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Rita Hamad, MD, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Family Community Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1001 Potrero Ave
San Francisco CA 94110
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    Harvard UniversityABChemistry
    University of California BerkeleyMPH, MSHealth & Medical Sciences
    University of California San FranciscoMDMedicine
    UCSF - Contra Costa Family Medicine ResidencyFamily Medicine
    Stanford UniversityPhDEpidemiology
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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 in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Department of Family & Community Medicine at UCSF. As the director of the Social Policies for Health Equity Research Program (https://sphere.ucsf.edu), her research focuses on the pathways linking poverty and education with health disparities across the life course. 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 the Associate Director of the Center for Health Equity. She is also a member of the steering committee of the UCSF Population Health Data Initiative, serving as the Faculty Lead for the development of data infrastructure to advance population health research on campus. She previously served as the Policy Lead of the UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative, spearheading an agenda to reduce disparities in preterm birth by addressing its upstream determinants. 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. She also serves on the Communications Committee of the Interdisciplinary Association of Population Health Sciences.

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    Leveraging a Natural Experiment to Estimate the Effects of School Racial Segregation on Cardiovascular Risk Factors among Youth and Young Adults
    NIH/NHLBI R01HL151638Aug 1, 2020 - Jul 31, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Exploring perceptions and use of EITC in California using a mixed-methods approach
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nov 1, 2019 - Oct 31, 2021
    Role: Subaward Principal Investigator
    Using a Natural Experiment to Evaluate the Long-Term Effects of Neighborhood Deprivation on Alzheimer's Disease and Vascular Risk Factors
    NIH/NIA R01AG063385May 1, 2019 - Feb 29, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Work-Family Supports and Health
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Policies for Action Jul 15, 2018 - Dec 31, 2020
    Role: Subaward Principal Investigator
    Prenatal and Early Childhood Pathways To Health:  An Integrated Model of Chemical and Social Exposures, Biological Mechanisms, and Sex-Specific Effects on Neurodevelopment and Respiratory Outcomes
    NIH UH3OD023271Sep 21, 2016 - Aug 31, 2023
    Role: Co-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. Short-term effects of the earned income tax credit on mental health and health behaviors. Prev Med. 2020 Jul 28; 106223. Collin DF, Shields-Zeeman LS, Batra A, Vable AM, Rehkopf DH, Machen L, Hamad R. PMID: 32735990.
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    2. Geographic and Longitudinal Trends in Media Framing of Obesity in the United States. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2020 Jul; 28(7):1351-1357. Chiang J, Arons A, Pomeranz JL, Siddiqi A, Hamad R. PMID: 32475076.
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    3. Association of Low Socioeconomic Status With Premature Coronary Heart Disease in US Adults. JAMA Cardiol. 2020 May 27. Hamad R, Penko J, Kazi DS, Coxson P, Guzman D, Wei PC, Mason A, Wang EA, Goldman L, Fiscella K, Bibbins-Domingo K. PMID: 32459344.
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    4. Neighborhood Deprivation and Mental Health Among Immigrants to Sweden. Epidemiology. 2020 May; 31(3):e25-e27. Raphael E, White JS, Li X, Cederin K, Glymour MM, Sundquist K, Sundquist J, Hamad R. PMID: 31977591.
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    5. The effect of California's paid family leave policy on parent health: A quasi-experimental study. Soc Sci Med. 2020 Apr; 251:112915. Lee BC, Modrek S, White JS, Batra A, Collin DF, Hamad R. PMID: 32179364.
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    6. Association of Revised WIC Food Package With Perinatal and Birth Outcomes. Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey. 2020 Feb 1; 75(2):77-78. Rita Hamad, Daniel F. Collin, Rebecca J. Baer, Laura L. Jelliffe-Pawlowski. .
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    7. Cross-sectional analysis of place-based and racial disparities in hospitalisation rates by disease category in California in 2001 and 2011. BMJ Open. 2019 10 28; 9(10):e031556. Raphael E, Gaynes R, Hamad R. PMID: 31662392.
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    8. The short-term effects of the earned income tax credit on health care expenditures among US adults. Health Serv Res. 2019 12; 54(6):1295-1304. Hamad R, Niedzwiecki MJ. PMID: 31566732.
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    9. Disentangling the Effects of Socioeconomic Factors on Outcomes Among Patients With Heart Failure. JACC Heart Fail. 2019 09; 7(9):756-758. Hlatky MA, Hamad R. PMID: 31466672.
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    10. Identifying Novel Predictors of State Legislative Action to Address Obesity. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2019 Aug 12. Arons A, Pomeranz J, Hamad R. PMID: 31415263.
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    11. The Impact of the Revised WIC Food Package on Maternal Nutrition During Pregnancy and Postpartum. Am J Epidemiol. 2019 08 01; 188(8):1493-1502. Hamad R, Batra A, Karasek D, LeWinn KZ, Bush NR, Davis RL, Tylavsky FA. PMID: 31094428.
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    12. Association of Revised WIC Food Package With Perinatal and Birth Outcomes: A Quasi-Experimental Study. JAMA Pediatr. 2019 Jul 01. Hamad R, Collin DF, Baer RJ, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL. PMID: 31260072.
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    13. Educational attainment and cardiovascular disease in the United States: A quasi-experimental instrumental variables analysis. PLoS Med. 2019 06; 16(6):e1002834. Hamad R, Nguyen TT, Bhattacharya J, Glymour MM, Rehkopf DH. PMID: 31237869.
