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Rulin Hechter, MD, PhD, MS

Research Scientist I

Division of Epidemiologic Research

626-564-3494

Rulin.C.Hechter@kp.org

Biography

Dr. Rulin Hechter is an infectious disease epidemiologist in the Department of Research & Evaluation and an adjunct assistant professor of Epidemiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on the prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. She also studies the impact of psychiatric disorders and substance abuse on health outcomes and care engagement among patients affected by other chronic comorbidities, including HIV/AIDS. Her other research interests include vaccine safety and effectiveness, and disparity of and barriers to vaccine uptake. She has considerable experience leading and collaborating on multisite studies.

Dr. Hechter has worked on many large government- and industry-sponsored epidemiologic and intervention studies. She has extensive experience using automated health care data for research. This includes her role as site principal investigator of the Health Systems Node of the Clinical Trials Network funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and as site PI

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of several grants to improve PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) screening in primary care, enhance patient engagement in addiction treatment, and study opioid use outcomes.

Areas of Focus

  • HIV & infectious disease epidemiology and health services research
  • Substance abuse treatment and patient engagement
  • PrEP uptake and adherence
  • Vaccine uptake, safety, and effectiveness

Education

MD, Preventive Medicine
Soochow Medical College
Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China
PhD, Epidemiology
UCLA, Fielding School of Public Health
Los Angeles, California
MS, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Fudan University, School of Public Health
Shanghai, China

Honors and Awards

Muliple Chronic Conditions Scholar, AGING Initiative, Health Care Systems Research Network-Older Americans Independence Centers, 2019
Scholarships, 21st and 22nd International AIDS Conference, International AIDS Society, 2016 and 2018
Scholarship, UCLA HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse and Trauma Training Program, 2015–2017
Claudette Gravell Award for Excellence in HIV/HCV Research, Kaiser Permanente, 2015
Young Investigator Scholarship, Annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Investions, 2015