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Grace X. Ma

Grace X. Ma Temple University Department of Public Health
Laura H. Carnell Professor of Public Health
Director, Center for Asian Health


1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Ritter Annex, 9th floor (004-09)
Philadelphia, PA  19122
Office: 215-204-5108  
Fax: 215-204-1854


Dr. Grace X. Ma is a tenured full Professor in the Department of Public Health and Director of Center for Asian Health, College of Health Professions at Temple University. As a behavioral health scientist, Dr. Ma’s research focuses on community-based participatory intervention research (CBPR), early detection, patient navigation of Hepatitis B, cancers and chronic illnesses, smoking cessation, access and quality of healthcare in medically underserved, uninsured and high-risk Asian American populations. In 2000, Dr. Ma founded the Center for Asian Health, one of the first in the nation dedicated to reducing cancer and other health disparities among Asian Americans. Dr. Ma in partnership with Asian community leaders co-founded the first Asian Community Health Coalition (ACHC) in the Eastern region of the U.S., including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York City and Washington DC areas. Over the past decade, Dr. Ma has received over 55 grant awards from various sources, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to conduct research in her expertise areas. Dr. Ma’s research collaboration extends to the Southeast and Southwest regions of China. This international component of her research focuses on longitudinal studies of tobacco and cancer control in China. Dr. Ma has authored and co-authored 5 books, over 120 peer-reviewed publications and delivered over 480 professional presentations at regional, national and international conferences. The impacts of these publications and presentations are reflected in public health academic teaching and mentorship, research and practices, as well as in Asian and minority healthcare policies and programs in the United States.

Dr. Ma has taught graduate courses in public health, substance abuse and addiction, research methods, and behavioral health, among others. Dr. Ma has trained and mentored over 115 junior researchers. Among them, 22 post-doctoral fellows/junior faculty; 51 pre-doctoral and doctoral fellows in dissertations; 30 masters fellows in theses and interns.

Dr. Ma has served on numerous scientific advisory boards in cancer, Hepatitis B, tobacco control, diabetes and other chronic disease issues. She has also served on national, state and community health advisory boards. She is an active member of numerous public health professional associations, journal editorial boards, national and statewide tobacco and cancer control plans. Dr. Ma, a nationally and internationally recognized scholar has received numerous distinguished awards from academic institutions, scientific associations, and NIH and community organizations that include 2013 recognition by National Cancer Institute-CRCHD for her outstanding contributions and achievements in research, prevention and training initiatives that address cancer health disparities among Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders(AAPIs) during AAPI Heritage month of may; 2010 Partnership Award by Nanjing Cancer Survivors Association, Nanjing, China; 2009 Outstanding Scientific Publication Award by NCI-CRCHD, NIH; 2009 Outstanding Health Leadership Award from Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and Chinese Community Center, Inc. NYC; 2008 Distinguished Asian Health Leader Award from Penn Asian Senior Services; 2006 NYC Chinese Community Cultural Center’s Asian Health Leadership Award; 2005 National Institutes of Health’s Martin Luther King Award in Reducing Health Disparities; 2004 NCI-CRCHD Community Healthcare Leadership Award; and 2001 NCI’s Atlantic Region Cancer Information Service award.

Course Involvement

Syllabi for all courses taught at Temple

Advanced Research Methods in Public Health

The Foundations of Public Health Education

Health Program Planning and Evaluation

History and Bioethics in Public Health and Medicine

Introduction to Health Professions

Doctoral Pre-Dissertation Research in Public Health

Addictions and Dependencies (Substance Abuse)

Health Promotion, Wellness, and Holistic Health

Social Change and Community Health


Ma, G.X., Wang, M.Q., Ma, X.S, Shive, S., Tan, Y., Toubbeh, J. (2013) Pathways of Cervical Cancer Screening among Chinese Women. International J of Women’s Health. Jun 24;5:351-9.

