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

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. Tania F. Reza, Talemwa Nalugwa, Mariam Nantale, Katherine Farr, Katherine Fielding, Annet Nakaweesa, Denis Oyuku, Sarah Nabwire, Johnson Musinguzi, Christopher Ojok, Diana Babirye, Sara L. Ackerman, Margaret A. Handley, Alex Kityamuwesi, David Dowdy, David A.J. Moore, J. Lucian Davis, Stavia Turyahabwe, Achilles Katamba, Adithya Cattamanchi Design and execution of a public randomization ceremony to enhance stakeholder engagement within a cluster randomized trial to improve tuberculosis diagnosis in Uganda.  View on PubMed
  2. Odes R, Chapman S, Harrison R, Ackerman S, Hong O Frequency of violence towards healthcare workers in the United States' inpatient psychiatric hospitals: A systematic review of literature.  View on PubMed
  3. Reza TF, Nalugwa T, Farr K, Nantale M, Oyuku D, Nakaweesa A, Musinguzi J, Vangala M, Shete PB, Tucker A, Ferguson O, Fielding K, Sohn H, Dowdy D, Moore DAJ, Davis JL, Ackerman SL, Handley MA, Katamba A, Cattamanchi A Study protocol: a cluster randomized trial to evaluate the effectiveness and implementation of onsite GeneXpert testing at community health centers in Uganda (XPEL-TB).  View on PubMed
  4. Shete PB, Gonzales R, Ackerman S, Cattamanchi A, Handley MA The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Training Program in Implementation Science: Program Experiences and Outcomes.  View on PubMed
  5. Ackerman SL, Gleason N, Shipman SA Comparing Patients' Experiences with Electronic and Traditional Consultation: Results from a Multisite Survey.  View on PubMed
  6. Ackerman SL, Dowdell K, Clebak KT, Quinn M, Shipman SA Patients Assess an eConsult Model's Acceptability at 5 US Academic Medical Centers.  View on PubMed
  7. Deeds SA, Dowdell KJ, Chew LD, Ackerman SL Implementing an Opt-in eConsult Program at Seven Academic Medical Centers: a Qualitative Analysis of Primary Care Provider Experiences.  View on PubMed
  8. Lyson HC, Ackerman S, Lyles C, Schillinger D, Williams P, Gourley G, Gupta R, Handley M, Sarkar U Redesigning primary care in the safety net: A qualitative analysis of team-based care implementation.  View on PubMed
  9. Ackerman SL, Gleason N Transitioning Patients From Specialty Care to Primary Care: What We Know and What We Can Do.  View on PubMed
  10. Lyles CR, Handley MA, Ackerman SL, Schillinger D, Williams P, Westbrook M, Gourley G, Sarkar U Innovative Implementation Studies Conducted in US Safety Net Health Care Settings: A Systematic Review.  View on PubMed
  11. Fontil V, Lyles CR, Schillinger D, Handley MA, Ackerman S, Gourley G, Bibbins-Domingo K, Sarkar U Safety-net institutions in the US grapple with new cholesterol treatment guidelines: a qualitative analysis from the PHoENIX Network.  View on PubMed
  12. Gleason N, Ackerman S, Shipman SA eConsult-Transforming Primary Care or Exacerbating Clinician Burnout?  View on PubMed
  13. 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.  View on PubMed
  14. Ackerman SL, Koenig BA Understanding variations in secondary findings reporting practices across U.S. genome sequencing laboratories.  View on PubMed
  15. 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.  View on PubMed
  16. 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  View on PubMed
  17. 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.  View on PubMed
  18. 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.  View on PubMed
  19. 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.  View on PubMed
  20. Gottlieb L, Ackerman S, Wing H, Manchanda R Understanding Medicaid Managed Care Investments in Members' Social Determinants of Health.  View on PubMed

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