Research Funding

  • February 1, 2020 - January 31, 2025 - Summer Institute on Integrative Health Equity and Applied Research (IHEAR), Co-Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCCIH, Sponsor Award ID: T35AT010592
  • February 10, 2017 - June 30, 2017 - Training Researchers in Clinical Integrative Medicine (TRIM), Co-Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCCIH, Sponsor Award ID: T32AT003997
  • June 1, 2010 - May 31, 2015 - A Model Interprofessional Curriculum in Integrative Medicine, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCCIH, Sponsor Award ID: K07AT006063
  • September 1, 2007 - May 31, 2010 - End of Life Decision Making, Communication and Meaning, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NINR, Sponsor Award ID: R21NR009363


University of California at Berkeley, A.B., 1981-1985, English
University of California, Los Angeles, M.A., 1985-1987, Folklore
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Graduate Fellow, 1987-1988, Anthropology
University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D., 1988-1991, Folklore
University of California, San Francisco, Postdoctoral Fellow, 1992-1995, Sociocultural Gerontology

Honors & Awards

  • 2005
    The Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators, member
  • 2005
    Award for Outstanding Breast Cancer Research Proposal in Underserved Populations (Faith Fancher Award) - California Breast Cancer Research Program
  • 2006
    UCSF/Coro Faculty Leadership Collaborative
  • 2008
    UCSF Champion of Diversity

Selected Publications

  1. Dhruva A, Wu C, Miaskowski C, Hartogensis W, Rugo HS, Adler SR, Kaptchuk TJ, Kelkar R, Agarawal S, Vadodaria A, Garris E, Hecht FM A 4-Month Whole-Systems Ayurvedic Medicine Nutrition and Lifestyle Intervention Is Feasible and Acceptable for Breast Cancer Survivors: Results of a Single-Arm Pilot Clinical Trial.  View on PubMed
  2. Glaser J, Coulter YZ, Thompson-Lastad A, Castro-Smyth L, Serrano E, Adler SR Experiences of Advanced Breast Cancer Among Latina Immigrants: A Qualitative Pilot Study.  View on PubMed
  3. Chiaramonte DR, Adler SR Integrative Palliative Care: A New Transformative Field to Alleviate Suffering.  View on PubMed
  4. Adler S, Chiaramonte D Call for Special Focus Issue Papers: Integrative Palliative Care.  View on PubMed
  5. Adler SR, Coulter YZ, Stone K, Glaser J, Duerr M, Enochty S End-of-Life Concerns and Experiences of Living With Advanced Breast Cancer Among Medically Underserved Women.  View on PubMed
  6. Bruns EB, Befus D, Wismer B, Knight K, Adler SR, Leonoudakis-Watts K, Thompson-Lastad A, Chao MT Vulnerable Patients' Psychosocial Experiences in a Group-Based, Integrative Pain Management Program.  View on PubMed
  7. Adler SR, Marchand LR, Heap N Integrative Palliative Care: Enhancing the Natural Synergy Between Integrative Health and Palliative Medicine.  View on PubMed
  8. Harrison JD, Reddy S, Liu R, Adler SR, Chao MT Implementing an Inpatient Acupuncture Service for Pain and Symptom Management: Identifying Opportunities and Challenges.  View on PubMed
  9. Josette Rivera, MD, Rosalind de Lisser, RN, Anand Dhruva, MD, Amber Fitzsimmons, PT, Susan Hyde, DDS, PhD, Shelley R. Adler, PhD. Integrative Health: An Interprofessional Standardized Patient Case for Prelicensure Learners  View on PubMed
  10. Rivera J, de Lisser R, Dhruva A, Fitzsimmons A, Hyde S, Reddy S, Tsourounis C, Adler SR Integrative Health: An Interprofessional Standardized Patient Case for Prelicensure Learners.  View on PubMed
  11. Chao MT, Adler SR Integrative Medicine and the Imperative for Health Justice.  View on PubMed
  12. Adler SR, Chang A, Loeser H, Cooke M, Wang J, Teherani A The impact of intramural grants on educators' careers and on medical education innovation.  View on PubMed
  13. van Schaik SM, O'Brien BC, Almeida SA, Adler SR Perceptions of interprofessional teamwork in low-acuity settings: a qualitative analysis.  View on PubMed
  14. Dhruva A, Hecht FM, Miaskowski C, Kaptchuk TJ, Bodeker G, Abrams D, Lad V, Adler SR Correlating traditional Ayurvedic and modern medical perspectives on cancer: results of a qualitative study.  View on PubMed
  15. Wiles MR, Adler SR The International Congress for Educators in Complementary and Integrative Medicine.  View on PubMed
  16. Haramati A, Adler SR, Wiles M, Sierpina VS, Kreitzer MJ Innovation and collaboration: the First International Congress for Educators in Complementary and Integrative Medicine.  View on PubMed
  17. Adler SR Sleep Paralysis: Night-mares, Nocebos, and the Mind-Body Connection  View on PubMed
  18. Satterfield JM, Adler SR, Chen HC, Hauer KE, Saba GW, Salazar R Creating an ideal social and behavioural sciences curriculum for medical students.  View on PubMed
  19. Dzul-Church V, Cimino JW, Adler SR, Wong P, Anderson WG "I'm sitting here by myself ...": experiences of patients with serious illness at an Urban Public Hospital.  View on PubMed
  20. Green EP, Borkan JM, Pross SH, Adler SR, Nothnagle M, Parsonnet J, Gruppuso PA Encouraging scholarship: medical school programs to promote student inquiry beyond the traditional medical curriculum.  View on PubMed

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