Ma, G.X., Wang, M.Q., Ma, X.S., Kim, G., Toubbeh, J.I., Shive, S.E. (2013) The Sociocultural Health Behavioral Model and Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Screening among Chinese Americans. Journal of the Nursing Education and Practice Vol. 3, No. 7

Ma, G.X., Fang, C., Wang, M.Q., Shive, S., Ma, X.S. (2013) Pathways of Breast Cancer Screening among Chinese American Women. J Community Med Health Education 3:209. 

Kwon, H.T., Ma, G.X., Gold, R.S., Atkinson, N.L. (2013) Primary Care Physicians’ Cancer Screening Recommendation Practices and Perceptions of Cancer Risk of Asian Americans. Asian Pacific J Cancer Prev, 14 (3), 1999-2004

Ma, G.X., Shive, S., Ma, X.S., Zhai, C.K., Toubbeh, J.T., Tan, Y., & Lan, Y.J (2013). Social influences on cigarette smoking among Mainland Chinese and Chinese Americans: A comparative study. American J of Health Studies. 28(1)

Strong, C, Ji, CS, Liang, W, Ma, G.X., Brown, R, Wang, J. H. (2013) Heterogeneous Demographic and Cultural Profiles of Non-adherent Chinese-American Patientsto Colorectal Cancer Screening: A Latent Class Analysis. Cancer Nursing 2013 Mar 20. 

Lee, S., Chen, L., Ma,G.X., Fang, C. Oh, Y., Scully, L. (2013) Challenges and Needs of Chinese and Korean American Breast Cancer Survivors: In-Depth Interviews. North American Journal of Medical Sciences (NAJMS) N A J Med Sci. 2013; 6(1):1-8.

Ma, G.X., Gao, W., Fang, C.Y., Tan, Y., Feng, Z, Ge, S., Nguyen J.A. (2013) Health beliefs associated with cervical cancer screening among Vietnamese Americans. Journal of Women’s Health. 2013 Mar;22(3):276-88.

Ma, G.X., Fang, C.Y., Feng, Z, Tan, Y., Gao, W., Ge, S., Nguyen, C. (2012) Correlates of Cervical Cancer Screening (Pap Testing) among Vietnamese American Women. Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology Volume 2012, Article ID 617234, 11 pages.

Lee, S., Ma, G.X., Fang, C., Chen, L. (2012) What is Lacking in Patient-Physician Communication: Perspectives from Asian American Breast Cancer Patients and Oncologists.  Journal of Behavioral Health.  2012; 1(2): 102-109.

Ma, G.X., Gao, W., Lee, S., Wang, MQ, Tan, Y., Shive, S. (2012) Health Seeking Behavioral Analysis Associated with Breast Cancer Screening among Asian American Women. International Journal of Women’s Health. 2012:4 235-243.

Ma, G. X, Shive , S. E., Gao, W., Tan Y., & Wang, M. Q. (2012). Prostate Cancer Screening among Chinese American Men: A Structural Model. Am J Health Behav. 2012 Jul;36(4):495-504.

Ma, G. X., Gao, W., Tan, Y., Chae, W. K., & Rhee, J. (2012) A Community-Based Participatory Approach to a Hepatitis B Intervention for Korean Americans. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. Spring 2012 6(1) : 7-16.

Ma, G.X., Wang, M.Q., Toubbeh, J.I., Tan, Y., Shive, S., Wu, D. (2012) Factors Associated with Colorectal Cancer Screening among Four Ethnic Groups. North American Journal of Medicine and Science (NAJMS) 5(1): 1-8.

Ma, G. X., Yin, L. H., Gao, W., Tan, Y., Liu, R., Fang, C. Y., & Ma, X. S. (2012). Workplace-Based Breast Cancer Screening Intervention in China. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention 21(2); 358–67.

Kim, G., Chiriboga, D. A., Bryant, A. N., Huang, C.-H., Crowther, M., & Ma, G. X. (2012). Self-rated mental health among Asian American adults: Association with psychiatric disorders. Asian American Journal of Psychology.  Vol. 3, No. 1, 44-52.

