Claire Townsend Ing, DrPH

UA Associate

Claire Townsend Ing, DrPH

Academic / Professional Bio: 
Claire Townsend Ing, DrPH, is a junior investigator with extensive experience using a community-based participatory research approach to work with Native Hawaiian (NH) communities on addressing obesity and related disparities. She has an extensive background in community-based participatory research (CBPR), health disparities research, and translational research. Through the coordination of two large, NIH-funded randomized controlled trials (U54CA153459, R24MD001660), Dr. Ing cultivated skills in the translation of evidenced-based interventions to a NH context, community partnerships, and results interpretation and presentation. She has built on this research by securing two pilot grants funded by RMATRIX Collaboration Pilot Project Program (NIMHD, 2U54MD007584). In the first project, using a RCT design, she tested the effectiveness of a semi-structured social support group in maintaining diabetes management after receipt of a culturally-tailored, community-based, diabetes self-management intervention compared to a control group in NH and other Pacific People (NH/PP). In the second project, she is adapting a culturally-tailored, evidence-based weight loss intervention for delivery via the internet and conducting a feasibility test of this delivery method in NH/PP.
Research Interests: 
Dr. Townsend Ing’s short-term career objectives are to: improve herability to conduct methodologically sound research; develop an independent research program informed by a multilevel determinants of health framework; and develop strategies to translate research findings into effective, culturally appropriate health promotion programs and policies. She will meet these training objectives through participation in research training opportunities as outlined in my mentoring plan (e.g., focused courses and seminars, conducting proposed research activities, interaction with research team). Her long term career goal is to become an independently funded researcher (i.e., R01 level investigator) with expertise in addressing health disparities in NH using a using a CBPR approach and a multilevel determinants of health framework.  
Degrees: 
DrPH: University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014
MPH: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005
BA: Pomona College, 2001