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Ai Kubo, PhD, MPH

TitleResearch Scientist II
InstitutionKaiser Permanente Northern California
DepartmentDivision of Research
Address2000 Broadway
Oakland CA 94612
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-1035-828X Additional info
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    Columbia University, NY, NYPhD10/2007Cancer Epidemiology
    UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CAMPH06/2002Epidemiology
    UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CAMS06/2000Nutritional Toxicology

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    Ai Kubo, MPH, PhD, is a research scientist and cancer epidemiologist at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. She received her Master's in Public Health (MPH) degree from University of California, Berkeley, in 2002, and her PhD in Epidemiology from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in 2007. Her current research interest focuses on identification of early life determinants of cancer, modifiable cancer risk factors and prognostic factors, and the development of effective intervention strategies. She is currently the principal investigator of the National Cancer Institute's Career Development Award, investigating early life risk factors of accelerated pubertal onset in girls. Dr. Kubo is also a certified yoga instructor and is the Principal Investigator of a pilot study funded by the American Cancer Society, examining the effect of mobile-application based mindfulness intervention for cancer patients and their family members.

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    R01MH126580     (KUBO, AI)Jul 1, 2021 - Jun 30, 2024
    NIH
    mHealth Mindfulness Intervention for Pregnant Black and Latina Women at Risk of Postpartum Depression
    Role: Principal Investigator

    R01HD098220     (KUBO, AI)Jul 1, 2019 - Apr 30, 2023
    NIH
    Sex and Race/Ethnicity-specific Multilevel Factors Influencing Pubertal Trajectories: a Population-based Study
    Role: Principal Investigator

    K07CA166143     (KUBO, AI)Sep 1, 2013 - Mar 31, 2019
    NIH
    Early Life Determinants of Accelerated Pubertal Development in Adolescent Girls
    Role: Principal Investigator

    F32DK081271     (KUBO, AI)Apr 1, 2008 - Mar 31, 2010
    NIH
    The effects of Diet on Barrett's esophagus and gastroesophageal reflux disease
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Aghaee S, Quesenberry CP, Deardorff J, Kushi LH, Greenspan LC, Ferrara A, Kubo A. Associations between infant growth and pubertal onset timing in a multiethnic prospective cohort of girls. BMC Pediatr. 2022 Mar 31; 22(1):171. PMID: 35361165; PMCID: PMC8969386.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    2. Dragomanovich HM, Dhruva A, Ekman E, Schoenbeck KL, Kubo A, Van Blarigan EL, Borno HT, Esquivel M, Chee B, Campanella M, Philip EJ, Rettger JP, Rosenthal B, Van Loon K, Venook AP, Boscardin C, Moran P, Hecht FM, Atreya CE. Being Present 2.0: Online Mindfulness-Based Program for Metastatic Gastrointestinal Cancer Patients and Caregivers. Glob Adv Health Med. 2021; 10:21649561211044693. PMID: 35174001; PMCID: PMC8842457.
      Citations: 2     
    3. Iturralde E, Hsiao CA, Nkemere L, Kubo A, Sterling SA, Flanagan T, Avalos LA. Engagement in perinatal depression treatment: a qualitative study of barriers across and within racial/ethnic groups. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2021 Jul 16; 21(1):512. PMID: 34271852; PMCID: PMC8284181.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Kubo A, Aghaee S, Kurtovich EM, Nkemere L, Quesenberry CP, McGinnis MK, Avalos LA. mHealth Mindfulness Intervention for Women with Moderate-to-Moderately-Severe Antenatal Depressive Symptoms: a Pilot Study Within an Integrated Health Care System. Mindfulness (N Y). 2021 Mar 11; 1-11. PMID: 33723491; PMCID: PMC7947160.
      Citations: 3     
    5. Deardorff J, Marceau K, Johnson M, Reeves JW, Biro FM, Kubo A, Greenspan LC, Laurent CA, Windham GC, Pinney SM, Kushi LH, Hiatt RA. Girls' Pubertal Timing and Tempo and Mental Health: A Longitudinal Examination in an Ethnically Diverse Sample. J Adolesc Health. 2021 06; 68(6):1197-1203. PMID: 33637403; PMCID: PMC8154636.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Avalos LA, Aghaee S, Kurtovich E, Quesenberry C, Nkemere L, McGinnis MK, Kubo A. A Mobile Health Mindfulness Intervention for Women With Moderate to Moderately Severe Postpartum Depressive Symptoms: Feasibility Study. JMIR Ment Health. 2020 Nov 12; 7(11):e17405. PMID: 33180028; PMCID: PMC7691085.
