Past Scholars


Scholar Projects


2017 - 2018 

  • Exploring the association between minority stress and the physical, mental and social health of older sexual and gender minorities. Jason Flatt, PhD, MPH.

CADC related publications:


2016 - 2017

  • Identifying Risk and Protective Factors for Dementia in Older Sexual and Gender Minorities. Jason D. Flatt, PhD, MPH.
  • Investigating the Effects of a Stress Management Intervention Program on Biological Markers of Stress in Latinas with Breast Cancer. Cathy Samayoa, PhD.
  • Developing mHealth Capabilities for Healthy Aging among HIV-Positive Men who have Sex with Men of Color. Judy Yourong Tan, PhD, MA.
  • Reducing Disparities in Access to Dance Therapy for Diverse Populations Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Maria Ventura, PhD.
  • Rethinking Cancer Survivorship Care: Understanding the Role of Primary Care Providers. Niharika Dixit, MD.
  • Reweighting for highly selected samples: can incorporating health data into weights improve generalizability of health disparities estimates? Elizabeth Rose Mayeda, PhD, MPH.
  • Can Promotores be trained to deliver a program to reduce depression symptoms in lower socioeconomic status (SES) aging Latinos in the San Francisco Bay Area? Rosa Maria A. Sternberg, PhD, RN.


2015 - 2016

  • Prostate Cancer Treatment Disparities: An Examination of Patient-Physician Communication among African American Prostate Cancer Patients in the Safety Net. Nynikka R.A. Palmer, DrPH, MPH.
  • Smoker’s age: How it affects nicotine and toxicant exposure and the relationships between cigarettes per day, dependence, and metabolism on smoke intake. Gideon St. Helen, PhD.
  • Spanish Translation and Adaptation of a Trauma Cognitions Measure for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Validation in Latinos across the Adult Lifespan. Christine Valdez, PhD.

CADC related publications:


2014 - 2015

  • A Community Partnership For Increasing Ehealth Literacy In Low-Income & Minority Older Adults. Diego E. Castaneda, DrPH, MPH and Grace C. Niu, PhD.
  • Group Acupuncture for Painful Diabetic Neuropathy Among Older Minority Patients with Limited English Proficiency. Maria T. Chao, DrPH, MPA.
  • Racial/ethnic differences in dementia incidence and survival among older adults. Elizabeth Rose Mayeda, PhD, MPH.
  • The Role of Unhealthy Behaviors in the Relationship between Biomarkers of Stress and Depressive Symptomatology. Erik Rodriquez, PhD, MPH.
  • Testing the Feasibility and Utility of Using Mobile Applications to Treat Depression. Joaquin A. Anguera, PhD.


2013 - 2014

  • Race/ethnicity, life course socioeconomic factors, and cognitive performance among non-Hispanic white and African American young to middle-aged adults: findings from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study. Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri, MS, PhD.
  • Inflammatory markers and incident breast cancer in older African-American and white women: the Health, Aging and Body Composition study. Dejana Braithwaite, PhD.
  • MicroRNA Expression Associated with Type-2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in South Asians. Elena Flowers, RN, PhD, MAS.
  • Dietary Behaviors of Older Filipino Adults with Cardiovascular Disease. Jane Jih, MD, MPH.
  • Developing Tools for Biomonitoring of Premature Aging in a Diverse Sample of Breast Cancer Survivors. Julio Ramirez, PhD.


2012 - 2013

  • Differences in Long-Term Care (LTC) between Medicare Only and Dual Eligible Elders. Arpita Chattopadhyay, PhD.
  • Genome-Wide Association Study (GWAS) of Gene-Environment (GxE) Interactions for Breast Cancer in U.S. Latinas. Laura Fejerman, PhD, M.Sc.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Low Socioeconomic status (SES) Latinas in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rosa Maria A. Sternberg, PhD, RN.
  • Translating an Evidenced-Based Fall Prevention Intervention to Asian Elders. Thu T. Quach, PhD, MPH and Susan M. Huang, MD.