Braun, K.L., Nguyen, T.T., Tanjasiri, S.P., Campbell, J., Heiney, S.P., Brandt, H.M., Smith, S.A., Blumenthal, D.S., Hargreaves, M., Coe, K., Ma, G.X., Kenerson, D., Patel, K., Tsark, J., Hébert, J.R. (2012) Operationalization of Community-Based Participatory Research Principles: Assessment of the National Cancer Institute's Community Network Programs. American Journal of Public Health: June 2012, Vol. 102, No. 6, pp. 1195-1203.

Ma, G. X., Wang, M. Q., Lee, S., Tan, Y., Gao, W., Ma, X.S., & Toubbeh, J. I. (2011). Role of Sociocultural Factors in Hepatitis B Screening Among Asian Americans. Southern Medical Journal, 104(7), 466-472.

Fang, C. Y., Ma, G. X., & Tan, Y. (2011). Overcoming barriers to cervical cancer screening among Asian American women.  North American Journal of Medicine and Science, 4(2), 77-83.

Lee, S., Ma, G. X., Juon, H. S., Martinez, G., Hsu, C. E., & Bawa, J. (2011). Assessing the Needs and Guiding the Future: Findings from focus groups of 13 Asian American communities of Maryland in the United States. J Immigrant Minority Health. 13(2):395-401.

Scarinci, I., Garcia, F. A., Kobetz, E., Partridge, E. E., Brandt, H. M., Bell, M., Walls, T., Ma, G. X., Gaye, J. L., & Castle, P. E. (2010). Cervical Cancer Prevention: New Tools and Old Barriers. Cancer. 116(11):2531-42.

Ma, G. X., Tan, Y.,Wang, M. Q., Yuan, Y., Chae, W. G. (2010). Hepatitis B Screening Compliance and Non-Compliance among Chinese, Koreans, Vietnamese and Cambodians. Clinical Medicine: Gastroenterology.3:1-10

Wang, X. Fang, C. Tan, Y. Liu, A. & Ma, G.X. (2010). Evidence-Based Intervention to Reduce Access Barriers to Cervical Cancer Screening among Underserved Chinese American Women. Journal of Women’s Health. 19(3):463-469.

Lee, S., Martinez, Ma, G.X., Hsu, C.E., Robinson, E.S., Bawa, J., Juon, H.S. (2010). Barriers to Health Care Access in 13 Asian American Communities. American Journal of Health Behavior.34(1):21-30.

Lee S, Ma G.X., Juon HS, Martinez G, Hsu CE, Bawa J. (2009). Assessing the Needs and Guiding the Future: Findings from focus groups of 13 Asian American communities. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health (Epub ahead of Print).

Wu, D., Ma. G.X., Zhou, K. Zhou, D, Liu, A. & Poon, A. (2009). The effect of a culturally tailored smoking cessation for Chinese American smokers. Nicotine & Tobacco. 11(12):1448-1457.

Ma, G.X., Toubbeh, J., Wang, M., Shive, S., Cooper, L. & Pham, A. (2009). Factors Associated with Cervical Cancer Screening Compliance and Noncompliance among Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Cambodian Women. Journal of National Medical Association. 101(6): 541-551

Lee, S., Juon, H.S, Martinez, G., Hsu C.E., Robinson, E.S., Bawa, J., Ma, G.X. (2009). Model Minority at Risk: Expressed Needs of Mental Health by Asian American Young Adults, Journal of Community Health. 34(2):144-52.

Ma, G.X., Poon, A. & Toubbeh, J. (2009). Diffusion of Philadelphia’s No-Smoking Policy to Chinese Businesses. American Journal of Health Studies. 23(4): 162-173.

Wang, C., Ma, G., Zhai, C., Cao, P., et al. (2009) Smoking status among urban family and the measures of smoking control. Journal of Hygiene Research. 38(1): 78-82.

Ma, G.X., Shive, E.S., Wang, M.Q., Tan, Y. (2009). Cancer Screening Behaviors and Barriers in Asian Americans. American Journal of Health Behavior.33 (6):650-660.

