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Krista Harrison, PhD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
DepartmentMedicine
Phone415-502-4684
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    Global Brain Health Institute, UCSFAtlantic Fellow2019Equity in Brain Health
    University of California, San FranciscoAging Research T32 Fellowship2017Geriatrics
    University of California, San FranciscoCertificate2016Implementation Science
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HeathPhD2013Health Policy & Management
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthAHRQ NRSA2010Health Services Research
    Williams CollegeBA2004Biology, English
    Oxford University2002Biology, English
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    University of California San Francisco2018  - 2021CTSI KL2 Career Development Award
    National Palliative Care Research Center2018  - 2020NPCRC Junior Faculty Career Development Award
    University of California San Francisco2018  - 2020Hellman Fellows Program
    University of California San Francisco2017  - 2019UCSF Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) Research Scholar
    American Academy of Home Care Medicine2017Trainee Poster of the Year
    Johns Hopkins University 2012  - 2013Victor P. Raymond Memorial Fund, Health Policy and Management Endowment Award
    N Street Village2007  - 2008President’s Volunteer Service Award
    Daughters of the American Revolution 2000Good Citizen Award

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    Krista Harrison, PhD, is a health services researcher focused on improving systems of palliative 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, an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute, and a Pepper Center Scholar.

    Dr. Harrison completed her undergraduate degree in Biology and English at Williams College; a PhD in Bioethics, Health Policy & Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and a postdoctoral research fellowship in Geriatrics at UCSF. 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.

    Dr. Harrison’s goal is to build a research program that improves systems of care for vulnerable older adults with serious illness. Her work focuses on palliative care for older adults living at home with severe dementia and on improving the quality of home-based primary care and palliative care. Her expertise includes qualitative and quantitative research methods, implementation science, health policy ethics, and the translation of research to policy.


