University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Sara Ackerman, MPH, PhD

Sara Ackerman, MPH, PhD

Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Control

Education

Smith College, BA, 06/1987, Psychology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, MPH, 06/2000, Health Behavior and Health Education
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, PhD, 06/2009, Medical Anthropology


Professional Experience

  • 2000-2001
    Lecturer, Department of Health Behavior & Health Education, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2001-2005
    Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology & Department of International Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2007-2008
    Research Associate, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2010-2012
    Academic Specialist, Division of General Internal Medicine, UCSF
  • 2012-2014
    Assistant Professional Researcher, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, UCSF
  • 2014-present
    Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 2014
    Department of Medicine's Quality and Safety Innovation Challenge Award, UCSF
  • 2013
    Diana Forsythe Award, American Medical Informatics Association
  • 2000
    Kathryn J. Kerr Memorial Award for Community Activism, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
  • 1999
    Lucy S. Morgan Award for Leadership, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

Selected Publications

  1. Ackerman SL, Gourley G, Le G, Williams P, Yazdany J, Sarkar U. Improving Patient Safety in Public Hospitals: Developing Standard Measures to Track Medical Errors and Process Breakdowns. J Patient Saf. 2018 Mar 14.
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  2. Ackerman SL, Koenig BA. Understanding variations in secondary findings reporting practices across U.S. genome sequencing laboratories. AJOB Empir Bioeth. 2018 Jan-Mar; 9(1):48-57.
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  3. Ackerman SL, Sarkar U, Tieu L, Handley MA, Schillinger D, Hahn K, Hoskote M, Gourley G, Lyles C. Meaningful use in the safety net: a rapid ethnography of patient portal implementation at five community health centers in California. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017 Sep 01; 24(5):903-912.
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  4. Sara L. Ackerman, Katherine Weatherford Darling, Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, Robert A. Hiatt, Janet K. Shim. The Ethics of Translational Science: Imagining Public Benefit in Gene-Environment Interaction Research. Engaging Science, Technology, and Society . 2017; 3:351-374.
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  5. Clarity C, Gourley G, Lyles C, Ackerman S, Handley MA, Schillinger D, Sarkar U, Conigliaro J. Implementation Science Workshop: Barriers and Facilitators to Increasing Mammography Screening Rates in California's Public Hospitals. J Gen Intern Med. 2017 Jun; 32(6):697-705.
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  6. Hemmat S, Schillinger D, Lyles C, Ackerman S, Gourley G, Vittinghoff E, Handley M, Sarkar U. Performance Measurement and Target-Setting in California's Safety Net Health Systems. Am J Med Qual. 2018 Mar/Apr; 33(2):132-139.
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  7. Ayakaka I, Ackerman S, Ggita JM, Kajubi P, Dowdy D, Haberer JE, Fair E, Hopewell P, Handley MA, Cattamanchi A, Katamba A, Davis JL. Identifying barriers to and facilitators of tuberculosis contact investigation in Kampala, Uganda: a behavioral approach. Implement Sci. 2017 03 09; 12(1):33.
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  8. Gottlieb L, Ackerman S, Wing H, Manchanda R. Understanding Medicaid Managed Care Investments in Members' Social Determinants of Health. Popul Health Manag. 2017 Aug; 20(4):302-308.
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  9. Gottlieb LM, Quiñones-Rivera A, Manchanda R, Wing H, Ackerman S. States' Influences on Medicaid Investments to Address Patients' Social Needs. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Jan; 52(1):31-37.
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  10. Gleason N, Prasad PA, Ackerman S, Ho C, Monacelli J, Wang M, Collado D, Gonzales R. Adoption and impact of an eConsult system in a fee-for-service setting. Healthc (Amst). 2017 Mar; 5(1-2):40-45.
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  11. Ackerman SL, Darling KW, Lee SS, Hiatt RA, Shim JK. . Accounting for complexity: Gene-environment interaction research and the politics of quantification. Science, Technology, & Human Values. 2016; 41(2):194-218.
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  12. Darling KW, Ackerman SL, Hiatt RH, Lee SS, Shim JK. Enacting the molecular imperative: How gene-environment interaction research links bodies and environments in the post-genomic age. Soc Sci Med. 2016 Apr; 155:51-60.
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  13. Garg SK, Lyles CR, Ackerman S, Handley MA, Schillinger D, Gourley G, Aulakh V, Sarkar U. Qualitative analysis of programmatic initiatives to text patients with mobile devices in resource-limited health systems. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2016 Feb 06; 16:16.
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  14. Ackerman SL, Boscardin C, Karliner L, Handley MA, Cheng S, Gaither TW, Hagey J, Hennein L, Malik F, Shaw B, Trinidad N, Zahner G, Gonzales R. The Action Research Program: Experiential Learning in Systems-Based Practice for First-Year Medical Students. Teach Learn Med. 2016; 28(2):183-91.
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  15. Cattamanchi A, Miller CR, Tapley A, Haguma P, Ochom E, Ackerman S, Davis JL, Katamba A, Handley MA. Health worker perspectives on barriers to delivery of routine tuberculosis diagnostic evaluation services in Uganda: a qualitative study to guide clinic-based interventions. BMC Health Serv Res. 2015 Jan 22; 15:10.
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  16. Shim JK, Darling KW, Ackerman SL, Lee SS, Hiatt RA. Reimagining Race and Ancestry: Biomedicalizaing Difference in Post-Genomic Subjects. In Bell SE, Figert AE (eds), Reimagining (Bio)Medicalization, Pharmaceuticals and Genetics: Old Critiques and New Engagements. 2015.
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  17. Ackerman S, Gleason N, Gonzales R. Using Rapid Ethnography to Support the Design and Implementation of Health Information Technologies. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015; 215:14-27.
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  18. Shim JK, Ackerman SL, Darling KW, Hiatt RA, Lee SS. Race and ancestry in the age of inclusion: technique and meaning in post-genomic science. J Health Soc Behav. 2014 Dec; 55(4):504-18.
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  19. Shim JK, Darling KW, Lappe MD, Thomson LK, Lee SS, Hiatt RA, Ackerman SL. Homogeneity and heterogeneity as situational properties: producing--and moving beyond?--race in post-genomic science. Soc Stud Sci. 2014 Aug; 44(4):579-99.
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  20. Wu E, Barnes DE, Ackerman SL, Lee J, Chesney M, Mehling WE. Preventing Loss of Independence through Exercise (PLIÉ): qualitative analysis of a clinical trial in older adults with dementia. Aging Ment Health. 2015; 19(4):353-62.
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