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Adam Burkemember profile

Adam Burke

I am a Professor of Health Education and Director of the Institute for Holistic Health Studies at San Francisco State University. I hold advanced degrees in social psychology and health education and am a licensed acupuncturist. I am an NIH funded researcher, and my work includes curricular innovation in holistic health education, cross-cultural studies of traditional medicine, and meditation and imagery. I am a former chair of the California Acupuncture Board, and an Advisory Council member of the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).

Affiliated websites: The Institute for Holistic Health Studies (IHHS)

Alice Chenmember profile
Alice Chen

I am the Chief Integration Officer, Director of the Center for Innovation in Access and Quality, and Director of the eReferral Program at San Francisco General Hospital, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. I am core faculty for the San Francisco General Primary Care Residency Program, and has been instrumental in developing the Partnership for Physician Advocacy Skills (PPAS) curriculum.

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Edith Chen

I am a professor of Asian American Studies at California State University, Northridge. Trained as a sociologist, my teaching and research interests include Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, immigration, and health, with a focus on type II diabetes and obesity.  I am one of the Principal Investigators for a pilot project that examines the links between acculturation, assimilation, and type 2 diabetes and obesity in Asian American populations in California, using data from the California Health Interview Survey.  I am also a steering committee member for the Los Angeles community-based organization, Asian Pacific Islanders Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA). Previous to my appointment at CSUN, I taught at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa in Women’s Studies and Kapiolani Community College.

Affiliated websites: http://www.csun.edu/humanities/asian-american-studies/edith-chen

Dr. Hsiu-Lan Cheng
Dr. Cheng

Hsiu-Lan Cheng

I am an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of San Francisco.  My research focuses on social and cultural determinants of mental health, particularly the contextualization of psychological outcomes within the sociocultural milieu of racism, acculturative stress, and classism.  I have conducted quantitative and qualitative studies of racially and ethnically diverse populations, including Asian Americans.  I have examined mental health issues of body image concerns, disordered eating (e.g., clinical or subclinical binge eating, restricted eating), depression, and substance use.  Building upon these experiences, I am also interested in physical health topics, particularly obesity, healthy eating, weight management, and type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention.  I am especially interested in exploring behavioral interventions (e.g., culturally relevant positive psychology constructs) that may reduce risks for such clinical problems.

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JiWon Choi
JiWon Choi

I am an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the UCSF School of Nursing. My research interests are women's health promotion and disease prevention through physical activity, diet, and weight management. I am also interested in the influence of social support and acculturation on health behaviors and health outcomes among ethnic minority populations.

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JiWon Choi
Janet Chu

I am a general internal medicine fellow at UCSF. My research interest includes understanding and addressing disparities in health care access and outcomes using health services and implementation science research. I aim to develop interventions that address the social determinants of health and advance health equity.

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Scarlett Lin Gomez

I am a Research Scientist at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC). I am also Co-Investigator of the Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry. Our research has contributed to providing valuable population-level data regarding cancer incidence, treatment, and survival patterns among Asian Americans. I have enhanced the capability of cancer registry data to examine the roles of immigration, ethnic enclave, and institutional and neighborhood-level factors. I am currently funded to conduct several studies focusing on cultural factors, discrimination, immigration-related issues including stress, and contextual-level influences relating to disparities in cancer incidence and outcomes. My work with Asian American women and breast cancer was recognized by the American Journal of Public Health through an “Author of the Year” Award.

Affiliated website: AsianCHI Website

Evelyn Homember profile

Evelyn Ho

I am a Professor of Communication Studies and Asian Pacific American Studies at the University of San Francisco. I am trained as a qualitative ethnographer and discourse analyst and my research examines complementary and integrative therapies from a health communication perspective. Recent projects have been to create and test an integrative nutritional counseling guide and curriculum for Chinese Americans with type 2 diabetes and we will begin work on an extension of this diet for Chinese Americans with cardiovascular disease.

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Susan L. Iveymember profile


Susan L. Ivey

I am Director of Research and Evaluation at Health Research for Action, an affiliated research center of University of California, Berkeley. I am also Adjunct Professor in the Division of Community Health Sciences and the UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program at UC Berkeley School of Public Health. My research focus is health disparities research with a key interest in chronic disease risks in immigrant groups to the US, particularly Asian American groups. I have studied cardiovascular risks, diabetes, and colorectal cancer screening in diverse Asian populations in California. I have also examined the needs of older adults and caregivers in Chinese, Vietnamese, and Filipino populations in the SF Bay Area.

