Rita Hamad, MD, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Family Community Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    Harvard UniversityAB2003Chemistry
    University of California BerkeleyMPH, MS2008Health & Medical Sciences
    University of California San FranciscoMD2010Medicine
    UCSF - Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency2013Family Medicine
    Stanford UniversityPhD2017Epidemiology
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    UCSF2018  - 2021Irene Perstein Award
    UCSF2018  - 2020Hellman Fellowship

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    Dr. Rita Hamad is a social epidemiologist and family physician. Her research focuses on the pathways linking poverty and education with health disparities. In particular, she studies the health effects of social and economic policies using interdisciplinary quasi-experimental methods. She also investigates the mechanisms through which adverse socioeconomic conditions get "under the skin" to cause disease.

    Dr. Hamad is a member of the steering committee of the UCSF Population Health Data Initiative, leading the development of data infrastructure to advance population health research on campus. She is also the Policy Lead of the UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative, developing an agenda to reduce disparities in preterm birth by addressing its upstream determinants. She serves on the Communications Committee of the Interdisciplinary Association of Population Health Sciences and is a member of the UCSF Clinical, Translation, and Population Health Action Group. Dr. Hamad mentors trainees at all levels in population health research, and she supervises family medicine residents at the Family Health Center at San Francisco General Hospital.

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    Work-Family Supports and Health
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Policies for Action Jul 15, 2018 - Dec 31, 2019
    Role: Subaward Principal Investigator
    Assessing the Impact of Educational Interventions on Reducing Disparities in Hypertension and Related Biomarkers
    NIH/NHLBI K08HL132106Aug 15, 2016 - May 31, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Hamad R, Collin DF, Rehkopf DH. Estimating the Short-Term Effects of the Earned Income Tax Credit on Child Health. Am J Epidemiol. 2018 Dec 01; 187(12):2633-2641. PMID: 30188968.
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    2. Hamad R, Modrek S, White JS. Paid Family Leave Effects on Breastfeeding: A Quasi-Experimental Study of US Policies. Am J Public Health. 2018 Oct 25; e1-e3. PMID: 30359107.
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    3. Vable AM, Eng CW, Mayeda ER, Basu S, Marden JR, Hamad R, Glymour MM. Mother's education and late-life disparities in memory and dementia risk among US military veterans and non-veterans. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2018 Dec; 72(12):1162-1167. PMID: 30082424.
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    4. Hamad R, Elser H, Tran DC, Rehkopf DH, Goodman SN. How and why studies disagree about the effects of education on health: A systematic review and meta-analysis of studies of compulsory schooling laws. Soc Sci Med. 2018 Sep; 212:168-178. PMID: 30036767.
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    5. Glymour MM, Hamad R. Causal Thinking as a Critical Tool for Eliminating Social Inequalities in Health. Am J Public Health. 2018 May; 108(5):623. PMID: 29617596.
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    6. Pomeranz JL, Siddiqi A, Bolanos GJ, Shor JA, Hamad R. Consolidated state political party control and the enactment of obesity-related policies in the United States. Prev Med. 2017 Dec; 105:397-403. PMID: 28865810.
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    7. Hamad R, Rehkopf DH, Kuan KY, Cullen MR. Predicting later life health status and mortality using state-level socioeconomic characteristics in early life. SSM Popul Health. 2016 Dec; 2:269-276. PMID: 27713921.
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    8. Hamad R, Tuljapurkar S, Rehkopf DH. Racial and Socioeconomic Variation in Genetic Markers of Telomere Length: A Cross-Sectional Study of U.S. Older Adults. EBioMedicine. 2016 Sep; 11:296-301. PMID: 27566956.
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    9. Hamad R, Walter S, Rehkopf DH. Telomere length and health outcomes: A two-sample genetic instrumental variables analysis. Exp Gerontol. 2016 09; 82:88-94. PMID: 27321645.
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    10. Hamad R, Cohen AK, Rehkopf DH. Changing national guidelines is not enough: the impact of 1990 IOM recommendations on gestational weight gain among US women. Int J Obes (Lond). 2016 10; 40(10):1529-1534. PMID: 27200502.
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    11. White JS, Hamad R, Li X, Basu S, Ohlsson H, Sundquist J, Sundquist K. Long-term effects of neighbourhood deprivation on diabetes risk: quasi-experimental evidence from a refugee dispersal policy in Sweden. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2016 06; 4(6):517-24. PMID: 27131930.
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    12. Hamad R, Rehkopf DH. Poverty and Child Development: A Longitudinal Study of the Impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit. Am J Epidemiol. 2016 05 01; 183(9):775-84. PMID: 27056961.
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    13. Hamad R, Rehkopf DH. Hamad and Rehkopf Respond to "Income and Health: Financial Credits as Instruments". Am J Epidemiol. 2016 05 01; 183(9):790-1. PMID: 27056960; PMCID: PMC4851994 [Available on 05/01/17].
    14. Basu S, Hamad R, White JS, Modrek S, Rehkopf DH, Cullen MR. The EARN-Health Trial: protocol for a randomised controlled trial to identify health effects of a financial savings programme among low-income US adults. BMJ Open. 2015 Oct 06; 5(10):e009366. PMID: 26443663; PMCID: PMC4606428.
    15. Hamad R, Modrek S, Cullen MR. The Effects of Job Insecurity on Health Care Utilization: Findings from a Panel of U.S. Workers. Health Serv Res. 2016 06; 51(3):1052-73. PMID: 26416343.
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    16. Hamad R, Fernald LC. Microcredit participation and women's health: results from a cross-sectional study in Peru. Int J Equity Health. 2015 Aug 05; 14:62. PMID: 26242582; PMCID: PMC4523998.
    17. Hamad R, Rehkopf DH. Poverty, Pregnancy, and Birth Outcomes: A Study of the Earned Income Tax Credit. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2015 Sep; 29(5):444-52. PMID: 26212041.
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    18. Hamad R, Modrek S, Kubo J, Goldstein BA, Cullen MR. Using "big data" to capture overall health status: properties and predictive value of a claims-based health risk score. PLoS One. 2015; 10(5):e0126054. PMID: 25951622.
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    19. Modrek S, Hamad R, Cullen MR. Psychological well-being during the great recession: changes in mental health care utilization in an occupational cohort. Am J Public Health. 2015 Feb; 105(2):304-10. PMID: 25521885; PMCID: PMC4318328.
    20. Hamad R, Pomeranz JL, Siddiqi A, Basu S. Large-scale automated analysis of news media: a novel computational method for obesity policy research. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015 Feb; 23(2):296-300. PMID: 25522013; PMCID: PMC4449277.
    21. Moseson H, Hamad R, Fernald L. Microcredit participation and child health: results from a cross-sectional study in Peru. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2014 Dec; 68(12):1175-81. PMID: 25180005.
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    22. Hamad R, Fernald LCh, Karlan DS. Health education for microcredit clients in Peru: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health. 2011 Jan 24; 11(1):51. PMID: 21261988; PMCID: PMC3037866.
    23. Hamad R, Fernald LC. Microcredit participation and nutrition outcomes among women in Peru. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2012 Jun; 66(6):e1. PMID: 21051776.
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    24. Fernald LC, Hamad R, Karlan D, Ozer EJ, Zinman J. Small individual loans and mental health: a randomized controlled trial among South African adults. BMC Public Health. 2008 Dec 16; 8:409. PMID: 19087316; PMCID: PMC2647927.
    25. Hamad R, Fernald LC, Karlan DS, Zinman J. Social and economic correlates of depressive symptoms and perceived stress in South African adults. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2008 Jun; 62(6):538-44. PMID: 18477753.
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