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Alissa Bernstein, PhD, MPH, MA

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Institute for Health Policy Studies
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address490 Illinois Street
San Francisco CA 94107
Phone415-476-9750
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    Stanford UniversityBA2006Cultural & Social Anthropology
    Stanford UniversityMA2007Cultural & Social Anthropology
    University of California, BerkeleyMPH2014Public Health
    University of California, Berkeley-University of California, San FranciscoPhD2015Medical Anthropology
    Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, UCSFPostdoctoral Fellow2018Health Policy
    Global Brain Health Institute, UCSFAtlantic Fellow2018Equity in Brain Health
    Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, UCSFAHRQ T32 Fellowship2019Health Policy
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    University of California, San Francisco2020  - 2021Population Health and Health Equity Scholar
    Alzheimer's Association and Global Brain Health Institute2016  - 2018Pilot Award for Global Brain Health Leaders
    National Science Foundation2011  - 2012Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant
    Wenner-Gren Foundation2011  - 2012Dissertation Research Grant
    Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Program2009  - 2014Foreign Language and Area Studies Program Fellowship

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    Alissa Bernstein, PhD, MPH, MA is a medical anthropologist and health policy researcher focused on understanding and improving the assessment, diagnosis, and care of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, with a specific focus on primary care. She also conducts research focused on care navigation to support people with dementia and their caregivers and building palliative care approaches in memory care settings. Dr. Bernstein teaches fellows and Master's students on topics that include qualitative research methods, implementation science, community-based participatory research, and human-centered design. Dr. Bernstein is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences within the UCSF School of Medicine, and is core faculty in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, as well as faculty in the Global Brain Health Institute at UCSF.

