University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Shelley R. Adler, PhD

Shelley R. Adler, PhD

Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Osher Foundation Distinguished Professorship in Integrative Medicine; Osher Foundation Endowed Chair in Education in Integrative Medicine, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Affiliate Member

Education

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


Professional Experience

  • 1992-95
    National Institute on Aging Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociocultural Gerontology, Medical Anthropology Program, University of California, San Francisco
  • 1995-98
    Assistant Research Anthropologist, Medical Anthropology Program, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco
  • 1998-2002
    Assistant Adjunct Professor, Medical Anthropology Program, Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2002-06
    Associate Adjunct Professor/Associate Professor in Residence, Medical Anthropology Program, Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2006-09
    Associate Professor in Residence, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2006-present
    Director, Qualitative Methods Core, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2008-2010
    Co-Director, Pathway to Discovery in Health and Society, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2008-present
    Director of Educational Programs at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Osher Foundation Endowed Chair in Educational Programs in Integrative Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2009-present
    Professor in Residence, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2015-2016
    Interim Director, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
  • 2016-present
    Director, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

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. 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. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 Aug 16.
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  2. 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. J Altern Complement Med. 2019 Jul; 25(7):719-726.
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  3. Adler SR, Marchand LR, Heap N. Integrative Palliative Care: Enhancing the Natural Synergy Between Integrative Health and Palliative Medicine. J Altern Complement Med. 2019 03; 25(3):257-259.
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  4. Harrison JD, Reddy S, Liu R, Adler SR, Chao MT. Implementing an Inpatient Acupuncture Service for Pain and Symptom Management: Identifying Opportunities and Challenges. J Altern Complement Med. 2019 May; 25(5):503-508.
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  5. 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. 2018.
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  6. 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. MedEdPORTAL. 2018 05 04; 14:10715.
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  7. Chao MT, Adler SR. Integrative Medicine and the Imperative for Health Justice. J Altern Complement Med. 2018 Feb; 24(2):101-103.
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  8. 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. Acad Med. 2015 Jun; 90(6):827-31.
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  9. van Schaik SM, O'Brien BC, Almeida SA, Adler SR. Perceptions of interprofessional teamwork in low-acuity settings: a qualitative analysis. Med Educ. 2014 Jun; 48(6):583-92.
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  10. 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. J Altern Complement Med. 2014 May; 20(5):364-70.
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  11. Wiles MR, Adler SR. The International Congress for Educators in Complementary and Integrative Medicine. Explore (NY). 2013 Sep-Oct; 9(5):277-8.
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  12. Haramati A, Adler SR, Wiles M, Sierpina VS, Kreitzer MJ. Innovation and collaboration: the First International Congress for Educators in Complementary and Integrative Medicine. Explore (NY). 2013 Mar-Apr; 9(2):118-20.
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  13. Adler SR. Sleep Paralysis: Night-mares, Nocebos, and the Mind-Body Connection. Series in Medical Anthropology. Rutgers University Press. 2011.
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  14. Satterfield JM, Adler SR, Chen HC, Hauer KE, Saba GW, Salazar R. Creating an ideal social and behavioural sciences curriculum for medical students. Med Educ. 2010 Dec; 44(12):1194-202.
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  15. 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. J Palliat Med. 2010 Jun; 13(6):695-701.
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  16. 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. Acad Med. 2010 Mar; 85(3):409-18.
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  17. Hancock C, Steinbach A, Nesbitt TS, Adler SR, Auerswald CL. Why doctors choose small towns: a developmental model of rural physician recruitment and retention. Soc Sci Med. 2009 Nov; 69(9):1368-76.
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  18. Adler SR, Wrubel J, Hughes E, Beinfield H. Patients' interactions with physicians and complementary and alternative medicine practitioners: older women with breast cancer and self-managed health care. Integr Cancer Ther. 2009 Mar; 8(1):63-70.
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  19. Kagawa-Singer M, Adler SR, Mouton CE, Ory M, Underwood LG. Use of focus groups in multi-site, multi-ethnic research projects for women's health: a Study of Women Across the Nation (swan) example. Ethn Dis. 2009; 19(3):352-8.
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  20. Adler SR, Wilson E, Coulter YZ. Assessing students' socio-cultural knowledge frameworks through concept. Med Educ. 2008 Nov; 42(11):1125.
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