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Rita Hamad, MD, PhD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
DepartmentFamily Community Medicine
Address1001 Potrero Ave
San Francisco CA 94110
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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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    My research investigates the pathways linking poverty and education with health disparities. In particular, I study the impact on health outcomes of social and economic policies using interdisciplinary quasi-experimental methods. I am interested in the mechanisms through which adverse socioeconomic conditions get "under the skin" to cause health disparities.


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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 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 Sep 05. PMID: 30188968.
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    2. 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 Aug 06. PMID: 30082424.
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    3. 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 Jul 20; 212:168-178. PMID: 30036767.
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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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; PMCID: PMC4969151 [Available on 09/01/17].
    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. Hamad R, Rehkopf DH. Poverty and Child Development: A Longitudinal Study of the Impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit. Am J Epidemiol. 2016 May 01; 183(9):775-84. PMID: 27056961; PMCID: PMC4851995 [Available on 05/01/17].
    12. 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].
    13. 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.
    14. 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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    15. 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.
    16. 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; PMCID: PMC4536129.
    17. 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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    18. 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.
    19. 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.
    20. 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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    21. 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.
    22. 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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    23. 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.
    24. 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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