Alison Herrmann, PhD, MS
Alison Herrmann, PhD is an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management and Associate Director of the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity (Equity Center) in the Fielding School of Public Health. She is also Co-Director of Community Outreach, Education and Disparities in the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Dr. Herrmann is a health services researcher, with a background and training in psychology. Her primary focus is on designing, implementing and evaluating sustainable, systems-based interventions that leverage cultural and community assets to improve health behaviors and mitigate health disparities among diverse population groups. She is deeply committed to developing and sustaining robust and equitable partnerships with community members and organizations across societal sectors in this work. She has extensive experience in the areas of community engagement and training, as well as expertise in the development of culturally appropriate research materials.
Dr. Herrmann also has considerable experience directing large-scale research and evaluation projects designed to improve health behaviors and outcomes in among vulnerable population groups. These include efforts to: promote hepatitis B testing among Asian Americans at high risk of liver cancer; increase uptake of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine among federally qualified health center (FQHC) patients; reduce tobacco/nicotine use among Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing youth; encourage colorectal cancer screening among ethnic minority, safety net clinic patients; increase mental health knowledge and service utilization among indigenous Mexican Americans; as well as numerous projects aimed to increase physical activity and health eating among low income community members across the lifespan. Her research and evaluation experience includes projects conducted in partnership with churches, preschools, early care and education settings, worksites and a wide range of community-based organizations.