2011 - 2012

  • Socioeconomic factors, metabolic and inflammatory biomarkers in relation to dementia and cognitive decline among older Mexican Americans. Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri, PhD, MS.
  • Racial and Ethnic Differences in long-term Care between Medicare Only and Dually-Eligible Elders. Arpita Chattopadhyay, PhD.
  • Evaluation of Technology Usability and Validity among Minority Women Completing the Athena Breast Health Questionnaire. Cristina Thorsen, MD, MPH.


2010 - 2011

  • Understanding Barriers to Metabolic Screening of Minorities with Severe Mental Illness: A Survey Study of Primary Care Physicians. Christina Mangurian, MD.
  • Exploratory Study of Organizational, Community, and Geographic Factors Affecting Mammography Access and Use Among Older Limited English-Speaking Chinese Women. Kim Nguyen, ScD.
  • Medication Management in Aging Minority Populations. Nancy Nkansah, PharmD.
  • Understanding Integrated Care Delivery for Older Minorities: Creating a Framework and Exploring New Definitions. Kara Odom-Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS.


2009 - 2010

  • Racial and Ethnic Difference in Health Services Utilization Among Older Adults at the End of Life: Explanatory Factors. Alex Smith, MD, MS, MPH.
  • Medication Communication among Vulnerable Cardiology Patients: An Analysis of the VMI Study. Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH.
  • Race and Ethnic Disparity in Mental Health and Physical Injury among Personal Assistance Service Workers. Rani Eversley, PhD.
  • Tailoring a mobile phone based physical activity intervention to overweight/obese ethnic/minority women using a mixed method. Yoshimi Fukuoka, PhD, RN.


2008 - 2009

  • Are there Disparities in Access to Care for Elderly Trauma Patients, and what are the Effects of these Disparities on Outcomes? A Look at California Minority and Non-Minority Elderly Trauma Patients, 1999-2006. Renee Hsia, MD, MSc.
  • Elder Mistreatment among Chinese and Korean immigrants: An Exploration of Definitions and Experiences in a Community Setting. Yeonshim Lee, PhD, MSW.
  • Impact of Shared Decision-making in Minority Populations with Heart Disease. Grace A. Lin, MD, MAS.


2007 - 2008

  • Day-to-day Impact of Vaginal Aging (DIVA). Alison Huang, PhD.
  • Development of a Spanish Cognitive Screening Battery for Dementia. Katya Rascovsky, PhD.
  • Using Measures of Racism in Health-Related Research on Older African Americans. Angela Thrasher, PhD.


2006 - 2007

  • Problem-Solving Therapy for Depression in Chinese American Elderly. Joyce Chu, PhD.
  • Aging, Cognitive Decline and Health Behaviors: An Analysis of Ethnic Differences. Sukyung Chung, PhD.
  • Health Literacy among Hemodialysis Patients and its Association with Placement on Renal Transplant Wait-List. Vanessa Grubbs, MD, MPH.
  • Factors Influencing Preventive Cancer Screening Among Diverse Women. Sue Kim, PhD, MPH.


2005 - 2006

  • Measuring Acculturation and Diet Among Older South Asians: Focus Group for the CHAAT Study. Alka Kanaya, MD.
  • Care Practices and Patient Preferences for Dialysis Among Elderly Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease and End-Stage Renal Disease. Manjula Kurella, MD, MPH.
  • The Changing Orientation Toward Cancer Preventive Care in Two Generations of Filipina Immigrants. Aimee Afable-Munsuz, PhD, MPH.


2004 - 2005

  • Development of a Life Course Events Measurement Tool. Irene Yen, PhD, MPH.
  • Video Medical Interpretation in Limited English Proficiency patients in a Cardiology Clinic. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD.
  • Health Status of South Asians in California. Kala M. Mehta, DSc.
  • Use and outcomes of anticoagulation among frail elders with atrial fibrillation. Margaret Fang, MD, MPH.



