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Marjorie Kagawa-Singer

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Marjorie Kagawa-Singer

Professor, Public Health and Asian American Studies
University of California, Los Angeles
ethnic minority populations with cancer
oncology research in the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities
physican and mental health of cancer patients
cross-cultural issues relating to pain, grief, bereavement, and end-of-life decision making
mammography promotion among Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander women
ethnic disparities and cultural competence in health care


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. She serves on multiple local, state and national committees addressing the impact of ethnicity on health care and health outcomes, and has published and lectured extensively on cross-cultural issues in health, cancer, pain, grief and bereavement, end-of-life decision-making, and quality of life. Her current cancer studies include intervention studies to promote mammography in Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander women, quality of life, spirituality, and doctor/patient communication with Hispanic, African-American, and Asian-American women post-breast and cervical cancer. She also focuses her efforts on defining and developing standards of cultural competence in health care. Kagawa-Singer is also principal investigator of the Los Angeles site for the National Cancer Institute-funded national Asian American Network on Cancer Awareness, Research and Training, and a California state grant to conduct a formative study on the promotion of fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity. She is co-investigator of an NCI-funded project focusing on energy balance for the Hmong population in California, associate director of the UCLA Export Center of Excellence to Eliminate Health Disparities, and principal investigator of UCLA's Minority Training Program for Cancer Control Research. Kagawa-Singer holds a master's degree in nursing from the UCLA School of Nursing and a master's and doctorate in anthropology from UCLA.

Box 951772
650 Charles Young Drive South
Los Angeles  California  90095
United States
Office Phone: 
(310) 825-9481
Office Fax: 
(310) 794-1805


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