Core Health Policy Faculty


Susan Chapman, RN, PhD, FAAN

Professor, Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Director, MS in Nursing Health Policy Program
Director, Allied Health Workforce Studies in the Center for Health Professions

Email: Susan.Chapman@ucsf.edu

"There are health policy issues in every component of nursing practice. This program seeks to prepare nurses to identify and become active leaders in policy change. By understanding and addressing these issues, nurses can make a difference in the health of our nation."

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Ruth Malone, RN, PhD, FAAN

Professor, Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Director, PhD in Nursing Health Policy Program
Co-Director, MS in Nursing Health Policy Program

Email: Ruth.Malone@ucsf.edu

Dr. Malone is internationally known for her research on the tobacco industry, focused broadly on the public relations aspects of the tobacco epidemic, particularly the strategic activities of U.S.-based companies aimed at undermining public health and tobacco control policy. She has also published studies examining the tobacco industry’s targeting of marginalized groups through both product advertising and corporate activities. Currently, she is studying the tobacco industry’s ‘corporate social responsibility’ initiatives and their implications for public health policy, the tobacco industry and the U.S. military, and why businesses voluntarily stop selling tobacco. Her research is funded by the NIH (National Cancer Institute) and the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program. Dr. Malone is currently pursuing interests in how to begin to talk and think about an endgame strategy for the tobacco epidemic. She has served as an expert consultant to the CDC, the US Department of Justice, and the World Health Organization. Since 2009, she has served as editor-in-chief of the leading tobacco control policy journal, Tobacco Control, published by the British Medical Association.

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Ulrike Muench, RN, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Email: Ulrike.Muench@ucsf.edu

Interests: healthcare workforce, applied health care economics, roles of nurses and nurse practitioners, comparative health care systems, patient outcomes

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Affiliated Faculty

Patricia Benner

Patricia Benner, RN, PhD, FAAN

Professor Emerita, Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences
former Thelma Shobe Endowed Chair in Ethics and Spirituality

Email: Patricia.Benner@ucsf.edu

"My research focus is in skill acquisition and clinical judgment in nursing practice, and articulating the knowledge and skill in practice in order to make it public, and visible. More recently I am working on End-of-life care issues occurring in critical care settings."

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Stella Aguinaga Bialous, RN, DrPH, FAAN

Assoc. Professor in Residence, Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences
President, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care

Email: Stella.Bialous@ucsf.edu

Dr. Bialous is an internationally known researcher, educator, and advocate for nursing involvement in global tobacco control.

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Carroll Estes, RN, PhD, FAAN

Professor Emerita, Dept of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Email: Carroll.Estes@ucsf.edu

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Charlene Harrington, RN, PhD, FAAN

Professor Emerita, Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Email: Charlene.Harrington@ucsf.edu

"My primary research interests focus on quality, access, utilization, and expenditures of nursing home care, home and community based care, and personal care services, as well as labor market and managed care issues."

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Brooke Hollister, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Email: Brooke.Hollister@ucsf.edu

Interests: Privatization; Program Evaluation; Long-Term Care; Patient Advocacy; Social Security

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Wendy Max

Wendy Max, PhD

Professor, Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Institute for Health and Aging

Email: Wendy.Max@ucsf.edu

Wendy Max, Ph.D. is Professor of Health Economics and Co-Director of the Institute for Health & Aging at the University of California, San Francisco. She has been on the faculty at UCSF since 1987. Dr. Max holds a PhD in economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her recent research has focused on modeling the economic impact of tobacco on healthcare expenditures. She has estimated national costs of smoking; costs to Medicare, Medicaid, and private payers; costs in California; and the impact on communities of color. She is currently developing models of the impact of secondhand exposure on healthcare expenditures in California and the US. Her other current projects include evaluating an integrated primary healthcare program in rural Malawi and looking at the economic impact of hurricane Katrina on the primary healthcare safety net in New Orleans. Dr. Max has also conducted studies related to the economic impact of Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and injuries.

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Patricia McDaniel

Patricia McDaniel, PhD

Associate Professor, Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Email: Patricia.McDaniel@ucsf.edu

Interests: Tobacco Industry; Mass Media; Smoking; Social Responsibility; Commerce

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Robert Newcomer

Bob Newcomer, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Email: Robert.Newcomer@ucsf.edu

"My work is directed to concerns of health care financing, quality assurance, and quality improvement—mostly in long term care or the interface between acute and long term care. This work has involved outcomes studies of disease management, disability prevention, and caregiver support interventions; and descriptive studies of state long term care delivery systems (including supportive housing). A growing area of my interest is in long term care labor supply, most particularly personal assistance providers. This work is reflected in the UCSF Center for PAS and in several grant proposals under review. Additionally, I continue to be interested in health outcomes studies. Much of this work has involved care coordination interventions. Recent endeavors have focused this work around palliative and end of life care."

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 Natalie Purcell

Natalie Purcell, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Email: Natalie.Purcell@ucsf.edu

Dr. Purcell is a sociologist who specializes in the study of interpersonal violence and trauma.  Currently, she is the Patient Centered Care Program Director at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Health Care System, which serves over 40,000 patients across seven northern California counties.  At VA, Natalie oversees programming geared at fostering a more proactive, integrative, and wellness-oriented healthcare culture.  She has also worked to develop violence prevention and intervention programming and to improve the services offered to veterans involved in the criminal justice system.  Dr. Purcell’s current research interests include evaluating violence intervention/prevention programming for military veterans and analyzing the sociocultural factors that impact workplace violence prevalence in healthcare settings.  Her last book, Violence and the Pornographic Imaginary (Routledge, 2012), examined depictions of violence in pornography to show the complex relationships among masculinity, identity, and aggression in contemporary American culture.

Libby Smith

Elizabeth Smith, PhD

Professor, Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Email: Libby.Smith@ucsf.edu

Dr. Smith's work focuses on tobacco control policy and the tobacco industry. Past projects include work on the tobacco industry's influence on and relationships with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, tobacco industry interest in diet and obesity issues, and tobacco product waste and pollution. Her current work explores tobacco control policy issues in the U.S. military, including industry influence over policy development and implementation and how military personnel, veterans, and public health professionals view and engage with tobacco control policy issues in the military.

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