Uyen H. Kao, M.P.H.


Associate Director, Combination Prevention Core



Ms. Kao’s work focuses on the facilitation of the use of evidence-based practices and prevention interventions in public health and in real-world practice settings.  She has over eight years of experience in research as a Project Director, managing IRB regulations, quality assurance, data collection, recruitment, enrollment, data analysis, and manuscript preparation.  Among the projects she has managed, but not limited to, includes 1) a CHRP-funded study that examines the process of adapting evidence-based interventions into CBO settings; 2) a NIDA-funded research study that focuses on stimulant abuse effects on HIV and other health issues among gay and bisexual men; and 3) a technical assistance project that evaluates the coordination of HIV, STD, tuberculosis, and substance abuse in communities of color.  In addition, she has conducted systematic reviews of the evidence regarding methamphetamine abuse research and treatment for the Cochrane Collaboration Drugs and Alcohol Group.  Ms. Kao provides direct consultations with health departments and CBOs on identifying, designing, implementing, and evaluating HIV programs.   She is actively involved with the local community planning group and assisting them in the development of HIV prevention recommendations for various subpopulations.  Additionally, she manages the Data and Safety Monitoring Board for Addiction Medicine, which provides clinical oversight to over 25 trials.


M.P.H., Community Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles California, US
B.S., Biology, University of California, Los Angeles California, US

Research and Interests:

HIV/AIDS, community engagement, translational science