Faculty ProfilesAnna Napoles, PhD, MPH
3333 Calif. St,Laurel Heights
San Francisco, CA 94118
Anna María Nápoles, PhD, MPH, is a Professor and behavioral epidemiologist in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She is affiliated with the UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities where she leads the Community Liaison Core and Co-leads the Analysis Core, and Redes en Acción: The National Latino Cancer Research Network. Her research focuses on psycho-oncology, patient-clinician communication, cancer health disparities, and community-based models of research in ethnically and socioeconomically diverse groups. She has built community-academic research partnerships to develop and test evidence-based behavioral interventions for ethnically diverse adults in community-based settings. Her current research involves developing and testing community-based interventions to improve symptom management and quality-of-life among ethnically diverse breast cancer patients. Presently, she is working on two community-based randomized controlled trials, one testing a peer-delivered cognitive-behavioral stress management intervention for Latinas with breast cancer called Nuevo Amanecer, and another examining the effects of community choirs on the health and well-being of ethnically diverse older adults.
Breast cancer, Cancer health disparities, Cancer survivorship, Community-based participatory research, Implementation Science, Interdisciplinary research collaboration, Migrants/refugees, Older adults, People with limited English proficiency, Psycho-oncology, Socioeconomically marginalized groupsRelated Web Sites
Recent Articles (51)
Valdez A, Napoles AM, Stewart SL, Garza A. A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Cervical Cancer Education Intervention for Latinas Delivered Through Interactive, Multimedia Kiosks. J Cancer Educ. 2018 Feb; 33(1):222-230.
Nápoles AM, Santoyo-Olsson J, Stewart AL, Ortiz C, García-Jímenez M. Evaluating the Implementation of a Translational Peer-Delivered Stress Management Program for Spanish-Speaking Latina Breast Cancer Survivors. J Cancer Educ. 2017 Mar 08.
Vijayaraghavan M, Yuan P, Gregorich S, Lum P, Appelle N, Napoles AM, Kalkhoran S, Satterfield J. Disparities in receipt of 5As for smoking cessation in diverse primary care and HIV clinics. Prev Med Rep. 2017 Jun; 6:80-87.
Ramirez J, Elmofty M, Castillo E, DeRouen M, Shariff-Marco S, Allen L, Gomez SL, Nápoles AM, Márquez-Magaña L. Evaluation of cortisol and telomere length measurements in ethnically diverse women with breast cancer using culturally sensitive methods. J Community Genet. 2017 Apr; 8(2):75-86.
Nápoles AM, Appelle N, Kalkhoran S, Vijayaraghavan M, Alvarado N, Satterfield J. Perceptions of clinicians and staff about the use of digital technology in primary care: qualitative interviews prior to implementation of a computer-facilitated 5As intervention. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2016 Apr 19; 16:44.
Ashing KT, Loscalzo M, Burhansstipanov L, Wang JH, Napoles A. Attending to Distress as part of quality, comprehensive cancer care: Gaps and Diversity Considerations. Expert Rev Qual Life Cancer Care. 2016; 1(4):257-259.
Echeverri M, Anderson D, Nápoles AM. Cancer Health Literacy Test-30-Spanish (CHLT-30-DKspa), a New Spanish-Language Version of the Cancer Health Literacy Test (CHLT-30) for Spanish-Speaking Latinos. J Health Commun. 2016; 21 Suppl 1:69-78.
Sternberg RM, Nápoles AM, Gregorich S, Paul S, Lee KA, Stewart AL. Development of the Stress of Immigration Survey: A Field Test Among Mexican Immigrant Women. Fam Community Health. 2016 Jan-Mar; 39(1):40-52.
Kaplan CP, Nápoles A, Davis S, Lopez M, Pasick RJ, Livaudais-Toman J, Pérez-Stable EJ. Latinos and Cancer Information: Perspectives of Patients, Health Professionals and Telephone Cancer Information Specialists. J Health Dispar Res Pract. 2016; 9(2):154-167.
Nápoles AM, Santoyo-Olsson J, Karliner LS, Gregorich SE, Pérez-Stable EJ. Inaccurate Language Interpretation and Its Clinical Significance in the Medical Encounters of Spanish-speaking Latinos. Med Care. 2015 Nov; 53(11):940-7.
Johnson JK, Nápoles AM, Stewart AL, Max WB, Santoyo-Olsson J, Freyre R, Allison TA, Gregorich SE. Study protocol for a cluster randomized trial of the Community of Voices choir intervention to promote the health and well-being of diverse older adults. BMC Public Health. 2015 Oct 13; 15:1049.
