Dr. Roshan Bastani is a social/health psychologist whose main research interest is the study of access to health care among low-income, ethnic minority and other underserved groups, with a focus on testing the efficacy of patient and health care system directed interventions to improve access.
Bastani serves as co-director of the School of Public Health Center to Eliminate Health Disparities. Examples of her federally funded National Institutes of Health (NIH) research include: a randomized experiment targeting indigent minority women from two public hospitals in order to enhance utilization of appropriate follow-up diagnostic and treatment services for serious breast abnormalities; a group randomized trial to increase hepatitis B screening among Koreans; an experiment to assess the effects of an intervention to promote informed decision making regarding prostate cancer screening among Latinos; and a Centers for Disease Control (CDC)-funded prevention program to promote community-based collaborative intervention research projects to reduce ethnic disparities related to tobacco use, obesity and cancer screening. She is also the director of a National Cancer Institute (NCI) funded training grant that prepares post doctoral fellows to conduct interdisciplinary cancer prevention and control research.
Selected Cancer-Related Publications:
Chen MS, Shinagawa SM, Bal DG, Bastani R, Chow EA, Ho RC, Jones L, McPhee SJ, Senie R, Taylor V, Kagawa-Singer M, Stewart S, Koh HK, Li FP. Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training's legacy. The first 5 years. Cancer. 2006; 107(8 Suppl): 2006-14.
Tu SP, Taylor V, Yasui Y, Chun A, Yip MP, Acorda E, Li L, Bastani R. Promoting culturally appropriate colorectal cancer screening through a health educator: a randomized controlled trial. Cancer. 2006; 107(5): 959-66.
Bastani R, Maxwell AE, Kagawa-Singer M, Glenn BA, Parada K. Stimulating cancer research in Asian communities and training the next generation of scientists. Cancer. 2005; 104(12 Suppl): 2926-30.
Davidson PL, Bastani R, Nakazono TT, Carreon DC. Role of community risk factors and resources on breast carcinoma stage at diagnosis. Cancer. 2005; 103(5): 922-30.
Ganz PA, Farmer MM, Belman MJ, Garcia CA, Streja L, Dietrich AJ, Winchell C, Bastani R, Kahn KL. Results of a randomized controlled trial to increase colorectal cancer screening in a managed care health plan. Cancer. 2005; 104(10): 2072-83.