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Beth Glenn

Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management


DepartmentsType of Faculty
Health Policy and ManagementFull Time
Contact Information

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health / Department of Health Policy and Management / A2-125 CHS

Areas of Interest: 
  • Racial/ethnic and socioeconomic health disparities
  • Cancer prevention and control
  • Chronic disease prevention
  • Implementation science
  • Intervention research
  • Evaluation
  • Community-partnered research

Dr. Beth Glenn is a professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Co-Director for Community Outreach and Engagement in the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA, and Associate Director of the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity. The focus of her work is on conducting scientifically rigorous, yet pragmatic, research to design, implement and evaluate interventions aimed at reducing racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in cancer and other chronic diseases. She serves as principal investigator or co-investigator on a number of ongoing projects including studies to compare the effectiveness of three approaches to increasing HPV vaccine completion in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), evaluate the effect of a multilevel CRC screening promotion intervention in a large FQHC, evaluate the effect of a multilevel obesity control intervention in preschools, and document and address disparities in liver cancer prevention and control among UC primary care patients. She has also conducted research focused on skin cancer prevention among children of Latino and non-Latino white melanoma survivors, lifestyle behaviors among ethnic minority breast and colorectal cancer survivors and breast, prostate and colorectal cancer screening among low income and ethnic minority populations.

Selected Publications: 
  • Glenn, B., Bastani, R., Reuben, D. (2006). How important are psychosocial predictors of mammography receipt among older women when immediate access is provided via on-site service? American Journal of Health Promotion, 20(4):237-246. PMID: 16562348
  • Glenn, B.A., Chawla, N., Surani, Z., Bastani, R. (2009). Rates and sociodemographic correlates of cancer screening among South Asians. Journal of Community Health, 34(2):113-121. PMID: 19145482

