School of Nursing and Health Studies

Christopher Wade, Associate Professor

Chris Wade

Chris Wade, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor

Dr. Wade received his B.A. from Wesleyan University, where he later completed his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. He was selected for a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Human Genome Research Institute in a dual position with the Social and Behavioral Research Branch and the Genome Technology Branch. While a fellow, he concurrently earned a M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus on health behavior. Dr. Wade joined the UW Bothell School of Nursing & Health Studies in 2010 as an Assistant Professor.


Dr. Wade uses interdisciplinary strategies to understand how new genomic technologies can be effectively integrated into public health practice. Using his background in genomics, health behavior, and social science research methods, his work seeks to identify ways to maximize social and health benefits when providing people with individualized genomic information. In particular, Dr. Wade is interested in understanding how children respond to growing up with knowledge of their genetic risks and how clinicians can be supported in using genomic technologies.


Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Baltimore, MD
  • Masters of Public Health
  • MPH Capstone: Ethical considerations for social and behavioral research that involves the return of genomic information to study participants.
Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Dissertation: Identification and characterization of the ribosome and rRNA biogenesis regulon in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.






Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Evidence-Based Practice & Nursing Research
  • Genetics and Public Health
  • Scholarly Inquiry for Nursing Practice II
  • Independent Study
  • Senior Portfolio
  • Advanced Fieldwork in Community Health Nursing
  • Special Project in Nursing
  • MN Scholarly Project