Faculty ProfilesMargaret Handley, PhD, MPH
M_Epidemiology & Biostatistics
1001 Potrero Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110
Margaret A. Handley, PhD, MPH, is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine. She has a public health background and has worked in local and state health departments prior to coming to UCSF. She is a faculty member of the UCSF-Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Center for Vulnerable Populations. She co-directs the Training Program in Implementation Science, which focus on the art and science of translating evidence into practice, policy and public health. Her areas of interest are public health and primary care interventions to address health disparities, implementation and dissemination sciences, chronic disease prevention and self-management in safety net settings, public health literacy, migration and health/trans-national health, and reduction of the burden of global TB.
Health coaches, Immersion training in implementation science, Implementation & dissemination science training, Implementation Science, Interdisciplinary research collaboration, International (public health), Mentoring junior faculty or trainees, Migrants/refugee health, Social media, Socioeconomically marginalized groups, behavior change interventions, diabetes, lead poisoning prevention/risk reduction, mHealth, practice based research, prenatal careAwards and Honors
Consultant of the Year- Consistent Excellence, UCSF CTSI, 2013-2014
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In the News
- UCSF study: State mandated lead testing bumps imported candy to top of contaminated food list (Oct 26, 2017)
- Imported Candy at Top of Contaminated Food List in California More Health Alerts Issued for Lead in Candy than for Salmonella, E. coli or Botulism (Oct 25, 2017)
- STAR MAMA Program for Latina Moms (espanol) (Sep 14, 2017)
- Implementation Science Links Research With Real-World Practice to Improve Health (Oct 02, 2012)
Recent Articles (73)
Thompson LM, Diaz-Artiga A, Weinstein JR, Handley MA. Designing a behavioral intervention using the COM-B model and the theoretical domains framework to promote gas stove use in rural Guatemala: a formative research study. BMC Public Health. 2018 02 14; 18(1):253.
Mangurian C, Niu GC, Schillinger D, Newcomer JW, Dilley J, Handley MA. Utilization of the Behavior Change Wheel framework to develop a model to improve cardiometabolic screening for people with severe mental illness. Implement Sci. 2017 Nov 14; 12(1):134.
Handley MA, Nelson K, Sanford E, Clarity C, Emmons-Bell S, Gorukanti A, Kennelly P. Examining Lead Exposures in California through State-Issued Health Alerts for Food Contamination and an Exposure-Based Candy Testing Program. Environ Health Perspect. 2017 Oct 26; 125(10):104503.
Clarity C, Sarkar U, Lee J, Handley MA, Goldman LE. Clinician Perspectives on the Management of Abnormal Subcritical Tests in an Urban Academic Safety-Net Health Care System. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2017 Oct; 43(10):517-523.
Ackerman SL, Sarkar U, Tieu L, Handley MA, Schillinger D, Hahn K, Hoskote M, Gourley G, Lyles C. Meaningful use in the safety net: a rapid ethnography of patient portal implementation at five community health centers in California. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017 Sep 01; 24(5):903-912.
Handley MA, Quan J, Chao MT, Ratanawongsa N, Sarkar U, Emmons-Bell S, Schillinger D. Use of Complementary Health Approaches Among Diverse Primary Care Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and Association with Cardiometabolic Outcomes: From the SF Bay Collaborative Research Network (SF Bay CRN). J Am Board Fam Med. 2017 Sep-Oct; 30(5):624-631.
Clarity C, Gourley G, Lyles C, Ackerman S, Handley MA, Schillinger D, Sarkar U, Conigliaro J. Implementation Science Workshop: Barriers and Facilitators to Increasing Mammography Screening Rates in California's Public Hospitals. J Gen Intern Med. 2017 Jun; 32(6):697-705.
Hemmat S, Schillinger D, Lyles C, Ackerman S, Gourley G, Vittinghoff E, Handley M, Sarkar U. Performance Measurement and Target-Setting in California's Safety Net Health Systems. Am J Med Qual. 2017 May 01; 1062860617708393.
