Kristen M.J. Azar, R.N., BSN, MSN/MPH
Assistant Nurse Researcher
795 El Camino Real, Ames Building
Palo Alto, CA 94301-2302
Kristen M.J. Azar, RN, MSN/MPH is a Nurse Researcher at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI). Her research interests include: racial/ethnic health disparities; epidemiology; chronic disease prevention; behavior change intervention; mental health; community-based participatory research. She is interested in the development and evaluation of novel and innovative behavior change interventions and how technology may be used in healthcare to improve chronic disease prevention and management. She has had diverse clinical experience as a public health and preventive cardiology nurse both domestically and abroad, and has worked with racial/ethnic and socioeconomically diverse populations.
Prior to joining PAMFRI, Ms. Azar served as an intramural research training award recipient at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in the Department of Research and Practice Development Services. Her work involved community-based participatory research in Native American communities to address health disparities in mental health and chronic disease. She has worked collaboratively with researchers and clinicians at the NIH, the Indian Health Service and Ft. Belknap Tribal Health. Ms. Azar completed her graduate training at Johns Hopkins University with a joint degree in both Nursing (M.S.N) and Public Health (M.P.H.) from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health respectively. Prior to that, she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California Berkeley (B.A.) and further obtained a bachelors of science (B.S.N) in nursing from Johns Hopkins University. She is a member of both the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing as well as the Delta Omega Honor Society for Public Health.
- Bhalla, V, Choi, S, Azar KMJ, Zhao, B, Wong, EC, Fortmann, SP, Palaniappan, LP. Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Prevalence and Correlated of Diabetic Renal Manifestations Among Asian-Americans. Diabetes Care. 2012
- Azar KMJ, Chen, E., Holland, AT, Palaniappan, LP. Festival Foods in the Immigrant Diet. Journal of Minority and Immigrant Health. September 2012.
- Azar KMJ, Moreno MR, Wong EC, Shin J, Soto C, Palaniappan LP. Accuracy of Data Entry of Patient Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry and Preferred Spoken Language in an Ambulatory Care Setting. Health Services Research. 2011; 47(1): 228-240.
- Dixit AA, Azar KMJ, Gardner C, Palaniappan LP. Incorporation of Whole, Ancient Grains into a Modern Asian Indian Diet: Practical Strategies to Reduce the Burden of Chronic Disease. Nutrition Reviews.2011; 69(8): 479-488