Krista Harrison, PhD
We must invest in structures that provide social, functional, medical and community support to people living with dementia and the people in their lives who care for them.
Krista is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatrics at UCSF. Her research focuses on improving systems of care for older adults living at home with serious illnesses like dementia and their caregivers.
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To reduce the scale and impact of dementia we must invest in structures that provide social, functional, medical and community support to people living with dementia and the people in their lives who care for them in the setting that best matches their needs and wishes.
Krista is using existing survey data as well as talking to people living at home with dementia and their caregivers to understand what challenges they encounter and how we can improve their care, including through the end-of-life.
Since becoming an Atlantic Fellow Krista has worked with an interdisciplinary, international team to gather over 60 interviews with people living with different dementia syndromes, current caregivers, former caregivers, and clinicians. They use this data to inform clinical and policy interventions that better serve the geriatric palliative care needs of people with dementia.
In the United States, more than 5.9 million people live with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders (ADRD); up to 30% die at home every year with substantial caregiver support; this proportion is increasing over time.
Krista completed a PhD in Bioethics, Health Policy & Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, postdoctoral training in aging research, implementation science, and brain health at UCSF; she obtained her undergraduate training in Biology and English at Williams College. In addition, she 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. Krista is now an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Analytic Research Operations in the Division of Geriatrics within the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She is also affiliated with the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies.
2018 Junior Faculty Career Development Award, National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) 2018 Public Health Class of 1960 Scholars Program Lecture, Williams College 2018 UCSF Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Trailblazing Talk 2018-2020 NIA Loan Repayment Award 2019 Research Mentor of the Year, Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR), UCSF 2020 UCSF Emerging Scholar presenting at University of Pennsylvania, Leonard R. Davis Center