Kimlin Ashing, Ph.D.

Research Focus
  • Care and Outcomes Disparities
  • Psychosocial Outcomes in Underserved Minorities
  • Community-based Participatory Research

Kimlin Ashing, Ph.D., professor and director of City of Hope’s Center of Community Alliance for Research and Education (CCARE), is a researcher focused on improving and expanding care for underserved populations. She is currently conducting several studies relevant to access to care, and recently completed a pilot study on cervical cancer related stigma that also implemented a multi-channel media intervention to increase Pap testing in Trinidad and Southern California. She is focused on cervical cancer research program towards the development of effective, culturally and socioecologically responsive interventions to address stigma and other barriers to cervical cancer prevention and control. 

Dr. Ashing has almost 20 years experience in health disparities, behavioral health, minority engagement in research and cancer related population outcomes research. She has published seminal work on the inclusion of cultural, social and ecological domains in investigating patient centered outcomes with a focus on health disparities and increasing recruitment/retention of minority populations in research.

Dr. Ashing is a licensed clinical psychologist and draws from behavioral, psychological and social theories and practice for her overall work. She has served as ad hoc member of various NIH health grant reviews focused on  disparities research, and her current and completed studies have been funded by the American Cancer Society, California Cancer Research Program, Komen Foundation and the Department of Defense, and she is co-investigator or consultant on three NIH funded studies.

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


My studies have demonstrated the following key findings relevant to health related quality of life outcomes. My work is seminal and informs the health related quality of life research relevant to ethnic and linguistic minorities: 

My early work showed the contributions of socioecological and cultural dimension of health related quality of life and survivorship outcomes:

  • Ashing-Giwa K & Lim JW. (2008). Predicting Health-related Quality of Life: Testing the Contextual Model using Structural Equation Modeling. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 3(3), 215-230.
  • Ashing-Giwa K, Kim J, & Tejero J.  (2008). Measuring Quality of Life among Cervical Cancer Survivors: Preliminary Assessment of Instrumentation Validity in a Cross-Cultural Study.  Quality of Life Research, 17(1), 147-57.
  • Kagawa-Singer, M., Padilla G.V., & Ashing-Giwa, K. (2010). Health-Related Quality of Life and Culture, Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 26(1), 59-67.
  • Ashing-Giwa K, Lim JW, & Gonzalez P. (2010). Exploring the Relationship between Physical well-being and Healthy Lifestyle Changes among European- and Latina-American Breast and Cervical Cancer Survivors. Psycho-Oncology, 19, 1161-70.

My ongoing investigations focusing on health disparities in cancer, at the systemic level, including my studies demonstrating diagnostic and therapeutic delays in underserved populations:

  • Ashing-Giwa K, Gonzalez P, Lim JW, Cathie Chung, Benjamin Paz, George Somlo, & Mark T. Wakabayashi. (2010). Diagnostic and Therapeutic Delays Among a Multiethnic Sample of Breast and Cervical Cancer Survivors. Cancer, 116(13), 3195-3204.
  • Ashing-Giwa K, Lim JW, & Tang J. (2010). Surviving cervical cancer: does health related quality of life influence survival? Gynecologic Oncology, 118(1), 35-42.
  • Akmal Y, Lee W, Mailey B. Ashing-Giwa K, et al. (2012). Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Outcomes with Chemoradiation Therapy for Rectal Adenocarcinoma. International Journal of Colorectal Disease, 27(6), 737-49.
  • 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), 160-5.

My studies have demonstrated that there exist persistent health-related quality of life (HRQOL) concerns with differential outcomes among multi-ethnic cancer survivors.