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    1. Harrison K, Taylor HA, Merritt MW. Action Guide for Addressing Ethical Challenges of Resource Allocation Within Community-Based Healthcare Organizations. J Clin Ethics. 2018; 29(2):124-138. PMID: 29916829.
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    2. Hunt LJ, Lee SJ, Harrison K, Smith AK. Secondary Analysis of Existing Datasets for Dementia and Palliative Care Research: High-Value Applications and Key Considerations. J Palliat Med. 2018 Feb; 21(2):130-142. PMID: 29265949.
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    3. Petrillo LA, Dzeng E, Harrison K, Forbes L, Scribner B, Koenig BA. How California Prepared for Implementation of Physician-Assisted Death: A Primer. Am J Public Health. 2017 Jun; 107(6):883-888. PMID: 28426307.
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    4. Harrison K, Dzeng E, Ritchie CS, Shanafelt TD, Kamal AH, Bull JH, Tilburt JC, Swetz KM. Addressing Palliative Care Clinician Burnout in Organizations: A Workforce Necessity, an Ethical Imperative. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 Jun; 53(6):1091-1096. PMID: 28196784.
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    5. Harrison K, Adrion ER, Ritchie CS, Sudore RL, Smith AK. Low Completion and Disparities in Advance Care Planning Activities Among Older Medicare Beneficiaries. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Dec 01; 176(12):1872-1875. PMID: 27802496.
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    6. Harrison K, Taylor HA. Healthcare resource allocation decisions affecting uninsured services. J Health Organ Manag. 2016 Nov 21; 30(8):1162-1182. PMID: 27934550.
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    7. Harrison K, Connor SR. First Medicare Demonstration of Concurrent Provision of Curative and Hospice Services for End-of-Life Care. Am J Public Health. 2016 Aug; 106(8):1405-8. PMID: 27310352; PMCID: PMC4940650 [Available on 08/01/17].
    8. Harrison K, Taylor HA. Organizational values in the provision of access to care for the uninsured. AJOB Empir Bioeth. 2016; 7(4):240-250. PMID: 28781981.
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    9. Harrison K, Boyden JY, Kalish VB, Muir JC, Richardson S, Connor SR. A Hospice Rotation for Military Medical Residents: A Mixed Methods, Multi-Perspective Program Evaluation. J Palliat Med. 2016 May; 19(5):542-8. PMID: 27139524.
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    10. Kamal AH, Harrison K, Bakitas M, Dionne-Odom JN, Zubkoff L, Akyar I, Pantilat SZ, O'Riordan DL, Bragg AR, Bischoff KE, Bull J. Improving the Quality of Palliative Care Through National and Regional Collaboration Efforts. Cancer Control. 2015 Oct; 22(4):396-402. PMID: 26678966.
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    11. Davis MS, Harrison K, Rice JF, Logan A, Hess B, Fine PG, Muir JC. A Model for Effective and Efficient Hospice Care: Proactive Telephone-Based Enhancement of Life Through Excellent Caring, "TeleCaring" in Advanced Illness. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2015 Sep; 50(3):414-8. PMID: 25896105.
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    12. Harrison K, Errett NA, Rutkow L, Thompson CB, Anderson MK, Ferrell JL, Freiheit JM, Hudson R, Koch MM, McKee M, Mejia-Echeverry A, Spitzer JB, Storey D, Barnett DJ. An intervention for enhancing public health crisis response willingness among local health department workers: a qualitative programmatic analysis. Am J Disaster Med. 2014; 9(2):87-96. PMID: 25068938.
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    13. Barnett DJ, Thompson CB, Semon NL, Errett NA, Harrison K, Anderson MK, Ferrell JL, Freiheit JM, Hudson R, McKee M, Mejia-Echeverry A, Spitzer J, Balicer RD, Links JM, Storey JD. EPPM and willingness to respond: the role of risk and efficacy communication in strengthening public health emergency response systems. Health Commun. 2014; 29(6):598-609. PMID: 23799806.
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    14. Harrison K, Farrell RM, Brinich MA, Highland J, Mercer M, McCormick JB, Tilburt J, Geller G, Marshall P, Sharp RR. 'Someone should oversee it': patient perspectives on the ethical issues arising with the regulation of probiotics. Health Expect. 2015 Apr; 18(2):250-61. PMID: 23279082; PMCID: PMC4022694.
    15. Geller G, Harrison K, Rushton CH. Ethical challenges in the care of children and families affected by life-limiting neuromuscular diseases. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2012 Sep; 33(7):548-61. PMID: 22947883.
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    16. Harrison K, Geller G, Marshall P, Tilburt J, Mercer M, Brinich MA, Highland J, Farrell RM, Sharp RR. Ethical Discourse about the Modification of Food for Therapeutic Purposes: How Patients with Gastrointestinal Diseases View the Good, the Bad, and the Healthy. AJOB Prim Res. 2012 Jul 01; 3(3):12-20. PMID: 22773953.
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    17. Mercer M, Brinich MA, Geller G, Harrison K, Highland J, James K, Marshall P, McCormick JB, Tilburt J, Achkar JP, Farrell RM, Sharp RR. How patients view probiotics: findings from a multicenter study of patients with inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2012 Feb; 46(2):138-44. PMID: 21716123; PMCID: PMC3202682.
    18. Mathias CB, Freyschmidt EJ, Caplan B, Jones T, Poddighe D, Xing W, Harrison K, Gurish MF, Oettgen HC. IgE influences the number and function of mature mast cells, but not progenitor recruitment in allergic pulmonary inflammation. J Immunol. 2009 Feb 15; 182(4):2416-24. PMID: 19201896; PMCID: PMC2653867.
    19. Marvin M, O'Rourke D, Kurihara T, Juliano CE, Harrison K, Hutson LD. Developmental expression patterns of the zebrafish small heat shock proteins. Dev Dyn. 2008 Feb; 237(2):454-63. PMID: 18161059.
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    20. Bryce PJ, Mathias CB, Harrison K, Watanabe T, Geha RS, Oettgen HC. The H1 histamine receptor regulates allergic lung responses. J Clin Invest. 2006 Jun; 116(6):1624-32. PMID: 16680192; PMCID: PMC1448167.
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