Dr. Kagawa Singer’s research focuses on the etiology and elimination of disparities in physical and mental health care outcomes for communities of color, primarily with the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. A major focus of her work is on testing the cross-cultural validity of health behavior theories and measures and its implications for clinical care cross-culturally using mixed-methods. Dr. Kagawa Singer has also published and lectured nationally and internally on each of these areas.
She is also Regional principal investigator in Los Angeles for the NCI funded national Asian American Network on Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART). She recently was awarded an R01 grant on quality of life and survivorship for Asian American Cancer Survivors, and a second grant through the NIH-OBSSR on defining Culture. Dr. Kagawa-Singer is a faculty researcher with the UCLA School of Public Health Center for Health Policy Research, the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, the UCLA Asia Center, the UC-wide Multi-Campus Research Program: AAPI Policy Initiative, the Asia Institute, and is on the Advisory Committee of the Institute of American cultures. She is also Chief Editor of the journal, AAPI NEXUS: Asian American and Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice and Community, and is an immediate past member of the Board of the National American Cancer Society.