Pamela Davidson, M.S.H.S., Ph.D.


Work Titles
CTSI Leader, Evaluation Sciences
UCLA Co-Director, NIH Diversity Consortium Center for Coordination and Evaluation Associate Professor, Fielding School of Public Health Associate Professor, School of Nursing Adjunct Professor, Health Policy and Management
Education:
Degrees:
B.S., University of North Carolina, Charlotte, 1979 - 1983
M.S.H.S., California State University, Long Beach, 1983 - 1987
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1995
Honors and Awards:
1995 Maxicare Research and Education Foundation, Dissertation Award
2008 - Upsilon Phi Delta National Honorary Society in Health Services Management
Certifications:
Certification Type:
1991 - Scholarship, Management and Organizational Development, The Anderson School
1995 - Leadership and Organization Development (PhD Cognate), The Anderson School

Contact Information:

Work Email Address:

pdavidson@mednet.ucla.edu


Website:



Fax Number:

310.267.0493

Work Phone Number:

310.206.3995

310.794.4182

Mailing Address:

Mailing Address
10833 Le Conte Avenue
BOX 951772
16-131 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Detailed Biography:

Dr. Pamela Davidson's expertise is in evaluation research design and methods, strategic planning, and leadership and professional development in translational research teams. Approximately 90% of her professional effort is spent in the UCLA research enterprise. For more than two decades she has directed large-scale multisite health services research and evaluation studies and taught graduate courses in ‘Health Services Evaluation’, ‘Organization and Management Processes’, and ‘Health Systems and Organizations’. Her research and professional activities continue to be transdisciplinary in medicine, public health, dentistry, life sciences, management, and nursing. Early in her career as a health services researcher, Dr. Davidson focused on utilization of health services and health outcomes, particularly among underrepresented minority groups. This research generated empirical evidence using methods such as, population based surveys, clinical examinations, and multi-level statistical analysis that could be used to guide policy, programmatic, and delivery system changes to improve access and access outcomes. Her other contributions include conceptualizing, measuring, and analyzing the effects of contextual variables on individual and population health behaviors and health outcomes.

By mid-career, Dr. Davidson gained expertise in applied evaluation research and participated on the leadership team that developed and launched the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Her studies in organizational change and development coupled with expertise in design and methods are useful in evaluating this large-scale change initiative (competitive renewal awarded 2016-2021). She serves as the director of the CTSI-Evaluation Core and has previously served as a member of the CTSI-Education and KL2 CREST Committees. Currently as the CTSI-Evaluation leader, Dr. Davidson collaborates with members of the national CTSA Program and the UC BRAID regional network [Biomedical Research Acceleration Integration and Development] to evaluate and improve the CTSA hubs and regional and national networks.

In 2014, Dr. Davidson became a Co-Leader of the newly awarded NIH sponsored Diversity Program Consortium Center for Coordination and Evaluation at UCLA (2014-2019). Her professional effort is shared as a co-leader on the CEC and the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Evaluation Core. These organizations are complementary. The CTSA Program is developing an integrated network connecting 50+ CTSA hubs for conducting translational science at research intensive academic medical centers nationally. The CTSA Program has the potential for accelerating translational science, improving population health, and contributing as an economic engine to drive biomedical research for the country. The CEC is concerned with promoting diversity in biomedical research to ensure under-represented groups have opportunities to lead and become substantially more represented in the future biomedical workforce.

Research Areas
  • Evaluation Design and Methods
  • Leadership and Career Development
  • Organizational Climate and Org Performance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Systems Thinking/Research
  • Conceptualizing, measuring and analyzing effects of the Contextual Variables on individual and population health behaviors and health outcomes
  • Policy, delivery system, programmatic and population determinants of access to medical care and health disparities
Honors and Awards

1988: Outstanding Thesis Award, Graduate Dean's List of University Scholars, CSULB

1991: Scholarship, Management and Org Development, UCLA Anderson School

1994: Dissertation Award, Maxicare Research and Educational Foundation

1996: Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health

1998: Chapman University Faculty Research Award

1999: Chapman University Faculty Research Award

2003: Academic Keys, Who's Who in Health Sciences Education (WWHSE)

2008: Upsilon Phi Delta Membership, National Scholastic Honorary Society

2016/17: Faculty Advisor, PILOT: Public Health Initiative Leaders of Tomorrow

Publications:

Carreon Daisy, Davidson Pamela, Andersen Ron, Nakazono Terry   Altruism in dental students Journal of health care for the poor and underserved, 2011; 22(1): 56-70.
Davidson P L, Nakazono T T, Carreon D C, Gutierrez J J, Shahedi S, Andersen R M   Reforming dental workforce education and practice in the USA European journal of dental education : official journal of the Association for Dental Education in Europe, 2011; 15(2): 73-9.
Disch Joanne, Dreher Melanie, Davidson Pamela, Sinioris Marie, Wainio Joyce Anne   The role of the chief nurse officer in ensuring patient safety and quality The Journal of nursing administration, 2011; 41(4): 179-85.
Andersen Ronald M, Carreon Daisy C, Davidson Pamela L, Nakazono Terry T, Shahedi Shirin, Gutierrez John J   Who will serve? Assessing recruitment of underrepresented minority and low-income dental students to increase access to dental care Journal of dental education, 2010; 74(6): 579-92.
Andersen Ronald M, Davidson Pamela L   Introduction to the evaluating the Dental Pipeline program report Journal of dental education, 2009; 73(2 Suppl): S10-14.
Crall James J, Davidson Pamela L, Nakazono Terry T, Gutierrez John J, Bai Jia, Andersen Ronald M   Involvement in health policy regarding oral health and dental education: effects of the Pipeline program Journal of dental education, 2009; 73(2 Suppl): S308-18.
Davidson Pamela L, Nakazono Terry T, Afifi Abdelmonem, Gutierrez John J   Methods for evaluating change in community-based dental education Journal of dental education, 2009; 73(2 Suppl): S37-51.
Davidson Pamela L, Nakazono Terry T, Carreon Daisy C, Bai Jia, Afifi Abdelmonem   Practice plans of dental school graduating seniors: effects of the Pipeline program Journal of dental education, 2009; 73(2 Suppl): S283-96.
Hewlett Edmond R, Davidson Pamela L, Nakazono Terry T, Carreon Daisy C, Gutierrez John J, Afifi Abdelmonem   Revisions to dental school curricula: effects of the Pipeline program Journal of dental education, 2009; 73(2 Suppl): S259-68.
Andersen Ronald M, Davidson Pamela L, Atchison Kathryn A, Crall James J, Friedman Judith-Ann, Hewlett Edmond R, Thind Amardeep   Summary and implications of the Dental Pipeline program evaluation Journal of dental education, 2009; 73(2 Suppl): S319-30.
Friedman Judith-Ann, Thind Amardeep, Davidson Pamela L, Farmer-Dixon Cherae   The Pipeline program at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry Journal of dental education, 2009; 73(2 Suppl): S83-94; discussion S94-5.
Gift Helen C, Andersen Ronald M, Davidson Pamela L, Thind Amardeep, Yamamoto John M, Maida Carl A, Marcus Marvin   The Pipeline program at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry Journal of dental education, 2009; 73(2 Suppl): S186-97; discussion S197-8.
Davidson Pamela L, Thind Amardeep, Friedman Judith-Ann, Carreon Daisy C, Hodge Cynthia   The Pipeline program at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine Journal of dental education, 2009; 73(2 Suppl): S108-118; discussion S118-9.
Davidson Pamela L, Andersen Ronald M, Thind Amardeep, Mulligan Roseann, Nathason Niel   The Pipeline program at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry Journal of dental education, 2009; 73(2 Suppl): S222-34; discussion S234-5.
Thind Amardeep, Andersen Ronald M, Davidson Pamela L, Glassman Paul   The Pipeline program at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School Of Dentistry Journal of dental education, 2009; 73(2 Suppl): S211-20; discussion S221.
Carreon Daisy C, Davidson Pamela L, Andersen Ronald M   The evaluation framework for the Dental Pipeline program with literature review Journal of dental education, 2009; 73(2 Suppl): S23-36.
Hewlett Edmond R, Davidson Pamela L, Nakazono Terry T, Baumeister Sebastian E, Carreon Daisy C, Freed James R   Effect of school environment on dental students' perceptions of cultural competency curricula and preparedness to care for diverse populations Journal of dental education, 2007; 71(6): 810-8.
Davidson Pamela L, Carreon Daisy C, Baumeister Sebastian E, Nakazono Terry T, Gutierrez John J, Afifi Abdelmonem A, Andersen Ronald M   Influence of contextual environment and community-based dental education on practice plans of graduating seniors Journal of dental education, 2007; 71(3): 403-18.
Andersen Ronald M, Carreon Daisy C, Friedman Judith-Ann, Baumeister Sebastian E, Afifi Abdelmonem A, Nakazono Terry T, Davidson Pamela L   What enhances underrepresented minority recruitment to dental schools? Journal of dental education, 2007; 71(8): 994-1008.
Baumeister Sebastian E, Davidson Pamela L, Carreon Daisy C, Nakazono Terry T, Gutierrez John J, Andersen Ronald M   What influences dental students to serve special care patients? Special care in dentistry : official publication of the American Association of Hospital Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped, and the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry, 2007; 27(1): 15-22.
