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Anna M. Nápoles, MPH, PhD


Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine, UCSF


Phone: (415) 476-6290 (voice)
Box 0856, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0856


Pomona College, Claremont, CA, B.A., 1980, Psychology
University of California, Berkeley, CA, M.P.H., 1983, Public Health Admin.
University of California, Berkeley, CA, Ph.D., 1998, Epidemiology
OBSSR/NIH Summer Training Institute for Randomized Clinical Trials of Behavioral Interventions, Fellow, 2001, Randomized Controlled Trials of Behavioral Interventions

Professional Experience

  • 1976-1980
    Research Assistant, Pomona College Psychology Department
  • 1980-1982
    Research Assistant, University of California Berkeley
  • 1982-1983
    Administrative Intern, La Clinica de la Raza
  • 1983-1985
    Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant, Rehabilitation Offices of Robert Rios
  • 1985-1989
    Branch Manager, CONSERVCO, Travelers Insurance Company
  • 1990-1993
    Sr. Research Associate, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
  • 1993-2000
    Project Director, National Hispanic Leadership Initiative on Cancer, Dept. of Medicine, UCSF
  • 1993-2001
    Assistant Director, Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations, UCSF
  • 1998-2001
    Research Specialist, Center for Aging in Diverse Communities, Department of Medicine, UCSF
  • 2001-2002
    Lecturer, School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley (UCB)
  • 2001-2009
    Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, UCSF
  • 2009-present
    Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 1980
    Chicana of the Year, Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA
  • 1995-97
    Graduate Division Fellowships, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1997
    School of Public Health Alumni Association Award, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1997 and 1998
    Northern California Cancer Center, Cancer Information Service, Northern California and Nevada Region, Certificate of Appreciation
  • 1998
    Northern California Cancer Center, Cancer Information Service, Northern California and Nevada Region, 5th Year Anniversary Special Recognition Award
  • 1999
    On Lok's 30th Street Senior Center 20th Anniversary Recognition Award
  • 2000
    Nominee, UCSF Chancellor's Award for Public Service
  • 2003
    Redes En Acción: The National Hispanic/Latino Cancer Network 2003 Rising Star in Cancer Research Award
  • 2003
    The Robert H. Crede Award for Excellence in Community Service, Division of General Internal Medicine, UCSF
  • 2009
    The Robert H. Crede Award for Excellence in Community Service, Division of General Internal Medicine, UCSF

