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Rita Hamad, M.D., Ph.D.

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Stanford UniversityPhDEpidemiology
University of California San FranciscoMDMedicine
University of California BerkeleyMPH, MSHealth & Medical Sciences
Harvard UniversityABChemistry
2020 - 2022
James C. Puffer, M.D./American Board of Family Medicine Fellowship
2022 - 2022
Outstanding Impact in Health & Social Justice Alumni Award
2018 - 2020
Hellman Fellowship
2018 - 2021
Irene Perstein Award

Dr. Rita Hamad is a social epidemiologist and the director of the Social Policies for Health Equity Research (SPHERE) Center (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/sphere/). Her research focuses on the pathways linking social factors like poverty and education with racial and socioeconomic disparities in health across the life course. In particular, she studies the health effects of social and economic policies using interdisciplinary quasi-experimental methods to generate actionable evidence to inform policymaking. She is the co-Chair of the Communications Committee of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science and serves as an Associate Editor for the journals Social Science & Medicine and Health Affairs Scholar. In 2020-2022, she was the James C. Puffer American Board of Family Medicine / National Academy of Medicine Fellow. She has provided consultation to state and federal legislators on the design of poverty alleviation policies. Dr. Hamad mentors trainees at all levels in population health and health equity research, and lectures in several courses about the effects of social policies on health inequities. She saw patients as a family physician for 10 years in safety net clinics throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, although she is no longer a practicing doctor.

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  1. U01MH129968 (HAMAD, RITA) Sep 17, 2021 - Jul 31, 2026
    The Impacts of County-Level COVID- 19 -Related Public Health and Social Policies on Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities in Mental Health and Healthcare Utilization
    Role: Principal Investigator
  2. R01HL151638 (HAMAD, RITA) Aug 1, 2020 - Jul 31, 2024
    Leveraging a Natural Experiment to Estimate the Effects of School Racial Segregation on Cardiovascular Risk Factors among Youth and Young Adults
    Role: Principal Investigator
  3. R01AG063385 (HAMAD, RITA) May 1, 2019 - Feb 29, 2024
    Using a Natural Experiment to Evaluate the Long-Term Effects of Neighborhood Deprivation on Alzheimer's Disease and Vascular Risk Factors
    Role: Principal Investigator
  4. K08HL132106 (HAMAD, RITA) Aug 15, 2016 - May 31, 2020
    Assessing the Impact of Educational Interventions on Reducing Disparities in Hypertension and Related Biomarkers
    Role: Principal Investigator

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