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Kimlin Ashing, Ph.D.
  • Director, Center for Community Alliance for Research and Education
  • Professor


Dr. Kimlin Tam Ashing is professor, and directs the Center of Community Alliance for Research and Education (CCARE) at City of Hope.  She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  As an advocate-scientist her work is advancing community, theoretical and methodological approaches in behavioral, implementation and translational sciences. She is active in several cancer related organizations; she serves on the Board of Directors for the American Psychosocial Oncology Society; National Advisory Council for the Asian Pacific Islander Cancer Survivors Network, Executive Council of American Cancer Society, Los Angeles, and as Scientific Advisor to Komen for the Cure, LA., Latinas Contra Cancer and the African-Caribbean Cancer Consortium, and the Southern Los Angeles Patient Navigation and Wellness Center.

She is the notable leader in examining cancer disparities and quality of life, and has published over 60 articles and book chapters.  Her life work is to increase the voice and representation of underrepresented groups in health sciences and research by mentoring students and trainees, and increasing the capacity of community organizations to engage in research, and address their cancer and chronic conditions. Dr. Ashing examines relevant living situation, historical and cultural contexts as these relate to health outcomes and culturally responsive health care.  Her work in this area is significant and innovative and guides much of the health-equity and cross-cultural cancer survivorship research. Her scholarship is to understand and investigate how culture, ethnicity, socio-ecological and systemic contexts influence health and patient centered outcomes.
Currently, she is partnering with community advocates and multi-sectoral partners to develop and implement community participatory programs and interventions to reduce the risk and burden of chronic illnesses, including cancer, obesity and diabetes. She is a community-minded researcher who is guided by a bio-psychosocial and eco-cultural paradigm. Her research focuses on assessing and understanding the influence of the biological (i.e., familial, disease characteristics); psychological (i.e., stress, coping); social (i.e., family and support networks); cultural (i.e., spirituality, language); ecological (i.e., micro-level: work, neighborhood and macro-systemic: healthcare, socio-political status, discrimination) factors on health outcomes. Her studies are multicultural including diverse ethnic groups i.e., African Americans; Afro-Caribbean Americans; Latino Americans; Chinese-, Japanese-, Filipino-, and Korean-Americans and European Americans.
Her current papers report on health outcomes studies with samples that include: Asian American (n=277), African American (n=186), Latino American (n=470) and European American (n=452) breast and cervical cancer survivors in the U.S. (N=1385). These studies examines quality of life, psychosocial functioning, work and functional issues, access and quality of care as well as methodological, conceptual and measurement factors relevant to multicultural, multilingual and cross cultural research. Her current, community collaborative studies are behavioral trials designed to reduce the psychosocial burden and improve access and adherence to survivorship care plans among diverse survivor populations.
As a woman of color raised in a multicultural (Chinese and Afro-Caribbean) and multilingual home, and the youngest of eight siblings; she recognized the salience of culture and context very early in her life.  As the daughter of two former cancer survivors, and as a psychologist, she is compassionate and passionate about her work to reduce health disparities and enhance health outcomes for underserved communities. Dr. Ashing is the mother of three children: Joshua - a Master’s level student in environmental science and economics; Kemi - a poised, math, science and technology enthusiast High School Freshman; and Ajorin – a sport enthusiast 4th grader. She lives in beautiful Altadena, California. She thrives on faith, family, work and gardening.

Professional Experience

  • 2006 - present,  Professor and Director, Center of Community Alliance for Research & Education, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, Duarte, CA
  • 2002 - present, Research Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA
  • 1996 - 2006, Professor, Alliant International University: The California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles
  • 1994 - 2002, Assistant Research Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA
  • 1994 - 1998, Research Faculty, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA
  • 1994 - 1998, National Cancer Institute, Minority Investigator (UCLA)
  • 1994, Researcher, School of Public Health, Div Cancer Prevention & Control, UCLA
  • 1994, Research Fellow - Fogarty International Fellowship on AIDS at UCLA
  • 1993, Research Associate; AIDS and Sexual Health Project at UCLA
  • 1992 ,Research Team; Survey of alcohol and other drug use and attitude at UCSB-The Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education.
  • 1988 - 1991, Research Consultant; Black AIDS Project-at-Large, Denver, CO
  • 1989, Research Associate; qualitative study on culture and sexuality. Denver, CO
  • 1988, Research Associate, University to classroom equity project, UC-Boulder