Andersen Ronald M, Davidson Pamela L, Atchison Kathryn A, Hewlett Edmond, Freed James R, Friedman Judith-Ann, Thind Amardeep, Gutierrez John J, Nakazono Terry T, Carreon Daisy C   Pipeline, profession, and practice program: evaluating change in dental education Journal of dental education, 2005; 69(2): 239-48.
Davidson Pamela L, Bastani Roshan, Nakazono Terry T, Carreon Daisy C   Role of community risk factors and resources on breast carcinoma stage at diagnosis Cancer, 2005; 103(5): 922-30.
Davidson Pamela L, Andersen Ronald M, Wyn Roberta, Brown E Richard   A framework for evaluating safety-net and other community-level factors on access for low-income populations Inquiry : a journal of medical care organization, provision and financing, 2004; 41(1): 21-38.
Brown E Richard, Davidson Pamela L, Yu Hongjian, Wyn Roberta, Andersen Ronald M, Becerra Lida, Razack Natasha   Effects of community factors on access to ambulatory care for lower-income adults in large urban communities Inquiry : a journal of medical care organization, provision and financing, 2004; 41(1): 39-56.
Davidson Pamela L, Calhoun Judith G, Sinioris Marie E, Griffith John R   A framework for evaluating and continuously improving the NCHL transformational leadership initiative. National Center for Healthcare Leadership Quality management in health care, 2002; 11(1): 3-13.
Andersen Ronald M, Yu Hongjian, Wyn Roberta, Davidson Pamela L, Brown E Richard, Teleki Stephanie   Access to medical care for low-income persons: how do communities make a difference? Medical care research and review : MCRR, 2002; 59(4): 384-411.
Calhoun Judith G, Davidson Pamela L, Sinioris Marie E, Vincent Eric T, Griffith John R   Toward an understanding of competency identification and assessment in health care management Quality management in health care, 2002; 11(1): 14-38.
Davidson P L, Andersen R M, Hilberman D W, Nakazono T T   A framework for evaluating the impact of health services management education The Journal of health administration education, 2000; 18(1): 63-110; discussion 111-7.
Hilberman D W, Davidson P L, Andersen R M, Nakazono T T   Perceived effectiveness of teaching methods for heath services administration education The Journal of health administration education, 2000; 18(1): 119-33; discussion 134-9.
Andersen R M, Davidson P L, Hilberman D W, Nakazono T T   Program directors' recommendations for transforming health services management education The Journal of health administration education, 2000; 18(2): 153-73; discussion 174-9.
Cunningham W E, Davidson P L, Nakazono T T, Andersen R M   Do black and white adults use the same sources of information about AIDS prevention? Health education & behavior : the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education, 1999; 26(5): 703-13.
Davidson P L, Cunningham W E, Nakazono T T, Andersen R M   Evaluating the effect of usual source of dental care on access to dental services: comparisons among diverse populations Medical care research and review : MCRR, 1999; 56(1): 74-93.
Davidson P L, Andersen R M   Determinants of dental care utilization for diverse ethnic and age groups Advances in dental research, 1997; 11(2): 254-62.
Andersen R M, Davidson P L   Ethnicity, aging, and oral health outcomes: a conceptual framework Advances in dental research, 1997; 11(2): 203-9.
Rana H, Andersen R M, Nakazono T T, Davidson P L   ICS-II USA research design and methodology Advances in dental research, 1997; 11(2): 217-22.
Reifel N M, Davidson P L, Rana H, Nakazono T T   ICS-II USA research locations: environmental, dental care delivery system, and population sociodemographic characteristics Advances in dental research, 1997; 11(2): 210-6.
Nakazono T T, Davidson P L, Andersen R M   Oral health beliefs in diverse populations Advances in dental research, 1997; 11(2): 235-44.
Andersen R M, Davidson P L, Nakazono T T   Oral health policy and programmatic implications: lessons from ICS-II Advances in dental research, 1997; 11(2): 291-303.
Atchison K A, Davidson P L, Nakazono T T   Predisposing, enabling, and need for dental treatment characteristics of ICS-II USA ethnically diverse groups Advances in dental research, 1997; 11(2): 223-34.
Davidson P L, Rams T E, Andersen R M   Socio-behavioral determinants of oral hygiene practices among USA ethnic and age groups Advances in dental research, 1997; 11(2): 245-53.
Davidson P L, Andersen R M, Marcus M, Atchison K A, Reifel N, Nakazono T, Rana H   Indicators of oral health in diverse ethnic and age groups: findings from the International Collaborative Study of Oral Health Outcomes (ICS-II) USA research locations Journal of medical systems, 1996; 20(5): 295-316.
Andersen R M, Davidson P L, Ganz P A   Symbiotic relationships of quality of life, health services research and other health research Quality of life research : an international journal of quality of life aspects of treatment, care and rehabilitation, 1994; 3(5): 365-71.

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