Alissa Bernstein, PhD
Dr. Bernstein is a fellow at the PRL Institute for Health Policy Studies and an Atlantic Fellow at the UCSF Global Brain Health Institute. A medical anthropologist by training, Dr. Bernstein’s research focuses on brain health, aging, and dementia, health disparities and access to healthcare, and innovative caregiving and care coordination strategies in dementia care. She does qualitative research for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services-funded study, Care Ecosystem: Navigating Patients and Families Through Stages of Care, and is also doing research on issues surrounding brain health outreach and dementia care provision for underserved and underrepresented populations in the San Francisco Bay Area. She uses qualitative and ethnographic research methods in her work, such as interviews, participant-observation, focus groups, and media analysis.
Jen Shen, PhD
Jen Shen is a fellow at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. Prior to arriving at IHPS, she completed a PhD in public policy with a concentration in economics at Duke University. Her previous work involved using both quantitative and qualitative research methods to understand the effect of increased contraceptive donations on fertility in Zambia. At IHPS, she is motivated to continue researching the effect of policies and interventions on health outcomes worldwide.