Affiliated websites: Health Research for Action; Asian Diabetes

Celia Kaplanmember profile

Celia Kaplan

I am an Associate Professor of Medicine in the UCSF School of Medicine where I conduct public health research. I am the Co-Director of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Minority Task Force, which promotes recruitment and retention of minorities into UCSF cancer treatment trials. I also serve on the steering committee of the Medical Effectiveness Research Center.

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Minji Kimmember profile

Minji Kim

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education (CTCRE) at UCSF. My research interests are on message effects, persuasion, and targeted and tailored communication. My dissertation examined the conditional persuasive effects of demographic similarity between the audience and smoker character featured in anti-smoking messages with different themes (e.g. secondhand smoke vs. negative health consequences on smoker). At CTCRE, I am examining the effects of peer crowd-based targeting and marketing of new tobacco products (e.g. e-cigarettes and heat-not-burns) on young adults and adolescents, and Asian American-targeted tobacco-related communication.

Affiliated websites: UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education

Gem Lemember profile

Gem Le

I am a Research Scientist at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC). As a social epidemiologist, my research focuses on the role of the social environment in cancer health disparities and translation of these findings into solutions for improving community health. My research interests also include identifying the role of social networks, social support, and use of social media in influencing cancer-related health behaviors and outcomes in culturally diverse populations including Asian Americans.

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Phuoc Lemember profile
Phuoc Le

I am currently an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at UCSF, and Assistant Professor of Public Health at UC Berkeley. I completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Global Health Equity at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. During residency, I worked with PIH to provide equitable health care in Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, and post-earthquake Haiti. I co-founded the nation’s first Global Health—Hospital Medicine Fellowship and the HEAL Initiative, the largest interprofessional global health fellowship in the U.S.

Affiliated websites: HEAL Initiative


Stephen McPheemember profile

I am Emeritus Professor of Medicine in the UCSF School of Medicine. Together with the late Christopher Jenkins, I founded the Vietnamese Community Health Promotion Project (VCHPP) which has been conducting innovative community-based participatory research interventions in the Asian American communities since 1986. In 1999, the VCHPP was a founding member of the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training (AANCART) and the Vietnamese Reach for Health Coalition. I continue to conduct research in Asian American health disparities focused on cancer screening, hepatitis B, tobacco control, and end-of-life care.

Affiliated websites: Vietnamese Community Health PromotionProject

Arnab Mukherjeamember profile

Arnab Mukherjea

I am a Postdoctoral Scholar with a joint appointment in the Departments of Medicine at UC San Francisco & UC Davis. I also hold a postdoctoral appointment in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. My research interests largely revolve around using community-engaged methods to understand and address health disparities among understudied Asian & Pacific Islander subgroups, with a particular focus on contextual and culturally-framed risk factors. My current studies are focused on understanding the myriad factors influencing unique forms of tobacco use among South Asians in the United States, and their contribution to tobacco-related disease in this population (including disproportionate burdens of cancer). This information will be ultimately valuable for comprehensive and targeted intervention strategies. I serve as a committee member on the California Health Interview Survey (representing South Asians), am a member of the Asian American Cancer Awareness, Research & Training's (AANCART) Training Core, nd am a member of the Data & Research Subcommittee for Asian American Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy & Leadership (APPEAL).

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Thu Nguyen

I am Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. As a social epidemiologist, I investigate the impact of discrimination, race and ethnicity, and socioeconomic factors on health and development. I am the principal investigator of a Pathwayto Independence Award (NIH K99/R00) to create a novel state and county-level indicator of racial attitudes and bias using Twitter data and to examine its associations with birth outcomes and racial/ethnic disparities in birth outcomes.

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Don Ngmember profile
Don Ng

I am a Professor of Medicine in the UCSF School of Medicine. I am the Medical Director of the General Medicine Practices at Mt.Zion/Divisadero.

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Dr. Sunny PakSunny Pak
Sunny Pak

I am one of the Family Medicine staff physicians and QI Director at SFDPH Chinatown Public Health Center. I also precept half day a week at the UCSF Family Medicine Residency Program.  My interest is in Integrative Medicine working more specifically to promote and offer acupuncture services, as well as conduct Traditional Chinese Medicine research within the San Francisco Health Network.

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Zubaida Qamarmember profile
Zubaida Qamar

I am an Assistant Professor in Nutrition/Dietetics at San Francisco State University. I have several years of research experience investigating the behavioral aspects of nutrition and psychosocial determinants of health in various communities, particularly South Asians. I am especially interested in utilizing technology and community based participatory research towards the development of nutrition programs for diverse populations.

Affiliated website: Masala Study

Dr. Rebanal
David Rebanal

I am the Senior Associate for Research and Evaluation at San Francisco State University’s Health Equity Institute. My research focuses on the role of neighborhood-level social and structural determinants of health and equity. One of my current research efforts focuses on examining the role of racial residential segregation and political participation on the health status of Asian Americans. I am passionate about leading community and systems health transformation efforts through research and advocacy.