Ayakaka I, Ackerman S, Ggita JM, Kajubi P, Dowdy D, Haberer JE, Fair E, Hopewell P, Handley MA, Cattamanchi A, Katamba A, Davis JL. Identifying barriers to and facilitators of tuberculosis contact investigation in Kampala, Uganda: a behavioral approach. Implement Sci. 2017 Mar 09; 12(1):33.
Handley, MA. and Sudhinaraset, M . The Important Role of Binational Studies for Migration and Health Research: A Review of US-Mexico Binational Studies and Design Considerations for Addressing Critical Issues in Migrant Health. International Migration. 2017; 55:75-121.
Athavale P, Thomas M, Delgadillo-Duenas AT, Leong K, Najmabadi A, Harleman E, Rios C, Quan J, Soria C, Handley MA. Linking High Risk Postpartum Women with a Technology Enabled Health Coaching Program to Reduce Diabetes Risk and Improve Wellbeing: Program Description, Case Studies, and Recommendations for Community Health Coaching Programs. J Diabetes Res. 2016; 2016:4353956.
Handley MA, Harleman E, Gonzalez-Mendez E, Stotland NE, Althavale P, Fisher L, Martinez D, Ko J, Sausjord I, Rios C. Applying the COM-B model to creation of an IT-enabled health coaching and resource linkage program for low-income Latina moms with recent gestational diabetes: the STAR MAMA program. Implement Sci. 2016 May 18; 11(1):73.
Garg SK, Lyles CR, Ackerman S, Handley MA, Schillinger D, Gourley G, Aulakh V, Sarkar U. Qualitative analysis of programmatic initiatives to text patients with mobile devices in resource-limited health systems. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2016 Feb 06; 16:16.
Rogers EA, Fine SC, Handley MA, Davis HB, Kass J, Schillinger D. Engaging Minority Youth in Diabetes Prevention Efforts Through a Participatory, Spoken-Word Social Marketing Campaign. Am J Health Promot. 2017 Jul; 31(4):336-339.
Ackerman SL, Boscardin C, Karliner L, Handley MA, Cheng S, Gaither TW, Hagey J, Hennein L, Malik F, Shaw B, Trinidad N, Zahner G, Gonzales R. The Action Research Program: Experiential Learning in Systems-Based Practice for First-Year Medical Students. Teach Learn Med. 2016; 28(2):183-91.
Tuot DS, Velasquez A, McCulloch CE, Banerjee T, Zhu Y, Hsu CY, Handley M, Schillinger D, Powe NR. The Kidney Awareness Registry and Education (KARE) study: protocol of a randomized controlled trial to enhance provider and patient engagement with chronic kidney disease. BMC Nephrol. 2015 Oct 22; 16:166.
Ratanawongsa N, Karter AJ, Quan J, Parker MM, Handley M, Sarkar U, Schmittdiel JA, Schillinger D. Reach and Validity of an Objective Medication Adherence Measure Among Safety Net Health Plan Members with Diabetes: A Cross-Sectional Study. J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2015 Aug; 21(8):688-98.
Ross JM, Cattamanchi A, Miller CR, Tatem AJ, Katamba A, Haguma P, Handley MA, Davis JL. Investigating Barriers to Tuberculosis Evaluation in Uganda Using Geographic Information Systems. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2015 Oct; 93(4):733-8.
Chaisson LH, Katamba A, Haguma P, Ochom E, Ayakaka I, Mugabe F, Miller C, Vittinghoff E, Davis JL, Handley MA, Cattamanchi A. Theory-Informed Interventions to Improve the Quality of Tuberculosis Evaluation at Ugandan Health Centers: A Quasi-Experimental Study. PLoS One. 2015; 10(7):e0132573.