      Citations: 6     
    7. Aghaee S, Deardorff J, Greenspan LC, Quesenberry CP, Kushi LH, Kubo A. Early life household intactness and timing of pubertal onset in girls: a prospective cohort study. BMC Pediatr. 2020 10 28; 20(1):464. PMID: 33109126; PMCID: PMC7592583.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Kubo A, Kurtovich E, McGinnis M, Aghaee S, Altschuler A, Quesenberry C, Kolevska T, Liu R, Greyz-Yusupov N, Avins A. Pilot pragmatic randomized trial of mHealth mindfulness-based intervention for advanced cancer patients and their informal caregivers. Psychooncology. 2020 Sep 26. PMID: 32979294.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    
    9. Suglia SF, Chen C, Wang S, Cammack AL, April-Sanders AK, McGlinchey EL, Kubo A, Bird H, Canino G, Duarte CS. Childhood Adversity and Pubertal Development Among Puerto Rican Boys and Girls. Psychosom Med. 2020 06; 82(5):487-494. PMID: 32515925; PMCID: PMC8058697.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Aghaee S, Deardorff J, Greenspan LC, Quesenberry CP, Kushi LH, Kubo A. Correction to: Breastfeeding and timing of pubertal onset in girls: a multiethnic population-based prospective cohort study. BMC Pediatr. 2019 Sep 05; 19(1):317. PMID: 31488079; PMCID: PMC6729063.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    
    11. Aghaee S, Deardorff J, Greenspan LC, Quesenberry CP, Kushi LH, Kubo A. Breastfeeding and timing of pubertal onset in girls: a multiethnic population-based prospective cohort study. BMC Pediatr. 2019 08 09; 19(1):277. PMID: 31399074; PMCID: PMC6688234.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Aghaee S, Laurent CA, Deardorff J, Ferrara A, Greenspan LC, Quesenberry CP, Kushi LH, Kubo A. Maternal Gestational Weight Gain, Obesity, and the Timing of Pubertal Onset in Daughters. Am J Epidemiol. 2019 Mar 15. PMID: 30874721.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Kubo A, Kurtovich E, McGinnis M, Aghaee S, Altschuler A, Quesenberry C, Kolevska T, Avins AL. A Randomized Controlled Trial of mHealth Mindfulness Intervention for Cancer Patients and Informal Cancer Caregivers: A Feasibility Study Within an Integrated Health Care Delivery System. Integr Cancer Ther. 2019 Jan-Dec; 18:1534735419850634. PMID: 31092044; PMCID: PMC6537293.
      Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    14. Atreya CE, Kubo A, Borno HT, Rosenthal B, Campanella M, Rettger JP, Joseph G, Allen IE, Venook AP, Altschuler A, Dhruva A. Being Present: A single-arm feasibility study of audio-based mindfulness meditation for colorectal cancer patients and caregivers. PLoS One. 2018; 13(7):e0199423. PMID: 30036361.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Kubo A, Deardorff J, Laurent CA, Ferrara A, Greenspan LC, Quesenberry CP, Kushi LH. Associations Between Maternal Obesity and Pregnancy Hyperglycemia and Timing of Puberty Onset in Adolescent Girls: A Population-Based Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2018 Jul 01; 187(7):1362-1369. PMID: 29554198.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Kroenke CH, Hershman DL, Gomez SL, Adams SR, Eldridge EH, Kwan ML, Ergas IJ, Kubo A, Kushi LH. Personal and clinical social support and adherence to adjuvant endocrine therapy among hormone receptor-positive breast cancer patients in an integrated health care system. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2018 Aug; 170(3):623-631. PMID: 29671113.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    17. Kubo A, Altschuler A, Kurtovich E, Hendlish S, Laurent CA, Kolevska T, Li Y, Avins A. A Pilot Mobile-based Mindfulness Intervention for Cancer Patients and their Informal Caregivers. Mindfulness (N Y). 2018 Dec; 9(6):1885-1894. PMID: 30740187.
