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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

Dr. Grace X. Ma is a tenured full Professor of Public Health and Director for the Center for Asian Health at Temple U. She is the Principal Investigator for the NCI-funded U54, Asian Community Cancer Health Disparities Center (ACCHDC). Dr. Ma has directed and was PI of ATECAR-SPN and ATECAR-CNP-I over the past 10 years. As PI, she chaired the Steering Committee of both community cancer networks. In 2008-2009, Dr. Ma served as the chairperson of national CNP PI Strategic Committee. Her experience of leading multiple-center cancer disparities interventions has included five large controlled CBPR intervention trials. As a behavioral health scientist, she has a strong background in methodology, theory and intervention development.

Over the past 20 years, she has attained regional and national recognition for her work in community-based participatory intervention research, early detection, patient navigation of hepB, cancers and chronic illnesses, smoking cessation, access and quality of healthcare in medically underserved, uninsured and high-risk Asian American populations. Among her accomplishments is the establishment of the Center for Asian Health in 2000, one of the first in the nation dedicated to reducing cancer and other health disparities among Asian Americans. Dr. Ma In partnership with Asian community leaders co-founded the first Asian Community Cancer Coalition (ACCC) in the US Eastern region, including PA, NJ, NYC and Washington DC areas.

Dr. Ma has authored and co-authored 5 books, over 90 peer-reviewed publications and delivered over 400 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 in the US. Dr. Ma has served on numerous scientific and community advisory boards in cancer health disparities. She is an active member of numerous public health professional associations, journal editorial boards, national and statewide tobacco and cancer control plans.

Dr. Ma, a nationally and internationally recognized scholar and a lead mentor for many junior researchers/faculty, has received numerous distinguished awards from academic institutions, scientific associations, NIH and community organizations that include 2009 Outstanding Scientific Publication Award by NCI-CRCHD, 2009 Outstanding Health Leadership Award from Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and Chinese Community Center, Inc. NYC, 2008 Distinguished Asian Health Leader Award from Penn Asian Senior Services, 2006 NYC Chinese Community Cultural Center's Asian Health Leadership Award, 2005 NIH Martin Luther King Award in Reducing Health Disparities, 2004 NCI-CRCHD Community Healthcare Leadership Award, and 2001 NCI's Atlantic Region Cancer Information Service award.

Updated: 06/06/13