Alissa Sideman, PhD, MPH, MA

Assistant Professor
School of Medicine
490 Illinois Street
San Francisco, CA 94158
Bernstein Sideman
Education and Training

Stanford University, BA - 2006 Cultural & Social Anthropology

Stanford University, MA - 2007 Cultural & Social Anthropology

University of California, Berkeley, MPH - 2014 Public Health

University of California, Berkeley-University of California, San Francisco, PhD - 2015 Medical Anthropology

Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, UCSF, Postdoctoral Fellow - 2018 Health Policy

Global Brain Health Institute, UCSF, Atlantic Fellow - 2018 Equity in Brain Health

Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, UCSF, AHRQ T32 Fellowship - 2019 Health Policy

University of California, San Francisco, CA 2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

Awards and Honors


Foreign Language and Area Studies Program Fellowship, Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Program, 2009-2014



Dissertation Research Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation, 2011-2012



Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant, National Science Foundation, 2011-2012



Pilot Award for Global Brain Health Leaders, Alzheimer's Association and Global Brain Health Institute, 2016-2018



Population Health and Health Equity Scholar, University of California, San Francisco, 2020-2021



Alissa Bernstein Sideman, PhD, MPH, MA is a medical anthropologist and health policy researcher focused on understanding and improving the assessment, diagnosis, and care of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, with a specific focus on primary care in safety net settings. She also conducts research focused on care navigation to support people with dementia and their caregivers and building palliative care approaches in memory care settings. Dr. Bernstein teaches medical students, fellows, and Master's students on topics that include qualitative research methods, implementation science, community-based participatory research, and human-centered design. Dr. Bernstein is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and Department of Neurology within the UCSF School of Medicine, and is core faculty in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, as well as faculty in the Global Brain Health Institute at UCSF.