Dr. Lillian Gelberg is Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Family Medicine. She is a health services researcher and family physician who conducts community-based research on the health (physical health, mental health, social health, drug and alcohol abuse), access to care, and quality of care of homeless and other vulnerable populations. Dr. Gelberg's work has been recognized by election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and by receipt of the Association for Health Services Research 1995 Young Investigator Award and the 1997 Article of the Year Award, and the first recipient of the Family Practice Excellence in Research Award from the California Academy of Family Physicians (2001). She was the George F. Kneller Chair in Family Medicine (1999-2005). She has studied homeless adults living in shelters and outdoor areas, and the health and use of health services among homeless and low-income housed patients. She also has studied change in health status and use of health services among homeless adults; delays in onset of treatment for tuberculosis patients; health status, contraception use, access to care, and patient satisfaction among homeless women in shelters and food programs; antecedents and consequences of victimization among homeless adults; and the epidemiology and use of health services for homeless persons with HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C including interventions to improve access to primary care for medical care and appropriate vaccinations. With her colleagues, she is currently conducting randomized controlled trials to improve healthy eating and physical activity of patients in community health centers, using self-report, physical, and biomarker measures. Further, she is conducting a survey of hepatitis B and C among 400 patients in eight Health Care for the Homeless Program clinics representing the different geographic regions of the US. Other areas of inquiry have included youth violence prevention; structures and processes that predict access to care in medical facilities providing care to impoverished women; and quality of care and patient satisfaction of adults and children treated in public health care clinics. Many of these studies have recruited probability samples from service and street sites and clinical settings. While most studies included structured personal interviews, some also used qualitative data collection including semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions. Many studies have also included conducting clinical assessments in fieldwork settings including physical examinations, drawing blood (including viral hepatitis and HIV testing), collecting urine, and placing TB skin tests. Dr. Gelberg and Dr. Ronald Andersen revised the leading theoretical model of health services utilization and health outcomes, so that it is relevant to vulnerable populations, the Behavioral Model for Vulnerable Populations. Dr. Gelberg has been Principal Investigator of 12 grants, and Co-Principal Investigator of 12 grants, primarily funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Cancer Institute, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has published over 100 articles (in peer reviewed journals) and book chapters, including serving on the editorial board for Archives of Family Medicine and Annals of Family Medicine. Dr. Gelberg is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars Program. Dr. Gelberg attended Harvard Medical School and completed her internship and residency at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned an M.S.P.H. in health services research from the UCLA School of Public Health. She has been a member of the UCLA School of Medicine faculty since 1986.
Gabrielian Sonya, Yuan Anita, Andersen Ronald M, McGuire James, Rubenstein Lisa, Sapir Negar, Gelberg Lillian Chronic disease management for recently homeless veterans: a clinical practice improvement program to apply home telehealth technology to a vulnerable population Medical care, 2013; 51(3 Suppl 1): S44-51.
Grudzen Corita R, Meeker Daniella, Torres Jacqueline, Du Qingling, Andersen Ronald M, Gelberg Lillian HIV and STI risk behaviors, knowledge, and testing among female adult film performers as compared to other California women AIDS and behavior, 2013; 17(2): 517-22.
Tyler Darlene, Nyamathi Adeline, Stein Judith A, Koniak-Griffin Deborah, Hodge Felicia, Gelberg Lillian Increasing Hepatitis C Knowledge Among Homeless Adults: Results of a Community-Based, Interdisciplinary Intervention The journal of behavioral health services & research, 2013; 108(6): .
Okuyemi Kolawole S, Goldade Kate, Whembolua Guy-Lucien, Thomas Janet L, Eischen Sara, Sewali Barrett, Guo Hongfei, Connett John E, Grant Jon, Ahluwalia Jasjit S, Resnicow Ken, Owen Greg, Gelberg Lillian, Des Jarlais Don Motivational interviewing to enhance nicotine patch treatment for smoking cessation among homeless smokers: a randomized controlled trial Addiction (Abingdon, England), 2013; 108(6): 1136-44.
Gelberg Lillian, Robertson Marjorie J, Arangua Lisa, Leake Barbara D, Sumner Gerald, Moe Ardis, Andersen Ronald M, Morgenstern Hal, Nyamathi Adeline Prevalence, distribution, and correlates of hepatitis C virus infection among homeless adults in Los Angeles Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974), 2013; 127(4): 407-21.
Okuyemi Kolawole S, Goldade Kate, Whembolua Guy-Lucien, Thomas Janet L, Eischen Sara, Guo Hongfei, Connett John E, Grant Jon, Ahluwalia Jasjit S, Resnicow Ken, Owen Greg, Gelberg Lillian, Jarlais Don Des Smoking characteristics and comorbidities in the power to quit randomized clinical trial for homeless smokers Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 2013; 15(1): 22-8.