Ma, G.X. & Daus, G.P (2009). Health Interventions in Asian American Community in Trinh-Shevrin, C, Islam, N.S. & Rey, M.J (Eds). Asian American Communities and Health. Jossey-Bass, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Liang, W. Chen, M., Ma, G.X., Mandelblatt, J. (2008) Knowledge, Perceptions, and Communication about Colorectal Cancer Screening among Chinese American Primary Care Physicians. Clinical Medicine: Gastroenterology. 1:21-26.

Xie,Y., Ma, G. X., Lan, Y., Zhou, D., Shive, S., Luo., Zhong, F. (2008) Evaluation on effects on the interference in changing workers’ smoking related intention in workplaces in Chengdu. Modern Preventive Medicine. 35(3):517-519.

Ma, G. X., Shive, S., Toubbeh, J., Tan, Y, Zavislak, J., Wu, D. (2008). Knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of Chinese Hepatitis B screening and vaccination. American Journal of Health Behavior. 32(2):178-187.

Ma, G.X., Shive, E.S., Toubbeh, J., Tan, Y., Wang, M. (2007) Factors Associated With Mammography Compliance and Non-Compliance Among Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese And Cambodian Women. American Journal of Health Studies. 22(4):234-243.

Fang, C., Ma, G.X. Tan, Y., & Nungia, C. (2007). A multifaceted intervention to increase cervical cancer screening among underserved Korean women. Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. 16(6): 1298-302.

Ma, G.X., Fang, C., Shive, S., Toubbeh, J.I., & Siu, P. (2007). Risk perceptions, barriers, and self-efficacy of Hepatitis B screening and vaccination among Vietnamese immigrants. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 9(3):213-20.

Ma, G.X., Shive. S., Fang, C., Feng, Z., Parameswaran, L., Pham, A., & Khanh, C. (2007). Knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of Hepatitis B screening and vaccination and liver cancer among Vietnamese Americans. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 18: 63-74.

Ma, G.X., Tan, Y., Fang, C., Toubbeh, J.T., Shive, S. (2006) Passive smoke & its effect on Asian Americans. In Jeorgensen, N. (Ed), Passive smoke and health research. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Fang, C., Ma, G.X., Miller, S., Tan, Y., Zerr, T., Su, X., & Shive S. (2006). A brief smoking cessation intervention for Chinese and Korean American smokers. Preventive Medicine. 43: 321-324.

Ma, G.X., Fang, C., Knauer, C., Tan, Y., Shive, S. (2006). Tobacco dependence, risk perceptions and self-efficacy among Korean Americans smokers. Addictive Behaviors. 31: 1776-1784.

Su, X.F., Ma, G. X., Seals, B., Tan, Y., & Hausman A. (2006). Breast cancer early detection among Chinese women in the Philadelphia area. Journal of Women’s Health. 15(5): 507-519.

Ma, G.X., Tan, Y., Toubbeh, J. I., Edwards, R.L., Shive, S. E., Siu, P. Wang, P., & Fang, C. Y. (2006) ATECAR Special Population Network: A model for reducing Asian American cancer health disparities. Cancer. 107(S8):1995-2005.

Ma, G.X., Tan, Y., Fang, C., Toubbeh, J.I., & Shive, S.E. (2005). Knowledge, attitudes and behavior regarding secondhand smoke among Asian Americans. Preventive Medicine. 41: 446-453.

Ma, G.X., Tan, Y., Su, X.F., Toubbeh, J.I., Shive, S. & Lan, Y.J. (2005). Acculturation and smoking behaviors among Asian American populations. Health Education Research. 19(6): 615-625.

Ma, G.X., Toubbeh, J.I., Su, X.F., & Edwards, R.L. (2004). ATECAR: An Asian community-based participatory research model. Health Promotion Practice. 5(4): 382-394.

Ma, G.X., Shive, S.E., Tan, Y., Feeley, R. M. (2004). The impact of acculturation on smoking in Asian American homes. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 15(2): 267-280.