  • Ashing-Giwa K & Lim JW. (2011). Health-related Quality of Life Outcomes among Cervical Cancer Survivors: Examining Ethnic and Linguistic Differences. Cancer Epidemiology, 35(2), 194-201.
  • Ashing, K., Rosales, M., Lai, L., & Hurria, A. (2014). Occurrence of comorbidities among African-American and Latina breast cancer survivors. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 8(2), 312-318
  • Lim JW & Ashing-Giwa K. (2015). Examining the Effect of Minority Status and Neighborhood Characteristics on Cervical Cancer Survival Outcomes. Gynecologic Oncology, 121 (1), 87-93.
  • Pisu M, Ashing K et al. (2015). Economic Hardship of Minority and Non-minority Cancer Survivors One Year After Diagnosis: Another Long Term Effect of Cancer? Cancer, 121(8), 1257-64. PMCID: PMC4393356

Dr. Ashing and CCARE implements studies investigating the benefit of culturally and clinically responsive interventions with African-American and Latina-American cancer survivors. The results are encouraging and provide evidence that culturally, socially and clinically responsive educational interventions are effective.

  • Ashing-Giwa K. (2008). Enhancing physical well-being and overall quality of life among underserved   Latina- American cervical cancer survivors: feasibility study. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 2(3), 215-223.
  • Ashing KT & Miller AM. (2015). Assessing the utility of a telephonically delivered psychoeducational intervention to improve health-related quality of life in African American breast cancer survivors: A pilot trial. Psycho-Oncology, DOI: 10.1002/pon.3823
  • Ashing K, Miller A & Katuli S. A Pilot, Telephonic-Based Trial to Improve Emotional well-being among African American Breast Cancer Survivors. Psychooncology, In Press.
  • Ashing K, Carrington, Ragin C, Katuli S, Roach V. Feasibility study: An Implementation Intervention to Reduce Stigma and Increased Pap Testing in Trinidad and Southern California. Cancer Causes and Control, In Press.
  • Ashing K, Carrington, Ragin C, Katuli S, Roach V. Examining the role of Knowledge and Stigma in Influencing HPV Vaccine Acceptability among Black Women in the U.S. and Trinidad. Health Communications, In Press.

Central to our mission is the engagement of ethnic minority in the scientific arena including clinical trials, biospecimen, population and behavioral research. We work to build capacity and infrastructure among our members to be well equip to partner in research and projects, as well as engage communities in cancer research, including cervical cancer studies, to speed up our understanding of cancer prevention and control, and the benefit of science in our communities to reduce health disparities and bring health equity. Further, Dr. Ashing at COH united eight community based advocacy and cancer supportive organization to form the African American Cancer Coalition (AACC). The AACC is a collaborative group made up of active, independent grass-roots community organizations who have joined forces using community participatory research principles (CPR) to examine and improve prevention practices, survivorship and health related quality of life outcomes among African Descended peoples.

  • Ashing-Giwa K. (1999). The recruitment of breast cancer survivors into cancer control studies: a focus on African-American women. Journal of the National Medical Association, 91(5), 255-260.
  • Blackman E, Thurman N, Halliday D, Butler R, Francis D, Joseph M, Thompson J, Akers A, Andraos-Selim C, Bondzi C, Taioli E, Hagan KL, Jones EA, Jones J, Moss CM, Smith AC, Ashing KT, Ragin CC. (2013). Multi-center Study of Human Papillomavirus and the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine: Knowledge and Attitudes Among People of African Descent. Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2013, 428582.
  • Ashing K, Rosales M, & Fernandez A. (2015). Exploring the influence of demographic and medical characteristics of African-American and Latinas on enrollment in a behavioral intervention study for breast cancer survivors. Quality of Life Research, 24(20), 445-54.
  • Ashing K, et al. (2014). Nurturing Advocacy Inclusion to Bring Health Equity in Breast Cancer among African Descended Women. Breast Cancer Management, 3(6), 487-495.


  • American Psycho-Oncology Society: Board of Directors & Co-Chair, Health Disparities Interest Group
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Association of Cancer Researchers
  • Association of Black Psychologists
  • AC3 African Caribbean Cancer Consortium


  • 2012 Nominee Woman of the Year Award, Los Angeles County
  • 2011 Women in Achievement Award
  • 2011 California Breast Cancer Research Program Faith Fancher Research Award
  • 2010 Women in Achievement: 57th Assemble District, State of California
  • 2010 Los Angeles County Commendation for Community Health Affairs
  • 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
  • Who’s Who in Los Angeles
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