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    Mapping the Dynamics of Caregiver Burden in Alzheimer's Disease
    NIH/NIA-S 1K01AG059840-01A1Jun 15, 2020 - Jun 30, 2025
    Role: Principal Investigator
    The UCSF Brain Health Assessment for the Detection of Cognitive Impairment Among Diverse Populations in Primary Care
    NIH/NINDS UH3NS105557Apr 1, 2020 - Aug 31, 2022
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Understanding How Comorbid Conditions Impact Primary Care Management of Dementia
    California Department of Public Health Alzheimer's Disease Program 19-10615Apr 1, 2020 - Jul 1, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Implementation for Dementia Diagnosis in Primary Care Practice (AIDDPCP)
    California Department of Public Health Alzheimer's Research Grant 18-10612Jun 26, 2019 - Jun 27, 2024
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Palliative Care for Persons with Dementia
    Global Brain Health Institute 543717Sep 1, 2018 - May 1, 2020
    Role: Co-Investigator
    The Care Ecosystem: Navigating patients and caregivers through stages of dementia care
    NIH/NIA R01AG056715Sep 30, 2017 - May 31, 2022
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Achieving ethical integration in the development of novel neurotechnologies
    NIH/NIMH R01MH114860Sep 13, 2017 - May 31, 2021
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Brain Health Promotion and Dementia Prevention among Bay Area Latinos
    Alzheimer's Association and Global Brain Health Institute 543717Nov 30, 2016 - Oct 31, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Using care navigation to address caregiver burden in dementia: A qualitative case study analysis. Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2020; 6(1):e12010. Bernstein A, Merrilees J, Dulaney S, Harrison KL, Chiong W, Ong P, Heunis J, Choi J, Walker R, Feuer JE, Lee K, Dohan D, Bonasera SJ, Miller BL, Possin KL. PMID: 32377557.
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    2. Dementia assessment and management in primary care settings: a survey of current provider practices in the United States. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 Nov 29; 19(1):919. Bernstein A, Rogers KM, Possin KL, Steele NZR, Ritchie CS, Kramer JH, Geschwind M, Higgins JJ, Wohlgemuth J, Pesano R, Miller BL, Rankin KP. PMID: 31783848.
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    3. Effect of Collaborative Dementia Care via Telephone and Internet on Quality of Life, Caregiver Well-being, and Health Care Use: The Care Ecosystem Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2019 Sep 30. Possin KL, Merrilees JJ, Dulaney S, Bonasera SJ, Chiong W, Lee K, Hooper SM, Allen IE, Braley T, Bernstein A, Rosa TD, Harrison K, Begert-Hellings H, Kornak J, Kahn JG, Naasan G, Lanata S, Clark AM, Chodos A, Gearhart R, Ritchie C, Miller BL. PMID: 31566651.
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    4. Primary Care Provider Attitudes and Practices Evaluating and Managing Patients with Neurocognitive Disorders. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 09; 34(9):1691-1692. Bernstein A, Rogers KM, Possin KL, Steele NZR, Ritchie CS, Miller BL, Rankin KP. PMID: 31044411.
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    5. Variations in Costs of a Collaborative Care Model for Dementia. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 12; 67(12):2628-2633. Rosa TD, Possin KL, Bernstein A, Merrilees J, Dulaney S, Matuoka J, Lee KP, Chiong W, Bonasera SJ, Harrison KL, Kahn JG. PMID: 31317539.
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    6. Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Health Policy. Human Organization. 2019; 78(1):75-84. Bernstein A, Razon N.View Publication.
    7. The Role of Care Navigators Working with People with Dementia and Their Caregivers. J Alzheimers Dis. 2019; 71(1):45-55. Bernstein A, Harrison KL, Dulaney S, Merrilees J, Bowhay A, Heunis J, Choi J, Feuer JE, Clark AM, Chiong W, Lee K, Braley TL, Bonasera SJ, Ritchie CS, Dohan D, Miller BL, Possin KL. PMID: 31322558.
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    8. Proliferating Policy: Technologies, Performance, and Aesthetics in the Circulation and Governance of Health Care Reform in Bolivia. Political and Legal Anthropology Review. 2018; 42(2):262-276. Bernstein A.. View Publication.
    9. The Care Ecosystem: Promoting self-efficacy among dementia family caregivers. Dementia (London). 2018 Nov 29; 1471301218814121. Merrilees JJ, Bernstein A, Dulaney S, Heunis J, Walker R, Rah E, Choi J, Gawlas K, Carroll S, Ong P, Feuer J, Braley T, Clark AM, Lee K, Chiong W, Bonasera SJ, Miller BL, Possin KL. PMID: 30497302.
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    10. “The Gray Zone”; “It Works for Us.”. hear/say: Stories About Aging, Dementia, Art, and Life, ed. Caroline Prileau and Jennifer Merrilees. 2017. Bernstein A..
    11. Development of an adaptive, personalized, and scalable dementia care program: Early findings from the Care Ecosystem. PLoS Med. 2017 03; 14(3):e1002260. Possin KL, Merrilees J, Bonasera SJ, Bernstein A, Chiong W, Lee K, Wilson L, Hooper SM, Dulaney S, Braley T, Laohavanich S, Feuer JE, Clark AM, Schaffer MW, Schenk AK, Heunis J, Ong P, Cook KM, Bowhay AD, Gearhart R, Chodos A, Naasan G, Bindman AB, Dohan D, Ritchie C, Miller BL. PMID: 28323819.
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    12. Personal and political histories in the designing of health reform policy in Bolivia. Soc Sci Med. 2017 03; 177:231-238. Bernstein A. PMID: 28192712.
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    13. Beyond the Case: Competing Logics and Practices of Comparative Ethnography (ed. Abrams and Gong). Using Computational Tools to Enhance Comparative Ethnography: Lessons from Scaling Ethnography for Biomedicine. Bernstein A, Dohan D.
    14. Health Travels: Cuban?Health(care) On and Off the Island (ed. Nancy Burke). Transformative Medical Education and the Making of New Clinical Subjectivities Through Cuban-Bolivian Medical Diplomacy. Bernstein A.. View Publication.
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