Uyen H. Kao, M.P.H.

Titles:

Associate Director, Combination Prevention Core

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Biography:

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 14 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 a CHRP-funded study that examines the process of adapting evidence-based interventions into CBO settings; a NIDA-funded research study that focuses on stimulant abuse effects on HIV and other health issues among gay and bisexual men; and a CDC-funded 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 on stimulant abuse research and treatment for the Cochrane Collaboration Drugs and Alcohol Group and for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Currently, she is working on a SAMSHA-funded project integrating behavioral health services into HIV primary care and a CDC-funded project providing technical consultation and training to local and state health departments across the U.S. She works closely with local HIV services organizations, the community planning group, as well as various community-led task forces and coalitions, assisting them with grant writing, process management, event coordination/fundraising, program planning and development, evaluation, data analysis, and quality assurance. Additionally, she manages the UCLA Data and Safety Monitoring Board for the Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine, which has provided clinical oversight and safety monitoring to over 40 Phase I and II trials since 2005.

Education:

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