  • 1991, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
  • 1988, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. M.A., Clinical Psychology
  • 1985, California State University, Long Beach, CA. B.A., Psychology


Recent Honors & Awards

  • 2009 Komen for the Cure Pink Ribbon Award
  • 2009 Scientific-Community Partner Award: American Cancer Society, San Gabriel
  • 2009 Women of Color Breast Cancer Survivors Advocacy Award
  • 2010 Women in Achievement: 57th Assemble District, State of California
  • 2010 Los Angeles County Commendation for Community Health Affairs
  • Who’s Who in Los Angeles
  • 2011 Women in Achievement Award
  • 2011 California Breast Cancer Research Program Faith Fancher Research Award
  • 2012 Nominee Woman of the Year Award, Los Angeles County

Memberships & Councils

Professional Organizations
• American Psychosocial-Oncology Society (APOS); Chair, Health Disparities Special Interest Group
• American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
• American Association of Public Health
• Association of Black Psychologists, Life Member
• International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS)
• Society of Behavioral Medicine
• AORTIC African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer
• AC3 African Caribbean Cancer Consortium
Current National Advisory Councils and Panels
• 2007 Sister Survivor: African American Breast Cancer Coalition
•2011 The Asian & Pacific Islander National Cancer Survivors Network (APINCSN Network) and its sponsoring agency, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) and the APINCSN National Advisory Council.
• 2011 CDC Expert Council on Young Breast Cancer Survivors Initiative
• 2012 Sisters Breast Cancer Survivors Network, Expert Review Panel on Young Survivors
• 2012 Living Beyond Breast Cancer, National Advisory Council
• 2012 Tigerlily Foundation – Devoted to young women affected by Breast Cancer
• 2013 George Washington University Survivorship Advisory Council
Current California Based Advisory Councils

• 2007 American Cancer Society San Gabriel Valley Executive Council
• 2008 American Cancer Society Los Angeles Region Executive Council
• 2010 American Cancer Society California Division Diversity Council
• 2010 Komen for the Cure – Los Angeles
• 2012 Wellness Center – Martin Luther King Hospital, Advisory Council


