Speaker: Dr. Qian Lu

Time: 15:00 - 17:00, May 28th, 2019

Venue: #1113, Wangkezhen Building,Peking University

Abstract: Considerable cancer health disparities still exist and persist in the U.S. Elimination of health disparities requires a theoretically guided, multidimensional, culturally sensitive approach to illness prevention and behavioral intervention. Culture is the core and fundamental system of life, designed to ensure the survival and well-being of its members. As a result, culture is part of a complex system that is challenging to define and study. Using a contextual, ecologically derived, systems model to understand culture and to develop culturally sensitive intervention may be the key to reduce and eliminate health disparities. By focusing on understudied and underserved populations, this presentation aims to illustrate that contextual models hold the promise to build cultural competence and move the science forward to understand and eliminate health disparity in cancer. The presenter will first review psychosocial interventions among minority cancer survivors for the past 38 years, and then provide examples of using a community based participatory approach to develop and implement culturally sensitive interventions among Chinese American breast cancer survivors.

Bio: Dr. Qian Lu is a professor at Department of Health Disparities Research University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She completed a Ph.D. in Social and Health Psychology from the University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Lu’s research interest is to understand and promote health and well-being through biopsychosocial and cultural lens. She received Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology Award (Early Career) by American Psychological Association Division 38 (Health Psychology). She is a principal investigator of several NIH funded projects.

Host: Prof. Yiqun Gan