Van Park, PhD, MPH

Associate Adjunct Professor
Community Health Systems
+1 415 514-3318

Dr. Van Ta Park is a Professor at UCSF, School of Nursing, Department of Community Health Systems, and teaches in the Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN) program. Her primary research interest is to address issues related to racial and ethnic minority health and healthcare disparities, especially among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), through community-based participatory research. Her research areas include mental health and Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) caregiving.

Her current work includes a NIH/NIA R24 grant called, “Collaborative Approach for AAPI Research and Education (CARE).” The ultimate goal of CARE is to address the gap and reduce disparities in research participation among AAPI through the creation of a registry of 10,000 AAPI who are interested in participating in research. CARE is available in six languages. For more information, visit

Dr. Park also has a COVID-19 NIH/NIA administrative supplement, called, "COVID-19 Effects on the Mental and Physical Health of AAPI Survey Study (COMPASS)." The goal of COMPASS is a national survey to assess the effects of COVID-19 on AAPI. COMPASS aims to recruit 2,500 participants. COMPASS is available in six languages. For more information, visit

Dr. Park is also a Multiple Principal Investigator for a R56 NIH/NIA grant called, "Asian Cohort on Alzheimer's Disease (ACAD)." ACAD is an international collaboration with the goal of compiling a robust sample size of Asian American and Canadian subjects for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research. Making up 6% and 10% of the US and Canadian populations respectively, Asians are the fastest growing populations in both countries yet they are underrepresented in AD research. ACAD aims to address this gap by starting with a cohort of individuals of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese ancestry, and later extending to other major Asian populations in both countries. For more information, visit

She is also a Site Principal Investigator for Vietnamese Insights into Cognitive Aging Program (VIP) (PI is Oanh Meyer at UCD). VIP will develop an unprecedented longitudinal study of older Vietnamese Americans to begin addressing the dearth of cognitive aging research in this population. The overall goal is to obtain preliminary estimates of mild cognitive impairment and dementia in the community and identify ADRD risk and resilience factors in this understudied group.

She is the PI for a PCORI community engagement- dissemination project called, “Koreans Invested in Making Caregivers Health Important (KIMCHI.).” The goal of KIMCHI is to help improve the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of Korean American caregivers and other stakeholders about ADRD prevention/care, advanced care planning, and potential future PCORI participation.

She has previously collaborated with a community partner, International Children Assistance Network (ICAN), on a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative. The title of the award is, "Community Education for Vietnamese Americans on Dementia Caregiving and Advanced Care Planning."

Some of her past work included the Alzheimer’s Association’s Mentored New Investigator Research Grant to Promote Diversity (MNIRGD). The purpose of this three year grant (2015-18) was to culturally tailor a program to reduce stress and depression among Vietnamese American dementia caregivers.

Dr. Ta Park also received pilot grants (2017-20) from Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford Precision Health for Ethnic and Racial Equity (SPHERE). One study developed and evaluated a Korean drama precision mental health curriculum among English-speaking AAPI, Vietnamese-speaking persons and Korean-speaking persons. She also had several other studies investigating the role of Korean drama to de-stigmatize mental health and help-seeking. She recently completed data collection for her pilot award from SPHERE, "Texting to be Heard in Precision Health Research – Our Vietnamese American Voice." She also had two SPHERE dissemination grants: (1) Disseminating SPHERE Vietnamese Research Findings to the Vietnamese American Community; and, (2) Disseminating SPHERE Korean Research Findings to the Korean American Community. She collaborated with two community partners, ICAN and the Somang Society, respectively.

Dr. Ta Park has previous work experience with non-profit organizations on health care policy and access for the uninsured and underinsured in Los Angeles County.


Charting a Path Towards Asian American Cancer Health Equity: A Way Forward.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute

Chen MS, Lee RJ, Madan RA, Ta Park V, Shinagawa SM, Sun T, Gomez SL

The Collaborative Approach for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Research and Education (CARE): A recruitment registry for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, aging, and caregiver-related research.

Alzheimer's & dementia : the journal of the Alzheimer's Association

Ta Park VM, Meyer OL, Tsoh JY, Kanaya AM, Tzuang M, Nam B, Vuong Q, Bang J, Hinton L, Gallagher-Thompson D, Grill JD

Discrimination Experiences during COVID-19 among a National, Multi-Lingual, Community-Based Sample of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: COMPASS Findings.

International journal of environmental research and public health

Ta Park VM, Dougan MM, Meyer OL, Nam B, Tzuang M, Park LG, Vuong Q, Bang J, Tsoh JY

Use of Korean dramas to facilitate precision mental health understanding and discussion for Asian Americans.

Health promotion international

Ta Park VM, Park CJ, Kim C, Nguyen NCY, Tran AT, Chiang A, Rho SJ, Olaisen RH, Vuong Q, Rosas LG, Cho MK

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders' perspectives on participating in the CARE recruitment research registry for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, aging, and caregiving research.

Alzheimer's & dementia (New York, N. Y.)

Ta Park V, Grill JD, Zhu J, Nguyen K, Nam B, Tsoh J, Kanaya A, Vuong Q, Bang J, Nguyen NCY, Cho IH, Gallagher-Thompson D, Hinton L, Meyer OL

Vaccine willingness: Findings from the COVID-19 effects on the mental and physical health of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders survey study (COMPASS).

