Faculty ProfilesKrista Harrison, PhD
Krista Harrison, PhD, is a health services researcher focused on improving systems of palliative care for older adults with dementia and other serious illnesses who live in home- and community-based settings. Dr. Harrison is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatrics within the UCSF School of Medicine, an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute, and a Pepper Center Scholar.
Dr. Harrison completed her undergraduate degree in Biology and English at Williams College; a PhD in Bioethics, Health Policy & Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and a postdoctoral research fellowship in Geriatrics at UCSF. 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.
Dr. Harrison's goal is to build a research program that improves systems of care for vulnerable older adults with serious illness. Her work focuses on palliative care for older adults living at home with severe dementia and on improving the quality of home-based primary care and palliative care. Her expertise includes qualitative and quantitative research methods, implementation science, health policy ethics, and the translation of research to policy.
Education and Training
|Location||Degree or Training||Specialty||Date|
|Global Brain Health Institute, UCSF||Atlantic Fellow||Equity in Brain Health||09/2019|
|University of California, San Francisco||Aging Research T32 Fellowship||Geriatrics||2017|
|University of California, San Francisco||Certificate||Implementation Science||2016|
|Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Heath||PhD||Health Policy & Management||2013|
|Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health||AHRQ NRSA||Health Services Research||2010|
|Williams College||BA||Biology, English||2004|
|Oxford University||Biology, English||2002|
Geriatrics, advance care planning, advanced illness care, dementia, disparities, health policy ethics, home-based medical care, hospice and palliative care, implementation science, mixed-methods., organizational values, population health, public health ethics, qualitative methodsAwards and Honors
UCSF Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) Research Scholar, University of California San Francisco, 2017-2019
Trainee Poster of the Year, American Academy of Home Care Medicine, 2017
Victor P. Raymond Memorial Fund, Health Policy and Management Endowment Award, Johns Hopkins University, 2012-2013
President’s Volunteer Service Award, N Street Village, 2007-2008
Good Citizen Award, Daughters of the American Revolution, 2000
Recent Articles (19)
Harrison KL, Dzeng E, Ritchie CS, Shanafelt TD, Kamal AH, Bull JH, Tilburt JC, Swetz KM. Addressing Palliative Care Clinician Burnout in Organizations: A Workforce Necessity, an Ethical Imperative. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 Jun; 53(6):1091-1096.
Harrison KL, Adrion ER, Ritchie CS, Sudore RL, Smith AK. Low Completion and Disparities in Advance Care Planning Activities Among Older Medicare Beneficiaries. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Dec 01; 176(12):1872-1875.
Harrison KL, Boyden JY, Kalish VB, Muir JC, Richardson S, Connor SR. A Hospice Rotation for Military Medical Residents: A Mixed Methods, Multi-Perspective Program Evaluation. J Palliat Med. 2016 May; 19(5):542-8.
Kamal AH, Harrison KL, Bakitas M, Dionne-Odom JN, Zubkoff L, Akyar I, Pantilat SZ, O'Riordan DL, Bragg AR, Bischoff KE, Bull J. Improving the Quality of Palliative Care Through National and Regional Collaboration Efforts. Cancer Control. 2015 Oct; 22(4):396-402.
Davis MS, Harrison KL, Rice JF, Logan A, Hess B, Fine PG, Muir JC. A Model for Effective and Efficient Hospice Care: Proactive Telephone-Based Enhancement of Life Through Excellent Caring, "TeleCaring" in Advanced Illness. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2015 Sep; 50(3):414-8.
Harrison KL, Errett NA, Rutkow L, Thompson CB, Anderson MK, Ferrell JL, Freiheit JM, Hudson R, Koch MM, McKee M, Mejia-Echeverry A, Spitzer JB, Storey D, Barnett DJ. An intervention for enhancing public health crisis response willingness among local health department workers: a qualitative programmatic analysis. Am J Disaster Med. 2014; 9(2):87-96.
Barnett DJ, Thompson CB, Semon NL, Errett NA, Harrison KL, Anderson MK, Ferrell JL, Freiheit JM, Hudson R, McKee M, Mejia-Echeverry A, Spitzer J, Balicer RD, Links JM, Storey JD. EPPM and willingness to respond: the role of risk and efficacy communication in strengthening public health emergency response systems. Health Commun. 2014; 29(6):598-609.
Harrison KL, Farrell RM, Brinich MA, Highland J, Mercer M, McCormick JB, Tilburt J, Geller G, Marshall P, Sharp RR. 'Someone should oversee it': patient perspectives on the ethical issues arising with the regulation of probiotics. Health Expect. 2015 Apr; 18(2):250-61.
Harrison KL, Geller G, Marshall P, Tilburt J, Mercer M, Brinich MA, Highland J, Farrell RM, Sharp RR. Ethical Discourse about the Modification of Food for Therapeutic Purposes: How Patients with Gastrointestinal Diseases View the Good, the Bad, and the Healthy. AJOB Prim Res. 2012 Jul 01; 3(3):12-20.
Mercer M, Brinich MA, Geller G, Harrison K, Highland J, James K, Marshall P, McCormick JB, Tilburt J, Achkar JP, Farrell RM, Sharp RR. How patients view probiotics: findings from a multicenter study of patients with inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2012 Feb; 46(2):138-44.
Mathias CB, Freyschmidt EJ, Caplan B, Jones T, Poddighe D, Xing W, Harrison KL, Gurish MF, Oettgen HC. IgE influences the number and function of mature mast cells, but not progenitor recruitment in allergic pulmonary inflammation. J Immunol. 2009 Feb 15; 182(4):2416-24.