1. Ashing-Giwa K, & Ganz P.  Understanding the Experience of Breast Cancer in African-American Women. Psychosocial Oncology 1997;15 (2):19-35.
2. Wyatt G, Desmond K, Ganz P, Rowland J, Ashing-Giwa K, & Meyerowitz B. Sexual Functioning and Intimacy in African-American and White Breast Cancer Survivors. Women’s Health: Research on Gender, Behavior & Policy 1998;4(4):385-405.
3. Ashing-Giwa K. Examining the Socio-cultural Relevance of Breast Cancer Screening Models for African-American women. Women & Health 1999;28(4):53-71.
4. Ashing-Giwa K, Ganz P, & Petersen L. Quality of Life in African American and White Long- term Breast Cancer Survivors. CANCER 1999;85(2):418-426.
5. Ashing-Giwa K, The Recruitment and Retention of African American Women into Cancer Control Studies. JNMA 1999;91(5):255-260.
6. Ashing-Giwa K. Quality of Life and Psychosocial Outcomes in Long- term Breast Cancer Survivors: A Study of African American Women. Psychosocial Oncology 1999;17(3/4):47-62.
7. Ashing-Giwa K, & Ganz  P. The Effect of Timed Incentives on Subject Participation in a Study of Long-term Breast Cancer Survivors: Are There Ethnic Differences? JNMA 2000;92(11):528-532.
8. Durvasula R, & Ashing-Giwa K. The Relevance of Theoretical Models of HIV Prevention and Intervention: Lessons Learned from African American Women. Psychol Foundations 2002;4(2):70-79.
9. Ashing-Giwa K, Kagawa-Singer M, Padilla G, Tejero J. Understanding Breast Cancer among Asian Women: A Qualitative Study. Psycho-Oncology 2003;12(1):38-58, 2003.
10. Ashing-Giwa K, Padilla G, Tejero J, Kraemer J, Wright K, Coscarelli A, et al.  Understanding the Breast Cancer Experience of Women: A Qualitative Study of African American, Asian American, Latina and Caucasian Survivors.  Psycho-Oncology 2004;13:408-428.  
11. Ashing-Giwa K, Padilla G, Tejero J, Kim J.  Breast Cancer Survivorship in a Multiethnic Sample: Challenges in Recruitment and Measurement.  Cancer 2004; 101: 450-465.  
12. Ashing-Giwa K, Kagawa-Singer M, Padilla V, Tejero J, et al.  The Impact of Cervical Cancer and Dysplasia: a Qualitative, Multiethnic Study.  Psycho-Oncology 2004;13:709-728. 
13. Ashing-Giwa K.  Can a Culturally Responsive Model for Research Design Bring Us Closer to Addressing Participation Disparities? Ethnicity & Disease 2005;15(1):130-137.
14. Ashing-Giwa K. The Contextual Model of HRQoL: A Paradigm for Expanding the HRQoL Framework. Quality of Life Research 2005; 14:297–307.
15. Ashing-Giwa K. Infusing Culture into Oncology Research on Quality of Life. Oncology Nursing Forum 2006; 33(1):31-36.
16. Ashing-Giwa K, Padilla V, Bohorquez D, Tejero J, Garcia M. Understanding the Breast Cancer Experience   of Latina Women. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 2006; 24(3): 19-52.
17. Ashing-Giwa K, Kagawa-Singer M, Padilla G, Tejero J.  Cervical Cancer among Latinas: A Qualitative Study. Psychosocial Oncology 2006; 24(4); 53-88.
18. Kim J, Ashing-Giwa K, Kagawa-Singer M, Tejero J. Breast Cancer among Asian Americans: is Acculturation Related to Health-related Quality of Life? Oncology Nursing Forum 2006; 33:6: E90-9.
19. Palos R, Ashing-Giwa K. The Importance of Community and Culture in the Comprehensive Management of Pain. The Pain Practitioner. 2007: 17(2): 10-19
20. Ashing-Giwa K, Tejero J, Kim J, Padilla G.  Predictive Models of HRQOL in a Population-based, Multiethnic Sample of Women with Breast Carcinoma.  Quality of Life Research. 2007; 16(3):413-428. .
21. Ashing-Giwa K, Kim J, Tejero J.  Measuring Quality of Life among Cervical Cancer Survivors: Preliminary Assessment of Instrumentation Validity in a Cross-Cultural Study.  Quality of Life Research 2008; 17 (1).
22. Ashing-Giwa K & Lim JW. Examining the Impact of Socio-Economic Status and Socio-Ecologic Stress on Physical and Mental Health Quality of Life among Breast Cancer Survivors. Oncology Nursing Forum 2008: 36(1): 79-88
23. Ashing-Giwa K & Lim JW. Predicting Health-related Quality of Life: Testing the Contextual Model using Structural Equation Modeling. Applied Research in Quality of Life. 2008: 3(3): 215-230
24. Ashing-Giwa K. Enhancing physical well-being and overall quality of life among underserved Latina- American cervical cancer survivors: feasibility study. Journal of Cancer Survivorship 2008: 2(3): 215-223.
25. Ashing-Giwa K, Tejero J, Kim J, Padilla G, Kagawa-Singer M, Tucker M, Lim JW.  Cervical Cancer Survivorship in a Population Based Sample. Gynecological Oncology. 2009: 112(2). 358-364
26. Lim JW, Patricia G, Wang M, Ashing-Giwa K. Understanding the cultural health belief model influencing health behaviors and health-related quality of life between Latina and Asian-American breast cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer. 2009: 19(9): 1137-44.
27. Ashing-Giwa K & Lim JW: Exploring the association between functional strain and emotional well-being among a population-based sample of breast cancer survivors. Psycho-Oncology. 2010: 19(2): 150-159
28. Kagawa-Singer, M., Padilla G.V., Ashing-Giwa, K. Health-Related Quality of Life and Culture: Seminars in Oncology Nursing 2010: 26(1): 59-67
29. Ashing-Giwa K, Lim JW, & Gonzalez P: Exploring the Relationship between Physical well-being and Healthy Lifestyle Changes among European- and Latina-American Breast and Cervical Cancer Survivors. Psycho-Oncology. 2010: 19: 1161-70.
