Margaret Handley

Margaret Handley, PhD, MPH

Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine


Dr. Margaret Handley is a public heath-trained epidemiologist in the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Medicine. She is core faculty at the Center for Vulnerable Populations and at the Benioff Housing and Homelessness Initiative. Dr. Handley’s research focuses on bridging the fields of primary care, public health, and health communication for improving health outcomes and equity. She co-directs the UCSF PRISE Center, Partnerships for Research in Implementation Science for Equity) which focuses on applying implementation science methods to meet the challenges of inequitable health and health care.

At BHHI she is one of the Principal Investigators along with Drs. Margot Kushel and Rebecca Sudore, on an R-01 Intervention Trial exploring Advanced Care Planning in Permanent Supportive Housing and is a Co-Investigator on HOPE HOME.  

Dr. Handley also works on the intersection of climate change and implementation science, and on communicative justice and data literacy/data visualization programs in English as a Second Language (ESL) classrooms in the Bay Area with students and teachers as part of the community-based Communicative Justice Initiative. 

2020 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
PhD, 05/2000 - Epidemiology, University of California
MPH, 05/1990 - Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California
B.A, 05/1986 - Environmental Science, University of California
Awards and Honors
Fulbright US Scholar Award, US Fulbright Program-Croatia, 2022-2023
Consultant of the Year- Consistent Excellence, UCSF CTSI, 2013-2014