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Carrie Graham, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
DepartmentSocial Behavioral Sciences
Address3333 California Street
San Francisco CA 94104
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    University of California, San FranciscoPhD Sociology2002Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Miami UniversityMaster of Gerontological Studies1995Scripps Gerontology Center
    University of California, San DiegoBachelors in Sociology and African Studies1992Sociology
    University of California, San FranciscoHealth Policy Fellowship2002Institute for Health Policy Studies

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    Carrie Graham, Ph.D, MGS, is a health policy researcher with a doctorate in Medical Sociology and a master's degree in Gerontological Studies. She is an Associate Adjunct Professor at the UCSF Institute for Health and Aging and holds a joint faculty appointment at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. She is the principal investigator of several studies examining the experiences and choices of seniors and people with disabilities who are transitioning to managed care delivery systems and programs that integrate Medi-Cal, Medicare, and long-term services and supports. She is currently leading a multi-campus evaluation of California’s dual financial alignment demonstration, the Coordinated Care Initiative. She also evaluates consumer-directed organizations that work to promote aging in community, called Villages.

    Dr. Graham has been working in the field of health policy, gerontology and evaluation research for 20 years. She specializes in using a participatory evaluation approach that incorporates the perspectives of consumers and stakeholders in all phases of evaluation, from the evaluation design through the interpretation of results. She conducts research with hard to reach populations including frail seniors, people with disabilities, people with chronic illnesses and people with no or limited English proficiency. To answer complex policy questions, she often uses mixed-methods, incorporating both qualitative data from interviews or focus groups as well as quantitative survey data.


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    1. Graham, CL. Stewart, HC., Kurtovich, E. Liu, PJ. .Integration of Medicare and Medicaid for dually eligible beneficiaries: A focus group study examining beneficiary early experiences in California’s dual financial alignment demonstration. Disability and Health Journal. 2018; 11(1):130-138.
    2. Graham, CL. Scharlach AE. Stark B.Impact of the Village Model: Results of a National Survey. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. 2017; 5(60):335-354.
    3. Graham, C. Scharlach, AE, Kurtovich, E. .Do Villages Promote Aging in Place?: Results of a longitudinal study. Journal of Applied Gerontology. 2016; 37(3):310-331.
    4. Hollister, B, Davies, M, Mokler, P, Graham, C. .Working with Managed Care Organizations: Opportunities for Long Term Care Ombudsman to improve the quality of care for residents of LTC facilities. Aging Today. 2016.
    5. Graham, C., and McDonnell, D.D.Seniors’ and People with Disabilities’ Experiences with Mandatory Medicaid Managed Care in California: Populations to Target for Additional Support during Transitions. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2016; 27(4):1819-1842.
    6. McDonnell, D.D., and Graham, C.L.Medicaid Beneficiaries In California Reported Less Positive Experiences When Assigned To A Managed Care Plan. Health Affairs. 2015; 34(3):447-454.
    7. Scharlach, AE. Graham, C., Berridge, C. .An integrated model of Community-Based Care. The Gerontologist. 2015; 55(4):677-87.
    8. Graham, C., Scharlach, AE, Price-Wolf, J.The impact of the “Village” model on health, well-being and social engagement of older adults. Journal of Health Education and Behavior, Special Supplement: Fostering Engagement and Independence: Opportunities and Challenges for an Aging Society. 2014; 41(1):Suppl 91S-97S.
    9. Scharlach, A, Davitt, J, Lehning, A, Greenfield, E, Graham, C.Does the Village model help to foster age-friendly communities?. Journal of Aging and Social Policy. 2014; 26(1-2):181-196.
    10. Greenfield, E, Scharlach, A, Lehning, A, Davitt, J. Graham, C. .A Tale of Two Community Initiatives for Promoting Aging in Place: Similarities and Differences in the National Implementation of NORC Programs and Villages. The Gerontologist. 2013; 53(6):928-938.
    11. Scharlach, A, Graham, C, Lehning, A. .The Village Model: A Consumer-Driven Approach for Aging in Place. The Gerontologist. 2012; 52(3):418-427.
    12. Graham, C., Kurtovich, E. Ivey, S, Neuhauser, L.Fee for Service and Managed Care for Senior and People with Disabilities on Medicaid: Implications for the Managed Care Mandate in California. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2011; 22:1413-1423.
    13. Kurtovich, E, Ivey, SL, Neuhauser, L, Graham, C, Constantine, W, Barkan, H. .Evaluation of a multi-lingual mass communication intervention for seniors and persons with disabilities on Medicaid: a randomized controlled trial. Health Services Research. 2010; 45(2):397-417.
    14. Neuhauser, L, Rothschild, B, Graham, C, Ivey, S, Konishi, S. .Participatory Design of Mass Health Communication in Three Languages for Seniors and People with Disabilities on Medicaid. Journal of Public Health. 2009; 99(12):2188-2195.
    15. Graham, C. Ivey, S. Neuhauser, L.From Hospital to Home: Assessing the Transitional Care Needs of Vulnerable Seniors. The Gerontologist. 2009; 49(1):23-33.
    16. Newcomer, R. Kang, T. Graham, C. .Outcomes in a Nursing home transition Case Management Program targeting new Admissions. The Gerontologist. 2006; 46(3):385-390.
    17. Graham, C. Anderson, L. Newcomer, R. .Nursing Home Transitions: Providing Assistance to Caregivers in Transition Program. Lippencott's Case Management. 2005; 10(2):93-101.