Preventive medicine reports

Ta Park VM, Dougan M, Meyer OL, Nam B, Tzuang M, Park LG, Vuong Q, Tsoh JY

Differences in COVID-19 Vaccine Concerns Among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: The COMPASS Survey.

Journal of racial and ethnic health disparities

Ta Park V, Dougan M, Meyer O, Nam B, Tzuang M, Park L, Vuong Q, Tsoh J

Patients' Use of Social Media for Diabetes Self-Care: Systematic Review.

Journal of medical Internet research

Elnaggar A, Ta Park V, Lee SJ, Bender M, Siegmund LA, Park LG

Perspectives on Precision Health Among Racial/Ethnic Minority Communities and the Physicians That Serve Them.

Ethnicity & disease

Rosas LG, Nasrallah C, Park VT, Vasquez JJ, Duron Y, Garrick O, Hattin R, Cho M, David SP, Evans J, McClinton-Brown R, Martin C

Promising Results from the Use of a Korean Drama to Address Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors on School Bullying and Mental Health among Asian American College-Aged Students.

International journal of environmental research and public health

Ta Park VM, Suen Diwata J, Win N, Ton V, Nam B, Rajabally W, Jones VC

Vietnamese American Dementia Caregivers' Perceptions and Experiences of a Culturally Tailored, Evidence-Based Program to Reduce Stress and Depression.

Journal of gerontological nursing

Ta Park VM, Ton V, Yeo G, Tiet QQ, Vuong Q, Gallagher-Thompson D

Caregiving for Community-Dwelling Older Persons in South Korea: Current Formal and Informal Care Use and Expectation.

Journal of applied gerontology : the official journal of the Southern Gerontological Society

Park E, Kim N, Ta Park VM, Rhee Y

Promising results from a pilot study to reduce distress in Vietnamese American dementia and memory loss caregivers.

Alzheimer's & dementia (New York, N. Y.)

Ta Park VM, Ton V, Tiet QQ, Vuong Q, Yeo G, Gallagher-Thompson D

Using Korean Dramas as a Precision Mental Health Education Tool for Asian Americans: A Pilot Study.

International journal of environmental research and public health

Ta Park VM, Olaisen RH, Vuong Q, Rosas LG, Cho MK

Chinese American Women's Experiences with Postpartum Depressive Symptoms and Mental Health Help-Seeking Behaviors.

MCN. The American journal of maternal child nursing

Ta Park VM, Goyal D, Suen J, Win N, Tsoh JY

Depression and Help-Seeking Among Native Hawaiian Women.

The journal of behavioral health services & research

Ta Park VM, Kaholokula JK, Chao PJ, Antonio M

Postpartum Traditions, Mental Health, and Help-Seeking Considerations Among Vietnamese American Women: a Mixed-Methods Pilot Study.

The journal of behavioral health services & research

Ta Park VM, Goyal D, Nguyen T, Lien H, Rosidi D

Postpartum Depression Among Asian Indian Mothers.

MCN. The American journal of maternal child nursing

Goyal D, Park VT, McNiesh S

Disparities in intimate partner violence prenatal counseling: setting a baseline for the implementation of the Guidelines for Women's Preventive Services.

Hawai'i journal of medicine & public health : a journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health

Ta Park VM, Hayes DK, Humphreys J

Text 4 Health: Addressing Consumer Health Information Needs via Text Reference Service

Reference and User Services Quarterly

Luo, L., & Ta Park, V.M.

Smoking abstinence-related expectancies among American Indians, African Americans, and women: potential mechanisms of tobacco-related disparities.

Psychology of addictive behaviors : journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors

Hendricks PS, Westmaas JL, Ta Park VM, Thorne CB, Wood SB, Baker MR, Lawler RM, Webb Hooper M, Delucchi KL, Hall SM

Preparing Public Librarians for Consumer Health Information Service: A Nation-wide Study

Library and Information Science Research

Luo, L, & Ta Park, V.M.

An assessment of community capacity to prevent adolescent alcohol consumption.

Health promotion practice

Williams RJ, Kittinger DS, Ta VM, Nihoa WK, Payne C, Nigg CR

Fire prevention in Delaware: a case study of fire and life safety initiatives.

Journal of public health management and practice : JPHMP

Frattaroli S, Gielen AC, Piver-Renna J, Pollack KM, Ta VM

Trends in alcohol use among Hawai'i adolescents.

Hawaii medical journal

Ta VM, Kittinger DS, Pham LA, Williams RJ, Eller LN, Nigg CR

Cultural identity and conceptualization of depression among Native Hawaiian women

AAPI Nexus Journal

Ta, V.M., Chao, P., & Kaholokula, K.

A longitudinal analysis of depressive symptoms among Asian and Pacific Islander mothers at-risk for child maltreatment.

Community mental health journal

Ta VM, Juon HS, Gielen AC, Steinwachs D, McFarlane E, Duggan A

The implementation and utility of fire incident reporting systems: the Delaware experience.

Journal of community health

Bergen G, Frattaroli S, Ballesteros MF, Ta VM, Beach C, Gielen AC

Disparities in use of mental health and substance abuse services by Asian and Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander women.

The journal of behavioral health services & research

Ta VM, Juon HS, Gielen AC, Steinwachs D, Duggan A

Evaluated community fire safety interventions in the United States: a review of current literature.

Journal of community health

Ta VM, Frattaroli S, Bergen G, Gielen AC