  • Garcia, R., Bracho, A., Cantero, P., Glenn, B.A. (2009). “Pushing” physical activity, and justice. Preventive Medicine, 49(4):330-333. PMID: 19646470
  • Maxwell, A.E., Yancey, A.K., AuYoung, M., Guinyard, J.J., Glenn, B.A., Mistry, R., McCarthy, W.J., Fielding, J.E., Simon, P.A., Bastani, R. (2011). A midpoint process evaluation of the Los Angeles basin racial and ethnic approaches to community health across the US (REACH US) disparities center, 2007-2009. Preventing Chronic Diseases, 8(5):A115. PMCID: PMC3181188
  • Bastani, R., Glenn, B.A., Tsui, J., Chang, L.C., Marchand, E., Taylor, V.M., Singhal, R. (2011). Understanding sub-optimal HPV vaccine uptake among ethnic minority girls. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 20(7):1463-1472. PMCID: PMC3132826
  • Glenn, B.A., Herrmann, A.K., Crespi, C.M., Mojica, C., Chang, L.C., Maxwell, A.E., Bastani, R. (2011). Changes in risk perceptions in relation to colorectal cancer screening among first-degree relatives enrolled in a randomized trial. Health Psychology, 30(4):481-491. PMCID: PMC3201806
  • Glenn, B.A, Chawla, N., Bastani, R. (2012). Barriers to genetic testing for breast cancer risk among ethnic minority women. Ethnicity & Disease, 22(3):267-273. PMID: 22870568
  • Glenn, B.A., Bastani, R., Maxwell, A.E., Mojica, C.M., Herrmann, A.K., Gallardo, N.V., Swanson, K.A., Chang, L.C. (2012). Prostate cancer screening among ethnically-diverse first-degree relatives of prostate cancer cases. Health Psychology, 31(5):562-570. PMID: 22708522
  • Hopkins, J., Glenn, B., Cole, B., McCarthy, W., Yancey, A. (2012). Implementing organizational physical activity and healthy eating strategies on paid time: Process evaluation of the UCLA WORKING pilot study. Health Education Research, 27(3):385-398. PMCID: PMC3337424
  • Marchand, E., Glenn, B.A., Bastani, R. (2012). Low HPV vaccine uptake among female community college students. Journal of Community Health, 37(6):1136-1144. PMCID: PMC3747828
  • Maxwell A.E., Young S., Vega R.R., Hermann A.K., See C., Glenn B.A., Mistry R., Bastani R. (2012). Training Mixtec promotores to assess health concerns in their community: A CBPR pilot study. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 16(2):310-313. PMCID: PMC3529740
  • Glenn, B.A., Bastani, R., Maxwell, A. (2013). The perils of ignoring design effects in experimental studies: Lessons from a mammography screening trial. Psychology & Health, 28(5):593-602. PMCID: PMC3630258
  • Krist, A.H., Glenn, B.A., Glasgow, R.E., Balasubramanian, B.A., Chambers, D.A., Fernandez, M.E., Heurtin-Roberts, S., Kessler, R., Ory, M.G., Phillips, S.M., Ritzwoller, D.P., Roby, D.H., Rodriguez, H.P., Sabo, R. T., Sheinfeld Gorin, S.N., Stange, K.C., and MOHR Study Group. (2013). Designing a valid randomized pragmatic primary care implementation trial: The My Own Health Report (MOHR) Project. Implementation Science, 8:73. PMCID: PMC3694031
  • Rodriguez, H.P., Glenn, B.A., Olmos, T., Krist, A.H., Shimada, S.L., Kessler, R., Heurtin-Roberts, S., Bastani, R. (2014). Real-world implementation and outcomes of health behavior and mental health assessment. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 27(3):356-366. PMCID: PMC4237013
  • Glenn, B.A., Lin, T., Chang L.C., Okada, A., 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):169-177. PMCID: PMC4295624.
  • Bastani R., Glenn B.A., Maxwell A.E., Ganz P.A., Mojica C.M., Alber S., Crespi C.M., Chang L.C. (2015). Randomized trial to increase colorectal cancer screening in an ethnically diverse sample of first-degree relatives. Cancer, 121(17):2951-2959. PMCID: PMC4545725
  • Glenn, B.A., Tsui, J., Singhal, R., Sanchez, L., Nonzee, N.J., Taylor, V.M., Bastani, R. (2015). Factors associated with HPV awareness among mothers of low-income, ethnic minority adolescent girls in Los Angeles. Vaccine, 33 (2):289-293. PMCID: PMC4479277
  • Bastani, R., Glenn, B.A., Maxwell, A.E., Jo, A.M., Herrmann, A.K., Crespi, C.M., Wong, W.K, Chang, L.C., Stewart, S.L., Nguyen, T.T., Chen, M.S. Jr., Taylor, V.M. (2015). Cluster-randomized trial to increase hepatitis B testing among Koreans in Los Angeles. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 24(9):1341-1349. PMCID: PMC4560609
  • Hudson, S.M., Rondinelli, J., Glenn, B.A., Preciado, M., Chao, C. (2016). Human papillomavirus vaccine series completion: Qualitative information from providers within an integrated healthcare organization. Vaccine, 34(30): 3515-3521. PMID: 26947497
  • Krist, A.H., Glasgow, R.E., Heurtin-Roberts, S., Sabo, R.T., Roby, D.H., Sheinfeld Gorin, S.N., Balasubramanian, B.A., Estabrooks, P.A., Ory, M.G., Glenn, B.A., Siobhan, P.M., Kessler, R., Johnson, S.B., Rohweder, C.L., Fernandez, M.E., For The MOHR Study Group. (2016). The impact of behavioral and mental health risk assessments on goal setting in primary care. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 6(2):212-219. PMCID: PMC4927449
  • Tangherlini, T.R., Roychowdhury, V., Glenn, B.A., Crespi, C.M., Bandari, R., Wadia, A., Misagh, F., Ebrahimzadeh, E., Bastani, R. (2016). "Mommy Blogs" and the Vaccination Exemption Narrative: Results From A Machine-Learning Approach for Story Aggregation on Parenting Social Media Sites. Journal of Medical Internet Research Public Health and Surveillance. Nov. 22; 2(2):e166. PMCID: PMC5141339
  • Gase, L.N., Gomez, L.M., Kuo, T., Glenn, B.A., Inkelas, M., Ponce, N.A. (2017). Relationships between student, staff, and administrative measures of school climate and student health and academic outcomes. Journal of School Health, 87 (5), 319-328. PMID: 28382671
  • May, F.P., Glenn, B.A., Crespi, C., Ponce, N., Spiegel, B.M.R., Bastani, R. (2017). Decreasing Black-White Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Incidence and Stage at Presentation in the United States. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, 26(5); 762–768. PMCID: PMC5413405
  • Ponce, N., Glenn, B.A., Shimkhada, R., Scheitler, A.J., Ko, M. (2017). An examination of the barriers to breast cancer care in California. American Journal of Medical Research, 4(2), 73-126.
  • Chuang, E., Cabrera, C., Mak, S., Glenn, B., Hochman, M., Bastani, R. (2017). Primary care team- and clinic level factors affecting HPV vaccine uptake. Vaccine, 35(35B):4540-4547. PMID: 28736202
  • Glenn, B. A., Crespi, C.M., Rodriguez, H.P., Nonzee, N.J., Phillips, S.M., Sheinfeld Gorin, S., Johnson, S.N., Johnson, S.B., Fernandez, M.E., Estabrooks, P., Kessler, R.K., Roby, D.H., Heurtin-Roberts, S., Rohweder, C.L., Ory, M.G., Krist, A.H. Behavioral and mental health risk factor profiles among diverse primary care patients. Preventive Medicine, Published Online, Dec 22, 2017. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.12.009
  • Glenn, B.A., Hamilton, A.S., Nonzee, N., Maxwell, A.E., Crespi, C., Ryerson, A.B., Chang, L.C., Deapen, D., Bastani, R. Obesity, physical activity, and dietary behaviors in an ethnically diverse sample of cancer survivors with early onset disease. In Press. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, Epub March 2018.