Kaplan CP, Nápoles AM, Narine S, Gregorich S, Livaudais-Toman J, Nguyen T, Leykin Y, Roach M, Small EJ. Knowledge and attitudes regarding clinical trials and willingness to participate among prostate cancer patients. Contemp Clin Trials. 2015 Nov; 45(Pt B):443-448.
Gonzalez P, Nuñez A, Wang-Letzkus M, Lim JW, Flores KF, Nápoles AM. Coping with breast cancer: Reflections from Chinese American, Korean American, and Mexican American women. Health Psychol. 2016 Jan; 35(1):19-28.
Gonzales FA, Hurtado-de-Mendoza A, Santoyo-Olsson J, Nápoles AM. Do coping strategies mediate the effects of emotional support on emotional well-being among Spanish-speaking Latina breast cancer survivors? Psychooncology. 2016 Nov; 25(11):1286-1292.
Kalkhoran S, Appelle NA, Napoles AM, Munoz RF, Lum PJ, Alvarado N, Gregorich SE, Satterfield JM. Beyond the Ask and Advise: Implementation of a Computer Tablet Intervention to Enhance Provider Adherence to the 5As for Smoking Cessation. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2016 Jan; 60:91-100.
Nápoles AM, Ortíz C, Santoyo-Olsson J, Stewart AL, Gregorich S, Lee HE, Durón Y, McGuire P, Luce J. Nuevo Amanecer: results of a randomized controlled trial of a community-based, peer-delivered stress management intervention to improve quality of life in Latinas with breast cancer. Am J Public Health. 2015 Jul; 105 Suppl 3:e55-63.
Nápoles AM, Santoyo-Olsson J, Stewart AL, Olmstead J, Gregorich SE, Farren G, Cabral R, Freudman A, Pérez-Stable EJ. Physician counseling on colorectal cancer screening and receipt of screening among Latino patients. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Apr; 30(4):483-9.
Cupertino AP, Saint-Elin M, de Los Rios JB, Engelman KK, Greiner KA, Ellerbeck EF, Nápoles AM. Empowering Promotores de Salud as partners in cancer education and research in rural southwest Kansas. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2015 Jan; 42(1):15-22.
Rush CL, Darling M, Elliott MG, Febus-Sampayo I, Kuo C, Muñoz J, Duron Y, Torres M, Galván CC, Gonzalez F, Caicedo L, Nápoles A, Jensen RE, Anderson E, Graves KD. Engaging Latina cancer survivors, their caregivers, and community partners in a randomized controlled trial: Nueva Vida intervention. Qual Life Res. 2015 May; 24(5):1107-18.
García-Jimenez M, Santoyo-Olsson J, Ortiz C, Lahiff M, Sokal-Gutierrez K, Nápoles AM. Acculturation, inner peace, cancer self-efficacy, and self-rated health among Latina breast cancer survivors. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2014 Nov; 25(4):1586-602.
Brewster PW, Melrose RJ, Marquine MJ, Johnson JK, Napoles A, MacKay-Brandt A, Farias S, Reed B, Mungas D. Life experience and demographic influences on cognitive function in older adults. Neuropsychology. 2014 Nov; 28(6):846-58.
Kwan CM, Napoles AM, Chou J, Seligman HK. Development of a conceptually equivalent Chinese-language translation of the US Household Food Security Survey Module for Chinese immigrants to the USA - Corrigendum. Public Health Nutr. 2015 Feb; 18(2):378.
Kwan CM, Napoles AM, Chou J, Seligman HK. Development of a conceptually equivalent Chinese-language translation of the US Household Food Security Survey Module for Chinese immigrants to the USA. Public Health Nutr. 2015 Feb; 18(2):242-50.
Nápoles AM, Santoyo-Olsson J, Ortiz C, Gregorich S, Lee HE, Duron Y, Graves K, Luce JA, McGuire P, Díaz-Méndez M, Stewart AL. Randomized controlled trial of Nuevo Amanecer: a peer-delivered stress management intervention for Spanish-speaking Latinas with breast cancer. Clin Trials. 2014 Apr; 11(2):230-8.
Livaudais-Toman J, Burke NJ, Napoles A, Kaplan CP. Health Literate Organizations: Are Clinical Trial Sites Equipped to Recruit Minority and Limited Health Literacy Patients? J Health Dispar Res Pract. 2014; 7(4):1-13.
López ME, Kaplan CP, Nápoles AM, Hwang ES, Livaudais JC, Karliner LS. Satisfaction with treatment decision-making and treatment regret among Latinas and non-Latina whites with DCIS. Patient Educ Couns. 2014 Jan; 94(1):83-9.
