Meet the MPI's

The objectives
of iCCaRE

is to fight prostate cancer in the Black community all over the world

Dr. Kimlin Tam Ashing


Dr. Kimlin Tam Ashing is Professor Beckman Research Institute, Associate Director of the Division of Health Equities and Founding Director of the Center of Community Alliance for Research and Education (CCARE) at City of Hope Medical Center. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. As an advocate-scientist, she is advancing population health science and practice. She is a Population, Behavioral Scientist working closely with multiethnic and multisectoral partners (e.g., behavioral, basic, clinical and translational scientists, molecular epidemiologists, geneticists and community partners) to develop and implement evidenced based, culturally, clinically and community responsive health improvement studies and interventions. Her mission is to conduct multidisciplinary, translational research while engaging advocates and civil society in science to speed-up and ensure the public benefit of biomedical research and advancements.

Dr. Ashing is a notable leader in examining health disparities, cancer inequities and survivorship. She has published over 100 articles and book chapters. In 2017, she coauthored Detecting and Living with Breast Cancer: for Dummies, Wiley, NY. Her scholarship is elucidating how cultural; ethnic; socio-ecological e.g., environmental, social strata, residential; structural and systemic contexts influence health and patient centered outcomes e.g., mortality, morbidity, distress, symptoms, quality of life and research participation. She applies this knowledge to implement interventions to improve well-being, reduce health inequities and increase diversity in research participation.

She is a community-minded researcher who is guided by the intersectionality of society, biology, culture, family and person. Her studies are multicultural with diverse ethnic groups, including African Americans; Afro-Caribbean Americans; Latino Americans; Chinese-, Japanese-, Filipino-, Korean- and European-Americans. As a woman of color raised in a multicultural (Chinese and Afro-Caribbean) and multilingual home, and the youngest of eight siblings, she recognized the salience of culture and context very early in her life. As the daughter of two former cancer survivors, and as a licensed Clinical Psychologist, she is compassionate and passionate about her work to reduce health inequities and cancer disparities and enhance health outcomes for underserved communities.

iCCaRE Pilot Projects

Pilot Project 1

will develop a Virtual Robot Assistant (ViRA) for Black men newly diagnosed        

Pilot Project 2

Will assess the impact of patient-centered home cancer care                                          

Pilot Project 3

Will develop ViRA to improve quality of life in Black prostate cancer survivors

Pilot Project 4

Will assess and address social determinants of health needs of sub-Saharan African immigrant prostate cancer survivors  

Pilot Project 5

Will explore how biological factors contribute to poor mental health of prostate cancer survivors