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Karleen F Giannitrapani, MPH, MA, PhD – Career Development Awardee

Karleen F Giannitrapani, MPH, MA, PhD Karleen F Giannitrapani, MPH, MA, PhD
VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Menlo Park, CA 


Karleen Giannitrapani, PhD, MPH, is health services researcher with expertise in organizational behavior, healthcare team functioning, implementation science, mixed methods research, quality improvement, chronic pain, palliative care, and global health.

She is an Instructor in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health at Stanford University School of Medicine and a Lecturer in the Stanford University School of Engineering's d.school. As a Core Investigator at the Center for Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i) at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, she was the Principal Investigator of an effort to facilitate the role of employee occupational health during the COVID-19 pandemic. She now has a VA Career Development Award (CDA-2) on building better teams across disciplines and was recognized as 2020 Research Scholar by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine for related work.

She is also the Co-Director of the VA Quality Improvement Resource Center (QuIRC) for Palliative Care, one of the centers supporting Veterans Affairs Geriatrics and Extended Care nationally, where she focuses on improving the processes that interdisciplinary teams can leverage to improve pain and symptom management among high-risk Veterans.

She has a PhD in Health Policy and Management, a Masters of Public Health in Community Health Sciences, and a Masters of Art in African Studies, all from the University of California Los Angeles. She received her Bachelors Degree from Boston University in Anthropology and Religion.

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