Ma, G.X., Fang, C.Y., Tan, Y. & Feeley, R.M. (2003). Perceptions of risks of smoking among Asian Americans. Preventive Medicine, 37(4), 349-355.

Ma, G. X. & Fleisher, L. (2003). Awareness of cancer information among Asian Americans. Journal of Community Health, 28(2), 115-130.

Ma, G.X., Tan, Y., Toubbeh, J.I., Su, X.F. (2003) Difference in stages of change of smoking behaviors among current smokers of four Asian American subgroups. Addictive Behaviors, 28(8), 1431-1439.

Grants & Contracts

Breast Cancer Early Detection at Community Health Centers in China (RO3), funded by NIH (Principal Investigator: Grace X. Ma, PhD)

Implement And Evaluate Appropriate Clinical Trial Intervention for Health Providers, funded by NIH-DHHS (Principal Investigator: Grace X. Ma, PhD) 

Dissemination of an Evidence-Based HepB Intervention to Korean Churches (R24), funded by NIH (Principal Investigator: Grace X. Ma, PhD)

Chinese Takeout Restaurants – Less Salt and Healthy Eating, funded by Philadelphia Department of Public Health (Principal Investigator: Grace X. Ma, PhD)

Strengthening Patient-Physician Communication Intervention, funded by NIH (Principal Investigator: Grace X. Ma, PhD)

Using Multilevel Intervention for Less Salt and Healthy Eating, funded by CDC (Principal Investigator: Grace X. Ma, PhD)

Biospecimen Research in Asian Communities, funded by NCI/NIH (Principal Investigator: Grace X. Ma, PhD)  

A Culturally Appropriate Cervical Cancer Intervention for Underserved Vietnamese Women (RO1), funded by NIH-DHHS (Principal Investigator: Grace X. Ma, PhD)

Asian Community Cancer Health Disparities Center (U54), funded by NIH-DHHS(Principal Investigator: Grace X. Ma, PhD)

ATECAR - Asian Community Cancer Network (U01), funded by NCI, NIH-DHHS (Principal Investigator: Grace X. Ma, PhD)

A Randomized Trial of HepB Screening and Vaccination in High Risk Vietnamese (RO1), funded by NIH-DHHS (Principal Investigator: Grace X. Ma, PhD)

A Physician-Based Trial to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening in Chinese (RO1), funded by NIH-DHHS, (Co-Principal Investigator: Grace X. Ma, PhD; Principal Investigator: Wenchi Liang, PhD)

Evidence-Based Breast Cancer Intervention for Asian American Women by Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure Philadelphia (Principal Investigator: Grace X. Ma, PhD)

CBPR Hepatitis B Intervention For Underserved Korean Americans (R24), funded NIH-DHHS (Principal Investigator: Grace X. Ma, PhD)

Facilitating cervical cancer intervention among underserved Korean American women funded by American Cancer Society (R01) (Co-Principal Investigator: Grace X. Ma, PhD; Principal Investigator: Carolyn Fang, PhD)

A RCT to Promote Mammography Adherence Among Chinese Immigrant Women, (R01 funded by NIH-DHHS (co-Investigator: Grace X. Ma, PhD; Principal Investigator: Judy Wang, PhD)


Behavioral Health Intervention Trials

Health Disparities/Transcultural Health Care (Asian Americans and Ethnic Minority Populations)

Cancer Prevention and Intervention (Hep-B Liver, Lung, Cervical, Breast, Colon Cancers, Clinical Trials)

Tobacco Control and Lung Cancer

Chronic Disease Intervention (Diabetes and Hypertension)

Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention

Public Health Education and Community Health

Health Promotion, Wellness, and Holistic Health

Perception, Risk and Protective Factors of Health Behaviors

Global or International Health

Translation Health Research

Clinical Interests

* Cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment and quality of care

Breast cancer

Cervical cancer

Colorectal cancer

Hepatitis B related liver cancer


* Smoking Cessation

* Chronic disease prevention and intervention treatment