Ellen Kersten, PhD

TitlePostdoctoral Scholar
SchoolUCSF School of Nursing
DepartmentSocial Behavioral Sciences
Address401 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco CA 94143
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    University of California, San FranciscoPostdoctoral Fellowship2015-17Clinical Services Research
    University of California, BerkeleyPhD2009-14Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
    University of California, Los AngelesBA2002-06Geography and Political Science
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    Institute for Healthcare Advancement2016Best Published Materials
    National Science Foundation Center for Research, Excellence and Diversity in Team Science2016Selected Participant
    US Environmental Protection Agency2011  - 2014Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship
    Preventing Chronic Disease2012Student Research Contest Winner
    University of California, Berkeley Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management2011  - 2012Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor

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    Ellen is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry’s Clinical Services Research Training Program. She investigates how neighborhood, institutional, and structural factors contribute to health outcomes and disparities. As an interdisciplinary population health researcher with expertise in spatial analysis, Ellen seeks to conduct research that integrates data across clinical and community settings to better inform health interventions and polices to advance health equity.

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    Health Effects After Renovation (HEAR)
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Feb 1, 2017 - Feb 1, 2019
    Role: Co-Investigator, Lead Spatial and Quantitative Analyst
    Role Description: Using patient-level clinical data from ZSFGH and UCSF hospitals, we are assessing changes in healthcare utilization and outcomes for populations living in public housing sites in San Francisco undergoing renovation through the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program.
    Community Health After Neighborhood Transformation (CHANT) Study
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nov 1, 2016 - Nov 1, 2019
    Role: Co-Investigator, Lead Spatial and Quantitative Analyst
    Role Description: Evaluating how institutional level changes through state and federal government housing policies and practices, specifically redevelopment efforts, affects resident and community-level health and social well-being.
    Cumulative Neighborhood Crime Effects on Early Childhood Socioemotional Development
    May 1, 2016 - Dec 31, 2017
    Role: First author, manuscript in progress
    Role Description: Investigating how cumulative exposure to neighborhood crime during prenatal, infancy, and early childhood periods affect socioemotional development outcomes for children. This work is part of Conditions Affecting Neurocognitive Development and Learning in Early Childhood (CANDLE), a longitudinal birth cohort study in Memphis, TN.
    Association of Neighborhood Child Opportunity Index with Individual-Level Pediatric Acute Care Use and Diagnoses

    Role: First author, manuscript under review
    Role Description: The first study to evaluate the association between individual-level healthcare utilization and a novel composite measure of neighborhood context.

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    1. Gottlieb L, Glymour MM, Kersten E, Taing E, Hagan E, Vlahov D, Adler NE. Challenges to an integrated population health research agenda: Targets, scale, tradeoffs and timing. Soc Sci Med. 2016 Feb; 150:279-85. PMID: 26794721.
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    2. Laraia BA, Blanchard SD, Karter AJ, Jones-Smith JC, Warton M, Kersten E, Jerrett M, Moffet HH, Adler N, Schillinger D, Kelly M. Spatial pattern of body mass index among adults in the diabetes study of Northern California (DISTANCE). Int J Health Geogr. 2014 Dec 04; 13:48. PMID: 25471753; PMCID: PMC4320620.
    3. Kersten EE, LeWinn KZ, Gottlieb L, Jutte DP, Adler NE. San Francisco children living in redeveloped public housing used acute services less than children in older public housing. Health Aff (Millwood). 2014 Dec; 33(12):2230-7. PMID: 25489043.
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    4. Jones-Smith JC, Karter AJ, Warton EM, Kelly M, Kersten E, Moffet HH, Adler N, Schillinger D, Laraia BA. Obesity and the food environment: income and ethnicity differences among people with diabetes: the Diabetes Study of Northern California (DISTANCE). Diabetes Care. 2013 Sep; 36(9):2697-705. PMID: 23637355; PMCID: PMC3747875.
    5. Kersten E, Laraia B, Kelly M, Adler N, Yen IH. Small food stores and availability of nutritious foods: a comparison of database and in-store measures, Northern California, 2009. Prev Chronic Dis. 2012; 9:E127. PMID: 22789445; PMCID: PMC3468308.
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