Strehlow Aaron J, Robertson Marjorie J, Zerger Suzanne, Rongey Catherine, Arangua Lisa, Farrell Ed, O'Sullivan Adele, Gelberg Lillian Hepatitis C among clients of health care for the homeless primary care clinics Journal of health care for the poor and underserved, 2012; 23(2): 811-33.
David Daryn H, Gelberg Lillian, Suchman Nancy E IMPLICATIONS OF HOMELESSNESS FOR PARENTING YOUNG CHILDREN: A PRELIMINARY REVIEW FROM A DEVELOPMENTAL ATTACHMENT PERSPECTIVE Infant mental health journal, 2012; 33(1): 1-9.
Stein Judith A, Andersen Ronald M, Robertson Marjorie, Gelberg Lillian Impact of hepatitis B and C infection on health services utilization in homeless adults: a test of the Gelberg-Andersen Behavioral Model for Vulnerable Populations Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association, 2012; 31(1): 20-30.
Saver Barry G, Weinreb Linda, Gelberg Lillian, Zerger Suzanne Provision of contraceptive services to homeless women: results of a survey of health care for the homeless providers Women & health, 2012; 52(2): 151-61.
Grudzen Corita R, Meeker Daniella, Torres Jacqueline M, Du Qingling, Morrison R Sean, Andersen Ronald M, Gelberg Lillian Comparison of the mental health of female adult film performers and other young women in California Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.), 2011; 62(6): 639-45.
Goldade Kate, Whembolua Guy-Lucien, Thomas Janet, Eischen Sara, Guo Hongfei, Connett John, Des Jarlais Don, Resnicow Ken, Gelberg Lillian, Owen Greg, Grant Jon, Ahluwalia Jasjit S, Okuyemi Kolawole S Designing a smoking cessation intervention for the unique needs of homeless persons: a community-based randomized clinical trial Clinical trials (London, England), 2011; 8(6): 744-54.
Song John, Ratner Edward R, Wall Melanie M, Bartels Dianne M, Ulvestad Nancy, Petroskas Dawn, West Melissa, Weber-Main Anne Marie, Grengs Leah, Gelberg Lillian Effect of an End-of-Life Planning Intervention on the completion of advance directives in homeless persons: a randomized trial Annals of internal medicine, 2010; 153(2): 76-84.
Teruya Cheryl, Longshore Douglas, Andersen Ronald M, Arangua Lisa, Nyamathi Adeline, Leake Barbara, Gelberg Lillian Health and health care disparities among homeless women Women & health, 2010; 50(8): 719-36.
Kulkarni Sonali P, Baldwin Susie, Lightstone Amy S, Gelberg Lillian, Diamant Allison L Is incarceration a contributor to health disparities? Access to care of formerly incarcerated adults Journal of community health, 2010; 35(3): 268-74.
Washington Donna L, Yano Elizabeth M, McGuire James, Hines Vivian, Lee Martin, Gelberg Lillian Risk factors for homelessness among women veterans Journal of health care for the poor and underserved, 2010; 21(1): 82-91.
McGuire James, Gelberg Lillian, Blue-Howells Jessica, Rosenheck Robert A Access to primary care for homeless veterans with serious mental illness or substance abuse: a follow-up evaluation of co-located primary care and homeless social services Administration and policy in mental health, 2009; 36(4): 255-64.
Grudzen Corita R, Elliott Marc N, Kerndt Peter R, Schuster Mark A, Brook Robert H, Gelberg Lillian Condom use and high-risk sexual acts in adult films: a comparison of heterosexual and homosexual films American journal of public health, 2009; 99 Suppl 1(4): S152-6.
Nyamathi Adeline, Liu Yihang, Marfisee Mary, Shoptaw Steven, Gregerson Paul, Saab Sammy, Leake Barbara, Tyler Darlene, Gelberg Lillian Effects of a nurse-managed program on hepatitis A and B vaccine completion among homeless adults Nursing research, 2009; 58(1): 13-22.
Gelberg Lillian, Andersen Ronald, Longshore Douglas, Leake Barbara, Nyamathi Adeline, Teruya Cheryl, Arangua Lisa Hospitalizations among homeless women: are there ethnic and drug abuse disparities? The journal of behavioral health services & research, 2009; 36(2): 212-32.
Grudzen Corita R, Ryan Gery, Margold William, Torres Jacqueline, Gelberg Lillian Pathways to health risk exposure in adult film performers Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 2009; 86(1): 67-78.
Song John, Wall Melanie M, Ratner Edward R, Bartels Dianne M, Ulvestad Nancy, Gelberg Lillian Engaging homeless persons in end of life preparations Journal of general internal medicine, 2008; 23(12): 2031-6; quiz 2037-45.
