Dr. Graham has been working in the field of health policy, gerontology and evaluation research for 20 years. She holds a doctorate in Medical Sociology from UCSF and a master's degree in Gerontological Studies from the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University. She is currently an Associate Adjunct Professor at the UCSF Institute for Health and Aging and holds a join faculty appointment at UC Berkeley in the School of Public Health. She is the principal investigator of several studies examining the experiences and choices of seniors and people with disabilities who are transitioning to managed care delivery systems. Most recently she led a multi-campus evaluation of California’s dual financial alignment demonstration. She also evaluates consumer directed organizations that work to promote aging in community, called Villages.
Dr. Graham specializes in using a participatory evaluation approach that incorporates the perspectives of consumers and stakeholders in all phases of evaluation, from the evaluation design through the interpretation of results. She conducts research with hard to reach populations including frail seniors, people with disabilities, people with chronic illnesses and people with no or limited English proficiency. To answer complex policy questions, she often uses mixed-methods, incorporating both qualitative data from interviews or focus groups as well as quantitative survey data.