Chao MT, Handley MA, Quan J, Sarkar U, Ratanawongsa N, Schillinger D. Disclosure of complementary health approaches among low income and racially diverse safety net patients with diabetes. Patient Educ Couns. 2015 Nov; 98(11):1360-6.
Quan J, Lee AK, Handley MA, Ratanawongsa N, Sarkar U, Tseng S, Schillinger D. Automated Telephone Self-Management Support for Diabetes in a Low-Income Health Plan: A Health Care Utilization and Cost Analysis. Popul Health Manag. 2015 Dec; 18(6):412-20.
Cattamanchi A, Miller CR, Tapley A, Haguma P, Ochom E, Ackerman S, Davis JL, Katamba A, Handley MA. Health worker perspectives on barriers to delivery of routine tuberculosis diagnostic evaluation services in Uganda: a qualitative study to guide clinic-based interventions. BMC Health Serv Res. 2015 Jan 22; 15:10.
Royce S, Khann S, Yadav RP, Mao ET, Cattamanchi A, Sam S, Handley MA. Identifying multidrug resistance in previously treated tuberculosis patients: a mixed-methods study in Cambodia. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2014 Nov; 18(11):1299-306.
Barakat S, Martinez D, Thomas M, Handley M. What do we know about gestational diabetes mellitus and risk for postpartum depression among ethnically diverse low-income women in the USA? Arch Womens Ment Health. 2014 Dec; 17(6):587-92.
Ratanawongsa N, Handley MA, Sarkar U, Quan J, Pfeifer K, Soria C, Schillinger D. Diabetes health information technology innovation to improve quality of life for health plan members in urban safety net. J Ambul Care Manage. 2014 Apr-Jun; 37(2):127-37.
Rogers EA, Fine S, Handley MA, Davis H, Kass J, Schillinger D. Development and early implementation of the bigger picture, a youth-targeted public health literacy campaign to prevent type 2 diabetes. J Health Commun. 2014; 19 Suppl 2:144-60.
Lyles CR, Schillinger D, Lopez A, Handley M, Ratanawongsa N, Sarkar U. Safety events during an automated telephone self-management support intervention. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2013 May 01; 7(3):596-601.
Handley MA, Robles M, Sanford E, Collins N, Seligman H, Defries T, Perez R, Grieshop J. Navigating changing food environments - Transnational perspectives on dietary behaviours and implications for nutrition counselling. Glob Public Health. 2013; 8(3):245-57.
Gonzalez-Mendez E, Gonzales-Mendez E, Gonzalez-Maddux C, Hall C, Maddux-Gonzalez M, Handley MA. An examination of cesarean and vaginal birth histories among Hispanic women entering prenatal care in two California counties with large immigrant populations. J Immigr Minor Health. 2012 Apr; 14(2):209-14.
Ratanawongsa N, Handley MA, Quan J, Sarkar U, Pfeifer K, Soria C, Schillinger D. Quasi-experimental trial of diabetes Self-Management Automated and Real-Time Telephonic Support (SMARTSteps) in a Medicaid managed care plan: study protocol. BMC Health Serv Res. 2012 Jan 26; 12:22.
Ratanawongsa N, Bhandari VK, Handley M, Rundall T, Hammer H, Schillinger D. Primary care provider perceptions of the effectiveness of two self-management support programs for vulnerable patients with diabetes. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2012 Jan 01; 6(1):116-24.
Stoddard P, Handley MA, Vargas Bustamante A, Schillinger D. The influence of indigenous status and community indigenous composition on obesity and diabetes among Mexican adults. Soc Sci Med. 2011 Dec; 73(11):1635-43.
Santos M, McClelland J, Handley MA. Journal of Teachers of English as a Second Language. Language lessons of immigrant identity, food culture, and the search for home. 2011; 203-228.