Selected Publications

  • Chang SW, Kerlikowske K, Napoles-Springer AM, Posner SF, Sickles EA, Pérez-Stable EJ. Racial differences in timeliness of follow-up after abnormal screening mammography. Cancer 1996; 78(7):1395-1402.
  • Pérez-Stable EJ, Otero-Sabogal R, Sabogal F, Nápoles-Springer AM. Pathways to early cancer detection for Latinas: En Accion Contra el Cancer. Hlth Educ Qtrly 1996; 23(suppl):S41-59.
  • Nápoles-Springer AM, Pérez-Stable EJ, Washington E. Risk factors for invasive cervical cancer in Latino women. J Med Syst 1996; 20(5):277-93.
  • Pérez-Stable EJ, Nápoles-Springer AM, Miramontes JM. The effects of ethnicity and language on medical outcomes of patients with hypertension or diabetes. Med Care 1997; 35(12):1212-19.
  • Stewart A, Nápoles-Springer AM, Posner SF, Pérez-Stable EJ, Bindman AB, Pinderhughes H, Washington AE. Interpersonal processes of care in diverse populations, Milbank Quarterly 1999; 77(3):305-339.
  • Stewart AL, Nápoles-Springer AM. Health-related quality of life assessments in diverse population groups in the United States, Med Care 2000; 38(9 Suppl. II):II-102 - II-124..
  • Nápoles-Springer AM, Grumbach K, Alexander M, Moreno-John G, Forté D, Rangel-Lugo M, Pérez-Stable EJ. Clinical research in older African Americans and Latinos: Perspectives from the community, Res Aging 2000; 22(6):668-91.
  • Kaplan CP, Nápoles-Springer AM, Stewart SL, Pérez-Stable EJ. Smoking acquisition among adolescents and young Latinas: the role of socio-environmental and personal factors, Addict Behav 2001; 26(4):531-50.
  • Nápoles-Springer AM, Stewart AL. Use of health-related quality of life measures in older and ethnically diverse U.S. populations, Mental Health Aging 2001; 7(1):173-9.
  • Washington AE, Nápoles-Springer A, Forté DA, Alexander M, Pérez-Stable EJ. Establishing Centers to Address Treatment Effectiveness in Diverse Ethnic Groups: the MEDTEP Experience. EthnicHealth, 2002;7(4):231-42.
  • Cabral, DN, Nápoles-Springer AM, Miike R, McMillan A, Sison JD, Wrensch MR, Pérez-Stable EJ, Wiencke JK. Population and community-based recruitment of African Americans and Latinos: The San Francisco Bay Area Lung Cancer Study. Am J Epidemiol 2003;158:272-9.
  • Stewart AL, Nápoles-Springer AM. Advancing health disparities research: can we afford to ignore measurement issues? Med Care 2003;41(11):1207-20.
  • Nápoles-Springer AM, Fongwa MN, Stewart AL, Pérez-Stable EJ. The effectiveness of an advance notice letter on the recruitment of African Americans and Whites for a mail satisfaction survey. J Aging Health 2004;16(5):124S-136S.
  • Moreno-John G, Gachie A, Fleming CM, Nápoles-Springer A, Mutran E, Manson SM, Pérez-Stable EJ. Ethnic minority older adults participating in clinical research: developing trust. J Aging Health 2004;16(5):93S-123S.
  • Nápoles-Springer AM, Santoyo J, Houston K, Pérez-Stable EJ, Stewart AL. Patients' perceptions of cultural factors affecting the quality of their medical encounters. Health Expect 2005;8:4-17.
  • Nápoles-Springer AM, Santoyo J, Stewart AL. Recruiting ethnically diverse general internal medicine patients for a telephone survey on physician-patient communication. J Gen Inten Med 2005;20(5):438-43.
  • Nápoles-Springer AM, Stewart AL. Overview of qualitative methods in research with diverse populations: making research reflect the population. Med Care 2006;44(Suppl 3):S5-S9.
  • Nápoles-Springer AM, Santoyo-Olsson J, O'Brien H, Stewart AL. Using cognitive interviews to develop surveys in diverse populations. Med Care 2006;44(Suppl 3):S21-S30.
  • Stewart AL, Nápoles-Springer AM, Gregorich SE, Santoyo J. Interpersonal processes of care: patient-reported measures for diverse groups. Health Services Research 2007;42 (3 Pt 1):1235-1256.
  • Karliner LS, Nápoles-Springer A, Kerlikowske K, Haas J, Kaplan CP. Missed opportunities: family history and behavioral risk factors in breast cancer risk assessment among a multi-ethnic group of women. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2007;22(3):308-314.
  • 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. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 2007;25(4):19-36.
  • Livaudais JC, Nápoles-Springer A, Stewart S, Kaplan CP. Understanding Latino adolescent risk behaviors: parental and peer influences. Ethnicity & Disease 2007;17(2):298-304.
  • Nápoles-Springer AM, Ortíz C, O'Brien H, Díaz-Méndez M, Pérez-Stable EJ. Use of cancer support groups among Latina breast cancer survivors, Journal of Cancer Survivorship 2007;1:193-204.
  • Ramirez AG, Wildes K, Talavera G, Nápoles-Springer A, Gallion K, Pérez-Stable E. Clinical trials attitudes and practices of Latino physicians. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 2007;Nov 21 [Epub ahead of print].
  • Nápoles-Springer AM, Ortiz C, O'Brien H, Diaz-Mendez M. Developing a culturally competent peer support intervention for Spanish-speaking Latinas with breast cancer. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 2009; 11(4):268-280.
  • Karliner LS, Nápoles-Springer AM, Schillinger D, Bibbins-Domingo K, Pérez-Stable EJ. Identification of limited English proficiency patients in clinical care. J Gen Intern Med. 2008;Jul 10 [Epub ahead of print].
  • Ramirez AG, Wildes K, Nápoles-Springer A, Pérez-Stable EJ, Talavera G, Rios E. Physician gender differences in general and cancer-specific prevention attitudes and practices. Journal of Cancer Education. 2009;24(2):85-93.
  • 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 Services Research, 2009 , 44(4):1326-1344.
  • Nápoles AM, Santoyo-Olsson J, Karliner LS, O'Brien H, Gregorich SE, Pérez-Stable EJ. Clinician ratings of ad hoc, in-person, and video conferencing interpretation. Journal for Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, in press.
  • Nápoles AM, Ortíz C, O'Brien H, Sereno AB, Kaplan CP. Coping resources and self-rated health among Latina breast cancer survivors. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2011 Sep; 38(5):523-31.

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  • Nápoles AM, Chadiha LA. Advancing the science of recruitment and retention of ethnically diverse populations. Gerontologist. 2011 Jun; 51 Suppl 1:S142-6.

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  • 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.

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  • Nápoles 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.

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