Austin Erika Laine, Andersen Ronald, Gelberg Lillian Ethnic differences in the correlates of mental distress among homeless women Women's health issues : official publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, 2008; 18(1): 26-34.
Gelberg Lillian, Lu Michael C, Leake Barbara D, Andersen Ronald M, Morgenstern Hal, Nyamathi Adeline M Homeless women: who is really at risk for unintended pregnancy? Maternal and child health journal, 2008; 12(1): 52-60.
Chung Bowen, Jones Loretta, Campbell Larry X, Glover Henrietta, Gelberg Lillian, Chen Donna T National recommendations for enhancing the conduct of ethical health research with human participants in post-disaster situations Ethnicity & disease, 2008; 18(3): 378-83.
Nyamathi Adeline, Dixon Elizabeth L, Shoptaw Steven, Marfisee Mary, Gelberg Lillian, Williams Stephanie, Dominick Stephanie, Leake Barbara Profile of lifetime methamphetamine use among homeless adults in Los Angeles Drug and alcohol dependence, 2008; 92(1-3): 277-81.
Miller David C, Gelberg Lillian, Kwan Lorna, Stepanian Sevan, Fink Arlene, Andersen Ronald M, Litwin Mark S Racial disparities in access to care for men in a public assistance program for prostate cancer Journal of community health, 2008; 33(5): 318-35.
Stein Judith A, Andersen Ronald, Gelberg Lillian Applying the Gelberg-Andersen behavioral model for vulnerable populations to health services utilization in homeless women Journal of health psychology, 2007; 12(5): 791-804.
Arangua Lisa, McCarthy William J, Moskowitz Rebecca, Gelberg Lillian, Kuo Tony Are homeless transitional shelters receptive to environmental tobacco control interventions? Tobacco control, 2007; 16(2): 143-4.
Heslin Kevin C, Robinson Paul Langham, Baker Richard S, Gelberg Lillian Community characteristics and violence against homeless women in Los Angeles County Journal of health care for the poor and underserved, 2007; 18(1): 203-18.
Ortega Alexander N, Fang Hai, Perez Victor H, Rizzo John A, Carter-Pokras Olivia, Wallace Steven P, Gelberg Lillian Health care access, use of services, and experiences among undocumented Mexicans and other Latinos Archives of internal medicine, 2007; 167(21): 2354-60.
Wells Kenneth B, Staunton Anne, Norris Keith C, Bluthenthal Ricky, Chung Bowen, Gelberg Lillian, Jones Loretta, Kataoka Sheryl, Koegel Paul, Miranda Jeanne, Mangione Carol M, Patel Kavita, Rodriguez Michael, Shapiro Martin, Wong Marleen Building an academic-community partnered network for clinical services research: the Community Health Improvement Collaborative (CHIC) Ethnicity & disease, 2006; 16(1 Suppl 1): S3-17.
Kuo Tony, Christensen Rebekah, Gelberg Lillian, Rubenstein Lisa, Burke Adam Community-research collaboration between researchers and acupuncturists: integrating a participatory research approach in a statewide survey of licensed acupuncturists in California Ethnicity & disease, 2006; 16(1 Suppl 1): S98-106.
Seelig Michelle D, Gelberg Lillian, Tavrow Paula, Lee Martin, Rubenstein Lisa V Determinants of physician unwillingness to offer medical abortion using mifepristone Women's health issues : official publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, 2006; 16(1): 14-21.
Eisenman David P, Wold Cheryl, Fielding Jonathan, Long Anna, Setodji Claude, Hickey Scot, Gelberg Lillian Differences in individual-level terrorism preparedness in Los Angeles County American journal of preventive medicine, 2006; 30(1): 1-6.
Chen Donna T, Jones Loretta, Gelberg Lillian Ethics of clinical research within a community-academic partnered participatory framework Ethnicity & disease, 2006; 16(1 Suppl 1): S118-35.
Solorio M Rosa, Milburn Norweeta G, Rotheram-Borus Mary Jane, Higgins Chandra, Gelberg Lillian Predictors of sexually transmitted infection testing among sexually active homeless youth AIDS and behavior, 2006; 10(2): 179-84.
Solorio M Rosa, Yu Hongjian, Brown E Richard, Becerra Lida, Gelberg Lillian A comparison of Hispanic and white adolescent females' use of family planning services in California Perspectives on sexual and reproductive health, 2004; 36(4): 157-61.
Gelberg Lillian, Browner C H, Lejano Elena, Arangua Lisa Access to women's health care: a qualitative study of barriers perceived by homeless women Women & health, 2004; 40(2): 87-100.
Shi Chih-Wen, Asch Steven M, Fielder Eve, Gelberg Lillian, Nichol Michael B Consumer knowledge of over-the-counter phenazopyridine Annals of family medicine, 2004; 2(3): 240-4.
