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Roshan Bastani



DepartmentsType of Faculty
Health Policy and ManagementFull Time
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UCLA Fielding School of Public Health / Department of Health Policy and Management / A2-125 CHS

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.

Selected Publications: 
  • Bastani R, Kaplan CP, Maxwell AE, Nisenbaum R, Pearce J, Marcus AC (1995). Initial and repeat mammography screening in a low income multi-ethnic population in Los Angeles. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 4(2):161-167. PMID: 7742724
  • Bastani, R., Maxwell, A.E., Bradford, C., Prabhu Das, I., Yan, K. (1999). Tailored risk notification for women with a family history of breast cancer. Preventive Medicine, 29(5): 355-364. PMID: 10564627
  • Bastani R, Berman BA, Belin TR, Crane LA, Marcus AC, Nasseri K, Herman-Shipley N, Bernstein S, Henneman CE (2002). Increasing cervical cancer screening among underserved women in a large urban county health system: Can it be done?  What does it take?  Medical Care. 40(10): 891-907. PMID: 12395023Bastani, R., Yabroff, K.R., Myers, R.E., Glenn, B. (2004). Interventions to improve follow-up of abnormal findings in cancer Screening. Cancer, 101(S5):1188-1200. PMCID: PMC1811062
  • Mojica CM, Bastani R, Boscardin WJ, Ponce NA (2007). Low-income women with breast abnormalities: System predictors of timely diagnostic resolution. Cancer Control, 14(2):176-182. PMID: 17387303
  • Bastani R, Glenn BA, Maxwell AE, Ganz PA, Mojica CM, Chang LC (2008). Validation of self-reported colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in a study of ethnically diverse first-degree relatives of CRC cases. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 17(4):791-798. PMID: 18381469
  • Bastani R, Glenn BA, Taylor VM, Chen MS, Nguyen TT, Stewart SL, Maxwell AE (2010). Integrating theory into community interventions to reduce liver cancer disparities: The Health Behavior Framework. Preventive Medicine, 50(1-2):63-67. PMCID: PMC3243444
  • Bastani R, Mojica CM, Berman BA, Ganz PA (2010). Low-income women with abnormal breast findings: Results of a randomized trial to increase rates of diagnostic resolution. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 19(8):1927-1936. PMID: 20647406
  • Maxwell AE, Bastani R, Danao LL, Antonio C, Garcia GM, Crespi CM (2010). Results of a community-based randomized trial to increase colorectal cancer screening among Filipino Americans. American Journal of Public Health, 100(11):2228-2234. PMCID: PMC2951922
  • Bastani R, Glenn BA, Tsui J, Chang LC, Marchand EJ, Taylor VM, Singhal R (2011). Understanding suboptimal human papillomavirus vaccine uptake among ethnic minority girls. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 20(7):1463-1472.  PMCID: PMC3132826
  • Glenn BA, Bastani R, Maxwell AE, Mojica CM, Herrmann AK, Gallardo NV, Swanson KA, Chang LC (2012). Prostate cancer screening among ethnically diverse first-degree relatives of prostate cancer cases. Health Psychology, 31(5):562-570. PMID: 22708522
  • Tsui J, Singhal R, Rodriguez HP, Gee GC, Glenn BA, Bastani R (2013). Proximity to safety-net clinics and HPV vaccine uptake among low-income, ethnic minority girls. Vaccine, 31(16):2028-2034. PMCID: PMC3629820
  • Tu S, Chun A, Yasui Y, Kuniyuki A, Yip M, Taylor V, Bastani R (2014). Adaptation of an evidence-based intervention to promote colorectal cancer screening: A quasi-experimental study. Implementation Science, 9(85). PMCID: PMC4226971
  • Bastani R, Glenn BA, Maxwell AE, Ganz PA, Mojica CM, Alber S, Chang LC (2015). Randomized Trial to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening in an Ethnically Diverse Sample of First-Degree Relatives. Cancer, 121(17):2951-9. PMCID: PMC4545725
  • Bastani R, Glenn BA, Jo AM, Herrmann AK, Crespi CM, Wong WK, Chang LC, Stewart SL, Nguyen TT, Chen MS, Taylor VM (2015). Cluster-Randomized Trial to Increase Hepatitis B Testing among Koreans in Los Angeles. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 24(9):1341-9. PMCID: PMC4560609
  • Glenn BA, Lin T, Chang LC, Okada A, Wong WK, Glanz K, Bastani R (2015). Sun protection practices and sun exposure among children with a parental history of melanoma. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 24(1):169-77. PMCID: PMC4295624