      Citations: 16     
    18. Kubo A, Ferrara A, Brown SD, Ehrlich SF, Tsai AL, Quesenberry CP, Crites Y, Hedderson MM. Perceived psychosocial stress and gestational weight gain among women with gestational diabetes. PLoS One. 2017; 12(3):e0174290. PMID: 28350836.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Kubo A, Ferrara A, Laurent CA, Windham GC, Greenspan LC, Deardorff J, Hiatt RA, Quesenberry CP, Kushi LH. Associations Between Maternal Pregravid Obesity and Gestational Diabetes and the Timing of Pubarche in Daughters. Am J Epidemiol. 2016 Jul 01; 184(1):7-14. PMID: 27268032.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. Brown SD, Ehrlich SF, Kubo A, Tsai AL, Hedderson MM, Quesenberry CP, Ferrara A. Lifestyle behaviors and ethnic identity among diverse women at high risk for type 2 diabetes. Soc Sci Med. 2016 07; 160:87-93. PMID: 27214712.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Kubo A, Shlager L, Corley DA. Vertical transmission of hepatitis B virus--in response. Ann Intern Med. 2014 Nov 18; 161(10):763. PMID: 25402525.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    22. Kubo A, Ferrara A, Windham GC, Greenspan LC, Deardorff J, Hiatt RA, Quesenberry CP, Laurent C, Mirabedi AS, Kushi LH. Maternal hyperglycemia during pregnancy predicts adiposity of the offspring. Diabetes Care. 2014 Nov; 37(11):2996-3002. PMID: 25150158.
      Citations: 30     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Kubo A, Block G, Quesenberry CP, Buffler P, Corley DA. Dietary guideline adherence for gastroesophageal reflux disease. BMC Gastroenterol. 2014 Aug 14; 14:144. PMID: 25125219.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    24. Kubo A, Shlager L, Marks AR, Lakritz D, Beaumont C, Gabellini K, Corley DA. Prevention of vertical transmission of hepatitis B: an observational study. Ann Intern Med. 2014 Jun 17; 160(12):828-35. PMID: 24862434.
      Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
    25. Coleman HG, Murray LJ, Hicks B, Bhat SK, Kubo A, Corley DA, Cardwell CR, Cantwell MM. Dietary fiber and the risk of precancerous lesions and cancer of the esophagus: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Nutr Rev. 2013 Jul; 71(7):474-82. PMID: 23815145.
      Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. Kubo A, Cook MB, Shaheen NJ, Vaughan TL, Whiteman DC, Murray L, Corley DA. Sex-specific associations between body mass index, waist circumference and the risk of Barrett's oesophagus: a pooled analysis from the international BEACON consortium. Gut. 2013 Dec; 62(12):1684-91. PMID: 23355549.
      Citations: 66     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    27. Kubo A, Hung YY, Ritterman J. Yoga for heart failure patients: a feasibility pilot study with a multiethnic population. Int J Yoga Therap. 2011; (21):77-83. PMID: 22398347.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    28. Kubo A, Corley DA, Jensen CD, Kaur R. Dietary factors and the risks of oesophageal adenocarcinoma and Barrett's oesophagus. Nutr Res Rev. 2010 Dec; 23(2):230-46. PMID: 20624335.
      Citations: 40     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    29. Corley DA, Kubo A, Zhao W, Quesenberry C. Proton pump inhibitors and histamine-2 receptor antagonists are associated with hip fractures among at-risk patients. Gastroenterology. 2010 Jul; 139(1):93-101. PMID: 20353792.
      Citations: 74     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    30. Corley DA, Kubo A, DeBoer J, Rumore GJ. Diagnosing Barrett's esophagus: reliability of clinical and pathologic diagnoses. Gastrointest Endosc. 2009 May; 69(6):1004-10. PMID: 19152897.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    31. Kubo A, Block G, Quesenberry CP, Buffler P, Corley DA. Effects of dietary fiber, fats, and meat intakes on the risk of Barrett's esophagus. Nutr Cancer. 2009; 61(5):607-16. PMID: 19838934.
      Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    32. Kubo A, Levin TR, Block G, Rumore GJ, Quesenberry CP, Buffler P, Corley DA. Alcohol types and sociodemographic characteristics as risk factors for Barrett's esophagus. Gastroenterology. 2009 Mar; 136(3):806-15. PMID: 19111726.
      Citations: 33     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    33. Corley DA, Kubo A, Levin TR, Block G, Habel L, Rumore G, Quesenberry C, Buffler P. Race, ethnicity, sex and temporal differences in Barrett's oesophagus diagnosis: a large community-based study, 1994-2006. Gut. 2009 Feb; 58(2):182-8. PMID: 18978173.
      Citations: 60     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    34. Kubo A, Levin TR, Block G, Rumore G, Quesenberry CP, Buffler P, Corley DA. Cigarette smoking and the risk of Barrett's esophagus. Cancer Causes Control. 2009 Apr; 20(3):303-11. PMID: 18853262.
