RESEARCH INTERESTS:Professor Takahashi's research focuses on public and social service delivery to vulnerable populations in the US and in Southeast Asian cities. Her expertise spans several issues, including homelessness and HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles, community opposition directed at social services (the NIMBY syndrome) in the US, social capital and health for vulnerable populations, and environmental governance in the US and Southeast Asian cities.
CURRENT PROJECTS: She is currently engaged in projects with her community partner, APAIT Health Center in Los Angeles that include a random controlled study of an adaptation of an evidence based intervention originally designed for African Amerian women that is now being evaluated for Chinese speaking immigrant female masseuses, a continuing study of HIV and viral hepatitis co-infection among Asian Americans in Southern California, and evaluating organizational capacity building for HIV prevention service delivery. She is also working with colleagues in Social Welfare (Laura Abrams) on beginning a study of realignment in California, with particular focus on Los Angeles, and the impact of transfer of state prisoners to county jails and probation. She is also beginning new research with Professor Abrams and Dexter Voisin (University of Chicago) on violence exposure and its relationship to juvenile justice system involvement and adolescent risk behaviors. Her environmental governance research (with her collaborators Amrita Daniere and Jeffrey Carpenter) has investigated the role of low-income residents and non-governmental organizations in environmental management and policy making in Bangkok, Thailand and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
As Director of the University of California Asian American and Pacific Islander Policy Multicampus Research Program (UC AAPI Policy MRP), Professor Takahashi has worked with state elected officials and community organizations to develop policy relevant studies that highlight areas of importance for California's AAPI population. Recent reports have focused on educational disparities and victimization/incarceration patterns.
COURSES TAUGHT: Advanced Planning Theory and History I, II