being. She studies health-related behavior change, leveraging principles from behavioral economics, employing youth- and person-centered research methodologies, and informing health policy. Her work has been published in high impact journals (e.g., New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, JAMA Pediatrics) and covered by top media outlets (e.g., New York Times, NPR, Kaiser Health News).

She is an Assistant Professor at Duke University in the Department of Pediatrics, Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), and Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. She directs health behaviors and needs research in the Duke Children’s Health Discovery Institute. She is also a faculty member in the Duke Center for Childhood Obesity Research.

Dr. Wong received her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain scholar and her MD degree at Emory University as a Robert Woodruff Memorial scholar. She completed her pediatrics residency at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Prior to joining Duke, she was at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for adolescent medicine and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Fellowships.

Support of Family and Friends Is More Effective Than Clinician Support in Realizing Health Goals - From the Patient Engagement Insights Report: Why No Single Health Incentive Works.

Patient Engagement

Patient Engagement Survey: Why No Single Health Incentive Works

Initiatives to improve patient engagement come in a variety of forms. While insurers, employers, and health care providers are all involved in using financial incentives and penalties for engagement efforts, improvement in health outcomes has been elusive. Achieving that ultimate goal will usually require a combination of financial and social approaches.

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Patient Engagement

Stay in Your Lane? Clinicians vs. SDOH

Should physicians stay in their clinical lanes when it comes to behavior change and social determinants of health?

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Patient Engagement

Making Healthy Habits Fun

Examples of making exercise and eating healthier not necessarily effortless, but fun.

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