Krista Harrison, PhD, is a health policy, ethics, and health services researcher focused on improving systems of care for older adults with dementia and other serious illnesses who live in home- and community-based settings.
Dr. Harrison is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatrics within the UCSF School of Medicine, affiliated with the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, and a Senior Atlantic Fellow of the Global Brain Health Institute. She is also Associate Director of the T32 Aging Research Program, Associate Director of Analytic Research Operations, and Division Wellness Officer in the Division of Geriatrics.
Dr. Harrison’s research aims to transform clinical practice, health systems, and health policy for older adults with serious illness. Her work focuses on older adults living at home with dementia and the quality of home-based medical care. Her expertise includes qualitative and quantitative research methods, health policy ethics, implementation science, and the translation of research to policy.
Dr. Harrison completed a PhD in Bioethics, Health Policy & Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, postdoctoral training in aging research, implementation science, and brain health at UCSF; she obtained her undergraduate training in biology and english at Williams College. In addition, Dr. Harrison previously contributed to national program evaluations at Mathematica Policy Research and served as Director of Research and Education at Capital Caring, a large community-based non-profit hospice and palliative care provider serving the Washington DC metropolitan area.