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

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. Simon M. Outram, Sara L. Ackerman, Matthew Norstad, Barbara Koenig. The challenge of recruiting diverse populations into health research: an embedded social science perspective. New Genetics and Society. 2022 Jul 3; 41(3):216-226.  View on PubMed
  2. Brown JEH, Zamora AN, Outram S, Sparks TN, Lianoglou BR, Norstad M, Sahin Hodoglugil NN, Norton ME, Ackerman SL. "Let's Just Wait Until She's Born": Temporal Factors That Shape Decision-Making for Prenatal Genomic Sequencing Amongst Families Underrepresented in Genomic Research. Front Genet. 2022; 13:882703.  View on PubMed
  3. Rego S, Hoban H, Outram S, Zamora AN, Chen F, Sahin-Hodoglugil N, Anguiano B, Norstad M, Yip T, Lianoglou B, Sparks TN, Norton ME, Koenig BA, Slavotinek AM, Ackerman SL. Perspectives and preferences regarding genomic secondary findings in underrepresented prenatal and pediatric populations: A mixed-methods approach. Genet Med. 2022 06; 24(6):1206-1216.  View on PubMed
  4. Odes R, Chapman S, Ackerman S, Harrison R, Hong O. Differences in Hospitals' Workplace Violence Incident Reporting Practices: A Mixed Methods Study. Policy Polit Nurs Pract. 2022 May; 23(2):98-108.  View on PubMed
  5. Nalugwa T, Handley M, Shete P, Ojok C, Nantale M, Reza T, Katamba A, Cattamanchi A, Ackerman S. Readiness to implement on-site molecular testing for tuberculosis in community health centers in Uganda. Implement Sci Commun. 2022 Feb 02; 3(1):9.  View on PubMed
  6. Cattamanchi A, Reza TF, Nalugwa T, Adams K, Nantale M, Oyuku D, Nabwire S, Babirye D, Turyahabwe S, Tucker A, Sohn H, Ferguson O, Thompson R, Shete PB, Handley MA, Ackerman S, Joloba M, Moore DAJ, Davis JL, Dowdy DW, Fielding K, Katamba A. Multicomponent Strategy with Decentralized Molecular Testing for Tuberculosis. N Engl J Med. 2021 12 23; 385(26):2441-2450.  View on PubMed
  7. Sara L. Ackerman. Promising precision medicine: how patients, clinicians and caregivers work to realize the potential of genomics-informed cancer care. New Genetics and Society. 2021 Dec 11; 1-20.  View on PubMed
  8. 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. 2021 12 01; 17(8):e773-e790.  View on PubMed
  9. Norstad M, Outram S, Brown JEH, Zamora AN, Koenig BA, Risch N, Norton ME, Slavotinek A, Ackerman SL. The difficulties of broad data sharing in genomic medicine: Empirical evidence from diverse participants in prenatal and pediatric clinical genomics research. Genet Med. 2022 02; 24(2):410-418.  View on PubMed
  10. Smith HS, Brothers KB, Knight SJ, Ackerman SL, Rini C, Veenstra DL, McGuire AL, Wilfond BS, Malek J. Conceptualization of utility in translational clinical genomics research. Am J Hum Genet. 2021 11 04; 108(11):2027-2036.  View on PubMed
  11. Smith HS, Morain SR, Robinson JO, Canfield I, Malek J, Rubanovich CK, Bloss CS, Ackerman SL, Biesecker B, Brothers KB, Goytia CN, Horowitz CR, Knight SJ, Koenig B, Kraft SA, Outram S, Rini C, Shipman KJ, Waltz M, Wilfond B, McGuire AL. Perceived Utility of Genomic Sequencing: Qualitative Analysis and Synthesis of a Conceptual Model to Inform Patient-Centered Instrument Development. Patient. 2022 05; 15(3):317-328.  View on PubMed
  12. Gutierrez AM, Robinson JO, Outram SM, Smith HS, Kraft SA, Donohue KE, Biesecker BB, Brothers KB, Chen F, Hailu B, Hindorff LA, Hoban H, Hsu RL, Knight SJ, Koenig BA, Lewis KL, Lich KH, O'Daniel JM, Okuyama S, Tomlinson GE, Waltz M, Wilfond BS, Ackerman SL, Majumder MA. Examining access to care in clinical genomic research and medicine: Experiences from the CSER Consortium. J Clin Transl Sci. 2021; 5(1):e193.  View on PubMed
  13. Scheuner MT, Douglas MP, Sales P, Ackerman SL, Phillips KA. Laboratory business models and practices: implications for availability and access to germline genetic testing. Genet Med. 2021 09; 23(9):1681-1688.  View on PubMed
  14. Grace Lin, Maren Scheuner, Julia Trosman, Paloma Sales, Sara Ackerman, Michael Douglas, Christine Weldon, Allison Kurian, Kathryn Phillips. OP511 Financing of germline testing: implications for availability and access. Molecular Genetics and Metabolism. 2021 Apr 1; 132:s330-s331.  View on PubMed
  15. Reza TF, Nalugwa T, Nantale M, Adams K, Fielding K, Nakaweesa A, Oyuku D, Nabwire S, Musinguzi J, Ojok C, Babirye D, Ackerman SL, Handley MA, Kityamuwesi A, Dowdy DW, Moore DAJ, Davis JL, Turyahabwe S, Katamba A, Cattamanchi A. Design and execution of a public randomization ceremony to enhance stakeholder engagement within a cluster randomized trial to improve tuberculosis diagnosis in Uganda. Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2021 Jun; 22:100707.  View on PubMed
  16. 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. Int J Ment Health Nurs. 2021 Feb; 30(1):27-46.  View on PubMed
  17. Goddard KAB, Angelo FAN, Ackerman SL, Berg JS, Biesecker BB, Danila MI, East KM, Hindorff LA, Horowitz CR, Hunter JE, Joseph G, Knight SJ, McGuire A, Muessig KR, Ou J, Outram S, Rahn EJ, Ramos MA, Rini C, Robinson JO, Smith HS, Waltz M, Lee SS. Lessons learned about harmonizing survey measures for the CSER consortium. J Clin Transl Sci. 2020 Apr 24; 4(6):537-546.  View on PubMed
  18. 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). Implement Sci. 2020 04 21; 15(1):24.  View on PubMed
  19. 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. Front Public Health. 2020; 8:94.  View on PubMed
  20. Ackerman SL, Gleason N, Shipman SA. Comparing Patients' Experiences with Electronic and Traditional Consultation: Results from a Multisite Survey. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 04; 35(4):1135-1142.  View on PubMed

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