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Project Investigator Biography

Grace X. Ma, Ph.D. Grace X. Ma, Ph.D.

Temple University
Center for Asian Health
Department of Health
304A Vivacqua Hall, PO Box 2843
Philadelphia, PA 19122
phone: (215) 204-5108
alt: (215) 787-5434
fax: (215) 204-1854
email: grace.ma@temple.edu

Dr. Grace X. Ma is a Professor in the Department of Public Health and Director of Center for Asian Health, College of Health Professions at Temple University. As a behavioral health scientist, Dr. Ma's multiple research projects focus on community-based participatory cancer prevention and early detection, health disparities, patient navigation, smoking cessation and other substance abuse interventions, chronic illnesses and quality of healthcare in medically underserved, uninsured and high-risk Asian American populations. One of her NCI-NIH funded U01 projects, ATECAR-Asian Community Cancer network, focuses on smoking cessation and lung cancer prevention, cervical and breast cancer, Hep B-liver cancer, colorectal and stomach cancer interventions and healthcare access in Asian communities of Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York City, and Washington, D.C. areas. She established the first Asian Community Cancer Coalition (ACCC) with a membership of 56 community-based organizations and 35 hospitals, health centers and clinics throughout the region. She is also the Principal Investigator of an NIH funded R01 project, a randomized trial designed to increase cervical cancer early detection for underserved Vietnamese women. Dr. Ma's research network and collaboration extend to the Southeast and Southwest regions of China. This international component of her research focuses on longitudinal studies of tobacco control in China.

Dr. Ma has served on many scientific advisory committees in cancer, Hepatitis B, tobacco control, diabetes and other chronic disease issues in Asian communities. Over the past decade, Dr. Ma has been awarded over $18 million for twenty-four (24) NIH, other federal and foundations' funded research projects in her expertise areas. Dr. Ma has served on many community, state and national health advisory boards. She is an active member of several professional associations, journal editorial boards, national and statewide tobacco and cancer control plans. Dr. Ma has authored or co-authored several books and over 70 peer-reviewed publications and delivered over 280 professional presentations at regional, national and international conferences. The impacts of these publications and presentations are reflected in public health academic teaching and mentorship, research and practices, as well as in Asian and minority health care policies and programs.

Dr. Ma is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar, who has received numerous distinguished awards from academic institutions, scientific associations, and government agencies and community organizations that include the 2006 NYC Chinese Community Center's Asian Health Leadership Award, the 2005 National Institutes of Health's Martin Luther King Award in Reducing Health Disparities, the 2004 NCI-CRCHD Community Healthcare Leadership Award, and the 2001 NCI's Atlantic Region Cancer Information Service award.

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Updated: 07/23/09