Brown E Richard, Lavarreda Shana Alex, Meng Ying-Ying, Andersen Ronald M, Bindman Andrew B, Gelberg Lillian, Becerra Lida, Gatchell Melissa, Yoon Jean County residency and access to care for low- and moderate-income Californians Policy brief (UCLA Center for Health Policy Research), 2004; 2(PB2004-1): 1-6.
Diamant Allison L, Hays Ron D, Morales Leo S, Ford Wesley, Calmes Daphne, Asch Steven, Duan Naihua, Fielder Eve, Kim Sehyun, Fielding Jonathan, Sumner Gerald, Shapiro Martin F, Hayes-Bautista David, Gelberg Lillian Delays and unmet need for health care among adult primary care patients in a restructured urban public health system American journal of public health, 2004; 94(5): 783-9.
Hser Yih-Ing, Gelberg Lillian, Hoffman Valerie, Grella Christine E, McCarthy William, Anglin M Douglas Health conditions among aging narcotics addicts: medical examination results Journal of behavioral medicine, 2004; 27(6): 607-22.
Heslin Kevin C, Andersen Ronald M, Gelberg Lillian Case management and access to services for homeless women Journal of health care for the poor and underserved, 2003; 14(1): 34-51.
Gelberg Lillian, Leake Barbara, Lu Michael C, Andersen Ronald, Nyamathi Adeline M, Morgenstern Hal, Browner Carole Chronically homeless women's perceived deterrents to contraception Perspectives on sexual and reproductive health, 2003; 34(6): 278-85.
Coeytaux Francine, Moore Kirsten, Gelberg Lillian Convincing new providers to offer medical abortion: what will it take? Perspectives on sexual and reproductive health, 2003; 35(1): 44-7.
Lewis Joy H, Andersen Ronald M, Gelberg Lillian Health care for homeless women Journal of general internal medicine, 2003; 18(11): 921-8.
Barkin Shari L, Balkrishnan Raj, Manuel Janeen, Andersen Ron M, Gelberg Lillian Health care utilization among homeless adolescents and young adults The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 2003; 32(4): 253-6.
Eisenman David P, Gelberg Lillian, Liu Honghu, Shapiro Martin F Mental health and health-related quality of life among adult Latino primary care patients living in the United States with previous exposure to political violence JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association, 2003; 290(5): 627-34.
Swanson Karen A, Andersen Ronald, Gelberg Lillian Patient satisfaction for homeless women Journal of women's health (2002), 2003; 12(7): 675-86.
Shi Chih-Wen, Asch Steven M, Fielder Eve, Gelberg Lillian, Brook Robert H, Leake Barbara, Shapiro Martin F, Dowling Patrick, Nichol Michael Usage patterns of over-the-counter phenazopyridine (pyridium) Journal of general internal medicine, 2003; 18(4): 281-7.
Heslin Kevin C, Andersen Ronald M, Gelberg Lillian Use of faith-based social service providers in a representative sample of urban homeless women Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 2003; 80(3): 371-82.
Chau Sara, Chin Melissa, Chang Jeannie, Luecha Ann, Cheng Eric, Schlesinger Jennifer, Rao Veena, Huang David, Maxwell Annette E, Usatine Richard, Bastani Roshan, Gelberg Lillian Cancer risk behaviors and screening rates among homeless adults in Los Angeles County Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology, 2002; 11(5): 431-8.
Lim Yee Wei, Andersen Ronald, Leake Barbara, Cunningham William, Gelberg Lillian How accessible is medical care for homeless women? Medical care, 2002; 40(6): 510-20.
Golin Carol, DiMatteo M Robin, Duan Naihua, Leake Barbara, Gelberg Lillian Impoverished diabetic patients whose doctors facilitate their participation in medical decision making are more satisfied with their care Journal of general internal medicine, 2002; 17(11): 857-66.
Luck Jeff, Andersen Ron, Wenzel Suzanne, Arangua Lisa, Wood Dalia, Gelberg Lillian Providers of primary care to homeless women in Los Angeles County The Journal of ambulatory care management, 2002; 25(2): 53-67.
Kilbourne Amy M, Herndon Brooke, Andersen Ronald M, Wenzel Suzanne L, Gelberg Lillian Psychiatric symptoms, health services, and HIV risk factors among homeless women Journal of health care for the poor and underserved, 2002; 13(1): 49-65.
Nyamathi Adeline M, Dixon Elizabeth L, Robbins Wendie, Smith Cynthia, Wiley Dorothy, Leake Barbara, Longshore Douglas, Gelberg Lillian Risk factors for hepatitis C virus infection among homeless adults Journal of general internal medicine, 2002; 17(2): 134-43.
Diamant Allison L, Brook Robert H, Fink Arlene, Gelberg Lillian Use of preventive services in a population of very low-income women Journal of health care for the poor and underserved, 2002; 13(2): 151-63.
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