Program Partners

The Sociology Doctoral Program in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences welcomes applications for faculty partners which will facilitate opportunities for conversation and collaboration. Generally, our faculty program partners have some intellectual overlap with medical sociology, and will work with our Sociology PhD students in various capacities.  Our Qualtircs application for program partnership can be accessed here.


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Carol S. Camlin Professor, Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences, SOM Dr. Camlin is a social demographer and behavioral scientist in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Medicine, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies. Her research crosses the disciplines of population studies, sociology and behavioral sciences, and has focused on examining the impacts of human mobility on HIV prevention and care outcomes, and particularly the contribution of women’s mobility to HIV epidemics in southern and eastern Africa. She develops interventions to address the unmet needs of mobile populations, including the study "Self-Test Strategies and Linkage Incentives to Improve ART and PrEP Uptake in Men", which tests a social network intervention to improve the HIV prevention and care outcomes in a population of highly mobile men in a high priority setting (fishermen in Kenya). She also leads qualitative and mixed methods studies within several clinical trials and implementation studies in health systems and communities in sub-Saharan Africa, applying behavioral and social theory to the analysis of empirical data to ascertain implementation pathways. She has used qualitative methods to design and adapt interventions, and to better understand structural and cultural aspects of health services utilization. 11/14/2023
Alison El Ayadi, ScD, MPH Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences, SOM Alison El Ayadi is Associate Professor within the Departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco. She obtained her ScD in Social Epidemiology from Harvard University, her MPH in Reproductive Health Monitoring & Evaluation from Tulane University, and her BA in Anthropology from Colby College.Dr. El Ayadi's research interests include determinants of maternal mortality and morbidities, disparities in access to and use of quality maternal health care, and the impact of gender inequalities on women’s health. Dr. El Ayadi is PI of several studies addressing female genital fistula and quality of perinatal care in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, and collaborator on a variety of studies on global maternal and reproductive health. Her research employs both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. 11/14/2023
Lori Freedman, PhD Professor, Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences, SOM Dr. Freedman researches the ways in which reproductive health care is shaped by our social structure and medical culture. Her book, Willing and Unable: Doctors’ Constraints in Abortion Care, is based upon 40 in-depth physician interviews. It examines how abortion politics affect medical practice, focusing on the challenges of integrating abortion into physician practice. Unexpected findings from these interviews led her to research and write about the intersection of religion and health care, especially in the case of Catholic-owned hospitals. This research experience has spawned her interest in how physician employers use conscience clauses in medical practice at individual and institutional levels. 11/14/2023
Cynthia Harper, PhD Professor, Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences, SOM Cynthia C. Harper, PhD, is a Professor in Residence in the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, and is the Director of the UCSF-Kaiser Permanente BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health) K12 scholar training program. She is a member of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health Executive Committee. Dr. Harper conducts research on contraception with the aim of improving access to care and women's health outcomes through clinical practice and health policy changes.
With a team at UCSF Bixby, she conducted a series of studies over many years and policy contexts that helped to transform emergency contraception from a little known regimen of cut up packets of pills to a product widely available over the counter to everyone, including teens and undocumented populations. The research informed judicial and FDA decisions to ultimately move emergency contraception over-the-counter in the U.S. It also had a wide impact on policy and regulatory decisions in other countries where women can now access emergency contraception.
Kelsey Holt, MA, ScD Associate Professor, Family Community Medicine, SOM Dr. Holt is a social and behavioral scientist whose research portfolio is dedicated to identifying ways to promote equity and person-centeredness within the sexual and reproductive health field. Drawing on training in anthropology and public health, Dr. Holt deploys diverse methodological approaches in her research. She has partnered with researchers, advocates, and implementing partners across more than ten countries on projects to build the evidence base on people’s preferences for and experiences with reproductive healthcare; to develop new frameworks and measures to advance a focus on human rights and person-centeredness in sexual and reproductive health; and to develop and evaluate novel interventions to promote reproductive health and agency. Her current projects span Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, and the United States. 11/14/2023
Jennifer James, PhD, MS, MSW Associate Professor, Institute for Health & Aging, SON Jennifer James is an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Health and Aging, the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Bioethics program at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. James is a qualitative researcher and Black Feminist scholar whose research lies at the intersection of race, gender and health, with a specific focus on experiences of cancer and chronic illness. She uses community engaged research and an intersectional framework to explore ethical issues related to experiences of illness, patient-provider relationships, and resistance and resilience in biomedicine. Dr. James received postdoctoral training in Bioethics at UCSF while serving as the project director for an NCI-funded R01 grant, focused on how patients understand genomic risk for breast cancer and make breast cancer screening decisions.
Her current work is focused on patient-provider relationships and shared decision-making in carceral settings. Across several research projects, her work centers the voices and experiences of people incarcerated in prisons and jails to better understand women’s health and aging behind bars. Dr. James holds a PhD in Sociology from UCSF, a Master’s of Social Work and a Master’s of Science in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Yale University.
Carole Joffe, PhD Professor, Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences, SOM Dr. Joffe's most recent book is Reproduction and Society: Interdisciplinary Readings, co-edited with Jennifer Reich. She is the author of four additional book and
is the author of numerous articles on various aspects of reproductive health services and politics. Besides writing for an academic audience, Joffe has throughout her career written for the general public, publishing op-eds and letters in leading newspapers (Los Angeles Times. Washington Post, New York Times, etc) and websites, such as, Huffington Post, Salon, Slate and others.
Areas of interest: Sociology of reproductive health and reproductive politics; Sociological aspects of abortion provision; Gender and public policy
Katrina Kimport, PhD Professor, Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences, SOM Katrina Kimport, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences of the University of California, San Francisco and Research Sociologist in the Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) program at UCSF. Her research focuses on the (re)production of inequality, with a particular emphasis on gender and sexuality-based inequality. 11/14/2023
Jarmin Yeh, PhD, MPH, MSSW Associate Professor, Institute for Health & Aging, SON Jarmin Yeh, PhD, MPH, MSSW, is an Associate Professor in the Institute for Health & Aging, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, in the School of Nursing at UCSF. Their research broadly investigates social justice issues that impact the quality of life of community-dwelling older adults, people living with dementia, and caregivers. They serve as a Co-Director of the UCSF Emancipatory Sciences Lab, founded by Dr. Carroll Estes; are affiliate faculty with the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and UCSF Bioethics; and teach in the UCSF Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership (MS-HAIL) Program. Prior to joining UCSF, Jarmin worked at The New York Academy of Medicine’s Social Work Leadership Institute, where they managed a national initiative funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation to bolster the social work workforce in aging. They serve on the board of directors for the Metta Fund, Community Living Campaign, and Head Over Heels Athletic Arts. Jarmin currently lives in San Francisco, California. A retired gymnast and former student-athlete, they still perform the occasional cartwheel. 11/14/2023


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