Roshan Bastani is Professor of Health Policy and Management, Director of the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity, and Director of the UCLA Center for Prevention Research. She is also Director of Cancer Disparities Research and Associate Director of Cancer Prevention and Control Research which is jointly housed in the Fielding School of Public Health and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Dr. Bastani is a Social/Health Psychologist whose main research interests are in disease prevention and control among disadvantaged groups, with a focus on implementing and rigorously testing individual, community, organization and system-directed interventions to improve access and reduce disparities.
Dr. Bastani has conducted a large number of prevention focused intervention studies targeting low income, ethnic minority, and immigrant populations, has numerous peer reviewed publications on the subject, and has had continuous research funding from the NIH since 1988. She has established strong ties with an extensive network of community clinics and other organizations, which serve as partners in her collaborative community research. Dr. Bastani’s research experience spans studies on breast, cervix, colorectal, and prostate cancer screening and diagnostic follow up; hepatitis B screening and vaccine receipt; HPV vaccine uptake; tobacco control; melanoma prevention; and healthy nutrition and physical activity promotion. She also leads a post-doctoral career development program which has a heavy focus on transdisciplinary cancer disparities training.
A few specific examples of her research include a trial to increase colorectal cancer screening in an ethnically diverse sample with a family history of the disease (NIH R01); a community trial to increase informed decision making regarding prostate cancer screening among Latino men (NIH R01); a cluster randomized study to increase Hepatitis B screening among Koreans (NIH P01 project); an implementation trial, in collaboration with the LA County Health Department and a Federally Qualified Health Center, to increase HPV vaccine uptake among ethnic minority, low income adolescents (NIH R01); a cluster randomized study of a system-level obesity prevention intervention in worksites (NIH R24); a Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CDC-SIP) for implementation research to reduce ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in tobacco use, obesity, and cancer screening; and two CDC REACH projects that apply system and policy approaches to increase physical activity and healthful eating in low resource community settings.