Dr. Roshan Bastani’s main research interests are in the study of chronic disease prevention and control among disadvantaged groups, with a focus on testing the efficacy of patient, community, and health care system-directed interventions to improve access and reduce disparities. She has conducted a large number of 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-based organizations, which serve as collaborators in her community focused research. Chief among them is the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health with which she has had a 20-plus year collaborative relationship. Dr. Bastani is the principal developer of the Health Behavior Framework (HBF), which is a comprehensive conceptual model that has been used to guide survey and intervention research in a wide range of studies targeting multiple racial/ethnic groups, disease targets and intervention types.
Dr. Bastani has extensive experience and expertise in the design and implementation of large, community-partnered intervention trials, survey research, quantitative methods including biostatistics, research design, program evaluation and community based participatory research (CBPR). She leads a number of research centers at UCLA, including the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity, the UCLA/RAND Prevention Research Center, and the Center for Cancer Prevention and Control Research, all of which are focused on addressing health disparities. Dr. Bastani recently completed an 11-year term as the Associate Dean for Research in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.
Dr. Bastani’s research experience spans the developmental continuum and includes 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, obesity control and healthy nutrition, and physical activity promotion. A few examples of her current/recent research include a randomized trial to increase informed decision making regarding prostate cancer screening among Latino men (NCI R01), a church based cluster randomized trial to increase Hepatitis B screening among Koreans (NCI P01 component project), a randomized trial, in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, to increase HPV vaccine uptake in an ethnically diverse sample of low income adolescent girls (NCI R01), and an NCI/CDC funded Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network focused on intervention research to reduce ethnic and socioeconomic disparities related to tobacco use, obesity and cancer screening.
In addition to conducting her own research, Dr. Bastani has devoted considerable effort to mentoring junior investigators, particularly minority individuals and those interested in research with underserved populations. She leads an NCI R25T post-doctoral career development program which has a heavy focus on transdisciplinary cancer control training and disparities research.