30. Ashing-Giwa K, Gonzalez P, Lim JW, Cathie Chung, Benjamin Paz, George Somlo, & Mark T. Wakabayashi: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Delays Among a Multiethnic Sample of Breast and Cervical Cancer Survivors. Cancer. 2010: 116(13):3195-3204
31. Ashing-Giwa K, Lim JW, Tang J: Surviving cervical cancer: does health related quality of life influence survival? Gynecologic Oncology. 2010 Jul; 118(1):35-42.
32. Ashing-Giwa K & Lim JW. Predicting Physical Quality of Life among a Multiethnic Sample of Breast Cancer Survivors. Quality of Life Research. 2010:19:789-802 
33. Ashing-Giwa K, Lim JW : Examining Emotional Outcomes Among a Multi-Ethnic Cohort of Breast Cancer Survivors. Oncology Nursing Forum. 2011 :38(3), 1-10.
34. Ashing-Giwa K & Lim JW: Health-related Quality of Life Outcomes among Cervical Cancer Survivors: Examining Ethnic and Linguistic Differences. Cancer Epidemiology. 2011 (35), 194-201
35. Lim JW & Ashing-Giwa K: Examining the Effect of Minority Status and Neighborhood Characteristics on Cervical Cancer Survival Outcomes. Gynecologic Oncology. 2011, 121 (1), 87-93
36. Tsai T, Kagawa-Singer M, Morisky D, Ashing-Giwa K. Acculturation in the Adaptation of Chinese-American Women to Breast Cancer: A mixed method approach. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 2011, 20, 3383–3393.
37. Ferrer R, Beckman L, Ashing-Giwa K. The impact of cultural characteristics on colorectal cancer screening adherence among Filipinos in the United States: a pilot study. Psycho-oncology. 2011, 8 (20): 862-870
38. Lopez-Class M, Angulo-Duarte J, Graves K, & Ashing-Giwa K. A contextual approach to understanding breast cancer survivorship among Latinas. Psycho‐Oncology. 2012, 21:115-124 
39. Lim JW & Ashing-Giwa K: Cultural Health Beliefs and Health Behaviors in Asian-American Breast Cancer Survivors: A Focus on Korean-Americans through a Mixed-Method Approach. Oncology Nursing Forum, 2012, 39 (4), 388-397
40. Wang J, Adams I, Huang E, Ashing-Giwa K, Gomez S, Allen L. Physical Distress and Cancer Care Experiences Among Chinese-American and Non-Hispanic White Breast Cancer Survivors. Gynecologic Oncology, 2012, 124 (3), 383-388
41. Akmal Y, Lee W, Mailey B. Ashing-Giwa K, et al. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Outcomes with Radiation Therapy for Rectal Adenocarcinoma. International Journal of Colorectal Disease. 2012, 27 (6), 737-749.
42. Wu X, Somlo G, Ashing-Giwa K, Wang S et al., De novo sequencing of circulating miRNAs identifies novel markers predicting clinical outcome of locally advanced breast cancer. Journal Translational Medicine, 2012, 2012, 10:42 doi:10.1186/1479-5876-10-42
43. Ashing-Giwa K, et al. Peer Based Models of Supportive Care: The Impact of Peer Support Groups in African American Breast cancer Survivors. Oncology Nursing Forum.  2012, 39 (6), 585-591
44. Ashing-Giwa K. Recruitment and Retention of African- and Latina American Breast Cancer Survivors into Behavioral Clinical Trials. Oncology Nursing Forum. 2012, 39(5), E434-442.
45. Ashing-Giwa K, Lam C, Xie B. Assessing Health-Related Quality of Life of Chinese-American Breast Cancer Survivors: A Measurement Validation Study. Psycho-oncology. 2012 doi: 10.1002/pon.3030
46. Lim J; Ashing-Giwa K. Is Family Functioning and Communication Associated with health related Quality of Life for Chinese- and Korean-American Breast Cancer Survivors. Quality of Life Research. 2012, DOI: 10.1007/s11136-012-0247
47. Ashing-Giwa K, Rosales M, Lai L, Weitzel JN. (2013). Depressive Symptomatology among Latina Breast Cancer Survivors. Psycho-Oncology, 22(4): 845-53
48. Ashing-Giwa K. & Rosales, M. A Cross-Cultural Validation of Patient Reported Outcomes Measures: A Study of Breast Cancers Survivors. Quality of Life Research. 2012, Published online ahead of print; DOI 10.1007/s11136-012-0140-8.
49. Ashing-Giwa K, Rosales, M.(2013). Examining Patient Reported Evaluation of Therapeutic Care Delay Among Latina- and European-American Cervical Cancer Survivors. Gynecologic Oncology. 128 (2), 160-165. PMCID:NA
50. Ragin C, Ashing-Giwa K. HPV knowledge and Screening in African American and Afro-Caribbean. Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology. In Press
51. Ashing-Giwa, K; Tapp, C; Brown, S.; Smith, J; Fulcher, G;  Mitchell, E; Santifer, R.H; McDowell, K; Martin, V; Betts-Turner, B; Carter, D.; Adkins-Jackson, P;  & Rosales, M. "Are Survivorship Care Plans Responsive to African American Breast Cancer Survivors?": Voices of Survivors and Advocates, Journal of Cancer Survivorship. 2013(7):283-291
52. Blackman, E; Ashing, K; & Ragin,C  Multi-center Study of Human Papillomavirus and the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine: Knowledge and Attitudes Among People of African Descent. In Press
53. Rosales M, & Ashing K, Napoles A. Quality of Cancer Follow-up Care: A Focus on Latina Breast Cancer Survivors. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. In Press PMCID: Not applicable
54. Ashing-Giwa, K. & Rosales, M. A Telephonic-Based Trial to Reduce Depressive Symptoms among Latina Breast Cancer Survivors. In Press. Psycho-Oncology.
55. Ashing, K., M. Rosales, et al. "Developing a Treatment Summary and Survivorship Care Plan Responsive to Spanish Language Preferred Latina Breast Cancer Survivors". In Press
56. Ashing, K., S. Brown, et al. "Developing a Treatment Summary and Survivorship Care Plan Responsive to African-American Breast Cancer Survivors." In Press


