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Project Investigator Biography

Sora Park Tanjasiri, Dr.P.H., M.P.H. Sora Park Tanjasiri, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.

California State University, Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd.
P.O. Box 6870
Fullerton, CA 92834-6870
phone: (714) 278-4592
fax: (714) 278-5317

Dr. Sora Park Tanjasiri is a Professor in the Department of Health Science at California State University, Fullerton. Her work focuses on the community health needs of diverse populations, with a focus on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). Dr. Tanjasiri's research involves participatory action research principles and techniques, and her health issues of interest include tobacco prevention, cancer early detection, and cancer control.

Dr. Tanjasiri is the Principal Investigator of WINCART: Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training, which is a collaborative including eight community-based nonprofit organizations and four other universities. In addition, some of her most recently funded projects include a 2-year NIH study to increase cervical cancer screening among Thais; a 3-year study to map pro- and anti-tobacco influences in Cambodian and Chamorro communities; a 4-year project to decrease breast, cervical, colon, prostate and liver cancers among Chinese and Koreans; and a 5-year CDC-funded effort to increase breast and cervical cancer screening among Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander women.

Dr. Tanjasiri's publications have appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Health Promotion Practice, Ethnicity and Disease, and other journals. In addition to her professional work, Dr. Tanjasiri serves as an advisor to numerous nonprofit organizations and coalitions, including the Board of Directors of the Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance, the Advisory Committee of the Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment and Leadership (a national Asian-American and Pacific Islander tobacco control network), and the Susan G. Komen Asian American/Pacific Islander National Advisory Committee.

Dr. Tanjasiri received her M.P.H. and Dr.P.H. degrees in Community Health Sciences from the UCLA School of Public Health.

Updated: 06/06/13