Sarkar U, Handley MA, Gupta R, Tang A, Murphy E, Seligman HK, Shojania KG, Schillinger D. What happens between visits? Adverse and potential adverse events among a low-income, urban, ambulatory population with diabetes. Qual Saf Health Care. 2010 Jun; 19(3):223-8.
Pérez RL, Handley MA, Grieshop J. NAPA Bulletin. Savoring the taste of home: The pervasiveness of lead poisoning from ceramic and its implications in transnational care packages. 2010; 2010(34):105-125.
Handley MA, Santos MG, McClelland J. Reports from the field: engaging learners as interpreters for developing health messages -- designing the 'Familias Sin Plomo' English as a Second Language curriculum project. Glob Health Promot. 2009 Sep; 16(3):53-8.
Villalobos M, Merino-Sánchez C, Hall C, Grieshop J, Gutiérrez-Ruiz ME, Handley MA. Lead (II) detection and contamination routes in environmental sources, cookware and home-prepared foods from Zimatlán, Oaxaca, Mexico. Sci Total Environ. 2009 Apr 01; 407(8):2836-44.
Schillinger D, Handley M, Wang F, Hammer H. Effects of self-management support on structure, process, and outcomes among vulnerable patients with diabetes: a three-arm practical clinical trial. Diabetes Care. 2009 Apr; 32(4):559-66.
Yeuen K, Situ M, Handley MA, McClean I, Rundall T, Schillinger D. . Ecology matters: safety net patients’ perspectives of diabetes self-management support strategies- a study from the UCSF Collaborative Research Network. Asian-Pacific Journal of General Practice. 2009; 1(1):1-15.
Mold JW, Pasternak A, McCaulay A, Manca D, Rubin G, Westfall J, Beasley J, Hickner J, Fagnan LJ, Handley M, Haddy R, Hankey T. Definitions of common terms relevant to primary care research. Ann Fam Med. 2008 Nov-Dec; 6(6):570-1.
Sarkar U, Handley MA, Gupta R, Tang A, Murphy E, Seligman HK, Shojania KG, Schillinger D. Use of an interactive, telephone-based self-management support program to identify adverse events among ambulatory diabetes patients. J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Apr; 23(4):459-65.
Schillinger D, Hammer H, Wang F, Palacios J, McLean I, Tang A, Youmans S, Handley M. Seeing in 3-D: examining the reach of diabetes self-management support strategies in a public health care system. Health Educ Behav. 2008 Oct; 35(5):664-82.
Handley MA, Hall C, Sanford E, Diaz E, Gonzalez-Mendez E, Drace K, Wilson R, Villalobos M, Croughan M. Globalization, binational communities, and imported food risks: results of an outbreak investigation of lead poisoning in Monterey County, California. Am J Public Health. 2007 May; 97(5):900-6.
Handley M, MacGregor K, Schillinger D, Sharifi C, Wong S, Bodenheimer T. Using action plans to help primary care patients adopt healthy behaviors: a descriptive study. J Am Board Fam Med. 2006 May-Jun; 19(3):224-31.
MacGregor K, Handley M, Wong S, Sharifi C, Gjeltema K, Schillinger D, Bodenheimer T. Behavior-change action plans in primary care: a feasibility study of clinicians. J Am Board Fam Med. 2006 May-Jun; 19(3):215-23.
Handley MA, Hammer H, Schillinger D. Navigating the terrain between research and practice: a Collaborative Research Network (CRN) case study in diabetes research. J Am Board Fam Med. 2006 Jan-Feb; 19(1):85-92.
Handley MA, Reingold AL, Shiboski S, Padian NS. Incidence of acute urinary tract infection in young women and use of male condoms with and without nonoxynol-9 spermicides. Epidemiology. 2002 Jul; 13(4):431-6.
Hankins CA, Gendron S, Handley MA, Richard C, Tung MT, O'Shaughnessy M. HIV infection among women in prison: an assessment of risk factors using a nonnominal methodology. Am J Public Health. 1994 Oct; 84(10):1637-40.