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:
Bastani R, Glenn BA, Tsui J, Chang LC, Marchand E, Taylor VM, Singhal R, Marchand EJ. Understanding suboptimal human papillomavirus vaccine uptake among ethnic minority girls. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2011 Jul;20(7):1463-72. Epub 2011 May 20
Glenn BA, Herrmann AK, Crespi CM, Mojica CM, Chang LC, Maxwell AE, Bastani R. Changes in risk perceptions in relation to self-reported colorectal cancer screening among first-degree relatives of colorectal cancer cases enrolled in a randomized trial. Health Psychol. 2011 Jul;30(4):481-91.
Bastani R, Mojica CM, Berman BA, Ganz PA. Low-income women with abnormal breast findings: results of a randomized trial to increase rates of diagnostic resolution. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2010 Aug;19(8):1927-36. Epub 2010 Jul 20
Bastani R, Glenn BA, Taylor VM, Chen MS, Nguyen TT, Stewart SL, Maxwell AE. Integrating theory into community interventions to reduce liver cancer disparities: The Health Behavior Framework. Prev Med. 2010 Jan-Feb;50(1-2):63-7. Epub 2009 Aug 27
Bastani R, Glenn BA, Maxwell AE, Ganz PA, Mojica CM, Chang LC. Validation of self-reported colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in a study of ethnically diverse first-degree relatives of CRC cases. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2008 Apr;17(4):791-8. Epub 2008 Apr 1