• Research

Centers & Programs


Behavioral Diabetes Research Group (BDRG)

The mission of the BDRG is to gather new knowledge about the behavioral, social, emotional, cultural, and familial aspects of diabetes and it management over time, to develop and implement programs of clinical intervention to help patients with diabetes and their families manage diabetes effectively, and to help providers better organize and configure care to achieve these goals.

Associate Director: Danielle Hessler, PhD

Center for Excellence in Primary Care (CEPC)

CEPC identifies, develops, tests, and disseminates promising innovations in primary care to improve the patient experience, enhance population health and health equity, reduce the cost of care, and restore joy and satisfaction in the practice of primary care. CEPC provides training in team-based care, offers practice facilitation to spur and support transformation, broadens the evidence base through research and evaluation, and advocates for policy that promotes high performing primary care.

Associate Director: Nwando Olayiwola, MD, MPH

Center on Social Disparities in Health (CSDH)

CSDH addresses the need for better information—and more effective use of existing information—to guide efforts to eliminate social disparities in health in the United States and other countries. CSDH has three main objectives: conducting policy-relevant research and monitoring of social disparities in health; providing training and consultation in sound methods for studying social disparities in health; and widely disseminating our own and related work to audiences including researchers, public health practitioners, policy-makers, philanthropic groups, and the public.

Co-Directors: Susan Egerter, PhD and Kristen Marchi, MPH

Community Engagement & Health Policy (CE&HP)

CE&HP bridges academic research, health policy, and community practice to improve public health. CE&HP strives to increase community participation in all stages of research to improve research-based practice and stimulate practice-based research; provide research and guidance for policy changes at the local, state and national levels; foster strong relationships for research collaboration between community health providers, policy makers, and academic researchers; and identify key research opportunities and support the development of useful research tools.

Family Health Outcomes Project (FHOP)

FHOP's mission is to improve the health of children and their families and communities by supporting development and implementation of comprehensive community assessment and planning, data-driven policies, evidence based interventions, and effective evaluation strategies.
Associate Director: Jennifer Rienks, PhD

The Program in Woman-Centered Contraception

The Program in Woman-Centered Contraception is dedicated to the idea that women should be at the heart of all family planning efforts. Through listening to what women want in contraception and contraceptive care, we can best meet their reproductive needs and ensure their reproductive autonomy. To accomplish this goal, we engage in activities designed to develop, evaluate and disseminate innovative family planning interventions, as well as conduct formative research to deepen our understanding of women’s preferences and experiences around contraception. Our work focuses on low-income and diverse populations and includes research investigating provider-patient interactions in the family planning setting, women’s social communication around birth control methods, contraceptive decision-making, and family planning disparities.

San Francisco Bay Area Collaborative Research Network (CRN)

SFBayCRN's mission is to facilitate mutually beneficial practice-based research partnerships between UCSF researchers and community-based primary care organizations, practices, and clinicians in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.