  • An Exploration of Elderly African Americans' Experiences with Pharmacists and Pharmacy Care Services. Sharon L. Youmans, PharmD.
  • Race/Ethnicity and Drug Adherence in CHF Patients. Jie Huang, PhD.
  • Characterization of Elderly Asians with Cognitive Deficits. Craig E. Hou, MD.
  • Comparison of Fatalistic Attitudes Between Latino Men and Women. Rene Salazar, MD.
  • Out-of-Pocket Medication Expenditures in Chronic Heart Failure. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD.
  • The prevalence of herbal medication use in older Chinese Adults. Alexander Li, MD.
  • Testing the Feasibility of Using Racially-Specific Genetic markers to Correct for Genetic Confounding in Case-Control Genetic Association Studies in Racially Diverse Populations. Esteban Gonzalez Burchard, MD.
  • Use of the pedometer as a tool to increase lifestyle physical activity in older African American and Filipina Women, Part II. Leslie A. Pruitt, PhD.


2002 - 2003

  • Life course Measure of socioeconomic Status and Health in Older Diverse Populations. Sandra Moody-Ayers, MD.
  • Development of a Life Course Events Measurement Tool. Irene Yen, PhD, MPH.
  • The Effects of Interpersonal Processes of Care on Adherence and Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Conditions in Diverse Patients. Anna Nápoles-Springer, PhD, MPH.


2001 - 2002

  • Representation of Diverse Ethnic, Gender, and Age Groups in Published NIMH-funded Clinical Trials: The Effects of NIH Guidelines on Recruitment and Analysis in the Past 5 years. Winnie Mak, PhD and Jennifer Alvidrez, PhD.
  • Health Literacy and Self Care Practices Among Elderly Black and Latina Women. R. Jan Gates, PhD.
  • Prevalence and Correlates of Anxiety symptoms in black and White elders. Kala M. Mehta, DSc.
  • The Meaning of Social Support and General Well-Being in Elderly Asian Immigrants. Part II: Psychometric and Conceptual Analysis. Sabrina T. Wong, PhD, RN and Grace Yoo, PhD.
  • Survey of Physicians on Cancer Prevention. Anna Nápoles-Springer, PhD, MPH.
  • Use of the Pedometer as a Tool to Increase Lifestyle Physical Activity in Older African-American and Filipina Women. Audie Atienza, PhD and Leslie A. Pruitt, PhD.


2000 - 2001

  • The Meaning of Social Support and General Well-Being in Elderly Asian Immigrants. Sabrina T. Wong, PhD, RN and Grace Yoo, PhD.
  • Community-based Education to Improve the Deliver of Adult Immunizations in Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities. Nicholas A. Daniels, MD, MPH.
  • Quality of Care and Barriers to Care for Elderly Non-English Speaking Chinese-Americans. Tung Nguyen, MD.


1999 - 2000

  • Health Practices, Beliefs and Experiences of Older Americans of Mixed Race. Cathy J. Tashiro, PhD.
  • Race and Thyroid Dysfunction. Alka Kanaya, MD.
  • Assessing Barriers to Colon Cancer Screening Among Vietnamese Americans. Bang H. Nguyen, DrPh, MPP.
  • Promoting Entry into Psychotherapy: The Effects of Pre-treatment Orientation for Older Low-income African-American Medical Patients. Jennifer Alvidrez, PhD.


1998 - 1999

  • Does Race Influence the Treatment of Coronary Artery Disease in the Elderly: Data from a Non-profit HMO. Alicia Fernández, MD.
  • Family Medicine and Domestic Violence. Michael A. Rodríguez, MD, MPH.
  • Cervical Cancer Screening Outcomes in Low Income Women in the United States. George F. Sawaya, MD.
  • Health and Functioning in Minority Grandparent Caregivers. Cynthia Castro, PhD.



  • Factors Influencing Adherence with Antidepressant Medications in Minority Elderly. Patricia A. Areán, PhD and Heather Uncaphor, PhD.
  • Perceived Benefits and Barriers to Physical Activity in Older White and Latina Women. Teresa Juarbe, PhD, RN.
  • Does Management by Cardiologists Improve Congestive Heart Failure Outcomes? Mark Alexander, PhD.