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My research is directed toward understanding why children eat the foods and engage in the physical activities they do as well as designing and evaluating programs to help change these dietary and physical activity behaviors. Areas of interest include fruit, juice, vegetable (FJV) and water consumption, obesity prevention and physical activity. Differences in these phenomena among major ethnic categories are of particular interest, as is innovations in their measurements.

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Dr. Ivey is a board certified physician in both Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine. She completed her residency in family practice in 1984 (University of Connecticut, St. Francis Hospital). Dr. Ivey holds a Master's degree in health services management and policy from the George Washington University, and fellowship training in health policy and health services research from UC Berkeley. She is an adjunct associate professor with the School of Public Health and with the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. Dr.

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Shame and the stigma about seeking help for mental problems may be one reason that elderly Asian women have the highest incidence of suicide in the nation among women over 65. Stanley Sue, professor of psychology and Asian-American studies, says Asian Americans overall tend not to use mental health services. To change that, Sue says what is needed are bilingual/bicultural therapists and service providers as well as better community education.

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Richard E. Chaisson, M.D., is Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and International Health and Director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Tuberculosis Research. From 1988-1998 he was Director of the Johns Hopkins AIDS Service, and co-founded the Johns Hopkins HIV Clinic cohort, an observational study that has been the source of more than 130 scientific publications on the outcomes of HIV disease and its treatment.

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Richard M. Gersberg is head of the division of environmental health at SDSU's Graduate School of Public Health. He is also director of the Coastal and Marine Institute at SDSU and principal investigator of SDSU's California Distance Learning Health Network, an organization that uses the latest in technology to provide continuing education to professional health workers. Gersberg specializes in water quality research and limnology, and has broad experience working with both chemical and microbiological pollutants and risk assessments. He has over 50 scientific publications in these areas.

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Dr. R. Jan Gates is a medical anthropologist and faculty member of UCSF's Institute for Health and Aging. She has worked with research teams studying health and illness cross-culturally and through the various stages of life. Dr. Gates is currently co-investigator of a National Institute of Aging/National Institutes of Health study of chronic illness among uninsured people of color. She is principal investigator of a study of cultural issues surrounding health literacy throughout African Americans' lives.

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Moon S. Chen, Jr., Ph.D., M.P.H., is principal investigator of the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness Research and Training, a joint project of the National Cancer Institute and UC Davis aimed at reducing the risk of cancer among Asians through research, community prevention efforts and training. Professor Chen also serves as associate director for disparities and research at UC Davis Cancer Center. Before joining the UC Davis faculty, he served as chair of the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion at the School of Public Health at Ohio State University.

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Michael R. Cousineau is a associate professor of family medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. Cousineau's work focuses on policy issues that impact access to primary care, health care financing, and health insurance coverage. He has conducted many funded research projects, most recently "The effects of privatization on health services for the poor in Los Angeles," funded by the Randolph and Doris Haynes Foundation. He is currently funded by The California Endowment to evaluate health programs for the poor.

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Dr. Marjorie Kagawa-Singer is a professor at the UCLA School of Public Health and Department of Asian American Studies. Her clinical work and research have been in oncology, focusing upon the disparities in physical and mental health care outcomes of ethnic minority populations with cancer -- primarily with the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.

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