Lauren Hunt, PhD, RN, FNP

Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
2 Koret Way, #605N
San Francisco, CA 94143
Lauren Hunt
Education and Training

UCSF,San Francisco, Fellowship - Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health

Columbia University,New York City, NY, B.A. - 05/2002 Environmental Biology

Boston College,Chestnut Hall, MA, RN/MSN - 05/2007 Family Nurse Practitioner

UCSF,San Francisco, CA, PhD - 04/2018 Gerontological and Palliative Care Nursing

San Francisco VA Health Care Center,San Francisco, Fellowship - 06/2019 Quality Improvement

Awards and Honors

Tuition Remission Award, Boston College, 2005

John A. Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence/Jeanie Kaiser Jones Scholarship, UCSF, 2013-2014

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Recipient, National Institute for Nursing Research, 2014-2017

UCSF School of Nursing Distinguished Dissertation Award, UCSF, 2018

Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health, UCSF Global Brain Health Institute, 2019-2020

Research Education Component Scholar, UCSF Claude D. Pepper Center, 2019-2020

Kornfield Scholar, National Palliative Care Research Center, 2019-2021
I am PhD-trained nurse practitioner and health services researcher with a research focus on understanding the geriatric palliative care needs and experiences of older adults with dementia across care settings. My research questions are driven by my professional experiences as a clinician working with seriously-ill older adults in acute care, hospice, and outpatient clinics, where I have witnessed firsthand how gaps in current care models negatively impact patients and families.

My vision is to help older adults, particularly those with dementia, to live and die as comfortably and peacefully as possible. To that end, my research has focused on three main areas: 1) End-of-life health service use and quality of care in older adults with dementia; 2) Geriatric palliative care needs in vulnerable older adults across settings; 3) Potentially burdensome interventions and transitions in vulnerable older adults. I also have a methodological interest in using existing datasets to answers questions in these domains.