      Citations: 21     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    35. Corley DA, Kubo A, Levin TR, Habel L, Zhao W, Leighton P, Rumore G, Quesenberry C, Buffler P, Block G. Iron intake and body iron stores as risk factors for Barrett's esophagus: a community-based study. Am J Gastroenterol. 2008 Dec; 103(12):2997-3004. PMID: 18853987.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    36. Corley DA, Kubo A, Levin TR, Block G, Habel L, Rumore G, Quesenberry C, Buffler P, Parsonnet J. Helicobacter pylori and gastroesophageal reflux disease: a case-control study. Helicobacter. 2008 Oct; 13(5):352-60. PMID: 19250510.
      Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    37. Kubo A, Levin TR, Block G, Rumore GJ, Quesenberry CP, Buffler P, Corley DA. Dietary antioxidants, fruits, and vegetables and the risk of Barrett's esophagus. Am J Gastroenterol. 2008 Jul; 103(7):1614-23; quiz 1624. PMID: 18494834.
      Citations: 31     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    38. Corley DA, Kubo A, Levin TR, Block G, Habel L, Rumore GJ, Quesenberry C, Buffler P. Hemochromatosis gene status as a risk factor for Barrett's esophagus. Dig Dis Sci. 2008 Dec; 53(12):3095-102. PMID: 18470614.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    39. Corley DA, Kubo A, Zhao W. Abdominal obesity and the risk of esophageal and gastric cardia carcinomas. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2008 Feb; 17(2):352-8. PMID: 18268119.
      Citations: 78     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    40. Kubo A, Levin TR, Block G, Rumore GJ, Quesenberry CP, Buffler P, Corley DA. Dietary patterns and the risk of Barrett's esophagus. Am J Epidemiol. 2008 Apr 01; 167(7):839-46. PMID: 18218607.
      Citations: 22     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    41. Corley DA, Kubo A, Levin TR, Block G, Habel L, Zhao W, Leighton P, Rumore G, Quesenberry C, Buffler P, Parsonnet J. Helicobacter pylori infection and the risk of Barrett's oesophagus: a community-based study. Gut. 2008 Jun; 57(6):727-33. PMID: 17895354.
      Citations: 39     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    42. Kubo A, Corley DA. Meta-analysis of antioxidant intake and the risk of esophageal and gastric cardia adenocarcinoma. Am J Gastroenterol. 2007 Oct; 102(10):2323-30; quiz 2331. PMID: 17581269.
      Citations: 28     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    43. Corley DA, Kubo A, Levin TR, Block G, Habel L, Zhao W, Leighton P, Quesenberry C, Rumore GJ, Buffler PA. Abdominal obesity and body mass index as risk factors for Barrett's esophagus. Gastroenterology. 2007 Jul; 133(1):34-41; quiz 311. PMID: 17631128.
      Citations: 138     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    44. Corley DA, Kubo A, Zhao W. Abdominal obesity, ethnicity and gastro-oesophageal reflux symptoms. Gut. 2007 Jun; 56(6):756-62. PMID: 17047097.
      Citations: 76     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    45. Corley DA, Kubo A. Body mass index and gastroesophageal reflux disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Gastroenterol. 2006 Nov; 101(11):2619-28. PMID: 16952280.
      Citations: 96     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    46. Kubo A, Corley DA. Body mass index and adenocarcinomas of the esophagus or gastric cardia: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2006 May; 15(5):872-8. PMID: 16702363.
      Citations: 127     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    47. Organista KC, Kubo A. Pilot survey of HIV risk and contextual problems and issues in Mexican/Latino migrant day laborers. J Immigr Health. 2005 Oct; 7(4):269-81. PMID: 19813293.
      Citations: 38     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    48. Klatsky AL, Friedman GD, Sidney S, Kipp H, Kubo A, Armstrong MA. Risk of hemorrhagic stroke in Asian American ethnic groups. Neuroepidemiology. 2005; 25(1):26-31. PMID: 15855802.
      Citations: 30     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    49. Corley DA, Kubo A. Influence of site classification on cancer incidence rates: an analysis of gastric cardia carcinomas. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2004 Sep 15; 96(18):1383-7. PMID: 15367571.
      Citations: 34     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    50. Kubo A, Corley DA. Marked multi-ethnic variation of esophageal and gastric cardia carcinomas within the United States. Am J Gastroenterol. 2004 Apr; 99(4):582-8. PMID: 15089886.
      Citations: 60     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    51. Kubo Shlonsky A, Klatsky AL, Armstrong MA. Traits of persons who drink decaffeinated coffee. Ann Epidemiol. 2003 Apr; 13(4):273-9. PMID: 12684194.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    52. Kubo A, Corley DA. Marked regional variation in adenocarcinomas of the esophagus and the gastric cardia in the United States. Cancer. 2002 Nov 15; 95(10):2096-102. PMID: 12412162.
      Citations: 43     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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