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    14. Quality and quantity: The association of state-level educational policies with later life cardiovascular disease. Prev Med. 2019 09; 126:105750. Hamad R, Nguyen TT, Glymour MM, Vable A, Manly JJ, Rehkopf DH. PMID: 31195021.
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    15. Differential associations between state-level educational quality and cardiovascular health by race: Early-life exposures and late-life health. SSM Popul Health. 2019 Aug; 8:100418. Vable AM, Nguyen TT, Rehkopf D, Glymour MM, Hamad R. PMID: 31249857.
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    16. The association of county-level socioeconomic factors with individual tobacco and alcohol use: a longitudinal study of U.S. adults. BMC Public Health. 2019 Apr 11; 19(1):390. Hamad R, Brown DM, Basu S. PMID: 30971249.
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    17. Comparing demographic and health characteristics of new and existing SNAP recipients: application of a machine learning algorithm. Am J Clin Nutr. 2019 04 01; 109(4):1164-1172. Hamad R, Templeton ZS, Schoemaker L, Zhao M, Bhattacharya J. PMID: 30949659.
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    18. Estimating the Short-Term Effects of the Earned Income Tax Credit on Child Health. Am J Epidemiol. 2018 12 01; 187(12):2633-2641. Hamad R, Collin DF, Rehkopf DH. PMID: 30188968.
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    19. Paid Family Leave Effects on Breastfeeding: A Quasi-Experimental Study of US Policies. Am J Public Health. 2019 01; 109(1):164-166. Hamad R, Modrek S, White JS. PMID: 30359107.
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    20. Mother's education and late-life disparities in memory and dementia risk among US military veterans and non-veterans. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2018 12; 72(12):1162-1167. Vable AM, Eng CW, Mayeda ER, Basu S, Marden JR, Hamad R, Glymour MM. PMID: 30082424.
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    21. 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 09; 212:168-178. Hamad R, Elser H, Tran DC, Rehkopf DH, Goodman SN. PMID: 30036767.
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    22. Causal Thinking as a Critical Tool for Eliminating Social Inequalities in Health. Am J Public Health. 2018 05; 108(5):623. Glymour MM, Hamad R. PMID: 29617596.
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    23. Consolidated state political party control and the enactment of obesity-related policies in the United States. Prev Med. 2017 Dec; 105:397-403. Pomeranz JL, Siddiqi A, Bolanos GJ, Shor JA, Hamad R. PMID: 28865810.
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    24. Predicting later life health status and mortality using state-level socioeconomic characteristics in early life. SSM Popul Health. 2016 Dec; 2:269-276. Hamad R, Rehkopf DH, Kuan KY, Cullen MR. PMID: 27713921.
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    25. 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. Hamad R, Tuljapurkar S, Rehkopf DH. PMID: 27566956.
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    26. Telomere length and health outcomes: A two-sample genetic instrumental variables analysis. Exp Gerontol. 2016 09; 82:88-94. Hamad R, Walter S, Rehkopf DH. PMID: 27321645.
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    27. 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. Hamad R, Cohen AK, Rehkopf DH. PMID: 27200502.
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    28. 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. White JS, Hamad R, Li X, Basu S, Ohlsson H, Sundquist J, Sundquist K. PMID: 27131930.
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    29. Hamad and Rehkopf Respond to "Income and Health: Financial Credits as Instruments". Am J Epidemiol. 2016 05 01; 183(9):790-1. Hamad R, Rehkopf DH. PMID: 27056960.
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    30. 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. Hamad R, Rehkopf DH. PMID: 27056961.
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    31. 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. Basu S, Hamad R, White JS, Modrek S, Rehkopf DH, Cullen MR. PMID: 26443663.
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    32. 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. Hamad R, Modrek S, Cullen MR. PMID: 26416343.
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    33. Microcredit participation and women's health: results from a cross-sectional study in Peru. Int J Equity Health. 2015 Aug 05; 14:62. Hamad R, Fernald LC. PMID: 26242582.
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    34. Poverty, Pregnancy, and Birth Outcomes: A Study of the Earned Income Tax Credit. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2015 Sep; 29(5):444-52. Hamad R, Rehkopf DH. PMID: 26212041.
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    35. 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. Hamad R, Modrek S, Kubo J, Goldstein BA, Cullen MR. PMID: 25951622.
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    36. 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. Modrek S, Hamad R, Cullen MR. PMID: 25521885.
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    37. Large-scale automated analysis of news media: a novel computational method for obesity policy research. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015 Feb; 23(2):296-300. Hamad R, Pomeranz JL, Siddiqi A, Basu S. PMID: 25522013.
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    38. Microcredit participation and child health: results from a cross-sectional study in Peru. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2014 Dec; 68(12):1175-81. Moseson H, Hamad R, Fernald L. PMID: 25180005.
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    39. Health education for microcredit clients in Peru: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health. 2011 Jan 24; 11(1):51. Hamad R, Fernald LCh, Karlan DS. PMID: 21261988.
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    40. Microcredit participation and nutrition outcomes among women in Peru. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2012 Jun; 66(6):e1. Hamad R, Fernald LC. PMID: 21051776.
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    41. Small individual loans and mental health: a randomized controlled trial among South African adults. BMC Public Health. 2008 Dec 16; 8:409. Fernald LC, Hamad R, Karlan D, Ozer EJ, Zinman J. PMID: 19087316.
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    42. Social and economic correlates of depressive symptoms and perceived stress in South African adults. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2008 Jun; 62(6):538-44. Hamad R, Fernald LC, Karlan DS, Zinman J. PMID: 18477753.
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