Faculty ProfilesKrista Harrison, PhD
Krista Lyn Harrison, PhD is a health services researcher studying serious illness care for aging adults and their families. She is currently a research fellow in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
After completing her PhD in Bioethics, Health Policy & Management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dr. Harrison served as Director of Research at a large community-based non-profit hospice and palliative care provider serving the Washington DC metropolitan area. She was responsible for clinical trials, health services research, program evaluation of education and quality improvement initiatives, and research training for physician fellows and other trainees. Before pursuing her doctoral degree, she participated in health care program implementation and evaluation at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington D.C. and laboratory research in the Department of Allergy and Immunology at Children's Hospital, Boston.
Dr. Harrison's goal is to build a research program that improves access to and quality of care for vulnerable older adults with serious illness. Her work currently focuses on geriatric palliative care for homebound older adults with dementia and their caregivers. Her expertise includes mixed and qualitative research methods, implementation science, ethics issues in the organization and provision of health care, and the translation of research to policy.
Education and Training
|Location||Degree or Training||Specialty||Date|
|University of California, San Francisco||Research Fellowship||Geriatrics||2017|
|University of California, San Francisco||certificate||Implementation Science||2016|
|Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Heath||PhD||Health Policy & Management||2013|
Geriatrics, advance care planning, advanced illness care, disparities, health policy ethics, home-based medical care, hospice and palliative care, implementation science, mixed-methods., organizational values, population health, public health ethics, qualitative methodsRecent Articles (17)
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 1; 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.