Marjorie Kagawa-Singer


UCLA, Pub Health & AASD
41-2408 Comm Health Sci
Box 951772
Los Angeles, CA 90095



Areas of Interest

Health disparities in cancer control among diverse ethnic populations; development of cross-culturally valid concepts and measures to expand existing behavior theories in PH using qualitative research methods, and applied through intervention studies primarily in the Asian American communities. Cultural competency training for health professionals, doctor/patient communication, and end-of-life care in multicultural populations.


Dr. Marjorie Kagawa-Singer is a professor at the UCLA School of Public Health and Asian American Studies Center. Presently her research focuses on developing standards of cultural competence in health care research and practice and reducing disparities in health outcomes for populations of color, especially Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.

Dr. Kagawa-Singer serves on multiple local, state, and national committees involved with issues of ethnicity and health care. She has published, lectured nationally and internationally, and taught extensively on issues in cross-cultural health care, cancer, pain, grief and bereavement, end of life decision-making, and quality of life. She also serves as consultant to community groups to reach underserved populations with cancer education and services.


  • Kagawa-Singer M. Abstract Population science is science only if you know the population.. J Cancer Educ. 2006; 21(1 Suppl): S22-31.

  • Kagawa-Singer M, Park Tanjasiri S, Lee SW, Foo MA, Ngoc Nguyen TU, Tran JH, Valdez A. Breast and cervical cancer control among Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian Women: participatory action research strategies for baseline data collection in California.. J Cancer Educ. 2006; 21(1 Suppl): S53-60.

  • Kagawa-Singer M, Kassim-Lakha S. A strategy to reduce cross-cultural miscommunication and increase the likelihood of improving health outcomes.. Acad Med. 2003; 78(6): 577-87.

  • Kagawa-Singer M, Wellisch DK. Breast cancer patients' perceptions of their husbands' support in a cross-cultural context. Psychooncology 2003; 12(1): 24-37.

  • Kagawa-Singer M, Blackhall LJ. Negotiating cross-cultural issues at the end of life: "You got to go where he lives". JAMA 2001; 286(23): 2993-3001.

  • Ashing-Giwa Kimlin T, Kagawa-Singer Marjorie, Padilla Geraldine V, Tejero Judith S, Hsiao Evana, Chhabra Rajinder, Martinez Lucrecia, Tucker M Belinda The impact of cervical cancer and dysplasia: a qualitative, multiethnic study.. Psycho-oncology. 2004; 13(10): 709-28.

  • Chen Judy Y, Diamant Allison L, Kagawa-Singer Marjorie, Pourat Nadereh, Wold Cheryl Disaggregating data on Asian and Pacific Islander women to assess cancer screening.. American journal of preventive medicine. 2004; 27(2): 139-45.

  • Tanjasiri Sora Park, Tran Jacqueline H, Kagawa-Singer Marjorie, Foo Mary Anne, Foong Heng L, Lee Susan W, Nguyen Tu-Uyen Ngoc, Rickles Jordan, Wang Jennifer S Exploring access to cancer control services for Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities in Southern California.. Ethnicity & disease. 2004; 14(3 Suppl 1): S14-9.

  • Tam Ashing Kimlin, Padilla Geraldine, Tejero Judith, Kagawa-Singer Marjorie Understanding the breast cancer experience of Asian American women.. Psycho-oncology. 2003; 12(1): 38-58.