Ramirez AG, Pérez-Stable EJ, Talavera GA, Penedo FJ, Carrillo JE, Fernandez ME, Muñoz E, Long Parma D, Holden AE, San Miguel de Majors S, Nápoles A, Castañeda SF, Gallion KJ. Time to definitive diagnosis of breast cancer in Latina and non-Hispanic white women: the six cities study. Springerplus. 2013 Dec; 2(1):84.
Kaplan CP, Nápoles AM, Dohan D, Shelley Hwang E, Melisko M, Nickleach D, Quinn JA, Haas J. Clinical trial discussion, referral, and recruitment: physician, patient, and system factors. Cancer Causes Control. 2013 May; 24(5):979-88.
López ME, Kaplan CP, Nápoles AM, Livaudais JC, Hwang ES, Stewart SL, Bloom J, Karliner L. Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS): posttreatment follow-up care among Latina and non-Latina White women. J Cancer Surviv. 2013 Jun; 7(2):219-26.
Sereno AB, Soares EC, Lapa E Silva JR, Nápoles AM, Bialous SA, Costa E Silva VL, Novotny TE. Feasibility study of a smoking cessation intervention in Directly Observed Therapy Short-Course tuberculosis treatment clinics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2012 Dec; 32(6):451-6.
Bloom JR, Stewart SL, Napoles AM, Hwang ES, Livaudais JC, Karliner L, Kaplan CP. Quality of life of Latina and Euro-American women with ductal carcinoma in situ. Psychooncology. 2013 May; 22(5):1008-16.
Santoyo-Olsson J, Phan L, Stewart AL, Kaplan C, Moreno-John G, Nápoles AM. A randomized trial to assess the effect of a research informational pamphlet on telephone survey completion rates among older Latinos. Contemp Clin Trials. 2012 Jul; 33(4):624-7.
Livaudais JC, Hwang ES, Karliner L, Nápoles A, Stewart S, Bloom J, Kaplan CP. Adjuvant hormonal therapy use among women with ductal carcinoma in situ. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2012 Jan; 21(1):35-42.
Kaplan CP, Karliner LS, Hwang ES, Bloom J, Stewart S, Nickleach D, Quinn J, Thrasher A, Nápoles AM. The effect of system-level access factors on receipt of reconstruction among Latina and white women with DCIS. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2011 Oct; 129(3):909-17.
Nápoles AM, Santoyo-Olsson J, Farren G, Olmstead J, Cabral R, Ross B, Gregorich SE, Stewart AL. The patient-reported Clinicians' Cultural Sensitivity Survey: a field test among older Latino primary care patients. Health Expect. 2012 Mar; 15(1):63-77.
Kaplan CP, Nápoles AM, Hwang ES, Bloom J, Stewart S, Nickleach D, Karliner L. Selection of treatment among Latina and non-Latina white women with ductal carcinoma in situ. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2011 Feb; 20(2):215-23.
Sarkar U, Schillinger D, Bibbins-Domingo K, Nápoles A, Karliner L, Pérez-Stable EJ. Patient-physicians' information exchange in outpatient cardiac care: time for a heart to heart? Patient Educ Couns. 2011 Nov; 85(2):173-9.
Napoles AM, Chadiha L, Eversley R, Moreno-John G. Reviews: developing culturally sensitive dementia caregiver interventions: are we there yet? Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2010 Aug; 25(5):389-406.
Nápoles AM, Santoyo-Olsson J, Karliner LS, O'Brien H, Gregorich SE, Pérez-Stable EJ. Clinician ratings of interpreter mediated visits in underserved primary care settings with ad hoc, in-person professional, and video conferencing modes. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2010 Feb; 21(1):301-17.
Nápoles AM, Gregorich SE, Santoyo-Olsson J, O'Brien H, Stewart AL. Interpersonal processes of care and patient satisfaction: do associations differ by race, ethnicity, and language? Health Serv Res. 2009 Aug; 44(4):1326-44.
Nápoles-Springer AM, Ortíz C, O'Brien H, Díaz-Méndez M. Developing a culturally competent peer support intervention for Spanish-speaking Latinas with breast cancer. J Immigr Minor Health. 2009 Aug; 11(4):268-80.
Nápoles-Springer AM, Livaudais JC, Bloom J, Hwang S, Kaplan CP. Information exchange and decision making in the treatment of Latina and white women with ductal carcinoma in situ. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2007; 25(4):19-36.