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Ellen Kersten, PhD

TitlePostdoctoral Scholar
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentPsychiatry
Address401 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco CA 94143
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    University of California, BerkeleyPhD2014Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
    University of California, Los AngelesBA2006Geography and Political Science
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    US Environmental Protection Agency2011 - 2014Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship
    Preventing Chronic Disease2012 - 2012Student 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 is interested in understanding how neighborhood, institutional, and structural factors contribute to health outcomes and disparities. She is currently working with Dr. Kaja LeWinn to analyze data from the CANDLE study, with a focus on how residential and socioeconomic contexts affect early childhood socioemotional and neurocognitive outcomes. As an interdisciplinary population health researcher and spatial analyst, 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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    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; 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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