The UCLA Career Development Program in Population-Based Cancer Prevention and Control Research

UCLA Center for Cancer Prevention and Control Research

School of Public Health and Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

The Career Development Program

Program Leadership and Faculty

The Career Development Program is directed by Roshan Bastani, PhDPatricia A. Ganz, MDZuo-Feng Zhang, MD, PhD, and Barbara A. Berman, PhD. each of whom brings extensive experience in cancer control research, education and training. The breadth and depth of their backgrounds and experience imbues the Training Program with a broad directional base to address the diverse needs of participants across multiple academic and clinical disciplines.

Roshan Bastani, PhD

Roshan Bastani, PhD is Professor of Health Services and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Public Health. She is Co-Director of the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity (formerly Center to Eliminate Health Disparities), and Associate Director of the Center for Cancer Prevention and Control Research. Dr. 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 particular focus on developing and testing patient and health care system directed interventions to improve access. Much of this work is conducted within hospitals and clinics operated by the Los Angeles County Health Department and community organizations that serve indigent populations. Examples of her research include a study targeting indigent minority women from two public hospitals, to enhance utilization of appropriate follow-up diagnostic and treatment services for serious breast abnormalities; an intervention trial targeting an ethnically diverse sample of men and women at elevated risk for colorectal cancer, to increase screening; a study to understand health system and patient factors related to hepatitis B serologic testing among Koreans; and a recently initiated experiment to assess the effects of an intervention to promote informed decision making regarding prostate cancer screening, among Latinos. Dr. Bastani recently received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Cancer Institute to establish a Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network in Los Angeles, which is designed to promote community-based collaborative projects to reduce ethnic disparities related to cancer screening, tobacco use, nutrition and physical activity.

Patricia Ganz, MD

Patricia Ganz, MD, is a Professor in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Director of the CPCR, and heads the CPCR's Patient and Survivors Program and UCLA's Familial Cancer Registry and Genetic Evaluation Program. She is a board-certified medical oncologist who has been conducting psychosocial and quality of life research with cancer patients and survivors for over 20 years. She has earned national and international recognition for her studies among breast cancer patients, particularly the transition from breast cancer patient to survivor, and the psychological and medical late effects of breast cancer treatment. Dr. Ganz has conducted extensive study of the measurement of quality of life outcomes in clinical trials, and leads a number of research initiatives in the areas of cancer screening in managed care settings; quality of care for breast, colorectal and lung cancer patients; and chemoprevention studies for persons at risk for cancer. In 1999, Dr. Ganz was awarded the prestigious American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professorship.

Core Faculty

A core faculty of senior scientists serve as mentors for program participants. Drs. Bastani, Ganz and Berman are assisted in leading the Program by the Advisory Committee1 and Curriculum Committee2.

  • Roshan Bastani, PhD,1,2 Director
  • access to care, screening, health disparities, methodology, community interventions
  • Patricia Ganz, MD,1,2 Co-Director
  • survivorship, quality of life, chemoprevention, genetic counseling and testing
  • Zuo-Feng Zhang, MD, PhD1,2 Co-Director
  • molecular epidemiology
  • Barbara A. Berman, PhD,1,2 Co-Director
  • tobacco control, underserved populations
  • Thomas Belin, PhD
  • biostatistics
  • Julie Bower, PhD
  • psychoneuroimmunology, psychooncology, fatigue
  • Jackie Casillas, MD, MSPH
  • access to care, quality of life, quality of care for long-term childhood cancer survivors
  • Catherine M. Crespi, PhD 
  • biostatistics
  • Lilian Gelberg, MD
  • access to health care, health issues among homeless
  • Beth Glenn, PhD2
  • breast cancer, cancer screening, cancer disparities
  • Gail Greendale, MD
  • geriatrics, women's health
  • Wayne Grody, MD, PhD
  • cancer genetics
  • Gail Harrison, PhD1
  • nutritional anthropology
  • Felicia Hodge, DrPH
  • american indian health and health care, cultural constructs of illness
  • Michael Irwin, PhD
  • psychoneuroimmunology
  • Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, PhD
  • asian populations, cultural competency
  • Katherine Kahn, MD
  • clinical outcomes research, quality of care
  • Clifford Ko, MD
  • quality of care, quality of life, outcomes in cancer surgery
  • Mark Litwin, MD, MPH
  • urological cancer, quality of life
  • Otto Martinez-Maza, PhD
  • immune dysfunction and cancer; AIDS pathogenesis
  • Annette Maxwell, DrPH2
  • cancer screening, asian populations, community research
  • William McCarthy, PhD1
  • lifestyle modification: tobacco, healthy eating, physical activity
  • Ninez Ponce, PhD, MPP
  • health disparities, health policy
  • Beate Ritz, MD, PhD1
  • dffects of occupational/environmental toxins on chronic diseases and birth outcomes
  • Linda Sarna, RN, DNSc1
  • nursing research, tobacco control, palliative care
  • Annette Stanton, PhD1,2
  • psychosocial adjustment to cancer, biopsychosocial mechanisms
  • May Wang, DrPH
  • nutritional epidemiology, public health nutrition
  • Neil S. Wenger, MD, MPH
  • end-of-life issues
  • Weng Kee Wong, PhD
  • statistical inference, experimental design
  • Lonnie Zeltzer, MD1
  • quality of life, adult survivors of childhood cancer, pain