Krista Harrison, PhD
Assistant Professor
School of Medicine 415-502-4684

Krista Harrison, PhD, is a health policy, ethics, and health services researcher focused on improving systems of care for older adults with dementia and other serious illnesses who live in home- and community-based settings.

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Dr. Harrison is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatrics within the UCSF School of Medicine, affiliated with the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, and a Senior Atlantic Fellow of the Global Brain Health Institute. She is also Associate Director of the T32 Aging Research Program, Associate Director of Analytic Research Operations, and Division Wellness Officer in the Division of Geriatrics.

Dr. Harrison’s research aims to transform clinical practice, health systems, and health policy for older adults with serious illness. Her work focuses on older adults living at home with dementia and the quality of home-based medical care. Her expertise includes qualitative and quantitative research methods, health policy ethics, implementation science, and the translation of research to policy.

Dr. Harrison completed a PhD in Bioethics, Health Policy & Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, postdoctoral training in aging research, implementation science, and brain health at UCSF; she obtained her undergraduate training in biology and english at Williams College. In addition, Dr. Harrison previously contributed to national program evaluations at Mathematica Policy Research and served as Director of Research and Education at Capital Caring, a large community-based non-profit hospice and palliative care provider serving the Washington DC metropolitan area.


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  • GeriPal Mentor of the Year, UCSF Geriatrics and Palliative Care Fellowship, 2021
  • NIA Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01), National Institute on Aging, 2019-2024
  • 2019 UCSF MSTAR Research Mentor Award, UCSF Medical Students Training in Aging Research (MSTAR), 2019
  • CTSI KL2 Career Development Award, University of California San Francisco, 2018-2021
  • Pilot Awards for Global Brain Health Leaders, Alzheimer's Association/Global Brain Health Institute, 2018-2020
  • NPCRC Junior Faculty Career Development Award, National Palliative Care Research Center, 2018-2020
  • Hellman Fellows Program, University of California San Francisco, 2018-2020
  • UCSF Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) Research Scholar, University of California San Francisco, 2017-2019

Education & Training

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  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion Training University of California 05/2021
  • Atlantic Fellow Equity in Brain Health Global Brain Health Institute, UCSF 2019
  • T32 Fellowship Aging Research University of California 2017
  • Certificate Implementation Science University of California 2016
  • PhD Bioethics, Health Policy & Management Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Heath 2013
  • AHRQ NRSA Health Services Research Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 2010
  • BA Biology, English Williams College 2004
  • Biology, English Oxford University 2002


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  • organizational values
  • home-based medical care
  • health policy ethics
  • implementation science
  • dementia
  • advanced illness care
  • population health
  • public health ethics
  • disparities
  • Geriatrics
  • qualitative methods
  • hospice and palliative care
  • advance care planning
  • mixed-methods


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Grants and Projects

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Publications (53)

Top publication keywords:
HospicesCaregiversSalaries and Fringe BenefitsMultiple Chronic ConditionsPalliative CareAdvance Care PlanningHospice CareGriefMedicareTerminal CareHomebound PersonsIntersectoral CollaborationResource AllocationHome Care ServicesDementia

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