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Rulin C. Hechter, MD, PhD

Research Scientist I
Research & Evaluation
100 S. Los Robles Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101-2453
Phone: 626-564-3494
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Other Affiliation

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, Epidemiology, Los Angeles, California, U.S.


  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, US

  • MS, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

  • MD, Preventive Medicine, Suzhou Medical College, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

Research Interests

Dr. Hechter has three main areas of focus in her research: 1) Prevention of and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS, HIV- associated cardiovascular disease and aging, impact of psychiatric disorders and substance abuse on HIV care engagement, and disparities in HIV treatment adherence and outcomes. 2) Chronic care model and sustainable interventions to improve substance abuse treatment outcomes and provide integrated care for individuals with substance use disorders who also have other serious co-occurring chronic conditions or infections and 3) The safety and effectiveness of vaccines, and the influence of policy and systemic intervention on vaccine uptake in children and adults. She serves on the regional HIV/AIDS management committee and HIV patient registry and Transgender Patient Management Tool (TGPMT) project committee of Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC). Dr. Hechter is the KPSC site Principal Investigator of the Health Systems Node of the NIDA funded CTN (National Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network). She is also a co-investigator of the CDC funded large multisite Vaccine Safety Datalink project.

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