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    1500 East Duarte Road
    Duarte, CA 91010


Book Chapters
1. Wyatt, G., Myers, H., Ashing-Giwa, K., & Durvasula, R. The Socio-cultural Factors in Sexual Risk-Taking Among Black Women and Men. The Black Family: Essays and Studies, 6th edition. In R. Staples (Ed.).  Belmont, CA.: Wadsworth Publications. 1998.
2. Taylor, S., Parks, C., Shorter-Gooden, K., Johnson, P., Burke, E., Ashing, KT et al., In and Out of the Classroom: A Model for Multicultural Training in Clinical Psychology. In E. Davis-Russell (Ed.) The California School of Professional Psychology Handbook on Multicultural Education, Research, Intervention, & Training. San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass Publishers, Inc. 2002.
3. Padilla G, Kagawa-Singer M, Ashing-Giwa K. Quality of Life: from Nursing and Patient Perspectives. In King C and Hinds P. (Eds.) Quality of Life, health and Culture. Boston, MA: Jones and Barlett. 2011.
4. Ashing-Giwa K, et al., Psycho-educational intervention among underserved cervical cancer survivors. In Elk R. and Landrine H. (Eds.) Cancer Disparities: Causes and Evidence-Based Solutions. NY:Springer. 2012
5. Costantini A, Navarra C, Ashing-Giwa K .Sexuality and Gender: Psychosocial Implications in Cancer Patients: A Multicultural Perspective.  Grassi L and Riba M. (Eds.) Clinical Psycho-Oncology: An International Perspective", John Wiley and Sons. 2012
6. Ashing-Giwa K, et al., Physical Quality of Life Among Breast Cancer Survivors. In: Michalos, AC (ed.) Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research.  Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2012.