Profile: Lois Takahashi


Lois received her Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Southern California in 1992 (where she studied with Michael Dear and Jennifer Wolch ), an M.S. in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in 1987, and an A.B. in Architecture from the University of California-Berkeley in 1985. Her research publications address health and social service problems in the US among needy populations, such as homeless populations and persons of color living with, or at risk of, HIV/AIDS. She has also worked on community participation and environmental health problems in Southeast Asian cities. She is continuing work on disruptive social capital and health, focusing on HIV/AIDS and access to services in the US; she in continuing her research on immigrant women and massage parlor work iwth her community partner, APAIT Health Center in Los Angeles. She is also becoming involved in projects that examine how victimization and violence exposure affect re-entry for youth and adult populations, with colleagues in social work.

Dr. Takahashi’s publications include, Homelessness, AIDS, and Stigmatization – Oxford, 1998, and Rethinking Environmental Management in the Pacific Rim – Ashgate, 2002, with Amrita Daniere. In addition to these books, she has published over 50 academic papers and book chapters. Her research has been supported by grants from NSF and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among others. Dr. Takahashi has been active as a consultant/advisor for public health and municipal planning departments in Southern California, and for community based organizations serving homeless, HIV positive/AIDS diagnosed, and other service dependent populations throughout California. Lois may be contacted at May 2012. Dr. Lois M. Takahashi, Professor and Chair of Urban Planning, and Professor, Asian American Studies, University of California – Los Angeles. Lois’ research interests include access to prevention, treatment, care, and social services for populations in need. especially Asians and Pacific Islanders, social services and the NIMBY syndrome, and community participation and environmental health in Southeast Asian cities. She is also starting projects on violence exposure and incarceration among youth and adults.