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Urmimala Sarkarmember profile
Urmimala Sarkar

I am an Associate Professor of Medicine in the UCSF School of Medicine. I am interested in patient safety in outpatient settings, including adverse drug events, missed and delayed diagnosis, and failures of treatment monitoring. My research focuses on the role of communication in safety as well as health information technology and social media to improve quality of care.

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Anne Saw
Anne Saw

I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology at DePaul University in Chicago. A clinical/community psychologist by training, my research program is focused on promoting physical and mental health and reducing disparities for high need populations. I am interested in understanding the psychological and cultural mechanisms that shape health behaviors and designing effective and culturally responsive behavioral health interventions. Currently, I am involved in studies of tobacco control and smoking cessation with a particular focus on high risk populations (Asian immigrants, individuals with mental illness, young adults).

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MaMember profile

I am an Associate Professor of Medicine in the UCSF School of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, and Director of the Mucosal Biology Core at San Francisco General Hospital. My focus is on improving access and uptake of colorectal cancer screening tests, especially in the safety-net population. One project examines how a centralized patient panel management system could be combined with mailed fecal immunochemical test outreach to improve screening uptake in underserved populations.

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DR. Sudhinaraset

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Global Health Sciences at UCSF. I am interested in the social determinants of health and conducts global health research among women and adolescents in the US and globally. I am currently leading the BRAVE Study, the first study on Asian and Pacific Islanders who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in California.

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Angela Sy, DrPH

Angela Sy is an Assistant Professor at the John A Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii. She conducts community based participatory research (CBPR) with a focus on program evaluation among Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities. She teaches community research courses (research methods, CBPR, qualitative methods), and public health management courses (program evaluation, needs assessment). She is involved in initiatives to promote diversity of students in research including providing research training for racially/ethnically, geographically, and economically underrepresented students. Her publications include research capacity building, cancer prevention, and prevention of other non-communicable diseases among APIs. Angela received a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She immigrated with her parents from the Philippines to Hawaii where she still resides.

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Christina Tam

My research focuses on the socioecological contexts that contribute to racial/ethnic disparities in alcohol use and other health risk behaviors, with a particular interest in Asian Americans.

Affiliated websites:
Alcohol and Tobacco Use and Desistance Among Asian Americans
Drinking Patterns Lifestyle Factors Chronic Conditions in Asian Americans

Zian Tsengmember profile
Zian Tseng

I am an Associate Professor of Medicine in the UCSF School of Medicine. I am a cardiac electrophysiologist with a research interest in risk stratification of patients prone to sudden death and ventricular arrhythmias.

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Jun Wangmember profile

Jun Wang

I am an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Holistic Health Studies, Department of Health Education, San Francisco State University. I am a medical anthropologist with a degree in traditional Chinese medicine from Beijing Capital Medical School. My expertise in Asian American health includes East Asian medicines and culture, ethnographic research on contemporary traditional Chinese medicine in China and America, Chinese herbal medicine and nutrition, and Chinese community health and colon cancer screening.

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Dr. Irene Yen

I am a Professor of Public Health, in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts at University of California, Merced, with an appointment in the Department of Medicine at UC San Francisco. I am an epidemiologist and qualitative researcher who focuses on the social determinants of health, in particular place and health. I have conducted survey and qualitative studies of ethnically diverse study participants, including Asian Americans, to develop survey measurement tools that are relevant for ethnically diverse populations. I am a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Research Leadership fellow.

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Dr. Jennifer Young

I am a postdoc at Stanford's Center for Biomedical Ethics. I hold a PhD from the University of Maryland's School of Public Health, and did a pre-doctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) conducting clinical research in cancer genetics. I am a trained Couples and Family Therapist and have worked in China and the United States providing care for Mandarin-speaking families in various health settings. My research is focused on designing family-centered approaches for precision medicine interventions such as genetic testing and genetic counseling. Specifically, I am interested in observing and improving family-based genetic services for Asian Americans in the Bay Area. I am trained in mixed-methods research, and have extensive experience designing and conducting qualitative research and quantitative data analyses with family-level data (including the use of Structural Equation Modeling). I am an advanced speaker of Mandarin, Chinese as well.

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Ni (Jennie) Zhang

My research interests includes health communication, social marketing, and community health, particularly how new technologies, for example social media, can be used to promote community health and prevent diseases. The health topics I have been working on include physical activity, HPV vaccine, breast and cervical cancer screening, substance abuse prevention, injury prevention, etc.

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